Pumpkin Junction

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An Old-Fashioned Family Fun Event

Gather up the entire family and board the Calera and Shelby train for short ride to the Pumpkin Junction. More than just a place to purchase a pumpkin, it’s a destination for family fun, food vendors and more! Mark your calendars now!

When is the Function at the Junction?

Trains will depart for the Pumpkin Junction during the first four weekends and the last Saturday of October.

Event Details

  • Board the Calera & Shelby Railroad for a short ride through the woods of Shelby County to the Pumpkin Junction.
  • Arrive at the Junction to purchase your favorite pumpkins, hop aboard a hayride, play all kinds of family games, and more!
  • Food vendors will be at the Junction for lunch, snacks, drinks or sweet treats!
  • When the train whistle blows after your approximate 45 minutes at the Junction, bring all your things back onboard for the ride back to the Depot.
  • The Shelby & Southern Narrow Gauge Steam Railroad will be operating with departures throughout the day. Purchase tickets at the S&S Depot next to the Giftshop.

Ticket Information

Plan to arrive approximately 60 minutes prior to your scheduled train departure. Be advised, interstate travel to the museum, I-65 north and south, is persistently slow. Arriving early will give you time to:

Get Tickets!

Important Ticket Information:

Train tickets are non-refundable. However our ticket team is happy to apply any unused travel funds to a train ride at a different date/time in the same operating season (March-October).

Infant Tickets

Infants under 24 months old ride free of charge, but must remain in an adult's lap at all times. For your safety, strollers and infant car seat carriers are not permitted aboard the train.

Stay on Track!

Our team has worked hard to ensure a safe and relaxing time for your family onboard our train. Upon arrival at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, please stay on track by agreeing 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.

Limited Accessible Seating Available:

Except for certain special events, 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.

Wheelchair Accessibility

Our train has wheelchair accessible accommodations on the Long Island 2972 and Open Air Car 1121. Wheelchair loading and unloading only occurs at the Calera Depot using a MobiLift wheelchair lift by Adaptive Engineering Inc. We do not have wheelchair boarding capabilities at stops such as Ozan Winery or our special events "Meadow" . 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.

More information about accessibility can found on our ADA Information page.


Snacks and drinks are available for purchase at our Gift Shop and during special events at the Meadow. Meadow purchases are cash only. The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum's policy is that no food or drinks may be brought on the train. Please finish refreshments prior to boarding at the depot or Meadow. 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.