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.

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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.

WILD WEST EXPRESS TRAIN RIDES IN ST. MARYS

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FEBRUARY 10 & 17

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 February 10 and 17, 2017.
The excitement begins February 10 at 10 a.m. with the Mardi Gras parade adjacent to the train station with train rides at noon, 2 and 4. Passengers can enjoy an all-day Mardi Gras Festival just blocks away. On February 17, 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.
Suspicious characters like Widow McCoy roam the train looking for unsuspecting pick pocket victims. Then at the midway point, dramatic shootouts will be performed by members of the nationally renowned Single Action Shooting Society.
Before and after the train rides, passengers will be able to tour the St. Marys Railroad Museum. Outside, they can try their skills at axe throwing with the infamous Flying Hawks II Axe Throwing Team.
The Wild West Express is the first St. Marys Express excursions of 2018, and entertainment director Barbara Ryan said the Wild West theme was brought back by popular demand.
“This is our fifth 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 February 10 and 17 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.

SANTA EXPRESS USHERS IN HOLIDAY SEASON IN ST. MARYS

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Anything can happen on the Santa Express. The Grinch could become an elf. Frosty the Snowman could come alive. And it could even snow in South Georgia.
On November 25, December 2 and 9, 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 the same characters to bring an enchanting story to life,” 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 25, December 2 and 9 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

October 21 & 28

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Halloween as you journey to Haunted Village where pirates (who have commandeered the train) will try to rid the town of zombies (zombies are more comical than scary). Come dressed in costume if you like!

 

SPECIAL AT THE THROTTLE EXPERIENCES!
(also on October 21 & 28)

  • A once in a lifetime opportunity to actually RUN an authentic diesel LOCOMOTIVE! You’re at the controls. Imagine the bragging rights, and you get a certificate to prove it. Must call 912-729-1103 for details and to schedule an AT THE THROTTLE experience.

OCTOBER 7 RAILROAD DAYS IN ST. MARYS

TRAIN RIDES, ROCK SHRIMP FESTIVAL AND PARADE

As fall approaches, families looking for weekend activities will find a full day of family fun in St. Marys, Georgia, on October 7.

The day begins with a parade at 10 am, St. Marys Express train rides at noon, 2 and 4, and an all-day Rock Shrimp Festival. At the St. Marys Railroad Train Station, guests can tour the St. Marys Railroad Museum and view railroad inspection cars.

“It’s the perfect day to get out and enjoy the history, fun, and adventure that makes Coastal Georgia a great place to live and visit,” said Doug Vaught, St. Marys Express Station Master.

Train passengers will be treated to entertainment all along the train rides that take them through scenic woodlands and over pastoral marshlands. Then at the midway point, characters from the past come alive in a special show that features characters like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Injun Joe. Lively hobos roaming the train are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

“This marks our 5th annual Railroad Days,” said Paul Pleasant, General Manager of St. Marys Railroad. “This is the day that railfans from far away come to immerse themselves in the history of the railroad.”

According to Barbara Ryan, Entertainment Director for St. Marys Express, October 7 also marks the season opening day for the St. Marys Railroad Museum.

“Kids from 2 to 92 will enjoy the collection of working model trains moving along the tracks in the museum at the train station plus the numerous railroad items on display,” said Ryan.

“More and more we are seeing our train riders come in early or stay later with overnight stays at our charming bed and breakfasts and historic inns,” Ryan continued. “What’s more interesting is the fact that we have so many repeat riders since every excursion offers a different theme.”

Tickets for the train rides should be reserved ahead of time by visiting http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 912-729-1103. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 3 to 12. Kids two and under ride free.

Trains depart at noon, 2 pm and 4 pm from Theatre by the Trax at 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys.

Other upcoming St. Marys Express excursions include the Halloween Express October 21 and 28, and the Santa Express November 25, December 2 and 9.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EXPRESS TRAIN RIDES DEBUT IN ST. MARYS MAY 20 & 27

In St. Marys, GA, on May 20 and 27, at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm each day, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express will take passengers on a journey through picturesque woodlands and marshlands with entertainment all along the way.

At the Midway stage, such revered stars as Elvis, the Blues Brother, Whitney Houston, Mick Jagger and others will vie to be a winner in the “Heaven’s Got Talent” competition which will be judged by train passengers.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express is a new product of the St. Marys Express, and because of its broad appeal, organizers anticipate an early sellout.

“We expect people of all ages to climb aboard the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and enjoy an outdoor experience that includes great entertainment,” said Barbara Ryan, St. Marys Express Entertainment Director. “A visit to the in-house Railroad Museum before or after the ride is always fun for our passengers as well.”

Ryan went on to say that passengers love the interactive experience on the train and at the midway staging area which is central to all the themed excursions.

“Our mission is to keep our guests engaged throughout their ride while also giving them the opportunity to relax and just breathe in the great outdoors,” she said.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express departs from Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm May 20 & 27. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Children two and under ride free on laps. Two fortunate guests per departure can ride in the locomotive for $50 each. 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.

The AT THE THROTTLE EXPERIENCE where guests can actually run the locomotive will also be offered for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. 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.

WILD WEST STEAM EXPRESS TRAIN RIDES IN ST. MARYS FEBRUARY 11 & 18

Since the launch of the St. Marys Express in 2013, one of the most popular excursions has been the Wild West Express which returns to St. Marys on February 11 and 18, 2017.

The excitement begins on the 10 am train and extends through the last ride at 4 pm both Saturdays with Wild West characters aboard each train and a showdown shoot-out at Frontier Land. Suspicious characters like Widow McCoy roam the train looking for unsuspecting pick pocket victims, but Pappy, the octogenarian Pinkerton detective saves the day.

The dramatic shootouts will be performed by members of the nationally renowned Single Action Shooting Society. Before and after the train rides, passengers will be able to tour the St. Marys Railroad Museum and have photos taken in an authentic 1800s mud wagon stagecoach.

The Wild West Steam Express is the first St. Marys Express excursions of 2017, and entertainment director Barbara Ryan said the Wild West theme was brought back by popular demand.

“This is our fourth 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 February 11 and 18 events, St. Marys Express has added the popular “AT THE THROTTLE” experience whereby people (16 or older) get to actually run a 1930s steam 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.

SANTA EXPRESS USHERS IN HOLIDAY SEASON IN ST. MARYS

Anything can happen on the Santa Express. The Grinch could become an elf. Frosty the Snowman could come alive. And it could even snow in South Georgia.

On November 26, December 3 and 10, 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 really wanted to think out of the box to make this year’s even more exciting,” 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 authentic steam locomotive AT THE THROTTLE experience. The AT THE THROTTLE experience gives rail fans an opportunity to actually run the authentic 1930s steam locomotive while the Santa Express is being pulled by the diesel 507 engine. 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 26, December 3 and 10 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. 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.