The Wilmington and Western Railroad, originally chartered in 1867 to facilitate the transport of goods from the Red Clay Creek mills to the Port of Wilmington, has a rich history of evolution and transformation. Over the years, it has changed hands, faced temporary closure, and emerged as a fully functional steam-diesel-powered train, offering captivating tours through the picturesque landscapes of Wilmington's Red Clay Valley.  

Today, the railroad is renowned for its diverse range of seasonal events. Venturing through scenic views accessible only by rail, a simple train ride transforms into an extraordinary experience and a novel adventure. Immerse yourself in the magic of this Wilmington's hidden gem during your next visit by partaking in these captivating 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 7, 8, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28 and November 4.   
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 6, 13, 20 & 27 
Departure Times: 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.

Halloween Express 

Grab your spookiest 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 29. 

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


The holidays come quick once fall appears... Here’s your sneak peek into the Railroad’s holiday season.  


Santa Claus Express

Wilmington and Western have 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 everyone during the ride so be sure to check your list twice and bring it along to give to Santa!  

Dates of Event: November 24 -26. December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, and 23  
Times of Departure: 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.  

Holiday Lights Express

With the holidays come spectacular light displays. Hop on board the Holiday Light Express and enjoy an evening with lights that will brighten your season. 

Dates of Event: December 6-10, 13-23, and 26-30 
Times of Departure Vary by Date - Click here for more information on specific rides. 


Learn More About the Wilmington & Western Railroad!

For additional information about Wilmington and Western, click here. Don't miss out on the chance to showcase your autumn adventures... remember to tag us using #VisitWilm for a chance to be highlighted on our social media platforms. If you're seeking even more excitement in Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley this holiday season, request your FREE Visitors Guide here