2,000 ride train at Railroad Museum in busy weekend

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 30 November 2021 at 7:00 am

Medina site gearing up for Polar Express

Photos courtesy of Chris Podosek/Medina Railroad Museum: The Santa train leaves the Medina Railroad Museum on Sunday under a striking sky.

MEDINA – The Medina Railroad Museum just wrapped up a successful weekend of Santa trains, which saw nearly 2,000 people ride the trains.

Passengers, who came from across Western New York, took a nearly hour-long ride, during which they talked with Santa and were entertained by dancing elves.

This family of women from the Rochester area came all decked out in red and black checkered pajamas to ride the Santa train Saturday at Medina Railroad Museum for what they called “ladies day out.”

The Santa train is a warm-up for Polar Express, which travels to Medina Railroad Museum the next three weekends.

Polar Express has been a crowd-pleaser for several years and features a ride to the “North Pole” with the hobo character from the popular movie and Santa on the train. All passengers get a train cut-out cookie from Case-Nic Cookies and hot chocolate. First-class passengers get their hot chocolate in a keepsake Polar Express mug.

In addition, each child gets a gift from Santa.

All first-class tickets for Polar Express are sold out, but a limited number of coach seats remain. They may be reserved by logging on the medinarailroadmuseum.com.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive an hour early to allow ample time to park. Tickets include admission to the Medina Railroad Museum, which has the largest toy train layout in New York state.