V&T Railroad

Coming November 2017

Tickets on sale now
Departs from the Carson City Eastgate Depot and heads North on the Carson City-Virginia City Route, arriving at the North Pole.

During the holiday season, characters, entertainment and Santa bring the story to life, with a souvenir silver sleigh bell to remember the journey. The one-hour long rides are fun for the whole family. VIP parlor car tickets also available!

VIP Parlor Car
If you'd like a more intimate experience aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, book your tickets for the VIP Parlor Car, which accommodates 30 passengers and includes a keepsake hot chocolate mug and dedicated time with Santa and his elves. These tickets sell out fast!

Train Schedule
The 2017 season begins Saturday, November 18 with the final ride on Saturday, December 30 -- more dates added this season! Join us on any of our evening rides at 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (and one Wednesday).

Train Fares

Coach TicketsCoach: $46/adult, $36/child (ages 2-12), children 24 months and under who sit on an adult's lap are free. Book Tickets >

VIP TicketsVIP: $82/adult, $72/child. Book Tickets >

All families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!

NEW Twilight Trains
Looking for a deal? Check out these discounted twilight trains and save $10 on Coach tickets. More Info >

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions >>

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s17)

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"We rode THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in 2011 and have just booked reservations again for 2012. Ten of us…three generations ages 9 yrs to 71 yrs. What a wonderful experience and the beginning of a new Christmas tradition. Such a joy for all aboard to be in the same festive frame of mind. Compliments to the staff (depot, tents, and the train) who were very well prepared and were thoroughly enjoying their roles.”
– Georgeson/Hendrix family
"We went last year, our daughter was 3 1/2 and we all loved it. We watched the movie just hours before going on the ride, so our daughter felt like she really was a part of THE "REAL" POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. We are planning on doing it every year as a family tradition."
– Brooke Vierra
"Thank you for providing such a wonderful experience for my girls to take a trip to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. It was so much fun and we thoroughly enjoyed it."
– Lynch family

877-724-5007   775-291-0208

Carson City Eastgate Depot
4650 Eastgate Siding Road
Carson City, Nevada 89701
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Jeff Dow

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For nearly twenty years the V&T was a major political and economic factor in the growth and development of Western Nevada and Eastern California. During the late 1870s, V&T stockholders divided handsome dividends in excess of $100,000 monthly. Additional financial returns provided the capital for nearly 40 other V&T-affiliated concerns. The 300-mile Carson & Colorado Railroad was built from Mound House, Nevada, to Keeler, California, and was operated by principals of the V&T from 1880 to 1900. V&T dividends funded the establishment of Hawthorne, Nevada, the Hawthorne Water Works, lumbering operations at Lake Tahoe and Southern Nevada, the Columbus Wagon Road to Bodie, a large soda plant at Keeler, and dozens of mining ventures at Aurora, Bodie, Hawthorne, Candelaria, Belleville, Columbus, and Cerro Gordo.

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