Pumpkin Patch Express

Canceled for 2020

For the health and safety of our visitors and volunteers, the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum will be hosting Scarecrow Junction instead of the previously scheduled Pumpkin Patch Express this year. Come see us for some family fall fun at the depot!


Girl with Pumpkin looking at field of Pumpkins

All aboard the vintage train for a beautiful autumn ride through the woods to the Pumpkin Patch for some family fun! The Great Pumpkin is back again this year, keeping watch over the pumpkin patch activities provided at no additional cost, including a hay ride, inflatables and a variety of other family-friendly games and activities. Wearing appropriate costumes is encouraged for kids and kids-at-heart of all ages!


Every Saturday and Sunday in October 2020!

  • Saturdays departing at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM Central 
  • Sundays departing at 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM Central 

Boarding begins 15 minutes before scheduled train departure.

Visitor Tips

  • Pre-purchased tickets may be picked up at the depot, or tickets may be purchased on-site the day of the event.
  • Pumpkin passes to pick out your perfect pumpkin may be purchased on the day of your event ONLY. Purchase your pumpkin pass on-site at the Calera Depot ticket window for $6 each (cash or credit) when picking up your boarding passes or purchase your pumpkin upon arrival at the Pumpkin Patch for $6 each (cash only).
  •  A food vendor will be available to passengers at the Pumpkin Patch, although no food or drink may be brought onboard the train.
  • The Pumpkin Patch  Express train ride lasts approximately 75 minutes including the train ride and time at the Pumpkin Patch. 

Please Arrive At Least 1 Hour Prior To Your Departure Time To:

  • Pick up your tickets at the Calera Depot
  • Use the restrooms at the Gift Shop
  • 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 will go on sale soon!

Ticket Prices

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.

Face Mask Required:

In accordance with the Governor of the State of Alabamas amended Safer at Home Order the wearing of a face mask is required. This is in conformance with the Safer at Home Orders definition of an “entertainment venue” which includes museums.


Within the last 14 days, if you have experienced unusual occurrences of fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell or nausea had contact with a person with a positive or presumed positive COVID-19 case, Please Protect Yourself And Others By Choosing To Not Ride The Train At This Time.

Stay on Track!

Upon arrival at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, please stay on track by agreeing to follow these guidelines:

  • Graciously follow all verbal directions from our train crew.
  • Honor all social distancing and sanitation requirements.
  • Notice the needs and respect the safety of others around you.
  • Stay safe and have fun!
  • The train ride lasts approximately 60 minutes. Pre-purchased tickets may be safely picked up at the Depot, or tickets may be purchased on-site the day 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, Cottontail’s Meadow for the Cottontail Express, or the Pumpkin Patch for the Pumpkin Patch Express. 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.

    Click here for more accessibility information.


    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.