The ‘Polar Express’ set to pull in EC

By Robert Kelly - Goss

The Daily Advance

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The magic of trains and Christmas has always seemed to go together well. You know, there are plenty of folks who encircle their trees with model trains.

Children’s author Chris Van Allsburg famously picked up on this theme when he created the classic tome, “Polar Express.” The book was made into a film and subsequently events would spring up all around the country celebrating Christmas, trains and the beloved book. Museum of the Albemarle is one of those places and they’re offering “The Polar Express” for the second year.

“Last year we had 6,000 people,” said Charlotte Patterson, museum education coordinator.

The free event opens Saturday at 10 a.m. and runs throughout the day. There will be trains, crafts, refreshments and three screenings of the animated classic, “Polar Express,” 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

And while a free screening of the film might be enough to get folks to the museum, perhaps it is what will be inside the lobby of the grand building along Elizabeth City’s waterfront that will keep you in awe for hours.

The Albemarle Railroad Club has created a model replica of the set from the film, complete with the Christmas village, the hobo who rides atop the train, Santa and tiny elves.

The railroad club is comprised of men who share a love for model trains. Some of the members are so dedicated to trains they are hired to create these highly detailed, very expensive train villages and sets for private homes. In other words, this is a sight not to be missed. For more information call the museum at 252-335-1453.