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Wilmington and Western Railroad

Address: 2201 Newport Gap Pike, Route 41 North, Wilmington, DE 19808
Phone Number: +1 302-998-1930
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Ranked #7 of 29 Attractions in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Owner description: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Wilmington & Western Railroad is Delaware's...
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Owner description: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Wilmington & Western Railroad is Delaware's only operating Museum. Take a ride on this scenic line and you will be transported back to a Golden Era when passenger trains rolled majestically through the land and steam whistles echoed off the hills. The W&W operates Steam and Diesel train excursions - primarily on the weekends. Special railroading adventures are available for railroaders of all ages. Whether you want to explore history, celebrate holidays, wine & dine or just have fun, The Wilmington & Western Railroad has just the event for you.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

I think the W & W is a neat family activity, but I don't think it's worth the price of admission. Cut the price a few dollars and it'd be a better value. $12 for a 45 minute train ride forward and back is not worth it. Plus, when you cross over rt. 48, very few houses decorate with Christmas... More 

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Luray, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

We drove up from Virginia for the Holiday Express. The staff were great. They were very friendly and helpful. We will definitely go back.

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Camden, Delaware, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

While this is a great example of preservation, it does not provide much of an experience. If you expect to go for a ride on a steam train you are likely to be disappointed. Most of the excursions are actually diesel powered because of the expense of maintaining and operating the steam power units. The scenery is somewhat boring and... More 

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Wilmington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Excellent views and staff was great. I even became a member. There store is supplied with a vast selection of books and souvenirs.

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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Very good for an afternoon with the kids. We went at Christmas and Santa and Mrs. Claus joined for the ride...kids had a blast!

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Wilmington, Delaware
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Riding the good ol' train felt really nostalgic, and my little daughter really liked the 90-minute train ride here. Visiting here during autumn is really recommended, since the autumn-leaf tour was absolutely fantastic!

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Bethany Beach, DE
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6 reviews 6 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

A must see if you're in the Wilmington area! The autumn leaf tour was breathtaking. Cannot wait to visit again!

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Columbia, Maryland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

My husband and I took the Halloween Express trip with our 2 year old. The Fall Foliage train the week before had sold out, but this special trip turned out to work just fine for our family. Children in costume received a 50% discount off their fare, which was a nice bonus. We live about 1.5 hours away, so there... More 

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New York
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21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This was a nice relaxing diversion. The train ride was 30 minutes out to Mt. Cuba picnic area...a 20 minute picnic...and then 30 minutes back to the station. This railroad is totally volunteer run and all the volunteers are very enthusiastic, helpful, and friendly. This is a very nice activity for families.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

What a hidden gem of an attraction just outside wilmington. Buy a ticket, pack a lunch, and enjoy the scenery on the way to their picnic grove. Most trips include a 20 to 30 minute layover at Mt Cuba adjacent to the creek. Here you are free to enjoy the scenery or have a nice picnic lunch!

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