PLEASE NOTE: The Steam Locomotive #15 repairs are underway. No date has yet been set to return the locomotive to service. Our Diesel Engine #6 will pull the train on excursions until such time as our Steam Engine is repaired.

Safety precautions and health guidelines are in place for the benefit of both crew members and our passengers. 

Chehalis Centralia Railroad

All Aboard

The polar Express™ Train Ride

All Aboard for this magical train ride to the North Pole! Bring the kids and listen as THE POLAR EXPRESS™ is read aloud, cocoa is sipped and Santa drops by to visit with each child!




45 min round trip to the North Pole


Children under age of 2 are free but must be on adult lap.
All sales for this ride are online only.

Premier Seating


Cookies and hot cocoa will be provided and there will be an option to purchase snacks on board from our depot.


Holiday trains do not have wheelchair/walker accessibility. Guests may leave walker/wheelchair in the depot before boarding. The width of the train doorways and aisles prohibit us from accommodating wheelchairs/walkers.
Pre-boarding is available for those needing assistance. There are ramps to the depot and train, and a gravel parking lot. ADA parking & restrooms are available. ADA restroom at depot only. The restroom on the train is not ADA accessible.
Please call for more details.

North Pole here we come!

We are excited to invite passengers to ride in comfort and privacy on our vintage railcar during their trip to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS™.

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once onboard, hot chocolate and treats are served as passengers listen to the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to the Depot.

General Reserved Seating: Enjoy the enthusiasm and excitement in the 1920’s coaches with bench and table seating. Your friends and family will be entertained by cocoa dancers, and many of the characters you find in the storybook. Prices TBA. Everyone is a kid on THE POLAR EXPRESS™! The golden ticket is yours to keep and remember this popular holiday tradition.

Premier Seating: This historic 1920s Business Car offers four (4) unique settings for groups and families, each area is “distanced” from the other and has its own special character. Tickets may be purchased as a unit ensuring that your party is seated together in a comfortable and safe situation for your memorable ride to pick up Santa at the North Pole. Here is what you can expect with the Premier Seating

Every Passenger in the Premier Car, referred to as the #99 car of Seattle, Portland & Spokane Railway (SP&S) will find a collector’s cocoa mug and gift bag as they take their seats. The production of The Polar Express with dancing and singing entertains until the reading of The Polar Express story take place. Magic begins to happen while cocoa and cookies are served, and Caribou cross the tracks just before the train arrives at The North Pole. Upon arrival, the train is met by Santa and his elves and once they board, the train departs for home. During the return trip, Santa will greet and visit with each group and bestow the First Gift of Christmas to each passenger. Every area has windows to see the North Pole and watch while Santa boards the train appointed with 1950’s style furniture and details.  Price TBA. We accommodate groups up to 4, 6, or 8.

We want everyone to be comfortable and have a wonderful experience. To manage your expectations we want to let you know that as in 1950’s standards, there is limited heating and an RV style restroom is provided in the general seating coach connected to the 99 car. Aisles are narrow, so wheelchair seating is not available.

Blankets, fuzzy jammies and cozy scarves are encouraged. Our Depot Gift Shop offers a variety of Polar Express blankets, socks and scarves along with ornaments, toys and gift items that are not available through any other source, except those of us who host THE POLAR EXPRESS™.

Please arrive ½ hour prior to departure.

Premier Car images

Parlor Seating

This area at the rear of the train commands a 180-degree view. Passengers are seated in overstuffed upholstered chairs with side tables seating six.


(for up to 6 passengers)

Dining Room Seating​

Guests will be seated in the private dining room at a single dining room table.


(for up to 8 guests)

Two Stateroom Seating areas

Two rooms are available for up to four passengers. Four adults is a tight fit, but two adults and two children can be very comfortable. The sofa-style seating rides just like a private berth room in railcars today. The space is small, but the privacy is advantageous for many. 


(for up to 4 passengers)

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Important Message:

Greetings to Railfans and Friends of the Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum,

We are pleased to announce the full repair of the track damage sustained in the 2022 flood has been completed. Funds are currently being sought through FEMA and SBA to reimburse the expenses incurred. In the meantime, projects to improve our facilities, track and the safety of our train operations are underway. The renovation of the #15 Steam Locomotive will resume, pending the acquisition of funds.

While our organization remains strong and committed to a return of services, due to circumstances beyond our control, we are currently unable to conduct train rides and event excursions.  We do not have dates as to when we will be able to return to service. All 2023 events and schedules are pending. Thank you for your interest.