Train-Lovers Guide

By DullesMoms, Dec 2018

Train-lovers, big and small, will enjoy all the opportunities in our area to see model trains in action or hop on an actual train — vintage, modern, mini, and more!

Dulles Town Center | Sterling, VA
Visit the Dulles Town Center train located on the 1st floor near Center Court. This colorful trackless train offers indoor train rides around the mall for children and adults alike! // Updated July 2020

Tysons Corner Center | McLean, VA
Located on the 3rd-level near the food court and movie theater, the train at Tysons Corner Center offers train lovers of all ages a short trackless ride around the food court.

Historic Vienna Railroad Station | Vienna, VA
The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders (NVMR), a club of model railroading enthusiasts, is headquartered in the historic train depot in downtown Vienna, VA. The club is home to a permanent HO-scale model railroad layout and opens its doors throughout the year for special events and open houses! // Updated July 2020

Burke Lake Park | Fairfax Station, VA
Burke Lake Park’s 1/3-scale replica CP Huntington train takes you on an almost 2-mile ride through its picturesque park. This is a great place to spend the day, as the park also offers miniature golf, an ice cream parlor, multiple playgrounds, fishing, canoe rental, and much more! // Updated July 2020

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum | Fairfax Station, VA
Displays, activities, and events at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum will fascinate train enthusiasts, young and old! At this train-themed destination, you’re invited to explore Civil War history, railroading, and the fascinating story of the local community. // Updated July 2020

Cabin John Regional Park | Rockville, MD
Very similar to the train ride at Burke Lake Park, Cabin John’s mini train is a replica of the 1863 CP Huntington steam locomotive. The open-air train takes you for a fun ride through the wooded area of the park! // Updated Aug 2020

America on the Move at the National Museum of American History | Washington, DC
The Museum’s 26,000-square-foot transportation hall features more than 300 objects and 19 historical settings that chronicle the coming of the railroad, the streetcar, and the automobile. The exhibition features a 1903 Winton, the first car driven across the United States, a Chicago Transit Authority “L” car, and a 199-ton, 92-foot long Southern Railway locomotive.

Resource Railroad Train at Clemyjontri Park | McLean, VA
Fun and exploration aren’t limited to Celmyjontri’s playground any longer, as children can take a ride and tour this fabulous 2-acre park as a passenger on Engine #62!

Smithsonian National Postal Museum | Washington, DC
The museum’s galleries explore America’s postal history and Philately (the study and collection of stamps) from colonial times to the present. For lovers of all things transportation, enjoy exhibits featuring planes, mail coaches, wagons, trains, and more, such as the Concord Mail Coach, Balloon Jupiter Flight, CSS Florida, de Havilland DH-4, the first airmail, and many others!

Brunswick Heritage Museum | Brunswick, MD
The Brunswick Heritage Museum can be seen as two museums in one. On one floor, the Museum’s exhibits tell the story of a town built by the B&O Railroad at the turn of the 20th century and the people who lived here. On another floor, you can see a 1,700-square-foot HO-Scale model railroad, which depicts the B&O Metropolitan Subdivision beginning at the west end of Brunswick’s rail yard and running eastward all the way to Union Station in Washington, DC.

Wheaton Regional Park | Wheaton, MD
The miniature train at Wheaton Regional Park, a replica of the 1863 CP Huntington, takes guests for a tour of the park’s forests and meadows, over a trestle bridge, and past Pine Lake! // Updated Aug 2020

National Capital Trolley Museum | Colesville, MD
The National Capital Trolley Museum, open since 1969, not only provides a chance to learn about historic streetcars in Washington, DC, but also an opportunity to take a trolley ride in one of eleven original cars! The museum has a wide collection of streetcars, including originals from Washington, DC, American Streetcars, and International Streetcars. // Updated Oct 2020

Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum | Baltimore, MD
The B&O Railroad Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, offers guests the opportunity to engage all their senses and explore our country’s oldest and most historic American railroad collection! Located on the museum’s Baltimore campus, this carefully selected location is regarded as the American Railroad’s birthplace. The museum features both full-size trains and model replicas. Visitors can explore inside locomotives and train cars, view historic railroad artifacts, and even enjoy a real train ride along the first commercial mile of railroad track laid in America! // Updated Dec 2019

Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
Situated in the scenic Watkins Regional Park, your train aficionado will delight in taking a ride on this silver and black C.P. Huntington replica miniature locomotive. Proudly boasting Number 342, this train will take you on a journey through the woods, getting you up close and personal with the trees, wildlife, and even sightings of Old Maryland Farm. Consider hosting a birthday party for your little train-spotter at Watkins Regional Park and enjoy the antique carousel and miniature golf, as well. Only open during the spring and summer, be sure not to miss out on this miniature marvel!

Walkersville Southern Railroad | Walkersville, MD
Located less than 50-miles from Dulles Airport, a train ride on the Walkersville Southern Railroad makes for a perfect family day trip! This historic destination invites you to travel in vintage 1920’s passenger cars, open flatcars, and even a caboose on a track originally built in 1872! // Updated July 2020

Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station | Ellicott City, MD
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum’s Ellicott City Station is the oldest surviving railroad station in America and was the original terminus of the first 13-miles of commercial railroad in the country. The site features the Main Depot building, constructed in 1830-31, the freight house built in 1885, a replica of the first horse-drawn passenger rail car, the Pioneer, and a 1927 “I-5” Caboose. Housed in the freight house is a 40-foot, HO-gauge model train layout showing the original thirteen-miles of commercial rail track stretching from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills. The operating layout features an introductory video and light show. Living historians tell the story of the development of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the nation’s first common carrier railroad, and its impact on Ellicott City between 1827 and 1868. Please note that there are no train rides at Ellicott City Station.

Chesapeake & Allegheny Live Steamers | Baltimore, MD
Have you ever ridden a model train before? This live steamers club offers guests the chance to enjoy a ride on a real model train across 11+ acres! // Updated Oct 2020

Rappahannock Railroad Museum | Fredericksburg, VA
Visit the Rappahannock Chapter’s Railway Workers Museum for Saturday morning self-guided tours through the chapter’s restored pieces of vintage rolling stock and take a ride on the Little Yellow Train! Dedicated to both the preservation of railroad history and public education on railroad lines, Rappahannock Chapter members provide short educational excursions aboard the Little Yellow Train from mid-march through October. On these preserved track cars, riders can experience the life of railroad workers from the mid-1900s! Train rides are subject to crew availability and are dependent upon weather.

Luray Caverns Toy Town Junction | Luray, VA
Dr. Richard Worden received his first electric train for Christmas in 1941 at the age of five. Now, his enormous collection of trains and toys is on display for everyone at every age to enjoy just as much as he has over the years. The exhibit is impressive, featuring not only Worden’s 30 individual trains but also thousands of other trains, trucks, cars, and tractors as well as circus miniatures, dolls, and unique collectible toys. The settings are just as fascinating as the trains and toys themselves — the scenery takes visitors into the worlds of pirates, knights, farmers, and more.

Steam Into History | New Freedom, PA
Steam into History is a non-profit, educational, charitable organization that operates a steam train that chronicles the role York County, PA, played in Civil War history via a 2.5-hour round-trip journey to Hanover Junction and back. The 1860s replica locomotive and train set are a faithful re-creation of the train Abraham Lincoln rode to present the Gettysburg Address and two years later carried his body in a funeral car. Each run has a narrator who is well versed in the history of the area, as well as Civil War History — plus you might even get to see entertainers and reenactors that are willing to share their stories on the Civil War!

The Applewood Express Train | Whiteford, MD
The Applewood Express Train is Applewood Farm’s most exciting attraction yet! This historically accurate replica of an 1865 vintage wood-burning steam locomotive pulls two covered coaches with 42 passengers along a 3/4-mile tour through the farm’s lower pasture and Christmas tree plantings. This 1963 Allen Herschell S-24 Iron Horse is one of the last of these premier estate trains still operating. The Applewood Express Train is 5-foot wide, with two covered coaches, and carries 30 adults or 42 children.

Richmond Railroad Museum | Richmond VA
With multiple railroad lines having served the city since the 1830s, the rich railway history of Virginia’s capital is more than enough reason for train enthusiasts to visit the Richmond Railroad Museum! Visitors can enjoy viewing more than 150-years of memorabilia and artifacts in the Freight Room and Station Master’s Office. A complex operating model railroad built by the ODC Model Railroad Club is also available for viewing! Adjacent to the building, train aficionados can peek at a steam locomotive and vintage rolling stock such as a railway express car and boxcar.

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad | Cumberland, MD
Travel back through time aboard the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad on their 1916 Baldwin 2-8-0, Mountain Thunder restored diesel engine. Onboard, you’ll climb through the spectacular scenery of the Allegheny Mountains while a narrator provides you with information about the scenery, history, and culture along your route. Make your day even more special by being an Engineer for the Day! Get the full experience of your train excursion by riding in the locomotive’s cab with the engineer. Steam or Diesel available, you’ll feel what it’s like to ride the rails with a powerful engine surrounding you! Click here to learn more about specialty train rides, including Murder Mystery Trains, The North Pole Experience, Caboose Rentals, and more!

The Strasburg Railroad | Ronks, PA
Climb aboard The Strasburg Railroad — a larger-than-life steam train that provides a 45-minute, round-trip ride through the tranquil Amish countryside to Paradise, PA, and back. You’ll pass more than 1,000 acres of farm fields, and upon disembarkment, you’ll enjoy old-fashioned fun at Groff’s Grove or Leaman Place Grove, convenient recreation areas along the train’s route for mid-way boarding or unloading. Click here to see upcoming special events like the annual Easter Bunny Train, Day Out With Thomas, Santa’s Paradise Express, and more!

West Chester Railroad Company | West Chester, PA
The West Chester Railroad Company is a tourist railroad along the beautiful Chester Creek Valley in Southeastern Pennsylvania. They offer a variety of nostalgic 90-minute train trips on coaches built between 1931 to 1932. Throughout the year, West Chester Railroad offers special events for their riders, including the Mother’s Day Express, Great Pumpkin Express, Fall Foliage Express, Santa’s Express, and more!

Old Dominion Railroad Excursions | Dillwyn, VA
The Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society happily invites families to travel on the Virginia Springtime Special! Climb aboard this diesel-powered train and enjoy Buckingham County’s scenic springtime backdrop! Offering rides beginning in May, riders can choose a train ride with, or without, a trackside gunfight featuring the Tom Mix Rangers, a group of outlaws and cowboys who are sure to add a little more excitement to this excursion! This train also offers climate-controlled and open-air cars. Passengers are not guaranteed indoor or outdoor car seating with ticket purchase. Seats are chosen on a first-aboard, first-served basis, so plan accordingly!

The Gypsy Express | Staunton, VA
The Gypsy Express at Gypsy Hill Park is a 16-inch gauge G-16. The G-16 is an exact 1/5-scale model of the General Motors Electro-Motive Diesel F2 locomotive from 1946. At almost 60-years old, the train carries train-lovers around Gypsy Hill Park in historic Staunton.

Wanamaker, Kempton, & Southern Railroad | Kempton, PA
The Wanamaker, Kempton, & Southern Railroad (WK&S), located in the scenic village of Kempton, PA, in Berks County, is also known as the Hawk Mountain Line because of their proximity to the famous bird sanctuary. Join them weekends from May through November for a scenic ride using locomotives built as early as 1914! The WK&S hosts many special events throughout the year, including the Easter Bunny Express, Kid’s Fun Weekend, Wine & Cheese Train, Halloween Spooktacular, Santa Claus Special, and more!

Allegheny Portage Railroad | Gallitzin, PA
The first railroad to circumnavigate the Allegheny Mountains, the Allegheny Portage Railroad, was the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal’s finishing piece. The Portage opened in 1834, marking the first time there was one direct route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. All things to all people, it served merchants, passengers, slaves in pursuit of freedom, and soldiers from the Mexican War. At this National Historic Site, you’ll be able to visit the Park Visitor CenterEngine House 6 Exhibit Shelter, The Lemon House Tavern, and more!

The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Heritage Center | Clifton Forge, VA
This Center is a railway heritage museum and interpretive, educational, and visitor center that tells the C&O Railway story — the people, the places, and the technology. The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Heritage Center contains indoor and outdoor displays, scale models, preserved railroad equipment, and replica railroad structures. The grounds are arranged to present the story of American railroading and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway in a walk-through format. The goal of the Center is to be an inspiring, stimulating place that delights all who visit and leaves them with an understanding of the heritage of American Railroading.

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad | Romney, WV
Departing from Wappocomo Station, the historic Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad is one of America’s most beautiful train rides. For three-hours, enjoy a narrated excursion through a tranquil and pristine mountain valley where you’ll view historic farms and lush mountain greenery. You’ll also experience The Trough, a spectacular narrow mountain valley. Plus, as the name implies, Romney is part of the American bald eagle’s eastern home. Undisturbed by the occasional train’s low rumblings, it is common to see them flying overhead or perched in nearby trees.

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad | Elkins, WV
Explore wild, wonderful West Virginia from an entirely new perspective — aboard any one of Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR’s four unique trains! From April to December, the surrounding mountains and valleys come alive with the welcoming wail of whistles from beautifully refurbished and historic locomotives that depart both Elkins, WV, and Durbin, WV depots. Click here to see upcoming special events like the Cottontail Express, the Polar Express, Cass Railfan Weekend, and more! For a great overview of all Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s Mountain Rail Adventures produced by PBS’s Great Scenic Railway Journeys, click here.

The Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society | Bellefonte, PA
The Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society is an all-volunteer historical society dedicated to promoting, preserving, and fostering a public appreciation of the railroading heritage of Bellefonte and Centre County, PA. They own several historic pieces of rolling stock used in two annual excursion weekends (October and December), using restored 1920s- and 1940s-era passenger equipment.

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park | Cass, WV
Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport you back in time to relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Trips to Cass are filled with rich histories of the past, unparalleled views of a vast wilderness area, and close-up encounters with the sights and sounds of original steam-driven locomotives.

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