Opening Day!

"All Aboard!" for a new year of trains and fun at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum!

SW8 Locomotive pulling passenger cars.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 5, 2022
  • Departure Times: 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM Central
  • Boarding begins 15 minutes before scheduled train departure.

Visitor TipsCalera and Shelby Railroad

  • 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. Check out the Depot Museum exhibits
    4. Tour our collection of railroad equipment in Clark Yard
    5. Visit our working Signal Garden
    6. Take photos
    7. Shop the Gift Shop, and
    8. Get in position to board the train.

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.