The Polar Express Steams Through Michigan
The magical Christmas train in the 2004 film The Polar Express is actually based on a real-life steam locomotive known as the Pere Marquette 1225 - a train that involves a very close call with the scrapyard. The 400-ton train was discovered by a Hollywood film crew who came to Owosso, Mich. to capture its look and sound; it was one of the biggest operating steam locomotives in the U.S. When all other trains were scrapped due to the invention of the diesel train, the 1225 was salvaged in 1957 by a local college trustee for display. It was spared on Christmas day as a present. After repairs worth nearly $1 million, the train is back on the rails again for all those who want their very own ride on The Polar Express.
By Jordan Moses
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