EVENTS & FARES

Each year, thousands of people make us a part of their family fun. Whether it's a holiday celebration, a romantic dinner for two, or a Sunday afternoon picnic, the Wilmington & Western provides a variety of year-round events for you and your family to enjoy.

EXCURSION TRAINS

Our weekend excursion trains to Mt. Cuba, Ashland or Hockessin give you and your family a chance to slow down after a hectic week and spend some quality time together. And the best part is that you get to do it while surrounded by the natural beauty of the Red Clay Valley.

Mt. Cuba Meteor
Photo: Mike Ciosek

MT. CUBA METEOR

Take a leisurely 1½-hour round-trip ride to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy during the ½-hour layover along the banks of the Red Clay Creek.

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Hockessin Flyer
Photo: Andy Gwiazda

HOCKESSIN FLYER

Relax aboard our train as we take you on a 2½-hour round-trip ride along the entire length of our railroad to the town of Hockessin.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

If you're looking for something unique, why not try one of our many Special Event Trains? We have a variety of trains to choose from, including dinner trains, holiday-themed trains, plus good, old-fashioned family fun trains.

Autumn Leaf Special
Photo: Stephen Rogers

AUTUMN LEAF SPECIAL

Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year in the Red Clay Valley.

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Back Burner Dinner Train
Photo courtesy of Back Burner Restaurant

BACK BURNER DINNER TRAIN

Travel in style aboard our 1929 railcar to the legendary Back Burner Restaurant in Hockessin. Appetizers are served aboard the train and dinner is served at the restaurant.

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Brews On Board
Photo: Mike Ciosek

BREWS ON BOARD

Local craft brews are served aboard our train for your tasting pleasure on a leisurely 1½-hour round-trip through the valley. MUST BE 21+ TO RIDE.

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Civil War Skirmish Weekend
Photo: Mike Ciosek

CIVIL WAR SKIRMISH WEEKEND

Travel with troops for a 2¼-hour round-trip train ride to the site of a skirmish between Union and Confederate forces.

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Easter Bunny Express
Photo: Mike Ciosek

EASTER BUNNY EXPRESS

The Easter Bunny hops aboard our train for a 1½-hour round-trip ride to Ashland, and all kids will get a special treat.

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Father's Day Special
Photo: Andy Gwiazda

FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL

Dads love trains, so bring him out for a ride behind our steam locomotive. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy with Dad at our picnic grove.

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Fireworks Express
Photo: Oren B. Helbok

FIREWORKS EXPRESS

Park at our Greenbank Station and our train will take you directly into Hockessin for the July 4th Fireworks - it's a fun, family event at an affordable price.

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Great Train Robbery
Photo: Mike Ciosek

GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY

The cast of Act 1 Productions captures the train with their villains, desperados, renegades, outlaws, music and singers!

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Halloween Express
Photo: Mike Ciosek

HALLOWEEN EXPRESS

A friendly witch rides the train and gives a special treat to all little ghosts and goblins. Passengers in costume ride for $10 on this 1-hour round-trip ride to Mt. Cuba.

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Hayride Express
Photo: Andy Gwiazda

HAYRIDE EXPRESS

Enjoy a 1-hour round-trip evening ride through the Red Clay Valley on an original railroad flatcar filled with hay and converted especially for hayrides.

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Hockessin Art Festival
Photo: Andy Gwiazda

HOCKESSIN ART FESTIVAL

This annual fundraiser for the Wilmington & Western features the work of over 20 local artists, and 30% of all sales go directly to the railroad.

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Holiday Lights Express
Photo: Don Richard

HOLIDAY LIGHTS EXPRESS

Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our vintage train, which is covered in thousands of holiday lights.

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Mother's Day Buffet Dinner Train
Photo: Mike Ciosek

MOTHER'S DAY BUFFET DINNER TRAIN

Treat Mom to dinner aboard our train as it travels through the bucolic Red Clay Valley. Dinner is served buffet-style, and includes appetizer, salad, entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages.

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Mother's Day Special
Photo: Andy Gwiazda

MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL

After brunch is finished, bring Mom out for a relaxing old-fashioned train ride, or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy with Mom at our picnic grove.

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Murder On The Red Clay Express
Photo: Steve Jensen Jr.

MURDER ON THE RED CLAY EXPRESS

Join us for a family-friendly, interactive, comedy murder mystery aboard our historic train. Desserts, water and sodas will be provided during the 2½-hour round-trip.

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Piedmont Prospector
Photo: Mike Ciosek

PIEDMONT PROSPECTOR

Explore the geologic history of the Delaware Appalachian Piedmont, which contains rock dating from 440 million back to 1.2 billion years ago.

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Princess Express
Photo: Sew Classy Princess Parties

PRINCESS EXPRESS  NEW FOR 2018!

Ride along with the Ice Queen and her younger sister, the Ice Princess. Plus, you'll get to meet Beauty from Beauty and the Beast (pictured).

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Railroading Summer Camp
Photo: Mike Ciosek

RAILROADING SUMMER CAMP

Enroll your 9- through 13-year-old in our one-day Railroading Summer Camp where they'll learn about the fascinating world of railroading.

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Railway Day For MDA

RAILWAY DAY FOR MDA  NEW FOR 2018!

Join us for an afternoon of train rides, food trucks, a beer garden and more as we support the Muscular Dystrophy Association and all they do to help those with muscle-debilitating diseases. ALL PROCEEDS FROM TICKET SALES GO TO MDA!

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Santa Claus Express
Photo: Mike Ciosek

SANTA CLAUS EXPRESS

Bring the family and take a train ride with Santa! The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all children a chocolate treat.

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School & Day Camp Trains
Photo: Mike Ciosek

SCHOOL & DAY CAMP TRAINS

The story of the railroad and its impact on life in the Red Clay Valley is told to the young railroaders aboard for this leisurely train ride. This event is also open to all.

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Summer Food Fest
Photo: Mike Ciosek

SUMMER FOOD FEST

Bring the family and enjoy a variety of food trucks on a summer Saturday in the middle of July at the Wilmington & Western!

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Veteran's Day Celebration
Photo: Mike Ciosek

VETERAN'S DAY CELEBRATION

The Wilmington & Western honors our veterans and their service to our country with discounted train fares for all active and veteran military personnel.

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