Our little 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.

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.

Please note that due to the historic nature of our cabooses, they are NOT ADA accessible.


  • Perfect for groups of 15-20 people
    Need something larger? Consider renting The Parlor Car

  • Tables and bench seats

  • Windows and doors that open for summer cooling

  • Stove for warmth during the winter

  • Modern bathroom with toilet and sink

  • LED lighting

  • "Upstairs" cupola - see the view from the cupola here!

The Birthday Caboose is available for more than just birthdays! Our cabooses are perfect for any small, private gathering aboard the train.


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



Caboose Rental as part of a regularly scheduled train to Mt. Cuba/Yorklyn, including the Yorklyn Limited and Halloween Express.


Caboose Rental on our festive Holiday Lights Express.


Caboose Rental on one of our character-themed Special Event Trains, including the Easter Bunny Express, Princess Express and Santa Claus Express excursions.


Caboose Rental as part of a regularly scheduled train to Hockessin, including the Hockessin Flyer.



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.

Birthday Caboose
Birthday Caboose
Photo: Andy Gwiazda
Typical Caboose Interior
Typical Caboose Interior
Photo: Andy Gwiazda

Learn the History of Our Cabooses