The Polar Express, the classic children’s story written by Chris Van Allsburg in 1985, comes to life on movie screens around the world beginning Thanksgiving 2004 in a film by Robert Zemeckis, starring Academy Award® winner, Tom Hanks. Using ground-breaking, motion-capture animation, the story of a young boy’s struggle to solve the mystery of Santa Claus plays out on a train called the Polar Express. Led by a massive Berkshire locomotive, the train transports wide-eyed kids on a hair-raising adventure to the North Pole.
Now, you can own the Polar Express train featured in both the best-selling book, and this Christmas season’s sure-hit movie, as only Lionel can create it. Painstakingly designed to be true to the original, this exclusive Lionel train set features a die-cast metal Berkshire steam locomotive with a new, larger pilot, headlight lens cap and unique whistle. The engine and tender are painted in a dark, matte finish to complete the image.
Following the locomotive and tender are two lighted coach cars. The observation car features a new rounded observation deck, just like in the movie! Silhouettes in the windows depict scenes from the movie including the scary marionette car, and the joyful coach car where the kids get their fill of hot chocolate and candy.
The main characters from the movie are included as articulated figures with turning heads, movable arms, bendable waists and jointed knees. They can be posed and placed on areas of the locomotive, tender and passenger cars to replicate your favorite scenes from the movie.
Transformer controlled forward, neutral and reverse operation
Air whistle in tender
Operating coupler on rear of tender
Powerful maintenance-free motor
Two traction tires
Die-cast metal locomotive body and frame
Separately applied metal handrails
All-new pilot and headlight lens shield
Decorated drumhead on observation car
All-new, rounded observation deck
Silhouettes in windows
2-8-4 Berkshire steam locomotive and tender, two passenger coaches, one passenger observation car with rounded deck, three straight FasTrack track sections, eight curved FasTrack track sections, one FasTrack terminal section, CW-80 Transformer, articulated movie characters, smoke fluid, “How-to” instructional video