On the last weekend in August, one child rides FREE with each full-priced adult/senior ticket! Bring the kids for one last summer hurrah before the new school year kicks into high gear.

We will be collecting donations of school supplies which will be donated to a local elementary school. Suggested items include:

  • No. 2 pencils, colored pencils, pencil boxes/cases, erasers

  • Crayons, markers, dry erase markers/erasers

  • Ear buds/earphones

  • Wipes/tissues

  • Scissors

  • Backpacks

Once aboard the train you'll enjoy a leisurely 1½-hour round-trip ride up the Red Clay Valley to our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you can de-train to enjoy a ½-hour layover along the banks of the Red Clay Creek to have a picnic or simply admire the natural surroundings. If you don't want to get off the train at Mt. Cuba, you can remain onboard and travel further up the line through the communities of Ashland and Yorklyn. On the return trip, we'll make a brief stop at Mt. Cuba to pick up the picnic passengers.

This event is powered by one of our historic first-generation diesel locomotives.

Reservation Policy

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Photo: Dale Woodland


There are no more dates for this event this year.
See you next year!



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Seniors (60+):


Children (2-12):


You must select to purchase a child's ticket to receive the free offer - the final ticket price will be adjusted at checkout.

Toddler (under 2):



Groups of 15-20 people can rent one of our red cabooses to have a private party aboard the train. Learn more about caboose rentals.



Larger groups (between 20 and 40 people) can rent our Parlor Car to have a private party aboard the train. The Parlor Car is a larger space with plenty of room to set up food and beverages for your party. Learn more about renting the Parlor Car.


All trains operate rain or shine. The railroad reserves the right to substitute coaches and/or motive power as operating conditions demand and to make modifications to the schedule without prior notice. We have limited accessibility for handicapped persons. All buildings have wheelchair ramps and we have a wheelchair lift to board the train at Greenbank Station. However, there is no wheelchair lift available at any of our stops, including the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove and Hockessin. Train doorways are only 24-inches wide and there is limited space for wheelchair storage on the train.