SANTA EXPRESS USHERS IN HOLIDAY SEASON IN ST. MARYS

Anything can happen on the Santa Express in St. Marys. Santa Claus could perform magic. Frosty the Snowman could come alive. And it could even snow in South Georgia.

On November 30, December 7, 14 and 21, the Santa Express departs four times a day, taking passengers on a journey to Santa Land where the magic begins. Entertainment all along the way gets everyone into the holiday spirit. Then Santa comes aboard with gifts for all the good little boys and girls.

Children of all ages (from 2 to 92) will enjoy the storybook ride on the rails through woodlands and over marshlands.

“In previous years, the Santa Express trains filled up so fast we had to add an additional Saturday,” said Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express. “Of course, there’s always a happy ending and passengers really enjoy the interactive experience.”

Ryan expects an early sellout just like last year and hopes families will reserve their seats to avoid disappointment.

“For those who yearn for an old-fashioned family tradition holiday event, this is the ticket,” said Doug Vaught, Stationmaster and Narrator on the train. “Many of our families return each year to usher in their holidays by riding the Santa Express together.”

Adding to the excitement of Santa for the young and young at heart is the locomotive AT THE THROTTLE experience. The AT THE THROTTLE experience gives rail fans an opportunity to actually run a diesel locomotive. Ryan said this is a “once in a lifetime” experience and makes a great Christmas present.

The Santa Express departs from Theatre by the Trax in St. Marys on November 30, December 7, 14 and 21 at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm. Each ride lasts about an hour and a half and takes guests through scenic woodlands and marshlands to Santa Village where it makes the turnaround. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children. Children 2 and under ride free on laps. Get Santa Express tickets at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or call 912-200-5235. People interested in the AT THE THROTTLE experience (which is $150 per person) and groups of ten or more should call 912-729-1103.

HALLOWEEN EXPRESS TRAIN RIDES TAKES PASSENGERS TO HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

Kids of all ages will want to get in on the fun when monsters gather at the Hotel Translyvania to induct a young werewolf into their Monster Club on October 19 and 26 in St. Marys, GA .

As passengers ride the rails through woodlands and marshlands on the way to meet the monsters, Halloween entertainment abounds. Then at the midway, the real show comes alive when Dracula and his friends try to educate the little werewolf on the skills needed to be a monster. In the mix is a funny confrontation between the good witch and the bad witch.

Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express, said, “On the Halloween Express, we go back in time and reclaim the traditions of yesteryear with lots of family fun and levity.”

Ryan said the Halloween Express monsters will be more comical than scary, and the good witch will have everyone cheering as she gets the best of the bad witch in a fun way to celebrate Halloween. In addition to Dracula, train passengers will witness Frankenstein, the Skeleton, and the Mummy grooming the werewolf. Making a non-appearance will be the Invisible Man.

“As usual, we expect an early sell-out for these excursions,” Ryan said. “The Halloween Express has always been one of our most popular events with children and adults.”

Train passengers can also enjoy free admission to the St. Marys Railroad Museum at the train station.

The Halloween Express departs from Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, at 10am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm on October 19 and 26. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 3 to 12. Children 2 and under ride free. Tickets should be purchased in advance at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com, or by calling 912-200-5235. Groups of 10 or more should call 912-729-1103 for a discount code.

A much-loved feature of the Halloween Express is the AT THE THROTTLE EXPERIENCE where guests can actually run the locomotive. Those interested in the AT THE THROTTLE EXPERIENCE should call 912-729-1103 for reservations. AT THE THROTTLE tickets are $150 and you must be 16 years old or older to participate.

CIRCUS TRAIN DEBUTS IN ST. MARYS, GA

At 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm on May 18 and 25, St. Marys Express takes passengers on a journey through picturesque woodlands and marshlands with entertainment all along the way. It’s the debut of the Circus Train created in honor of the recent filming of “Dumbo” in St. Marys.

At the Midway stage, actors from St. Marys Little Theatre bring the Big Top story to life with Greatest Show on Earth performers that include a fierce but funny lion tamer, bearded lady, clowns and much more.

“The Circus Train runs right through the St. Marys location where Dumbo was filmed so our passengers get a chance to ride right through a movie backdrop,” said Barbara Ryan, St. Marys Express Entertainment Director. “Children of all ages from 2 to 92 will enjoy the antics of the colorful characters that entertain on the train and at the midway.”

Train passengers can also enjoy the St. Marys Railroad Museum featuring running model trains before or after each ride.

Ryan said St. Marys Express is expecting an early sellout as the most recent train excursions were totally booked ahead of time.

The Circus Train departs from Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm May 18 & 25. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Children two and under ride free on laps. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Special group discounts are available for groups of ten or more by calling 912-729-1103 to get discount code.

Also, St. Marys Express’s popular AT THE THROTTLE experience is offered on all train dates. AT THE THROTTLE gives someone (must be 16 or older) an opportunity to actually run the diesel locomotive. Cost is $150 and reservations for AT THE THROTTLE must be made ahead of time by calling 912-729-1103.

PETER COTTONTAIL EXPRESS RETURNS TO ST. MARYS APRIL 13 & 20

Children of all ages can enjoy the antics of Peter Cottontail and other holiday characters on a special Easter season train excursion April 13 & 20 in St. Marys.
At 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm on April 13 and 20, St. Marys Express takes passengers on a journey through picturesque woodlands and marshlands with entertainment all along the way.
At the Midway stage, actors from St. Marys Little Theatre bring a fun Easter Bunny story to life with lovable characters including Snoopy and Peter Cottontail himself. Peter’s friends mingle with passengers for memorable photo opportunities on the return trip. Then back at the station Peter Cottontail and Snoopy host a special Easter Egg hunt for all the boys and girls.
According to event organizers, last year’s Peter Cottontail Express sold out early, and they expect the same to happen this year.
“Volunteers for St. Marys Little Theatre create engaging scenarios that get the passengers involved before, after, and during the train ride,” said Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express. “We have many returning guests because they know that each excursion is an entirely new and different experience.”
Train passengers can enjoy the St. Marys Railroad Museum featuring running model trains before or after each ride
The Peter Cottontail Express departs from Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm April 13 and 20. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Children two and under ride free on laps. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Special group discounts are available for groups of ten or more by calling 912-729-1103 to get discount code.
Also, St. Marys Express’s popular AT THE THROTTLE experience is also offered on all train dates. AT THE THROTTLE gives someone (must be 16 or older) an opportunity to actually run the diesel locomotive. Cost is $150 and reservations for AT THE THROTTLE must be made ahead of time by calling 912-729-1103.
Future St. Marys Express excursions slated for this year include the brand new Circus Train May 18 & 25, Halloween Express October 19 & 26, and Santa Express November 30, December 7, 14 & 21. Train Schedule

AXES THROWING AND STEER ROPING ADDED TO WILD WEST EXPRESS TRAIN RIDES IN ST. MARYS MARCH 2 & 9

Since the launch of the St. Marys Express in 2013, one of the most popular train excursions has been the Wild West Express which returns to St. Marys on March 2 and 9 with more activities added including Axe Throwing and Steer Roping.
The excitement begins March 2 at 10 a.m. with the Mardi Gras parade adjacent to the train station then train rides at noon, 2 and 4. Passengers can enjoy an all-day Mardi Gras Festival just blocks away. On March 9, the first train rolls out at 10 a.m. Both Saturdays feature Wild West characters aboard each train and a showdown shoot-out at Frontier Land.
Before and after the train rides, passengers will be able to tour the St. Marys Railroad Museum and watch model trains make their way around the landscape. They will also have a chance to try their skills at Axe Throwing and witness steer roping.
The Wild West Express is the first St. Marys Express excursions of 2019, and entertainment director Barbara Ryan said the Wild West theme was brought back by popular demand.
“This is our sixth year running the Wild West Express, and every year, tickets sell out earlier,” Ryan said. “All ages enjoy the excitement of the Wild West. It’s a real adventure and a great escape from the stresses of modern day life.”
About the entertainment she said. “We’ve found that our passengers love to be a part of all the excitement, so period-dressed characters will engage them on many levels. Some of our cowboys  performing in the shootout (with blanks, of course) are champion sharpshooters who have won competitions all over the country.”
“It feels like you’ve really left the area as you go back in time,” Ryan said. “Everybody yearns for simpler times of yesteryear. The Wild West Express is a nostalgic experience and a novelty for many who have never ridden a train. But for everyone, being on a train is simply a time to relax and just live in the moment.”
For the March 2 and 9 events, St. Marys Express has added the popular “AT THE THROTTLE” experience whereby people (16 or older) get to actually run the diesel locomotive.
To ride the WILD WEST EXPRESS open air cars, tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Children 2 and under ride free on laps. Rides in the diesel locomotive are available for $50 per person, and the AT THE THROTTLE EXPERIENCE is $150 per person.
Tickets to the Wild West Express must be purchased ahead of time at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Groups of ten or more can get a discount code by calling 912-729-1103. AT THE THROTTLE experiences can be reserved by calling 912-729-1103 as well.

Just a few kudos from our passengers on the Santa Express 2018 train!

We rode today. Mr. @ Mrs. Claus were wonderful. Thank you Santa for the Ho Ho Ho contest with our little one.

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Thank you to the wonderful staff and volunteers at the St. Mary’s Santa Express! Your positive holiday spirit, amazing work, and kind hearts made this day so special for our family! We will be back again, for sure! Have a blessed holiday, everyone at the St. Mary’s Express; You deserve it!! I left a recommendation and pictures on the pages. It sure was a sweet, spirit-filled 5 star experience!! Thank you, again, and God bless!!

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I enjoyed this and will make it a yearly trip. Camden, Nassau, Glynn and Brantley counties you should take time to bring your kids on this entertaining train ride!

SANTA EXPRESS USHERS IN HOLIDAY SEASON IN ST. MARYS

Anything can happen on the Santa Express. Santa Claus could perform magic. Frosty the Snowman could come alive. And it could even snow in South Georgia.

On November 24, December 1, 8 and 15, the Santa Express departs at 10 am, noon, 2pm and 4pm, taking passengers on a journey to Santa Land where the magic begins. Entertainment all along the way gets everyone into the holiday spirit. Then Santa comes aboard with gifts for all the good little boys and girls.

Children of all ages (from 2 to 92) will enjoy the storybook ride on the rails through woodlands and over marshlands.

“Last year’s Santa Express was so successful, we are bringing back some of the same characters and some new ones to bring an enchanting story to life and we have added an additional weekend,” said Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express. “Of course, there’s always a happy ending and passengers really enjoy the interactive experience.”

Ryan expects an early sellout just like last year and hopes families will reserve their seats to avoid disappointment.

“For those who yearn for an old-fashioned family tradition holiday event, this is the ticket,” said Doug Vaught, Stationmaster and Narrator on the train. “Many of our families return each year to usher in their holidays by riding the Santa Express together.”

Adding to the excitement of Santa for the young and young at heart is the locomotive AT THE THROTTLE experience. The AT THE THROTTLE experience gives rail fans an opportunity to actually run a diesel locomotive. Ryan said this is a “once in a lifetime” experience and makes a great Christmas present.

The Santa Express departs Theatre by the Trax in St. Marys on November 24, December 1, 8 and 15 at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm. Each ride lasts about an hour and a half and takes guests through scenic woodlands and marshlands to Santa Village where it makes the turnaround. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children. Children 2 and under ride free on laps. Get Santa Express tickets at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or call 912-200-5235. People interested in the AT THE THROTTLE experience (which is $150 per person) and groups of ten or more should call 912-729-1103.

Halloween Express Train Rides Feature Fun And Adventure

October 20 & 27 In St. Marys, Ga

Kids of all ages will want to get in on the fun when monsters compete to see who is the most fun monster of all on the Halloween Express that runs October 20 and 27 in St. Marys, GA .
As passengers ride the rails through woodlands and marshlands on the way to the Monster Ball, Halloween entertainment abounds. Then at the midway, the real showdown comes alive when Dracula and his friends vie for a place in the Monster Hall of Fame. Train passengers cast the deciding vote to see who gets to reign over the train on the return trip.
Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express, said, “On the Halloween Express, we go back in time and reclaim the traditions of yesteryear.”
Ryan said the Halloween Express monsters will be more comical than scary, and the good witch will have everyone cheering as she gets the best of the bad witch in a fun way to celebrate Halloween.
“As usual, we expect an early sell-out for these excursions,” Ryan said. “The Halloween Express has always been one of our most popular events with children and adults.”
Train passengers can also enjoy free admission to the St. Marys Railroad Museum at the train station.
The Halloween Express departs from Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, at 10am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm on October 20 and 27. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 3 to 12. Children 2 and under ride free. Tickets should be purchased in advance at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com, or by calling 912-200-5235. Groups of 10 or more should call 912-729-1103 for a discount code.
A much-loved feature of the Halloween Express is the AT THE THROTTLE EXPERIENCE where guests can actually run the locomotive. Those interested in the AT THE THROTTLE EXPERIENCE should call 912-729-1103 for reservations. AT THE THROTTLE tickets are $150 and you must be 16 years old or older to participate.

Storybook Express Train Rides Debut In St. Marys May 19 & 26

Storybook Express Train Rides Debut In St. Marys May 19 & 26
Children of all ages will enjoy the charms of Snow White, Robin Hood, Snoopy other favorite storybook characters on the Storybook Express.
The St. Marys Express is introducing their newest excursion designed to appeal to children of all ages from 2 to 92.
The Storybook Express will depart Theatre by the Trax at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm on May 19 and 26. Passengers will ride the rails to StoryLand through picturesque woodlands and marshlands with entertainment all along the way.
At the Midway stage, actors from St. Marys Little Theatre bring a storybook adventure to life with lovable characters including Snow White, Robin Hood, Snoopy and more. The fun continues as all the characters board the train for the ride back.
Every spring, St. Marys Express introduces a new train adventure, and this year’s “Storybook Express” is the last train excursion until October.
“Volunteers for St. Marys Little Theatre create engaging scenarios that get the passengers involved before, after, and during the train ride,” said Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express. “We have many returning guests because they know that each excursion is an entirely new and different experience.”
Ryan said that no matter what age a person is, they will enjoy the diversion from the humdrum everyday world that the Storybook Express provides.
“The Storybook Express is a ‘worry-free’ zone,” Ryan said. “Only smiles allowed once you come aboard.”
The Storybook Express departs from Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm on May 19 and 26.Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Children two and under ride free on laps. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Special group discounts are available for groups of ten or more by calling 912-729-1103 to get discount code.
St. Marys Express’s popular AT THE THROTTLE experience is also offered on all train dates. AT THE THROTTLE gives someone (must be 16 or older) an opportunity to actually run the diesel locomotive. Cost is $150 and reservations for AT THE THROTTLE must be made ahead of time by calling 912-729-1103.

PETER COTTONTAIL EXPRESS RETURNS TO ST. MARYS MARCH 24 & 31

Children of all ages can enjoy the antics of Peter Cottontail and other holiday characters on a special Easter season train excursion March 24 and 31 in St. Marys.
At 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm each day, St. Marys Express takes passengers on a journey through picturesque woodlands and marshlands with entertainment all along the way.

At the Midway stage, actors from St. Marys Little Theatre bring a fun Easter Bunny story to life with lovable characters including Peter Cottontail himself. As the train’s locomotive reverses directions, Peter Cottontail boards the train for the return trip and to host a special Easter Egg hunt back at the station.

According to event organizers, last year’s Peter Cottontail Express sold out early, and they expect the same to happen this year.

“Volunteers for St. Marys Little Theatre create engaging scenarios that get the passengers involved before, after, and during the train ride,” said Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express. “We have many returning guests because they know that each excursion is an entirely new and different experience.”

Ryan said that 95% of all train passengers have come from out of the area, thus fueling the tourist trade for Camden County and helping restaurants, hotels, and retail establishments grow their customer base.

“The St. Marys Express train rides are giving people who have never come to St. Marys a reason to visit,” Ryan stated. “And it gives us an opportunity to introduce a whole new market to our other destination assets including Cumberland Island, our museums, our waterfront park and the many historic features of our town.”

The Peter Cottontail Express departs from Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm March 24 and 31. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Children two and under ride free. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Special group discounts are available for groups of ten or more by calling 912-729-1103 to get discount code.

Also, St. Marys Express’s popular AT THE THROTTLE experience is also offered on all train dates. AT THE THROTTLE gives someone (must be 16 or older) an opportunity to actually run the diesel locomotive. Cost is $150 and reservations for AT THE THROTTLE must be made ahead of time by calling 912-729-1103.

Future St. Marys Express excursions slated for this year include the brand new Storybook Express May 19 & 26, Halloween Express October 20 & 27, and Santa Express November 24, December 1, 8 & 15.