The Wilmington & Western Railroad was opened in 1872. Purchased in 1883 by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the line offered freight and passenger service over 20 miles of track from downtown Wilmington to Landenberg, PA.
At the turn of the century, a resort was opened along the railroad's tracks at Brandywine Springs, and the railroad's passenger business flourished. By 1931, however, the Great Depression began to take its toll.
By the 1960's, the Railroad had dwindled to a limited freight operation. Revived by a dedicated team of volunteers, who incorporated their growing organization as Historic Red Clay Valley. HRCV owns and operates the present-day Wilmington & Western Railroad. Use our Wilmington trip itinerary planning website to add Wilmington and Western Railroad and other attractions to your Wilmington vacation plans.
Wilmington and Western Railroad Reviews
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.... more »
This is a wonderful way to have a child enjoy a ride on the train. It is not a tremendously long ride, so they don't get bored, many of the rides are geared toward children, so they're entertained... more »
I didn't realize there was a train basically in my backyard. I took my husband on a surprise 1.5 hour train ride. He really enjoyed it. It was something he had always wanted to do. We rode in the open air car. We are definitely going back during the changing of the leaves.
Had a great time doing this with my wife and 10 yr old son. Definitely recommend. Awesome way to spend 2 hours on a beautiful day!
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