What happened to the Pere Marquette 1225?

Today the Pere Marquette 1225 is owned, maintained and operated by the Steam Railroading Institute. It’s part of the National Register of Historic Structures and is renowned for its role in the 2004 Warner Brothers Christmas Classic, THE POLAR EXPRESS™.

Is The Polar Express based on a real train?

It’s been a local favorite for decades and especially gained popularity after inspiring the look and sounds of the train in a 2004 film. Every sight and sound of the magical Christmas train in the 2004 film The Polar Express is based on a real-life steam locomotive.

What locomotive was used in Polar Express?

Know-It-All states that the train is a Baldwin 2-8-4 locomotive built in 1931. The Polar Express was modeled from plans of Pere Marquette 1225 which is a 2-8-4 type built by Lima Locomotive Works in 1941.

What whistle does 1225 have?

5-chime Nathan whistle
Pere Marquette #1225’s Whistle The locomotive utilizes a 5-chime Nathan whistle, as delivered from the Lima Locomotive Works. The whistle features a higher-pitched note and overall carries a classic steam locomotive sound, slightly trailing off towards the end.

What train is Thomas based on?

Thomas as portrayed by Hornby and the TV series is based on one of six E2 class locomotives fitted with an extension to the front of the water tanks.

What is the top speed of The Polar Express?

At Pere Marquette’s a top speed of 70 mph (113 km/h), it would take about 93 hours to complete the journey non-stop, which is nearly four days. Each of the tickets in the film all have a seven-digit number on them.

What is the most famous steam train?

The Flying Scotsman
The Flying Scotsman Built in 1922, Flying Scotsman has been described as the world’s most famous steam locomotive. Since it was first built, few parts of the locomotive have survived as many of its components have been renewed and replaced several times over.