Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — Several hundred people left Medina Sunday night with their first gift of Christmas, given by Santa Claus himself on the Polar Express.
The annual ride, sponsored by the Medina Railroad Museum, was packed with families, many of whom were smiling while sipping hot chocolate in their pajamas.
Riders came from all over Western New York, and a number were on board for the first time.
“The kids were excited because they knew they were going on a train,” said Jennifer Ertel of Tonwanda, on the ride for the first time. “We have friends who’ve done it every year and I figured this year the kids were old enough to enjoy it.”
Ertel said the experience was a thrill, and she said it was enjoyable to share it with both her children and her mother. “I love it, I think it’s just great,” she said.
Shannon Pryce of Webster, seated in First Class with her 6-year-old daughter Bailey, said the ride was unique.
“I don’t know of anything else quite like this,” Pryce stated. “There’s extreme detail here; they really stay true to the story. They do a fantastic job to keep the magic of the story alive.”
Elma’s Eva Subjeck appeared to be the most excited in her crew. Joined by her mom, her husband, and her grandchildren, she joked about her enthusiasm.
“This is just magical, and the children love the show,” she said.
One Lockport-based family brought along a visiting couple from Arkansas. Bill and Megan Williams were joined by her parents, Tim and Christina Dombrowski, and his folks, Bill and Ann Williams, whose southern accent gave them away. Bill and Megan brought along their children, Liam and Carter, and Bill said the ride was incredible in that it managed to “keep the children engaged the whole time.”