Zach's Trip to the North Pole On the Polar Express

The first stop on Zach's big day was to see his new nephew Cohen

A little cuddle time with Uncle Zach

Then Came the train Station

Zach, Nick and Kayci in front of 1225 as she sits waiting for everyone to board.
Inside the train yard we met up with a hobo

Zach was excited as the train got underway

Somehow the hobo managed to get on the train. They had to chase him off.

We finally made it to the North Pole and Zach got to see Santa

Zach and Santa

Santa said the elves needed a little help.

Getting some Raindeer food, making a cookie and making a Wolf necklace

There was a man with a chainsaw carving bears

Some photos around the North Pole

Then we all gathered around the Christmas Tree at the center of town for the First Gift of Christmas

Time to get back on board for the trip home

Pulling the 1225 forward so passengers can board

The 1225 is a 2-8-4 (Berkshire) steam locamotive built in 1941 for the Pere Marquette Railway by Lima Locamotive Works in Lima, Ohio. It is 1 of only 2 surviving 2-8-4 locomotives. It was retired from service in 1951 and was sent for scrap. Michigan State University saved the locomotive and took it to the MSU campus in 1957 where it was on display near Spartan Stadium. The locomotive eventually ended up as the property of the Steam Railroading Institute and was moved to Owosso Michigan.

The locomotive 1225 was the inspiration for the movie The Polar Express. The 1225's blueprints were the prototype for the locomotive image and the actual sounds from the steam locomotive were used in the film.

The conductor in our car (pictured below showing zach his railroad pocket watch from 1907) said that the number assigned to this steam locomotive "1225" is it's actual original issued number from when it was built. Pretty amazing that it's number 1225 is the date of Christmas and it was the inspiration for the movie The Polar Express.

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