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    We did the train and riverboat combination. The train itself is amazingly restored and the staff is very friendly. This is from memory, but I’d say we took the train north for about 30 minutes before stopping and starting to return. About 10 minutes in on the return journey, the train stops to let you board the riverboat, which was NOT a steam or paddleboat. It’s a large, two story (+ observation deck) gas/diesel engined boat.

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    We just went on the Essex Train Ride, “Polar Express” tour and had a wonderful time. The kids were fully engaged and really loved it. This is perfect for families with young children. Just be prepared to order tickets early because they went quick. (We ended up going the day after Christmas which turned out to be fine with the kids.)PS- If you go in winter, dress in layers. It might be freezing outside, but it gets nice and toasty inside!

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    Awesome views n smooth ride n relaxing

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    Fantastic! I participated in the “Hands on the Throttle” program on November 10, 2013 and it was a dream come true for me. I posted a short video of it on You Tube entitled “BobCava Valley Railroad Engine” so you can see for yourself what its like. Dave, my classroom instructor and Bruce my Cab instructor [known in the trade as the Pilot] were wonderful. If there were more than 5 stars available that’s what I would rate it. For those who prefer to ride in the coaches they are in mint condition. Bring your camera so you will have wonderful memories for years to come. Besides pictures of the rolling stock, tracks and buildings you will want to photograph the landscape the train travels through. Enjoy.

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    My family and I have gone on the North Pole Express for the past couple years. This year I ordered the tickets and put the wrong date. After getting through to a customer service rep he was SO helpful in changing the date of our tickets! I reccommend this place to anyone! 🙂