Frequently-Asked Questions

Mystery trains operate on occasional Saturdays from May through November. 

Click on a date below to make a reservation.


2023 Dates:

5/20 - Murder Mystery Train *SOLD OUT*

6/17 - Murder Mystery Train *SOLD OUT*

8/19 - Murder Mystery Train *SOLD OUT*

9/2 - Murder Mystery Train *SOLD OUT*

10/27 - Murder Mystery Train *SOLD OUT*

10/28 - Murder Mystery Train *SOLD OUT*


***We are working to add additional dates to this year's schedule.***

 Mystery Trains

Since the era of Edgar Allan Poe's brilliant Auguste Dupin and Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary Sherlock Holmes, the allure of mysteries has captivated readers around the globe.   The insatiable appetite for a gripping "whodunit" has transformed mystery authors into literary luminaries, akin to Hollywood celebrities.  So, when several of the contemporary masters of the genre agree to participate in a Mystery Lovers’ Excursion, mingling with fans on the Walkersville Southern Railroad, it’s a big deal.  It becomes an even bigger deal when one of them ends up dead!  Guests become amateur sleuths as they are catapulted into a train-wide investigation, joining forces with fellow enthusiasts as they work to catch a killer.

The Way Off Broadway theater company in Frederick, Maryland, has become known for its mainstage productions, but also its wildly popular interactive murder mystery series.  This is the 14th year that Way Off Broadway has partnered with Walkersville Southern through its Marquee Mysteries to produce these live, interactive events.  So popular are these events that tickets sell out months in advance.

We have revamped our event space this year, opting to remove most of the tables from our Southampton car and replacing them with sofas and love seats.  We will no longer assign seats at tables, but instead open the car to guests to choose their own seating in groups that suit them.  Keeping in mind, of course, that your group should only take up the space needed for each person to have just one space.  We have a selection of four sofas, two love seats, and three tables (each seating up to four people).  This new, experimental seating layout offers a more social atmosphere, allowing guests to work together to solve the mystery.  Seating begins promptly at 5:45 PM with departure at 6 PM.  We will return to the station approximately 2 hours after departure. 

CharcuterieIn addition to a fun evening of playing detective as the suspects mingle among them, we will provide our guests with a charcuterie-filled box to nosh on during the evening plus soft beverages. 

Settle back and relax throughout your leisurely two-hour train ride. We don't currently serve alcoholic beverages, but you are welcome to bring beer or wine (we have wine glasses available for your use). WE STRONGLY DISCOURAGE PATRONS FROM OVER-IMBIBING.  Please drink responsibly! 

These events are for adults 21+. Riders under 21 years of age will only be welcome for private charters of the entire car. 

Tickets may be purchased online via our tickets/calendar website, or by clicking on the dates in the left hand column. No refunds will be given for any reason unless the train is cancelled. If you must cancel your reservation, please try to give us as much notice as possible. 

Cost is $99 per person, and includes a two-hour train ride, murder mystery performance, individual charcuterie spread, and soft beverages. 


This event venue is also available for private charter for $2,500 for up to 25 people.  E-mail or call (301) 898-0899 for more information.