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Wilmington and Western Railroad

Wilmington, DE, USA
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About Wilmington and Western Railroad
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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Greg Harris wrote a review May 2021
Yonkers, New York574 contributions45 helpful votes
The Wilmington & Western Railroad is a major hallmark attraction of Wilmington, Delaware and a wonderful site for families and friends to visit. In May Of 2021, I brought and treated my wife and myself for a wonderful tour on the steam powered locomotive that is operated by the Wilmington & Western Railroad. The staff and the train crew were wonderfully accommodating, and treated us with great kindness throughout our trip. During our journey on the locomotive, both my wife and I viewed and took great pictures of the beautiful countryside of Wilmington. Our tour narrator on the train discussed the immense history of Delaware, its notable pioneers and settlers and the major industries that developed in the 19th Century Delaware, such as the gun powder and paper mills. My wife and I highly recommend for all travelers, both domestic and international, visit and take a tour on this impressive and comfortable locomotive. We strongly believe that you’ll find your ride very entertaining and educational, just like we did!!!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Heather R wrote a review Oct 2020
Oaklyn, New Jersey16 contributions1 helpful vote
Nice Autumn train ride through the Red Clay Valley. Informative and pleasant ride. The train is a great way to see the fall foliage.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Stephanie M wrote a review Feb 2020
Woodbury, New Jersey421 contributions89 helpful votes
Attended a birthday party here which included a private train car and a stop in a small town to do some sight-seeing shopping. The train rider is picturesque and the old steam engine is fun. I do wish we had a little bit more time in town before the return ride - the stop felt very rushed. Otherwise we had a good time.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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fifthandjapip wrote a review Dec 2019
cheltenham, pa80 contributions31 helpful votes
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We live in a suburb of Philadelphia. Each year I try to find something different to do with the grandkids for Christmas. This year the youngest is two and I thought a Santa Train ride would be a good idea. Unfortunately every train ride around us Ivyland, New Hope Etc cost a small fortune. (Anywhere from 30 to $50 per person). I found this little gem in Wilmington. Not only was it more reasonable it was about the same amount of travel time. And most of all it was a great experience. Everyone was friendly and helpful it's an all-volunteer staff so you know everybody wants to be there. Santa was great he even managed to get my 14 year old granddaughter to smile. The baby loved it. Santa sits with each child for photo ops. And then he returned later to sing a round of Jingle Bells with everyone. He visits each car individually. And every child gets a chocolate lollipop. The train station has bathrooms that are clean although Limited in number. There's a train museum and a small gift shop. They even have a small concession stand. I would give this a 4 thumbs up and recommended to anyone with children. The ride itself is about an hour and a half. Along the way you see the backs of some house and people have actually decorated for Christmas and stand outside and wave at the train. The only thing that would have made this better is if we would have gone at night when the train was all lit up.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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CenterCity2015 wrote a review Oct 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania36 contributions35 helpful votes
For an attraction staffed by volunteers who allegedly have a passion they want to share the staff was incredibly rude and abusive. After being shown to the first coach the conductor came in 15 minute later screaming we had to move because this car was reserved. After having relocated to another car he did the same thing. Very abusive in language and attitude, not an appropriate environment for children to be around.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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