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All Aboard! NBSR and The Children’s Wish Foundation Bring the Polar Express to Life


“One thing about trains: It doesn't matter where they're goin'. What matters is deciding to get on.” The Polar Express, feature film.

There are few holiday stories as cherished as The Polar Express. And each year NB Southern Railway partners with The Children’s Wish Foundation to create a real-life Polar Express experience for families in the Saint John area.



To those on-board, it comes very close to a true trip to the North Pole. Passenger cars are decorated and staffed with elves (student volunteers from Harbourview High School), and two incredible conductors. The trains cross several bridges, including the remarkable Reversing Falls crossing, and the ride is set to music from the feature film, The Polar Express, with activities taking place in time with designated songs. 

“We first partnered with the Children’s Wish Program in late 2017, and it seemed like a quick and easy decision for us to come aboard. It was a tremendous success,” says Ian Simpson, General Manager of NB Southern Railway. “Our team lives and works in this area, and in Maine, and it’s a cause we feel great about supporting. Given the holiday season, and the treat of inviting children and families to enjoy a special train ride, this event has a special place in all our hearts.”

We are very pleased to announce this year’s Polar Express #BelieveInWishes event raised over $50,780 for The Children’s Wish Foundation, New Brunswick Chapter. With those funds, an additional 5 children will receive their wishes. 

Aubrey’s Wish

For Aubrey, and her family, the Polar Express #BelieveInWishes Train Ride began with the most magical wish of all. A portion of the funds raised this year will go towards Aubrey’s own wish. Just before her ride began, she met with Santa, who read her a special poem and presented her with a new plush friend, Roary. 

 Aubrey - Children's Wish - Polar Express

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