Opening Day!

Calera and Shelby Railroad

The weather is warming up, and so are our locomotives -- "All Aboard!" for a new year of trains and fun at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum!

Bring your kids, grandkids, family and friends to ride the rails with you on the first trains of the new season!

The Calera & Shelby Railroad runs on a portion of the former L&N Alabama 
Mineral Railroad, established in 1891.  Ride behind a first generation diesel-electric locomotive as you travel through the scenic forests of Shelby County. 

The train ride lasts approximately 1 hour, so bring your sunglasses, a smile and the whole family!


Saturday March 6, 2021

Departure Times: 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM Central

Boarding begins 15 minutes before scheduled train departure.

Visitor Tips

Tickets may be purchased one hour before train departure at the Calera Depot.

The Calera & Shelby Opening Day train ride lasts approximately 1 hour. 

Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to your departure time to:

  1. Pick up your tickets at the Calera Depot
  2. Use the restrooms at the Gift Shop
  3. Tour our collection of railroad equipment in Clark Yard
  4. Visit our working Signal Garden
  5. Take photos
  6. Shop the Gift Shop, and
  7. Get in position to board the train.

Ticket Information

Tickets available for purchase one hour before train departure at the Calera Depot. 

Coach Class

  • Family 2 Adults and 2 Children $45 (Save $7!)
  • Infant 0-24 mo.  Free*
  • Regular Fare 2 yrs. and up $13
  • Senior  65+ yrs. $12
  • Military Present Military ID $12
  • NRHS Present Membership Card $12

Get Tickets!

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.

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.