The warm weather is back thanks to spring and with it comes Wilmington & Western Railroad's spring lineup with rides for all ages!

School Days - Wilmington and WesternSchool and Day Camp Trains 

Varying dates now through August 
Departure: 9:45 AM & 11:00 AM
Boarding: 15 minutes before departure

The school and day camp train rides focus on the story of the Wilmington & Western Railroad and its impact on life in the Red Clay Valley. On this 45-minute ride in the historic first-generation diesel locomotives, enjoy learning about the rails and the history behind this now fan-favorite attraction finishing off the ride at Greenbank Station where riders can enjoy a shaded picnic lunch on the station's picnic tables! While these rides focus on school and day camp groups, they are available to the public if space is permitting.

Hockessin Flyer - Wilmington and WesternHockessin Flyer

Varying dates now through September
Departure: 2:30 PM
Boarding: 15 minutes before departure

Powered by either the first-generation diesel locomotives or one or the Railroad's antique steam locomotives, the Hockessin Flyer is a fun and entertaining experience for the whole family! Relax on a two and a half hour round trip ride to Hockessin with a half hour layover in town to eat and shop. The ride follows the Red Clay Creek, travelling through large rock cuts (tunnels without roofs) and even up the steepest grade on the railroad!

Don't forget Mom!

Yorklyn LimitedWilm and Western Yorklyn

Varying dates now through September
Departure: 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM
Boarding: 15 minutes before departure

The Yorklyn Limited takes riders on a leisurely hour and a half round trip. It leaves the choice to the rider to stop at Mt. Cuba’s Picnic Grove, along the banks of the Red Clay Creek, (for those who want to explore and/or picnic) or to stay on the train and visit the communities of Ashland and Yorklyn, picking up those who stopped at the picnic grove on the return trip. Be sure to double check the routes when booking. This trip is powered by Wilmington & Western Railroad’s historic first-generation diesel locomotive, their 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad Doodlebug railcar, or one of their antique steam locomotives!

Brews on BoardBrews on Board - Wilmington and Western

Varying dates May through September
Departure: 7:00 PM
Boarding: 6:30 PM

For adults 21+ looking for a leisurely train ride to relax and enjoy themselves, then Brews on Board is perfect for you! Enjoy a two hour round trip including two 12 oz. pours with the option to purchase more! Hop aboard, relax, and sip a cold one or two with friends. Brews on Board is powered by one of Wilmington and Western Railroad’s historic first-generation diesel locomotives.

Doodlebug DaysDoodlebug Days - Wilmington and Western

Varying dates May through September
Departure: 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM & 3:30 PM
Boarding: 15 minutes before departure

Enjoy the beauty of the Red Clay Valley on a one hour round trip to Yorklyn aboard Wilmington & Western Railroad’s unique 1929 “Doodlebug” Railcar Number 4662, which once served the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad. The Doodlebug is self-propelled and features both passenger seating and baggage storage. Doodlebug railcars used to be used on lightly-used branch lines where it was not economical to operate a multi-car, locomotive-hauled train. WWRR’s Doodlebug railcar is one of only two Doodlebugs from the Pennsylvania Railroad to still exist. Seating is limited so be sure to make reservations early to experience this historic piece of railroad equipment!

Brandywine Springs Historic ExpressWilm and Western Brandywine Springs

Saturday, May 20th 
Departure: 10:00 AM
Boarding: 9:45 AM

This ride stops at one of the most historically significant locations along Wilmington & Western Railroad’s tracks, Brandywine Springs Park. Brandywine Springs Park was the site of a hotel and amusement park in the late 1800s and early 1900s and features a fun house, pony rides, a dance hall, a lake, a bandstand, and even an early wooden roller coaster. Many of those that visited came via the trains operated by the Wilmington and Western! The park closed in 1923 and is now a New Castle County park. This history-focused excursion provides the opportunity to explore the park with a Friends of Brandywine Springs guide to help point out significant areas and amusements. The walking tour will take approximately an hour and a half, afterwards the train will continue to Mt. Cuba’s Picnic grove and then return, totaling around two and half hours in total. This event is powered by the Railroad’s historic 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad Doodlebug Railcar!

Superhero Express Superhero Express - Wilmington and Western

Sunday, May 21st 
Departure: 12:30 PM & 3:30 PM
Boarding: 30 minutes before departure

Last but not least, the final event (for now) is the Superhero Express! The Wilmington & Western has been attacked by the infamous Dad Joker and their team of superheroes and need your help! Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure to participate in their hero training course, then don your favorite disguise and join the superheroes for an epic and hilarious character excursion with four famous superheroes! The WWRR is partnering with Sew Classy Royal Events to host this event. This is an hour and a half long round trip to Ashland, powered by one of the Railroad’s historic first-generation diesel locomotives! Good luck heros!

With countless events on these incredible historic trains, Wilmington & Western Railroads spring lineup will surely be fun for the whole family! But the fun doesn't stop there... be sure to check back for dates in the fall for prime leaf peeping rides and during the holiday season when Santa makes his way to Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley!