2018 Regular Excursion Schedule

The railroad operates regular trains on weekends from May through October, RAIN or SHINE! 


Our passenger cars are handicapped accessible, but with limited space for wheelchairs. Please call ahead to ensure seating.


All daytrip excursions are approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.


Departures are as follows, with the exception noted below:


May thru September
11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Saturdays Only

11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Saturdays and Sundays


Exception to regular schedule:

Steam Train Special Schedule
May 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28 (Memorial Day)
June 2 and 3
11:00 AM, 1:00 and 3:00 PM


We also operate many evening and extra trains as noted in our Special Events schedule at right and in our Dinner Train schedule.

Schedules are subject to change without notice. Although every effort will be made to operate on schedule, the Walkersville Southern Railroad is not liable for delays and reserves the right to alter its schedule and/or equipment as necessary.


Special Events


Bunny Trains - April 13, 14 and 20 - 11 AM, 1 and 3 PM

Visit with the Bunny on the train who will give each child an Easter gift.  Enjoy juice and Uncle Ralph's cookies in our museum after your ride.  Adults $16, Seniors $15, Children 1 -12  $13. Reservations required


Opening Day  - May 4 - 11 AM and 2 PM
Opening Day Cab Rides - 9AM - 1PM

Opening day! Ride on our regular excursions at 11am and 2pm.  Enjoy Train videos in the museum. Diesel engine Cab rides will be available on a second train operating on the north end of the line every 30-minutes from 9am- 1pm.  Price for the cab rides are $25 per person.  Reservations are recommended.

Steam Trains - May 18, 19, 25, 26, 27 June 1, 2 - 11 AM, 1 and 3 PM

Hand on the Throttle - May 20, 27, June 3 - 8AM, 8:30AM, 9AM, 9:30AM

Railfan Special - May 25 -  5 -7:30PM

Steam returns to WSRR!  Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam for three weekends beginning May 18th!   Ride behind a real 90-year-old, coal-fired steam locomotive, the restored Jeddo Coal Co. #85 (aka MACK). Be sure to have your camera ready for some memorable photos.  We'll have two open flat cars behind the steamer, plus two enclosed cars and a caboose.  Departures at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM each day.   Note that you may not want to wear your Sunday best because the steam locomotive can shower a little coal dust and water at times.   Daytime excursions (1 hour and 10 minutes)
Adults $16, Seniors $15, Children 1 - 12  $13. Reservations are recommended.

Enjoy the unique "Hand on the Throttle" opportunity inside a coal-fired Steam Locomotive with one of our experienced engineers. You must be 18 years of age, possess a valid driver's license , wear closed-toed shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. We recommend you also wear eye and ear protection, gloves and a hat. Tickets are $100 for 30-minutes. Space is limited, and reservations are required.  Advance reservations are required.

We are also offering one Railfan Special on Saturday evening, May 26, from 5 to 7:30 PM.  Ride behind the locomotive, plus travel on track north of Walkersville towards Woodsboro. This popular event gives railroad enthusiasts and passengers the opportunity to photograph the train in rare locations. Price for the Railfan Special is $25 per ticket. Reservations Recommended.


Jesse James Day - May 18 - 11 AM, 1 and 3 PM (Steam train Fares)
June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8 and October 13 - 11 AM & 2 PM (Regular train Fares)

Jesse James and his gang are on the loose.  Expect an Old West raid on the train.  We'll supply the loot for the robbery, and be aware that there will be the sound of gunfire. 

Reservations are recommended.


Civil War Reenactors - June 2 - 11AM, 1 and 3 PM (Steam train Fares)
September 29  - 11 AM and 2 PM (Regular train Fares)

Union and Confederate reenactors on the train and in the bushes trackside.  Caution!  There will be the sound of gunfire with skirmishes along the line and a mock battle at the park. Reservations are recommended.


Father's Day Special Run - Sunday, June 17 - 11AM and 2PM
Father's Day Cab Rides - 9AM - 1PM (every 30-min) 

Ride on our regular 1 hour and 10 minute excursions at 11am and 2pm. Diesel switching engine Cab rides will be available on a second train operating on the north end of the line every 30-minutes from 9am- 1pm.  Cab rides are $25 per person, space is limited to 2 per ride. Advance Reservations required.


Autism Friendly Summertime Excursions - Saturday, June 30, July 28 and August 25 - 4PM

This new event is geared specifically for our Autism spectrum and Sensory processing disorder friends in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Seating is not assigned, but can be chosen at your leisure in any of our two open air cars, three passenger cars and caboose. There will be the sound of the train whistle at crossings. Reservations are not required, but are available. The ride is 1 hour and 10 minutes, Rain or Shine. This sensory-friendly event is closed to the general public and exclusive to those on the autism spectrum and similar needs. Reservations


Star-Spangled Fireworks Special - Tuesday, July 3 - 8 PM   and   Friday, July 6 - 8 PM

Board the train for a ride and spectacular front-row view of the fireworks. Train departs at 8 PM from our station.  We'll ride to the end of the line, stop at the carnival grounds where we will get off the train to watch the fireworks at 10pm, then take the short ride back to the station. Bring a flashlight and a blanket to sit on. RAIN DATE: July 7th   Reservations required. 


Super Hero Picnic - Wednesday, July 11, 25 and August 8, 22- 11:30 AM

Come dressed as your favorite Super Hero! Train departs at 11:30 AM and returns at approximately 2 PM, with a stop in the park for BYO lunch and a Super Hero themed story time presented by the Frederick County Public Library.  Adults $12, seniors $11, children 1- 12 $10. 
Reservations recommended RAIN or SHINE!

Teddy Bear Picnic
  Wednesday, July 18 and August 1, 15 and 29- 11:30 AM

Bring your favorite Teddy Bear and meet Goldilocks during the train ride! Train departs at 11:30 AM and returns at approximately 2 PM, with a stop in the park for BYO lunch and a Teddy Bear themed story time presented by the Frederick County Public Library.  Adults $12, seniors $11, children 1 - 12 $10.  Reservations recommended.  RAIN or SHINE!


Santa Trains November 24 and 25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23  -  SOLD OUT!

Ride the train with Santa! Have your camera ready for some great shots as Santa will visit with each family! ASL Santa for our deaf friends: November 24, 25 and December 15, 16 and 22, 23. 

Traditional Coach Seating: Adults $16, seniors $15, children one thru 12 $13.

First Class Seating: $100 per table of four. Ages 1+ require a seat. Parties of 5 or more will require an addtional table. Each table will receive a Walkersville Southern Railroad 2018 commemorative ornament!

Free hot chocolate and Uncle Ralph's cookies will be served in the museum after your ride. Reservations required