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.

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: Jeff Hammaker

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 character 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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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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NEW FOR 2020!
Cocktails & Chocolate Local
Photo: Painted Stave Distilling

COCKTAILS & CHOCOLATE LOCAL

Enjoy delicious cocktails and delectable chocolate morsels as you ride through the Red Clay Valley at dusk.

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Dog Days of Summer
Photo: Photography by Ro

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

Meet adoptable dogs and enjoy a hotdog lunch - a portion of each fare will go to local "no kill" animal shelters.

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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 through the Red Clay Valley on our historic train. 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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NEW FOR 2020!
Galactic Express

GALACTIC EXPRESS

Climb aboard for an intergalactic journey with your favorite heroes and most sinister villain from the Dark Side! Pre-boarding activities will include lightsaber training.

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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!.

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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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NEW FOR 2020!
Holiday Spirits Train

HOLIDAY SPIRITS TRAIN

Partake in a variety of holiday-themed cocktails and cookies aboard our festively-decorated train.

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Ice Queen Express
Photo: Sew Classy Princess Parties

ICE PRINCESS EXPRESS

Ride our train through the Red Clay Valley with the Ice Queen, her sister the Ice Princess and the Ice Harvest Prince.

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Journey Back in Time
Photo: The Charles S. Philips Collection

JOURNEY BACK IN TIME

Travel back to the years following the Civil War to discover why and how the Wilmington & Western became a reality.

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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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Oz Express
Photo: Sew Classy Princess Parties

OZ EXPRESS

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Wilmington & Western and ride our train with Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Wicked Witch.

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Paranormal Express

PARANORMAL EXPRESS

Join Diamond State Ghost Investigators as they take you to several locations along our route and attempt to encounter paranormal phenomena.

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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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Pirates & Pixies Express
Photo: Sew Classy Princess Parties

PIRATES & PIXIES EXPRESS

Participate in a scavenger hunt around the station and ride the train with Captain Hook, his swashbuckling pirates and the lovely Tinkerbell.

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Princess Express
Photo: Sew Classy Princess Parties

PRINCESS EXPRESS

This year’s special guests include the Little Mermaid and her Sailor Prince, the Arabian Princess, Sleeping Beauty and the Hawaiian Princess!

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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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Salute to Veterans
Photo: Mike Ciosek

SALUTE TO VETERANS

The Wilmington & Western honors our veterans and their service to our country with a morning ceremony at Greenbank Station.

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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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Shakespeare, Poe & Fiends

SHAKESPEARE, POE & FIENDS

Delaware Shakespeare will perform spine-tingling classic literature designed to fright and delight.

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Spirits Trains
Photo: Painted Stave Distilling

SPIRITS TRAINS

Sip on cocktails mixed by Painted Stave Distilling and paired with food from a variety of local establishments.

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Super Hero Express
Photo: Mike Ciosek

SUPERHERO EXPRESS

Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther and Leonardo the Ninja Turtle jump straight out of the comics to ride our rails. All are invited to dress in their favorite superhero costume!

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Terror in the Train Yard

TERROR IN THE TRAIN YARD

Ride - if you dare - in the dark of night to our Marshallton Yard, where the undead spirits will be waiting for you in the shadows.

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas & Sing-a-Long

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS & SING-A-LONG

Dress in your PJs and join us for an evening train ride while this classic Christmas story is read and participate in a holiday sing-a-long.

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Volunteer Recruitment Day
Photo: Oren B. Helbok

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT DAY

Spend the day with us behind-the-scenes and explore the many ways you can volunteer with the Wilmington & Western.

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Wine & Cheese Express

WINE & CHEESE EXPRESS

Enjoy fine wines from Harvest Ridge Winery paired with cheese by Chesapeake Gold Farms.

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