WSRR

 

 

2021 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 day trip excursions are approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.

 

Departures are as follows:

 

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

Saturdays Only


September and October
11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Saturdays and Sundays

 

Exception to regular schedule:
 

Departures 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM:

May 8, 22, 23, 29, 30 & 31
June 5 & 6
July 10
August 14
September 11
October 23

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 - March 27 & 28 and April 3 - 11 AM, 1 PM & 3 PM 

Visit with the Easter Bunny on the train who will have a small surprise for each child. 
Adults $18, Seniors 55+ $17, Children 2 -12  $14, under 2 free. Reservations required.

Cab Rides - May 1 - 9 AM, 9:30 AM, 10 AM, 10:30 AM, 11 AM, 11:30 AM

Diesel engine cab rides available! Enjoy the ride of a lifetime sitting up with our engineer. Learn about the locomotive's controls while enjoying our tracks from a whole new viewpoiont. Then, jump into the Engineer's seat for a fun photo op!

Cab rides are private and approximately 30 minutes long. Must be 18+ or accompanied by an adult parent/guardian. Riders must wear full-length pants/jeans, and no open-toe shoes or high-heels will be permitted. $75/30 minute time-slot. Reservations required.

Opening Day - May 1 - 11 AM & 2 PM

Vintage engines on display all day. Enjoy one of the first rides of the season! Adults $14, Seniors 55+ $12, Children 2 - 12  $10, under 2 free.

Jesse James Day - May 8, June 5 (steam), July 10 ('B Western'), August 14, September 11, October 23 - 11 AM, 1 PM & 3 PM

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. Steam Train fares apply June 5; other dates are regular fares. Reservations recommended.

Civil War Reenactors - May 22 (steam) - 11 AM, 1 PM & 3 PM and September 18 - 11 AM & 2 PM 

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. Steam Train fares apply May 22; other dates are regular fares. Reservations recommended. 

Steam Trains - May 22, 23, 29, 30, & 31, June 5 & 6 - 11 AM, 1 PM & 3PM

Steam returns to WSRR!  Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam for three weekends beginning May 22nd!   Ride behind a real, coal-fired steam locomotive. Be sure to have your camera ready for some memorable photos.  We'll have two open flat cars behind the steamer, plus several enclosed cars and a caboose (caboose available when not privately reserved). 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 $18, Seniors 55+ $17, Children 2 - 12  $14, under 2 free. Reservations recommended.

Hand on the Throttle (Steam) - May 23 & 30 and June 6 - 8 AM, 8:30 AM, 9 AM, 9:30 AM

Treat yourself or the train enthusiast in your life to a unique "Hand on the Throttle" ride with one of our experienced engineers aboard a steam locomotive. Hand on the Throttle rides are approximately 30 minutes long. Must be 18+, possess a valid driver's license, wear closed-toe shoes, full-length pants/jeans and a long-sleeved shirt. We suggest eye and ear protection, gloves and a hat. $125/30 minute time-slot. Reservations Required.

Civil War Reenactors (Steam) -  May 22 - 11 AM, 1 PM & 3 PM

Railfan Special [Photo Freight/Steam] - May 29 - 5 PM

This popular event has been reimagined to celebrate WSRR's 30th Anniversary. Ride behind a steam locomotive, and photograph a mixed-freight train from designated trackside locations. There will be unique props at some of the stops to enhance your photographs.  Exclusive access to photo locations and a commemorative 30th Anniversary lanyard with VIP Pass included in your ticket price.  Perfect for train and photo enthusiasts alike! Price for the Railfan Special is $50 per ticket. Reservations required.

Jesse James Day (Steam) - June 5 - 11 AM, 1 PM & 3 PM

Father's Day Special - Sunday, June 20 - 11 AM and 2 PM

Celebrate Father's Day with a relaxing train ride. Adults $14, Seniors 55+ $12, Children 2 -12  $10, under 2 free. Reservations recommended. 

Sensory-Friendly Summertime Excursions - June 26 and July 31- 4 PM

This 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, two passenger cars and caboose (caboose available when not privately reserved). 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. Adults $14, Seniors 55+ $12, Children 2-12  $10, under 2 free. Reservations.

Star-Spangled Fireworks Special - Friday, July 9 - 8 PM   RAIN DATE: July 10
*Tentative date -- subject to change.

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 10 PM, then take the short ride back to the station. Bring a flashlight and a blanket to sit on.   Adults $14, Seniors 55+ $12, Children 2 -12  $10, under 2 free. Reservations required. 

Super Hero Picnic - Wednesday, July 7 & 21 and August 4 & 18 - 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 $14, Seniors 55+ $12, Children 2 - 12 $10, under 2 free.  Reservations recommended. RAIN or SHINE!

Teddy Bear Picnic  Wednesday, July 14 & 28 and August 11 & 25 - 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 $14, Seniors 55+ $12, Children 2 - 12 $10, under 2 free.  Reservations recommended.  RAIN or SHINE!

Princess Express - July 24 and August 28 - 11 AM, 2 PM & 4 PM 

***NEW THIS YEAR*** Ride the train with your favorite princesses! Be greeted at the station by the Ice Sisters and Beauty in her big yellow ball gown. Watch the princesses put on a magical platform performance, followed by a 1 hour and 10 minute long excursion, where the Ice Sisters will visit with each family for photos and prizes. We are so excited to be partnering with Sew Classy Princess Parties to bring you this event. Children are encouraged to dress up! Adults $18, Seniors 55+ $17, Children 2 -12  $14, under 2 free. Private Caboose rentals available. Reservations required.

Grandparent's Day - Sunday, September 12 - 11 AM and 2 PM

Celebrate Grandparent's Day with a relaxing train ride. Adults $14, Seniors $12, Children 2 -12  $10, under 2 free. Reservations recommended. 

Santa Trains November 27 and 28 and December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 - 11 AM, 1 PM & 3 PM

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: 11/27 & 28 and 12/18 & 19.  Santa will have a small gift for all children.  Adults $18, Seniors 55+ $17, Children 2-12 $14, under 2 free.  Reservations required.