Opening Day!

Calera and Shelby Railroad

The weather is warming up, and so are our locomotives -- "All Aboard!" for a new year of trains and fun at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum!

Bring your kids, grandkids, family and friends to ride the rails with you on the first trains of the new season!

The Calera & Shelby Railroad runs on a portion of the former L&N Alabama 
Mineral Railroad, established in 1891.  Ride behind a first generation diesel-electric locomotive as you travel through the scenic forests of Shelby County. 

The train ride lasts approximately 1 hour, so bring your sunglasses, a smile and the whole family!


Saturday March 21st

Departure Times: 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM Central

Boarding begins 15 minutes before scheduled train departure.

Visitor Tips

Tickets may be purchased one hour before train departure at the Calera Depot.

Upgrade to a caboose or locomotive ticket for a memorable experience and get an up close look at railroad operations!

The Calera & Shelby Opening Day train ride lasts approximately 1 hour. 


    • Pick up your tickets at the Calera Depot
    • Use the restrooms at the Gift Shop
    • Check out the Depot Museum exhibits
    • Tour our collection of railroad equipment in Clark Yard
    • Visit our working Signal Garden
    • Take photos
    • Shop the Gift Shop, and
    • Get in position to board the train.


Ticket Information

Tickets available for purchase one hour before train departure at the Calera Depot. 

Coach Class

   Age  Price
Family 2 Adults and 2 Children $40 (Save $8!)
Infant 0-24 mo.  Free*
Child 2-11 yrs. $10
Adult 12+ yrs. $14
Senior  65+ yrs. $12
Military Present Military ID $12
NRHS Present Membership Card $12

Ride in the Caboose with the Brakeman!

  Age Price
  6+ yrs.* $25

Ride in the cab with the Engineer!

  Age Price
  2+ yrs. *  $35

*Locomotive and Caboose riders ages 2 yrs.-12 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult age 21 yrs. or older ticketed at the same class.