Round Up the Young’ns for some Family Fun!
Y’All aboard for a rootin’ tootin’ journey by train into the Wild West! But watch out – the Black Hat Gang is on the loose and stirring up trouble…
Watch the Story Unfold
The Wild West Day ride lasts approximately 60 minutes and is a family-fun event chock full of side-splittin' humor!
Go Ahead, Dress Up!
Kick up your boots for this fun western reenactment story about a runaway, a gang of ruffians, a father’s pursuit and see if law and order can be reestablished onboard the train!
The story begins as you board and continues down the tracks on the train. Learn about the characters, guard your gold and when the train stops at the base of Ozan Winery, watch from the windows as the story unfolds outside the train on the grounds below.
Dress for the Day
Come in your best Western wear – no guns allowed – and saddle up for some fantastic fun!
- Board the Calera & Shelby Railroad for a relaxing approximate 75-minute ride through the woods of Shelby County.
- The story of the Wild West will be an interactive experience on the Museum grounds, onboard the train and outside the train as passengers watch the stage below from the train windows.
- Food vendors will be on the grounds for lunch, snacks, drinks or sweet treats!
- 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.
Plan to arrive approximately 60 minutes prior to your scheduled train departure. Be advised, interstate travel to the museum, via I-65, is persistently slow. An early arrival to allows 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
- Walk the 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.
- Ages 2-Adult: $17
- Child under 24 months: Free
- Caboose tickets (limited availability): $25
- Locomotive tickets (limited availability): $35
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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.