Mount Hood Railroad Welcomes The Polar Express for 2011 Holiday Season

Call Now to Reserve Tickets Starting November 12th

Hood River, Oregon - The Mount Hood Railroad's excursions usually take passengers through scenic Hood River Valley, but this holiday season the railroad will visit a slightly snowier place: The North Pole. The Polar Express is coming to the Pacific Northwest with magical round-trip rides to the North Pole starting mid-November and running through Christmas week.

Inspired by the award winning book by Chris Van Allsburg and the Warner Bros. movie starring Tom Hanks, this classic holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride to the North Pole. "All Aboard" says the conductor, as your train ride begins. Families are sure to enjoy their trip to the North Pole, complete with cocoa and cookies served on board the train, followed by a reading of The Polar Express. Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa will greet the children and each child will receive their own jingle bell, just like in the story. There is caroling on board the train as it returns to the depot.

For a full schedule of excursions, visit http://mthoodrr.com/Polar_Express/schedule.html. To reserve your seats on the Polar Express, call 1-800-872-4661, visit www.mthoodrr.com, or visit the train station at 110 Railroad Avenue in downtown Hood River, Ore.

About Mount Hood Railroad
The Mount Hood Railroad has a rich history reaching back more than a hundred years in the Hood River area, which was first explored by Lewis and Clark in 1805. Subsequent explorers and pioneers discovered the dense forests and rich, fertile soil of the Hood River Valley-now internationally famous for its fruit industry. The Mount Hood Railroad was built to provide commercial and passenger transportation to the region and began service in 1906. It immediately became an economic lifeline for the valley, carrying fruit and forest products to market and serving as a primary means of passenger transport during the first half of the 20th century. While still an active freight line, the scenic railroad now offer visitors some of Oregon's most breathtaking scenery-from the town of Hood River toward the base of Mount Hood-with historic trains that feature air conditioned dome cars, gourmet meals, live narration, themed excursions and more.

Mount Hood Railroad conducts fun, nostalgic and entertainment-filled train excursions through one of the most beautiful and historic areas of the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1906, Mount Hood Railroad has provided more than 100 years of passenger and commercial rail service in the Hood River Valley first explored by Lewis & Clark more than two centuries ago. Today, it provides memorable trips from the city of Hood River, Ore., through the orchard-filled Hood River Valley, up to the Mount Hood National Scenic Area around the iconic peak of the state's highest mountain. For more information, visit www.mthoodrr.com.