EVENTS & FARES

Each year, thousands of people make us a part of their family fun. Whether it's a festive train ride with Santa, a summer evening spent sipping craft beer, or a Sunday afternoon picnic, the Wilmington & Western provides a variety of year-round events for you and your family to enjoy.


FEATURED EVENTS

NEW FOR 2024!
Wonderland Express
Photo: Sew Classy Royal Events

WONDERLAND EXPRESS

Join us for a train ride to Wonderland with Alice, the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and Queen of Hearts. Passengers are invited to wear your best tea party outfit and hat!

  May 5
  1½-hour round-trip
  Diesel-powered

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Mother's Day Special
Photo: Andy Gwiazda

MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL

After your Mother's Day 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.

  May 12
  1½-hour round-trip
  Mothers ride for half-fare!
  Diesel-powered

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OTHER EVENTS

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.

  Various dates, October & November
  1½- or 2½-hour round-trip (depending on trip)
  Steam- or diesel-powered (depending on date)

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Back to School Special

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL

Bring the kids for one last summer hurrah as the new school year begins! Plus, we'll be collecting school supplies for donation to a local school.

  August 24
  1½-hour round-trip
  One child rides FREE with each full-priced adult/senior ticket.
  Diesel-powered

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Brandywine Springs Historic Express
Photo: Friends of Brandywine Springs Park

BRANDYWINE SPRINGS HISTORIC EXPRESS

This unique history-focused excursion will give you the opportunity to take a guided tour through Brandywine Springs Park and discover one of the most historic locations along our tracks.

  May 11 & September 14
  2½-hour round-trip
  Doodlebug-powered

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Brews On Board

BREWS ON BOARD

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

  Various dates, April thru September
  2-hour round-trip
  Diesel-powered

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Father's Day Special
Photo: Drew Warrington

FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL

Bring dad or granddad out for a ride aboard our historic train. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy with dad at our picnic grove.

  June 16
  1½-hour round-trip
  Fathers ride for half-fare!
  Diesel-powered

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Fireworks Express
Photo: J.P. Tracey

FIREWORKS EXPRESS

Park at our Greenbank Station and our train will take you directly into Hockessin for the July 4th Fireworks Show.

  July 4
  4-hour round-trip
  Steam-powered

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NEW FOR 2024!
Founder's Day Weekend
Photo: Friends of Auburn Heights

FOUNDER'S DAY WEEKEND

Celebrate what would've been the 100th birthday of our legendary founder, Thomas C. "Tom" Marshall Jr, and experience the two great railroads created by one great founder.

  July 6
  Special combo ticket available
  Steam-powered

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Grandparents Day Special

GRANDPARENTS DAY SPECIAL

Show your grandparents some love on their special day and bring them aboard for a scenic train ride. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove.

  September 8
  1½-hour round-trip
  Grandparents ride for half-fare!
  Diesel-powered

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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.

  October 27
  1½-hour round-trip
  All passengers in costume ride for $10!
  Steam-powered

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Hayride Express
Photo: Andy Gwiazda

HAYRIDE EXPRESS

Enjoy an evening ride through the Red Clay Valley on an original railroad flatcar filled with hay and converted especially for hayrides.

  Fridays in October
  1-hour round-trip
  Diesel-powered

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Hockessin Flyer
Photo: Jeff Hammaker

HOCKESSIN FLYER

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

  Various dates, April thru September
  2½-hour round-trip
  Steam- or diesel-powered (depending on date)

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Holiday Lights Express
Photo: Steve Barry

HOLIDAY LIGHTS EXPRESS

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

  Various December evenings
  1-hour round-trip
  Diesel-powered

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NEW FOR 2024!
Ice Cream Express
Photo: Mike Ciosek

ICE CREAM EXPRESS

Cool off with delicious ice cream from Delaware's legendary Woodside Farm Creamery during a ride to Hockessin.

  July 27
  2½-hour round-trip
  Diesel-powered

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Ice Princess Express
Photo: Sew Classy Royal Events

ICE PRINCESS EXPRESS

Ride our train through the Red Clay Valley with the Ice Queen, Ice Princess and Ice Harvester as they sing songs and greet all their royal guests.

  November 16 & 17
  1½-hour round-trip
  Diesel-powered

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Marshallton Brunch Limited
Photo: The Marshallton Steakhouse

MARSHALLTON BRUNCH LIMITED

Ride aboard our train to The Marshallton Steakhouse for a gourmet all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch buffet, followed by a 17-mile round-trip ride to Hockessin.

  Various dates, April thru September
  3-hour round-trip
  Brunch buffet
  Doodlebug-powered

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Princess Express
Photo: Sew Classy Royal Events

PRINCESS EXPRESS

Join five popular royal characters on our train as they pose for pictures and interact with everyone aboard - it is sure to be a fun, royal afternoon!

  July 28
  1½-hour round-trip
  Diesel-powered

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Railroading Summer Camp
Photo: Mike Ciosek

RAILROADING SUMMER CAMP

Enroll your 10- through 14-year-old in our one-day Railroading Summer Camp where they'll learn about the fascinating world of trains and railroading.

  July 23 & August 6
  Hands-on learning

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NEW FOR 2024!
Rita's on the Rails

RITA'S ON THE RAILS

Our train will take you to Rita's in Hockessin, and your ticket fare includes a FREE large water ice, custard, or gelato!

  June 30
  2½-hour round-trip
  Doodlebug-powered

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Salute to Veterans
Photo: Steve Jensen Jr.

SALUTE TO VETERANS

The Wilmington & Western honors our veterans and their service to our country with a morning ceremony at Greenbank Station, followed by train rides to Yorklyn.

  November 9
  1½-hour round-trip
  Veterans ride FREE!
  Steam-powered

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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 special treat.

  Weekends (and select weekdays) between Thanksgiving & Christmas
  1½-hour round-trip
  Steam- or diesel-powered (depending on date)

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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.

  Select Tuesdays, April thru August
  45-minute round-trip
  Diesel-powered

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School's Out Special

SCHOOL'S OUT SPECIAL

Celebrate the end of another school year with free rides for all school teachers, admins and staff!

  June 8
  1½-hour round-trip
  School teachers, admins & staff ride FREE!
  Diesel-powered

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Wine & Cheese Express

WINE & CHEESE EXPRESS

Savor a fine selection of wine and cheese pairings as you ride through the Red Clay Valley at dusk.

  June 1
  2-hour round-trip
  Diesel-powered

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Yorklyn Limited
Photo: Andy Gwiazda

YORKLYN LIMITED

Take a leisurely ride through the valley to Yorklyn, with an optional layover at our Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove.

  Various dates, April thru September
  1½-hour round-trip

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