A Peaceful Romantic Way to Enjoy Fall Foliage!
When the air becomes crisp and leaves swirl around to the ground and crunch underfoot, everyone in Alabama knows two things are coming: SEC football and fall foliage. Fall in Alabama brings a plethora of fall foliage unlike anywhere else in the country. This year, don't miss it sitting at home, journey to Calera and ride the rails of the old Alabama Mineral Railroad. Enjoy the changing colors as you never have before as you roll along the scenic Shelby County landscape. In Alabama, there simply isn't a better way to watch the leaves as they turn from the deep greens of summer into their vibrant fall coloring.
- Saturdays November 6 & 13
Departing at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM Central
Ride Not One - But Two - Different Trains
Get your tickets to ride not just one - but two - different train experiences. Ride behind the full-size, diesel C&S locomotive and, while you’re visiting, be sure to buy a ticket to ride the Shelby & Southern Narrow Gauge Steam Railroad and get your very own souvenir Golden Spike! Tickets available at the Shelby & Southern Depot prior to departure.
Tickets may be purchased one hour before train departure at the Calera Depot.
Note: Ticket prices include taxes but not convenience fee. $3.00/ticket purchased on web or $4.00/ticket if purchased through the ticket call center at (205) 757-8383.
Our team has worked hard to ensure a safe and relaxing time for your family onboard our train. Please be sure to follow all verbal directions from your car hosts and adhere to all posted safety and sanitation guidelines on the train and throughout the grounds.
Be Aware of Federal Health Mandates:
The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum operates under the guidelines of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). COVID restrictions regarding masks, social distancing, etc. will be based on any active FRA mandates at the time of the event.
Limited Accessible Seating Available:
If someone in your party needs to reserve a space for a wheelchair, please add all other passengers' tickets to your order first and at checkout, you will be asked to add the ADA space reservation to complete your order.
Children 0-24 months ride free of charge though required to sit in an adult’s lap at all times. When ordering your tickets, select "Coach Infant" for no additional charge. If you did not order an infant ticket with your initial order, notify the ticket agent upon your arrival at the Calera Depot that you have a child 0-24 months that will sit in your lap, and you will receive an infant ticket. For your safety, strollers and infant car seat carriers are not permitted aboard the train.
Our train has wheelchair accessible accommodations on the Long Island 2972 and Open Air Car 1121. Wheelchair loading and unloading occurs at the Calera Depot with a MobiLift wheelchair lift. We do not have wheelchair boarding capabilities at stops such as Ozan Winery. Note: A person in your party must be in a wheelchair to purchase this ticket. This is only a space for a wheelchair, no seat is provided.
Snacks and drinks are available for purchase at our Gift Shop and at the Meadow. Purchases at the Meadow are for cash only.
The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum's policy is that no food or drinks be brought on the train. Please finish your refreshments before boarding the train at the depot. This policy also applies to any intermediate train stops where food or drinks may be sold.
There are no working restrooms on our vintage railcars. Please use the restroom at the Gift Shop prior to boarding.