As much as we would love to be full steam ahead for the start of our fun and enriching train excursion season, the Wilmington & Western Railroad is, like all other Delaware non-profits, anxiously awaiting to learn when our "new normal" will begin. We're all looking forward to the day when we can once again immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of the Red Clay Valley with our family and friends aboard our historic train cars.

Many of you may not know this, but when you buy a ticket and take a ride on one of our trains or make a purchase in our Gift Shop, you are helping to fund future programs for the Wilmington & Western and help support train operations. Approximately 80% of our total revenue for the year is through these income sources and due to the shutdown caused by COVID-19, we are experiencing significant funding shortfalls for the 2020 season.

Your support is needed now more than ever. Please consider making a donation of personal significance that will support our programs, help get our operations back on track and create lasting memories for all of our railroad fans. Thanks to the CARES Act, taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions can now make a $300 cash donation to the charity of their choice and claim it on their taxes. Please donate online today by clicking the button below or by sending a check to:

Wilmington & Western Railroad
P.O. Box 5787
Wilmington, DE 19808

On behalf of all of us at the Wilmington & Western Railroad we thank you in advance for your generosity, and we look forward to seeing you soon out on the rails.

With sincere appreciation,

David M. Keller
Executive Director
Wilmington & Western Railroad

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Historic Red Clay Valley Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible. For more information regarding tax exempt donations, please check with the Internal Revenue Service and/or your local or state tax authority.



Historic Red Clay Valley Inc. will accept donations in the form of money, equipment or property. Terms and restrictions may be imposed upon donations by the donors thereof, provided that such terms and restrictions are consistent with the purposes of our organization. Only those persons designated by our Board of Directors are authorized to accept donations.


To make a monetary donation online, click the button above.

To make a donation of equipment or property, please contact us either by mail at the address below or by calling 302.998.1930.

Your donation will be acknowledged with a letter confirming your generous gift and thanking you for supporting Historic Red Clay Valley's preservation efforts.