Hop Aboard with Peter Cottontail!
All aboard our historic train for a 75-minute roundtrip ride on the Easter Eggspress! This Easter weekend, there's no need for your child to grab for Easter eggs in a scramble of kids. Instead, let them receive their sweet Easter treats from Peter Cottontail himself! Be sure to take a photo with the Easter Bunny as he personally visits every family on the train.
A variety of free family-friendly activities and photo opportunities will be available on the Museum grounds. Purchase tickets to ride the Shelby & Southern Narrow Gauge Steam Railroad and enjoy snacks and drinks offered for purchase from vendors on the grounds. No food or drinks are allowed onboard the trains.
Easter Fun for ‘Some-Bunny’ Special
Enjoy your time on the train plus fun family activities on the grounds of the Museum this year.Play cornhole and putt-putt golf, decorate Easter eggs, purchase a masterfully made balloon creation from MisterTwister or festive face/hand paintings from Missy Twisty, take a basketful of shareable photos at various stations, visit the giftshop to find something special for your favorite little engineers and more!
Make it ‘Egg-stra’ Memorable
Caboose and locomotive tickets may be available for those wishing to get an up-close look at railroad operations (without a visit from Peter Cottontail). Passenger ages and space capacity limits apply - Check with ticket agents prior to purchase.
Pre-purchased tickets may be picked up at the depot or tickets may be purchased on-site the day of the event as available.
Expect to depart the Depot promptly on schedule. Please plan to arrive on the Museum grounds at least 60 minutes prior to your selected ticket time in order to pick up your tickets from the Depot, do the activities on the grounds and to utilize the restrooms at the Giftshop. Boarding will occur approximately 15 minutes prior to each scheduled departure.
Special Event ticket sales are final.
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.
Mask Wearing is Required:
Masks are required while aboard all Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum (HODRRM) trains and also while on museum property. This requirement is in compliance with an Emergency Order issued on March 1, 2021 by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). HODRRM operates as a Class III railroad (reporting mark: CSMX) which places it under the jurisdiction of the FRA.
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:
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.
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.