Wilmington & Western Railroad Museum
The Wilmington and Western Railroad Museum is an operating railroad museum. That means visitors can climb aboard and ride on authentic rail cars pulled by one to two steam engines powered by coal, one engine was built in 1909 and the other engine in 1907, or historic diesel engines, or a self-propelled diesel-powered engine called a “doodlebug.”
The Wilmington and Western Railroad is owned and operated by Historic Red Clay Valley, Inc. (HRCV), a not-for-profit organization. The Wilmington and Western Railroad has been serving the communities along Red Clay Creek since 1867.
Railroad Museum Excursions
Two regular railroad rides are available that take visitors on a historic and stunning ride along scenic Red Clay Creek and through the lovely Delaware countryside.
Mt Cuba Express
This excursion takes 1 ½ hours for the round trip. It chugs about 5 miles up the line and then stops for a half an hour at the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, and then returns to Greenback Station.
This excursion takes 2 ½ hours for the round trip. The ride goes for the entire 10 mile stretch of railroad line owned by HRCV to the town of Hockessin before returning to Greenback Station.
Special Train Excursions
HRCV also offers dinner trains, so visitors can enjoy a nice dinner while enjoying the scenery and the swaying of the train. Some dinner excursions are to a specific restaurant.
Holiday trains rides include Easter Bunny Express, Fireworks Express, Autumn Leaf Special, Halloween Express, Veteran’s Day Celebration, Holiday Lights Express, and Santa Claus Express.
Those seeking thrills and scares can check out the Wild West Robbery Express, Hayride Express, and Ghosts of the Valley.
Fares for these special events and excursions can be found online.
Visiting the Wilmington and Western Railroad Museum
Fares for a regular ride:
Mt Cuba Express
Seniors (60+) $10
Children (2-12) 9
Seniors (60+) 14
Children (2-12) 12
Tickets can be purchased online or at the Greenback Station. Reservations are recommended since many rides sell out.
The trains operate no matter the weather, but as with any means of transportation, schedules can change without notice. The best way to find out the schedule is to check it out online.
The phone number of the Greenback Station is: 302-998-1930
The address of the Greenback Station is:
2201 Newport-Gap Pike (Route 41 North)
Wilmington, Delaware 19808