Mothers Day Special

Mothers Day Special LogoHere’s To You, Moms!

The staff and volunteers at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum are proud to celebrate Moms this spring at the Mother’s Day Special & Vendor Festival on Saturday, May 8th.

Tickets for train rides at 10AM and 1PM are available, with a special BOGO FREE ticket for Moms! Plan to spend the day with us, enjoying a relaxing train ride, a variety of quality vendor booths, yard games, food and treat trucks and more - it’ll be a fun and festive day to celebrate Mom!

Parents and Child ShoppingGet Her Great Gifts She’ll Love!

A fun vendor festival will be hosted on the Museum grounds throughout the day, offering handmade products, unique items, delectable treats and more - perfect for gifts and pampering for Mom this Mothers Day!


  • The Daisy Mae Company

    Custom t-shirts

  • Let Love Grow Nursery

    Live succulents in unique pots & succulent food in spray bottles

  • Sunflower Scents

    Car freshies

  • Simple Reflections Porch Decor & More

    Wood porch & shelf decor. Wood crafts: porch leaners, door hangers, yard art, planters boxes, shelf sitters, wood frames, painted pails, painted gift buckets, painted clipboards, etc.

  • Southern Bell's Bling

    Paparazzi jewelry. $5 necklaces, bracelets, earrings - all lead and nickel free! Kids' jewelry $1.

  • The Bakersgirl Bow-tique

    Hair accessories. A variety of stacked boutique hairbows, classic variety hairbows, stacked & regular piggytail bows, leather bows, fabric (bullet liverpoole) bows, tiny variety hairbows.

  • Uniquely Southern Clay Designs

    Clay crafts, jewelry, ornaments and accessories

  • BB's Bread

    Homemade loaves of sourdough bread in a variety of flavors: plain, cinnamon sugar, cinnamon raisin, cranberry pecan, cheddar cheese, chocolate chip, banana nut, honey butter, Italian parmesan, cheddar jalapeno, rosemary thyme and everything seasoned.

  • Buttnaked Candles

    Hand-poured soy candles that can be used as a head to toe body lotion when melted.

  • Sunshine Lemonade LLC

    Fresh-squeezed lemonade

  • Brooke's Beauty Bar

    Brooke's Beauty Bar specializes in natural hair and body care products. all handmade. hair grease, hair oil, body oil, body butter, body scrubs and a variety of soaps.

  • Sweet Satisfaction

    Cotton Candy

  • Central State Bank of Calera

    Large enough to serve you... Small enough to know you.

  • Sundries and Specialties

    Beautiful boutique jewelry

  • StickandStrum Academy

    Purchase instruments and sign up for music lessons at StickandStrum!

  • Medders Family Farm

    Homemade peanut butter and nut butters

  • Two Blessed Boutique

    Women's clothes sizes small - 3XL. Accessories such as hats, belts, headbands, bags, purses, etc.

Moms Ride for FREE

As a special gift for mom, her ticket is FREE when she’s accompanied by one or more coach passenger. Her ticket also comes with a special token of our appreciation and admiration from our team at the ticket pickup window.

Event Details

  • Hop aboard the C&S train for a relaxing approximate 75 minute ride through the lovely woods of Shelby County.
  • Moms receive their ticket FREE when accompanied by a friend or family member. (Limit of one complimentary ticket per order.)
  • Mom-tickets come with a special gift.
  • Vendors of all kinds will be hosted onsite throughout the day during the vendor festival. New vendors will be added leading up to the event day. Come shop!
  • Lawn games and lots of photo ops are available to play and enjoy.
  • Food vendors will be on the grounds for lunch, snacks, drinks or sweet treats!
  • The Shelby & Southern Railroad will be operating with departures throughout the day. Purchase tickets at the S&S Depot next to the Giftshop.
  • Easy, low-stress fun for the whole family – it’s a perfect gift for Mom!

Ticket Information

Plan to arrive approximately 60 minutes prior to your scheduled train departure. Traffic is persistently slow and having some time to spare upon arrival will give you time to:

  • Pick up your tickets at the red and yellow Calera Depot next to the train
  • Use the restrooms at the Gift Shop
  • Check out the Vendor Festival
  • 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 Prices

  • Adult tickets: $13
  • Child tickets: $13

Mom tickets: FREE with purchase of at least one regularly priced coach ticket

  • Caboose tickets (limited availability): $25
  • Locomotive tickets (limited availability): $35

Which Car Should We Ride?

The train cars on the Mothers Day Special will include the Frisco, two Open Air cars, the Chicago & Northwestern, and the Long Island. Ride with the brakeman in the caboose or the engineer in the locomotive for a special up-close look at railroad operations!

Get Tickets!

*any related notations concerning taxes, any convenience fees, etc.

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.

Please Note:

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.

Infant Tickets

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.

Wheelchair Accessibility

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.

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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.