Pumpkin Junction

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An Old-Fashioned Family Fun Event

Gather up the entire family and board the Calera and Shelby Railroad for a short ride to Pumpkin Junction. More than just a place to purchase a pumpkin, it’s a destination for family fun, food vendors and more! Mark your calendars now!

When is the Function at the Junction?

Trains will depart for the Pumpkin Junction during the first four weekends and the last Saturday of October.

Event Details

  • Board the Calera & Shelby Railroad for a short ride through the woods of Shelby County to the Pumpkin Junction.
  • Arrive at the Junction to purchase your favorite pumpkins, hop aboard a hayride, play all kinds of family games, and more!
  • Food vendors will be at the Junction for lunch, snacks, drinks or sweet treats!
  • When the train whistle blows after your approximate 45 minutes at the Junction, bring all your things back onboard for the ride back to the Depot.
  • The Shelby & Southern Narrow Gauge Steam Railroad will be operating with departures throughout the day. Purchase tickets at the Shelby & Southern Depot next to the Gift Shop.

Ticket Information

Plan to arrive approximately 60 minutes prior to your scheduled train departure. Be advised, interstate travel to the museum, I-65 north and south, is persistently slow. Arriving early will give you time to:

Ticket Prices

  • Adult tickets: $17
  • Child tickets: $17
  • Caboose tickets (limited availability): $25
  • Locomotive tickets (limited availability): $35

Get Tickets!

*All Times Central

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.