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Fillmore & Western Railway Company

Fillmore, CA, USA
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About Fillmore & Western Railway Company
Visit Fillmore & Western Railroad to ride the movie trains! Offering Weekend Scenic Trains, Murder Mystery Trains, Holiday Trains, Steam Train Rides, Special Events, School & Private Group Trains. Trains run all year long! Bring the family for a ride on vintage passenger & dining cars through the beautiful Heritage Valley in Ventura County.
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My name is Jeff wrote a review Nov 2020
Ventura, California241 contributions135 helpful votes
SOOOO Much Fun!!!! Although expensive, the Polar Express is worth every penny. The atmosphere, the actors, the production and the snacks all make the experience a very magical ride. We have done the Polar Express every year for he last four years but the new production is fantastic. It is exactly like the movie with the actors playing the roles as if you were in the movie. The highlight is definitely the hot chocolate song and service. My two sons were wide eyed the entire train ride and had an amazing time on the Polar Express. I loved every part of the experience and will be back next year! Well done Polar Express, thanks for the memories! Also, on select days Crhis Van Allsburg, the author of Polar Express was is on site signing copies of the Polar Express.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Don P wrote a review Feb 2020
Santa Clarita, California34 contributions5 helpful votes
We were looking for something different to do for our Valentine's Day weekend. I found this opportunity through the Santa Clarita city web site and thought we'd give it a try. The train ride is about 9 miles but takes about an hour?!? I know it's not a bullet train but we weren't expecting such a slow, long ride over. There was no entertainment on board so although the scenery was nice, I didn't need to see it as such a slow speed. I pulled up my speedometer app and the fastest we went was about 10 mph; the slowest was so slooooow that it didn't even register on my app. Santa Paula was a nice stop but we didn't have enough time to look around. We had lunch and had to immediately head back to the train for the ride back. We will be back to Santa Paula on our own to look around when we have more time. The Loose Caboose is advertised as something to get excited about but was a let-down when we arrived. Not much to see there and the animal areas are very sparse. I have heard the Christmas and Murder Mystery rides are fun. At least there's something going on during the slow train ride so we might try one of those.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jamie M wrote a review Jan 2020
Princeton, Indiana60 contributions61 helpful votes
Our family (group of 6 and ages 9-72) absolutely loved the Polar Express ride! It was actually the idea of my 16 year old nephew for us all to go and he also loved it. The train was decorated for Christmas and we were entertained throughout the ride with songs, dance, snacks, and a visit from Santa. The story and acting followed along with the famous book. The book was also read on board. Everyone received a gold ticket, hot cocoa, cookie and of course a beautiful bell. Con: the gift shop was not open to purchase Polar Express souvenirs :( We hope to go on the Polar Express ride again next year.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Lynda C wrote a review Dec 2019
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Inspired by the book 'The Polar Express' by Chris Van Allsburg and the movie. You receive a Golden ticket to board the Polar Express. "All A board" calls the conductor and families board the train in their PJ's the train is decorated with gifts inside with lights and you feel the excitement. With hot chocolate,cookie and reading of the book. Music and entertainment made the trip a lot of fun. You really do not need to be a fan of the story or movie to really enjoy the train ride or the theme to believe. But with knowledge of the story really does make it special. Santa will appear and gives the first gift of Christmas and each person receives a beautiful silver bell from Santa's sleigh. The excitment of the children really makes this a magic time and it was nice to have Santa Claus stop and talk to each person and hand them a silver bell. We enjoyed the Polar Express on Christmas Eve because this is when the story begins. Thanks to the actors and their joy making the trip fun. I was glad to experience this train ride and feel like I was a part of the story. To hear the sweet sound of the silver bell and to believe in Christmas. Highly recommend the ride on the Polar Express train ride for any age and enjoy the experience.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Ojai, California89 contributions85 helpful votes
This far exceeded my expectations. It was so magical and they really made you feel like you were in the book. The characters kept the kids engaged the entire time with singing, reading the book, hot chocolate and a giant snickerdoodle, and Questions about Santa, Christmas, etc. They also played out most of the storyline from the movie. My son was in heaven. To top it off, Santa came through and gave everyone a bell. I would definitely recommend honoring thei r request to arrive an hour early. They leave right on time, so if you haven’t arrived with enough time to get your tickets and find your train car you might be left. We’re speaking from experience. We BARELY made it. And we’re so glad we did - it was a highlight of the season.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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