The Ice Lake is a frozen-over lake that the Polar Express slides onto after after speeding along Glacier Gulch. Smokey manages to get the cotter pin, which came off the throttle and was accidentally swallowed by Steamer, out of Steamer's mouth by hitting his back with a shovel, but it flies out of the cab and pierces the ice, causing it to fracture. Meanwhile, the train hits an iceberg and leans sideways, causing Hero Girl to almost fall off before being grabbed by the Conductor and Hero Boy. However, their strength proved to not be enough to save her, so the Hobo appears and helps them, but disappears before anyone but Hero Boy could see him. The train is eventually stopped after Smokey uses the pin from his hair to fix the throttle.
Hero Boy, Hero Girl and the Conductor go to check what is going on with Smokey and Steamer. The Conductor was angry with them, but forgets to be angry after Hero Boy notices the cracking ice catching up, so he orders them to start moving and to turn the train around. Hero Boy soon finds the tracks on the other side of the lake and the Conductor shouts orders at Steamer to go left or right, in order to be aligned with the tracks. Meanwhile, Hero Girl's ticket, which Hero Boy put in his slipper while meeting the Hobo, gets blown out of Hero Boy's slipper, so Hero Girl and Hero Boy try to catch it. They manage to both grab it at the same time. They both exclaim as the ice catches up with the train and breaks under it. Luckily the engine hits the frozen-over tracks and the train is saved.
When Know-It-All tries to explain what happened to Hero Boy, he claims that it is impossible for a train to go on ice and that moonlight and atmosphere really created an optical illusion which made it only appear as if the train was on ice.
With the ice cracked and the tracks flooded, it is unknown how the train did the return journey. It is possible the lake refroze or the train took a different route around the lake.
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