Which Car Should I Ride?
These cars are operated on our trains during various event and listed in their order in the consist. Not all cars are avaiable for each event. Please refer to each event's ticket page for car availability for that event. The museum also has a collection of cars, locomotives, and equipment that is on static display and not available to ride. Read more about our full collection by clicking here.
Ride with the engineer in the cab of the locomotive! Truly a memorable experience! Note: Ages 12-Adult, Ages 2-12 accompanied by an adult (21+). Ages 0-24mo. not permitted.
The locomotive cab is not climate controlled. The locomotive horn and apparatuses can be loud so please keep this in mind for children sensitive to loud sounds.
Ride on a "rolling front porch" through the scenic forests of Shelby County! Our open air cars are converted flat cars which offer bench seating and are covered but not enclosed, offering an uninhibited view of line! The Open Air Cars are the first two cars after the locomotive which are a favorite especially during our Day Out With Thomas™ event and Steam Days Event. Open are car 1122 is right behind the locomotive followed by 1121. They also offer a front row seat to the action packed Wild West Day train. There is one Wheelchair accessible space on Open Air Car 1122. See below for handicap accesibility information.
Note: Due to the proximity to the locomtive and the car not being enclosed, riders may experience the loud horn of the locomotive and squealing of the brakes. Most children are fine with the noise levels but please keep this in mind if you have children who are overly sensitive to louder sounds.
Frisco Coach 1062 is an open window coach which is enclosed. The 1062 was built by the American Car & Foundry as a "Heavyweight" coach which are known for their smooth ride. The car has been in continuous service since it was build in 1910 and is the oldest car on our train. All seats face one direction. Frisco Coach 1062 is a true classic and a favorite car of many of our passengers and volunteers.
Long Island Coach 2972 has been fully restored by the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum to its appearance as it was first built for the Long Island Railroad in 1955. The 2972 is fully enclosed and climate controlled for your comfort. Seats face each other in groups of four.
The Long Island Coach 2972 has a space and tie downs for one wheelchair. See below for handicap accessibility information.
The Missouri Pacific Planetarium Dome Coach 892 offers a unique experience not found on many railroads today. Upper level seating faces forward and offer a 360 degree view of the train and scenery! Lower level seating offers forward facing seating. This is an enclosed climate controlled coach. This unique coach was built in 1948 for the Missouri Pacific for the Colorado Eagle and was numbered 892. The later ran on the Illinois Central and renumbered 2202 before being acquired by the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum.
The Silver Maple 4741 Chair Car was built in 1947 by Budd for the Chicaco Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q) for use on the famed California Zephr. Originally a sleeper coach, the coach was reconfigured into a 48 seat chair car in 1963. Seats face each other in groups of four. The Silver Maple Chair Car 4741 is a fully enclosed climate controlled car.
Built for the Atchison Topica & Santa Fe railroad as a long distance coach in 1953. The 2823 operated on the “El Capitan”, the “San Francisco Chief”, and the “Texas Chief” consists. This is an enclosed climate controlled car. Seats face each other in groups of four.
Built by Pullman-Standard in 1960 for the Chicago and North Western Railway for use in the railroad’s Chicago area commuter trains. This car is a fully enclosed climate controlled bilevel coach with upper and lower level seating. Seats face each other in groups of four. The car loads from the center and is seperated into two seperate seating sections, A & B. During our North Pole Express trains, the musician will be in C&NW-A. Upper level seating is not available for the North Pole Express.
Ride with the brakeman in the caboose and get a close up look of railroad operations! Ages 12-Adult, Children Ages 2-11 with one accompanying adult (21 years old or older) per 2 children. Ages 0-2 not permitted.
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.
There are no working restrooms aboard our vintage railcars. Please utilize the restrooms at the Gift Shop prior to boarding.