Schedule & Reservations
Dinner Menu & Beverage Information
Arrival & Boarding
About the Ride
About our Equipment
How much does it cost to ride the dinner train?
Dinner train tickets are sold by the table, and prices vary based on the number of guests attending. Tax and gratuity are included. If you feel that your service is superior, you are welcome to leave an extra gratuity on the table as you depart.
What does the price include?
The price includes a delicious three-course meal, excellent service, tax and gratuity, as well as the unique experience and scenery. Our mystery dinner trains feature a live theatrical experience presented by the Way Off Broadway acting troupe from Frederick, Maryland.
Can I pay for my tickets when I get there, or do I need to pay in advance?
Payment is due in advance at the time of your reservation. We accept Discover, Master Card and VISA. Sorry, we cannot accept checks.
Do you offer group pricing?
Not at this time.
Are senior citizen discounts available?
Sorry, we currently do not offer senior citizen discounts.
Do I need to make a reservation?
Yes. Advance reservations and payment are required to guarantee your seat. No walk-ups are accepted.
Can children ride the train?
This is a predominantly adult event, however, we do welcome children 12 and up. We do not offer children's meals or child pricing. Please note that our Murder Mystery Dinner Train performances may touch on adult topics.
How are seats reserved?
Seating will be made by our staff based on availability at the time of your reservation. If you want to sit with friends, you must make your reservation all together under just one name so we will know to seat you together. Or, send us an e-mail to let us know to seat you with another party.
Can a table be reserved for just the two of us?
Yes; you can purchase a table for 2, 3, or 4 guests.
Can you accommodate parties larger than four?
Yes, we can accommodate parties larger than four; however, each table only seats up to four guests. We will do our best to seat everyone as close together as possible. Seating will depend on availability, and parties larger than four may be split between tables.
What is your cancellation policy?
Refunds will not be given for any reason unless the train is canceled. If you must cancel your reservation, please try and give as much notice as possible. We can reschedule you for another date if we are able to find someone to take your reservation.
What is offered on the menu?
We offer a choice of Starter, Entree, and Dessert. You will be asked for selections for each person in your party when you make your reservation. Please note that meals cannot be changed on the day of your scheduled departure. Entree changes must be made one week prior to your scheduled date. Menus are curated, and Dinner Trains are catered, by Pumpernickel & Rye, Urbana, MD. This sister-team showcases chef-driven, responsibly sourced local ingredients to thoughtfully curate seasonal menus and highlight the best of our local farmers. Everything they make is lovingly prepared from scratch, so you can feel good about what you are eating!
Are vegetarian meals offered?
We offer at least one vegetarian option per course!
When do I have to let you know my meal selection?
Course selections are required at the time of reservation. We can accept changes no later than one week before your ride.
Will the meals be prepared on the cars?
Some preparation may take place off-site at the caterer's restaurant. Cooking and plating will take place on-board our rolling kitchen car!
Is there a bar on the train?
No, we do not currently have a liquor license.
Can we bring our own wine or liquor?
Yes, you may bring your own alcoholic beverages. We have a limited selection of wine glasses available for your use. Please drink responsibly. We reserve the right to remove patrons from the dining car if needed.
Is there a dress code?
The dress code is business casual. We highly recommend wearing closed-toe shoes with low heels for safety purposes when boarding the train, and walking between cars. Guests are discouraged from wearing high heels as we have a graveled parking lot.
Where and when do we board?
Regularly scheduled Dinner Trains board at the Walkersville Southern Railroad station at 34 West Pennsylvania Avenue in Walkersville, MD. You will not need a ticket; just your name on our reservation list. Check-in inside of the station by giving the host/hostess your name. Dining car seating begins at 5:45 PM. No earlier, as our staff needs time to prepare everything.
Are you handicapped accessible?
We are able to accommodate most narrow wheelchairs and walkers as we have a ramp going up to the dining car entrance. The door is slightly narrow (32" wide), and you must make a 90-degree angle turn to get into the car. The restroom on the dining car is not handicap accessible at this time.
Where does the train go?
The train travels from the Walkersville station north away from Frederick for three miles, then returns to Walkersville. The train then heads south toward Frederick another four miles. At Rte. 26, at the end of our track, we stop the train for a few minutes and then back the train north and make our way back to the station.
How long is the excursion?
The excursion is about 14 miles round trip, and will last approximately two hours. We make every effort to maintain this schedule but reserve the right to alter schedules or equipment as operating conditions demand.
How fast will we go?
The train will travel approximately five miles per hour.
Does the train stop anywhere along the route?
The train will stop to change directions and either end of our track. No passengers will disembark until the train returns to the station.
Is there a restroom on the train?
Yes, there is a small restroom on board.
Is the train air conditioned and/or heated?
Yes, we have a climate controlled environment. Please keep in mind that the dining car is over 70+ years old, and regulating the temperature to an exact degree is difficult.
Is smoking permitted on board the train?
We do not allow smoking anywhere on board our train. This includes in the restroom and on the vestibules.
Are pets allowed?
Sorry, pets are not allowed. Please contact us if you have questions about service animals.
What kind of engine will be pulling the train?
We usually have a 1943 GE Diesel Locomotive (#45) pulling the train. We will occasionally use different engines.
What kinds of rail cars are used?
The dinner train consists of a 1933 American Car and Foundry ex-LIRR passenger car which we've converted to our dining car. It can serve up to 40 people at 10 tables for four. This is followed by a World War II troop sleeper car which serves as our "kitchen car". Future plans include the addition of a second dining car that will increase our serving capacity by 40 or more.