A train ride…sounds so simple doesn’t it? 

Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley’s Wilmington and Western Railroad was originally chartered in 1867, to move goods from the mills along the Red Clay Creek to the Port of Wilmington. Throughout the years, the line was purchased, sold, shut down and restored to become a functioning steam-diesel-powered train for tours throughout Wilmington’s scenic Red Clay Valley.

The railroad has since created a name for itself with its many seasonal events. With a visit through scenic areas available only by rail, that simple thought of a train ride becomes an incredible experience and a brand-new adventure. Hop on board one of Wilmington’s hidden gems during your next visit with these incredible Wilmington &Western Railroad events!

Autumn Leaf Special

Take leaf peeping to the next level with the Wilmington & Western Railroad’s Autumn Leaf Special. Foliage, friends, and fun will be taking the tracks by storm this season.

Rides Available: October 8, 9, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29 and November 5 and 6.  
Departure Times: 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. 


Hayride Express

Is a hayride on your Fall bucket list? Why not scratch it off in a non-traditional way? Hop on board an original flatcar transformed for family fun and the Hayride Express. Then just sit back, relax, and experience the beauty of the Red Clay Valley on a one-hour round-trip evening adventure. Tickets go fast, get yours today. 

Dates of Event: October 7, 14, 21 & 28
Departure Times: 7:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.


Halloween Express 

Grab your favorite costumes and hop on the rails. Celebrate the season with a visit from the friendly railroad witch! Grab your tickets today this event is October 30.

Departure times: 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. 



The holidays are practically upon us so...

Wilmington and Western Railroad has put in a call to the North Pole to bring that famous Jolly Old Elf to Wilmington. Join the fun on the Santa Claus Express! The Big Man will be around to meet and greet each one on board the train. There will even be snacks!

Dates of Event: November 25 -27. December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, and 23 
Times of Departure: 12:30 & 2:30 p.m. 

With the holidays come spectacular light displays. So why not hop on board the Holiday Light Express and enjoy an evening with lights that will brightening your season.

Dates of Event: December 9-11, 14-23, and 26-30
Times of Departure Vary by Date - Click here for more information on specific rides. 


Learn More About the Wilmington & Western Railroad!

Have a safe and exciting seasonal experience on the rails! To learn more about the Wilmington and Western - click here! Oh, and don't forget to tag us in your fall fun using #VisitWilm for your chance to be featured on our social media. If you're looking for more fun coming to Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley this holiday season, request your FREE Visitors Guide here.