|11344 Edbrooke Avenue|
|Location||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Inhabitants||Billy the Lonely Boy|
11344 Edbrooke Avenue (the number is referred to as "one hundred thirteen forty-four") is a small, old, run-down house which exists on the wrong side of the tracks in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is where Billy the Lonely Boy lives.
Role in the film
The Polar Express stops in front of the house to pick up Billy. Know-It-All is slightly surprised by this as he thought Hero Boy was the last passenger. The Conductor steps outside and introduces the train in the same manner as he did to Hero Boy earlier. Billy turns it down, so the Conductor gets back on board and the train starts to move. Billy eventually changes his mind, but the train is already moving too fast for him to catch up until Hero Boy, under a suggestion by Know-It-All, pulls the emergency brake, which stops the train.
While at the North Pole, Hero Boy, Hero Girl, and Billy find a present with Billy's name and the same address on it.
The train stops in front of the house again during the return journey to drop off Billy. Know-It-All initially questions Billy why he is getting off until Billy explains they stopped at his house. He also thanks Hero Boy for stopping the train for him before going home. After Billy gets home, he finds the present he saw earlier and rushes outside with it to tell Hero Boy and Hero Girl that Santa has been to his house.
The Conductor also announces the address as the next stop at the end of the Polar Express song.
- Billy's house, just like Billy himself, does not appear in the book.
- The address was inspired by the address of the childhood home of Robert Zemeckis, the director of the film. The house in real life is in the south of Chicago, Illinois.
|Grand Rapids, MI||Grand Rapids, Michigan • Hero Boy's House • Herpolsheimer's • 11344 Edbrooke Avenue|
|The Journey||Flat Top Tunnel • Glacier Gulch • Ice Lake|
|North Pole||North Pole • North Pole Square • Communications Room • Sorting Room|