Celebrate the Birthday of our Nation!
Celebrate the birthday of our nation at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum with a good old-fashioned train ride, and picnic in the pavilion for the whole family!
Everyone with a paid train ticket on this day will also receive a meal voucher for a hot dog, chips, and drink -- compliments of Calera Main Street, a community Main Street Alabama! Additional meal tickets may be purchased separately from the train tickets for $4 (cash only). Lunch will be served from 11:00AM to 1:00PM.
Active and Retired Veterans are invited to ride the Stars & Stripes Special and enjoy their meal for FREE (with valid ID) - Thank you for your service!
Revolutionary War Reenactors
Traditionally dressed partisan soldiers from the Revolutionary War will be camping on-site throughout the day. Learn from these "Sumter's partisans" who fought to defend South Carolina from the invasion of the British. Watch campfire cooking and traditional bullet-making, and see the weapons and equipment that were used to defend and establish the United States of America.
Ride the Train!
If you're feeling particularly patriotic, purchase tickets to view the Calera countryside! The train ride will last approximately 75 minutes. Pre-purchased tickets may be picked up at the depot, or tickets may be purchased on-site the day of the event while supplies last.
|Ages 12+ riding in coach.|
|Ages 2-11. Must be accompanied by an adult age 18+|
|Under 24 months. Must be secured in an adult's lap for the duration of the ride.|
*Does not include convenience or handling fees
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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. The option of wearing a face mask is recommended but not required.
Important: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; traveled internationally or to other areas of the U.S. that were under "Shelter In Place" orders; 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, Cottontail’s Meadow for the Cottontail Express, or the Pumpkin Patch for the Pumpkin Patch Express. 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.