2016 Regular Excursion Schedule

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


Advance Reservations are not available unless indicated.


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 21, 22, 28, 29 and 30
June 4 and 5
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 - March 19, 20 and 26 - 11 AM, 1 and 3 PM

Visit with the Bunny on the train who will give each child an Easter gift.  Enjoy juice and cookies in our museum after your ride.  Adults $15, seniors $14, children one thru 12 $12. Reservations required


Opening Day "Pageant of Engines" - May 7 - 11 AM and 2 PM

Opening day!  We'll have all of our locomotives out of the enginehouse and on display. Should be some great photos. Enjoy great train videos in the museum. Diesel switching engine Cab rides available on a second train operating on the north end of the line every 30-minutes from 9am- 3pm.  Reservations here.


Steam Trains - May 21, 22, 28, 29, 30, June 4 and 5 - 11 AM, 1 and 3 PM

Railfan Specials: May 21 and June 4 - 5 PM

Steam returns to WSRR!  Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam for three weekends beginning May 21st!   Ride behind a real 80-year-old, coal-fired steam locomotive, the restored Lehigh Valley #126. 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 the 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.   Ride our regular excursion route during the day, or take the two-hour railfan special at 5 PM with photo runbys.  Daytime excursions (1 hour and 10 minutes):  adults $15, seniors $14, children one thru 12 $12.

We are also offering two Railfan Specials on Saturday evenings, May 21 and June 4, from 5 to 7 PM. Ride behind the locomotive, plus travel on track north of Walkersville towards Woodsboro, and take advantage of two separate photo run-by opportunities where you can get off the train and get some photos or videos as the train travels slowly past you.  Price for the Railfan Special is $20 per ticket.

Reservations are highly recommended for all steam events. Reservations here. Tickets will also be available at our ticket office unless they are noted as "sold out" on our website.


Jesse James Day - May 28 - 11 AM, 1 and 3 PM (Steam train Fares)

June 11, July 9, August 13 and September 10 - 11 AM & 2 PM (Regular Excursion 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.


Civil War Reenactors - June 4 - 11 AM, 1 and 3 PM (Steam train Fares)

September 24 - 11 AM and 2 PM 
(Regular Excursion 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. Advance reservations are only available for the May event. Tickets can be purchased at the station 30 minutes prior to departure.


Father's Day Special Run - Sunday, June 19 - 11AM and 2PM 


Star-Spangled Fireworks Special - Friday, July 8 - 8 PM 

Visit the firemen's carnival in town, have dinner, then 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, then return to the park where we will get off the train to watch the fireworks, then take the short ride back to the station. Bring a flashlight and a blanket to sit on.  Reservations required.


Teddy Bear Picnic - Wednesdays: July 6 and 20, August 3 and 17 - 11:30 AM

Fun with Goldilocks, a great event for toddlers.  Bring your Teddy Bear and a lunch.  Train departs at 11:30 AM and returns at approximatley 2 PM, with a stop in the park for BYO lunch and story time presented by the Frederick County Public Library.  Adults $12, seniors $11, children one thru 12 $8. 
Reservations recommended.  RAIN or SHINE!

Super Hero Picnic - 
Wednesdays: July 13 and 27 - 11:30 AM

Come dressed as your favorite super hero!  Train departs at 11:30 AM and returns at 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 one thru 12 $8.  
Reservations recommended.  RAIN or SHINE!


Santa Trains - November 26 and 27, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18

11 AM, 1 and 3 PM

Ride the train with Santa.  Have your camera ready for some great shots as Santa will visit with each family!  Adults $15, seniors $14, children one thru 12 $12.  Free hot chocolate and Uncle Ralph's cookies will be served in the museum after your ride.
Reservations required for these very popular events.