A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to take a ride on one
the Wilmington & Western Railroad's incredible historic Pullman Parlor Car,
a precursor of the Amtrak trains we ride today. It is the only one of its kind
still running and it is right here in Greater Wilmington Delaware.
A team of filmmakers from PBS were in the area from June 10th - 12th to get some action shots of the Wilmington and Western Railroad's fleet. You can see some of the behind-the-scenes footage of day 1 of this shoot in the video below.
Now, I will admit, this was my first time being on one of the railroads cars (I know, shame on me) but, I must say it was an incredible ride and, in my experience, one of the best family attractions in Greater Wilmington, DE! The great thing about the Wilmington and Western Railroad is that it is 100% volunteer. The entire staff is very passionate about these old locomotives and, not to get too cheesy, it really adds something special to the entire experience. David Ludlow, the current Executive Director of the Wilmington and Western Railroad embodies this passion. He saw promise in a struggling organization over a decade ago when he went to the board of directors and said, "Give me one year to turn this around." He began to add more special events for the entire family and fought hard for more grants to help restore the historic landmark and before the board could shake a gavel he had established it as one of the premier attractions in the area. It is because of David and his team's enthusiasm that I would call the Wilmington and Western Railroad the most authentic experience you can have while Wilmington. It's tough not to get nostalgic as you ride along the old railway passing by the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley, covered bridges of Hockessin and Auburn Heights, and the streams and gristmills of DuPont Country. It is an experience that is distinctly Wilmington and one that should not be overlooked!
Visit the Wilmington & Western Railroad online here.
Don't forget to watch for the documentary featuring the Wilmington and Western Railroad coming to PBS in the spring of 2012. We will be reminding you as we get closer I am sure!