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Wilmington and Western Railroad

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Address: 2201 Newport Gap Pike, Route 41 North, Wilmington, DE 19808
Phone Number: +1 302-998-1930
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Wilmington &...

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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Love the train ride. Lots of fun. Especially in the autumn when the leaves have changed. There is a picnic grove that the train stops at and you can hop off for awhile and have a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
arlene g
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the train ride. Lots of fun. Especially in the autumn when the leaves have changed. There is a picnic grove that the train stops at and you can hop off for awhile and have a afternoon picnic. Then pick the train back up for the return ride. Train lovers a must. Just want something to do on an afternoon... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoy the Christmas Lights train ride. It is exciting to see the yards decorated specifically for the ride. The length of the trip is just right. The conductors are very friendly and will answer any questions you have about the the train and the trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here several times and have found it a fun trip and a little step back into history. THe site of the Brandywine Amusement Park is nearby so you can get in some walking too! I would recommend this for sure!

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Thank Heather L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

visited with my 12 year old grandson and wife because of his love for trains. Didn't disappoint. Excellent ride through the countryside, picnic stop along the way. They also have a summer camp for kids to learn about behind the scenes at the railroad

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful way to enjoy a bit of history, natural flora & the thrill of a steam locomotive! The prices are extremely good deal!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

We took the Father's Day express. Round trip- 1 & half hrs. Stop at a clearing by a little waterfall in Mt. Cuba for appr. 20 min. Most of us brought lunch. The employees were all volunteers who retired from RR and loved their job. We learned some history at the same time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Did the ride as a last minute, something to do on a nice weekend. I had fun, probably as much fun as the kids on the train. The 1.5 hour round trip with a stop at Mt. Cuba picnic area is just the right amount of time to keep the kids entertained and not get bored. 1/2 hour to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Great family fun for everyone. They offer special event(s) the train robbery is a hoot! The cowboys ambush the train and the fun continues from there. If you take the long trip be sure to pack your picnic and enjoy the grove to take in the lovely forested area.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

We went on the Roundtrip ticket to and from Hockessin, which has great scenario, and I would skip the Mt. Cuba picnic, since the location. Is less than ideal for an extended stop. Just some benches in the middle of a hill versus higher view from the local rolling hills. A better picnic location would make the experience great, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

We took the trek from NY to Delaware just to go on this scenic Railroad, but it was worth it! The train that we went on was the longer ride--destination: Hockessin. A narrator talked most of the way there, telling us what we were looking at, and it's history; I found this to be very helpful and informative! I love... More 

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