Fathers Day Special + Show & Shine

Impending Impact WeatherDue to the impending impact weather predictions for the scheduled date, the decision as been made to set a rain date of August 28 for the Show n Shine portion of this event.

If passengers may reschedule their tickets by emailing [email protected].

We'll still be set up for cars that choose to cruise in on the original date (June 19), along with our food and sweets vendors: D's Soul Food & Pastries and Gimme Some Sugar. And, of course, the trains will still be running as long as there is no lightning in the immediate vicinity.

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Train Cars, Muscle Cars & Classic Cars

The staff and volunteers at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum are proud to celebrate Dads this spring at the Father’s Day Special + Show & Shine on Saturday, June 19.

Tickets for train rides at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. are available, with a special BOGO free ticket for Dads! Plan to spend the day with us, enjoying a relaxing train ride, food and snack vendors and a showcase of train cars and four-wheeled vehicles throughout the grounds. It’ll be a fun and festive day to celebrate Dad!

Treat Dad to a Train Ride Through the Woods!

As a special gift for dad, his ticket is free when he’s accompanied by one or more coach passenger. (Offer not valid for caboose or locomotive tickets.) Dad’s ticket also comes with a small token of our appreciation and admiration from our team at the ticket pickup window.

Take a trip back in time as you board restored vintage railroad coaches and ride behind a first-generation diesel-electric locomotive through the woods of Shelby County! The Calera & Shelby Railroad runs on a portion of the former Alabama Mineral Railroad (L&N), established in 1891.

Vote for Your Favorite Car

Every passenger on our train cars this Father’s Day Saturday will receive a voting ticket to bestow upon their favorite four-wheeled car showcased in the Cruise-In. A prize will be given to the car with the most vote-tickets collected by the end of the day… so your vote matters! An “Engineer’s Choice” winner will also be recognized. To register your car for the Cruise-In, you may download a registration form. If you have questions, contact [email protected].

Event Details

  • Hop aboard the Calera & Shelby Railroad for a relaxing approximate 75-minute ride through the woods of Shelby County.
  • Dads receive their ticket free when accompanied by a friend or family member. (Limit of one complimentary ticket per order.)
  • Dad-tickets come with a special gift.
  • Showcased cars of all kinds will be hosted onsite throughout the day during the Cruise-In.
  • Food vendors, D's Soul Food & Pastries and Gimme Some Sugar, will be on the grounds for lunch, snacks, drinks or sweet treats!
  • The Shelby & Southern Narrow Gauge Steam Railroad will be operating with departures throughout the day. Purchase tickets at the S&S Depot next to the Giftshop.
  • Easy, low-stress fun for the whole family – it’s a perfect gift for Dad!

Ticket Information

Plan to arrive approximately 60 minutes prior to your scheduled train departure. Be advidsed, interstate travel to the museum, I-65 north and south, is persistently slow Having some time to spare upon arrival will give you time to:

  • Pick up your tickets at the red and yellow Calera Depot next to the train
  • Use the restrooms at the Gift Shop
  • Check out the Car Cruise-In showcased vehicles
  • Tour our collection of railroad equipment in Clark Yard
  • Visit our working Signal Garden
  • Take photos
  • Shop the Gift Shop, and
  • Get in position to board the train.

Ticket Prices

  • Adult tickets: $13
  • Child tickets: $13
  • Dad tickets: Free with purchase of at least one regularly priced coach ticket
  • Caboose tickets (limited availability): $25
  • Locomotive tickets (limited availability): $35

Which Car Should We Ride?

The train cars on the Fathers Day Special will include the Frisco, two Open Air cars, the Chicago & North Western, and the Long Island railcars. Ride with the brakeman in the caboose or the engineer in the locomotive for a special up-close look at railroad operations!

Get Tickets!

*any related notations concerning taxes, any convenience fees, etc.

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.

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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.