Northern Lights Limited & Santa Express


Join us as we embark on a magical journey and celebrate the Christmas season. The Santa Express and Northern Lights Limited are by far our most popular trains of the year, running every weekend (Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays) from the day after thanksgiving all the way up to the weekend before Christmas Eve. All trains are about 1 hour and 20 minutes in length.

The Santa Express is our earlier train, where parents and kids alike are able to hop on board for the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus. As the trains travels through the cold winter wilderness, passengers will be able to visit with Santa and play with his Elves. Each child will also get a special gift from Santa’s own toy bag.

Santa Express:

This service is scheduled early @ 12pm (limited days) and 2:15pm most days other services are running.

First class service amenities include:

  • Seating in our 1891 Rutland combine car with plush seating (limited to 30 reserved seats) seasonally decorated inside and out
  • Longer visits with each child by Santa
  • Visit by Santa with hand delivered gifts
  • Hot chocolate service in Special Travel Mugs
  • Elf leads sing along to Christmas Carols
  • Visit with Mrs. Claus and the elves
  • Gift Bag with additional information and goodies

We ask that no outside food or drink be brought on board due to the historic nature of the car.

Coach Service:

  • Comfortable seating in our regular excursion coaches seasonally decorated inside and out
  • Visit by Santa with hand delivered gifts
  • Elf leads sing along to Christmas Carols
  • Visit with Mrs. Claus and the elves

The Northern Lights Limited is our evening train, and is similar to our earlier Santa Express trains, but with some added touch. Leaving under the cover of nightfall, experience the magic as the lights inside and out of each car are lit, illuminating the entire train in a soft, cheerful glow. Upon departure, you will be taken directly to the North Pole, picking up Santa and Mrs. Claus for all to see. Once on board the train, Santa and Mrs. Claus will take turns visiting with all those on board as the train slowly chugs along through the night. While Santa is visiting each of all the good boys and girls on the train, his Elves will keep you busy dancing and singing along to the music. Each child will get an extra special gift from Santa’s toy bag.

Northern Lights Limited:

This service is scheduled @ 5pm and 7:15pm most days other services are running.

First class service amenities include:

  • Seating in our 1891 Rutland combine car with plush seating (limited to 32 reserved seats)
  • Train is Lighted and seasonally decorated inside and out
  • Visit to Santa’s workshop to pick up Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Longer visits with each child by Santa
  • Visit by Santa with hand delivered gifts
  • Hot chocolate service in Special Travel Mug
  • Elf leads sing along to Christmas Carols
  • Visit with Mrs. Claus and the elves
  • Gift Bag with additional information and goodies

We ask that no outside food or drink be brought on board due to the historic nature of the car

Coach Service:

  • Comfortable seating in our Regular excursion coaches
  • Train is lighted and seasonally decorated inside and out
  • Visit to Santa’s workshop to pick up Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Visit by Santa with hand delivered gifts
  • Elf leads sing along to Christmas Carols
  • Visit with Mrs. Claus and the elves

Tickets Available Here


Please see below, an important note from the volunteers at RMNE:

Dear Friends,

We are looking forward to hosting you on your upcoming train experience where you will embark on a magical journey as you celebrate the Christmas season!

To make your visit as smooth and enjoyable as possible, we have some important information to bring to your attention:

ADDRESS: Boarding is at Thomaston Station, 242 East Main Street, Thomaston, CT – please note that because our station is positioned below an overpass, GPS will have you stop in the road on the overpass – we recommend that you adhere to the directions below.

ARRIVAL TIME: All trains leave precisely at their scheduled times – please plan to be at the Station at least 30 minutes prior to departure to allow for parking and retrieving your tickets. Please plan your drive with weather and traffic taken into account as refunds/transfers will not be made for missed trains.

PARKING is free onsite at the Thomaston Station. Carpooling is encouraged when possible.

WEATHER: Trains will run during rain or snow except in a case when the State of Connecticut issues orders that roads are officially closed due to treacherous conditions Only if this happens will refunds/rescheduling be offered.

TICKETS are not mailed – passengers will pick up their tickets the day of their scheduled ride at the “Will Call” counter inside of the historic Thomaston Station.
RESTROOMS: There are NO restrooms on the trains; our restrooms are located just south of the station.

Thank you for choosing the Railroad Museum of New England to enhance your holiday spirit this year – see you soon!

Your Friends at RMNE


**NOTE: Tickets are NOT mailed. Tickets are to be picked up at the “Will Call” counter inside the Historic Thomaston Station the day of the event. All trains leave on time, so please pick up tickets and be at the station at least 30 minutes prior to departure**

Additional notes:

  • There are no restrooms on the trains. Our restrooms are located just south of the station

  • These trains sell out, please buy your tickets early online at the link above, or call (860)283-7245 at any time to make your reservations

  • Child Tickets for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are considered Toddlers and ride for $1, but MUST be seated on an Adult’s lap. You must purchase a Child ticket for Children in car seats or Child carriers occupying a seat. Seniors age 62+

  • Pick up tickets at Thomaston Station’s WILL CALL window on the day of the event, tickets printed with your name and car assignment. Tickets are NOT mailed

  • ALL tickets are non-refundable/non-exchangeable

  • Board your train at Thomaston Station, 242 E. Main St. in Thomaston, CT

  • Please arrive at the Station 30 minutes before departure time. Trains depart @ scheduled time. No refunds will be given for missed trains.

  • Train is canceled ONLY if State of CT issues orders that roads are officially closed. We then offer refunds/rescheduling

242 E Main St
Thomaston, CT 06787
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