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Winter on the Wilmington & Western
Our antique red caboose is the perfect
way to celebrate a birthday as a private
group aboard one of our regularly
scheduled trains. You supply the food,
drinks and balloons, and we supply the
caboose and tracks! Our red caboose offers
a distinctly different way of celebrating your
child's next birthday.
Photo courtesy of the Miller Family

You and your caboose will ride along behind our train as it travels up the Red Clay Valley. Each caboose features tables and benches, and you're welcome to decorate the inside of the caboose (for safety reasons, decorations are not permitted on the exterior). A member of our train crew will ride along to ensure everyone has a safe trip and to answer any questions during the ride. The caboose has windows and doors that open during the summer and a heater for the winter. Plus, kids of all ages love riding the train from high up in the cupola!

Caboose rentals are also popular for graduation celebrations and reunions - the possibilities are endless - that's why we were named Best Kid's Party Place Upstate in Delaware Today's Best of Delaware® 2009.

Depending on the number of adults and children in your group, a caboose can hold a maximum of between 20 and 25 people. Caboose rentals are also available in the off-season and on days when the railroad is closed to the general public. Caboose Birthday Parties are very popular, so make your reservation today! Please call the Business Office during regular business hours to discuss your specific needs.

Prices listed below include all fares - there is no additional per-person ticket fare for caboose rentals.

$275 -
Caboose Rental as part of a regularly scheduled train to Mt. Cuba, including the Mt. Cuba Meteor and Halloween Express excursions.
$325 -
Caboose Rental on one of our premier Special Event trains, including the Easter Bunny Express, Civil War Skirmish Weekend and Santa Claus Express excursions.
$350 -
Caboose Rental as part of a regularly scheduled excursion to Hockessin, including the Hockessin Flyer.

$500 -
Private Caboose Rental (2-hours) with diesel locomotive NOT part of a regularly scheduled train - this is a private train for you and your guests ONLY, and is not open to the public. The caboose holds 20-25 people, but additional riders can be seated in a coach - see below.
$200 -
Each Additional Coach (72 seats) - For Private Caboose Rental only, not applicable on regularly scheduled revenue trains.
For all your train-themed party needs:
Boarding Location
2201 Newport Gap Pike
(Route 41 North)
Wilmington, DE 19808
1601 Railroad Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19808
Monday to Friday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Historic Red Clay Valley Inc.
P.O. Box 5787
Wilmington, DE 19808
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