PRESIDENT BERTOLINO TO RIDE NORTH POLE EXPRESS. It took some finagling and “string pulling” by Freighthouse restaurant owner Eric Paris, but there will be a special guest in the engine car during one of this year’s annual North Pole Express runs. Paris garnered permission for Lyndon State College President Joe Bertolino to ride in the locomotive next to the train’s engineer for the 6 p.m. December 1 trip.
The North Pole Express is a one-and-a-half hour “magical train excursion” which departs from the Freighthouse restaurant in Lyndonville, and travels to the “North Pole.” During the trip, participants are entertained by carolers and served hot chocolate treats and holiday goodies. They hear narration and there are special surprises for riders of all ages. Santa and Mrs. Claus and the elves make their way through the heated vintage coaches and hand out souvenirs to every passenger.
Each train has four or five coaches. There are a total of eight trips; four each on Saturday and Sunday. The Express has been running for seven years.