Listed below you will find events like Easter Bunny Express, THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride, Ghost Train and much more.
To see a complete listing of our exciting excursions and events as well events in the surrounding area please visit our WVRR Calendar Page.
For information about Charters, Group Rates and Caboose Rentals please check out the WVRR Charter Page.
It is official. We are pleased to announce that train operations have resumed.
Due to State of Indiana mandate, face coverings are now required to be worn when visiting the Whitewater Valley Railroad.
We have implemented additional procedures to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, entertainers and volunteers. The Whitewater Valley Railroad's number one priority is the safety of our Guests, Staff and Volunteers. Sorry for any inconvenience.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following is now required to have all passengers do the following:
* Wear a face covering when inside the station, on-board the train or any other location that social distancing is not possible.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following is strongly recommending that all passengers do the following:
* Practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and other people who aren’t part of your group.
* Wash or sanitize your hands often.
All passengers must take the following health self-assessment before boarding the train:
1. Are you currently sick or not feeling well?
2. In the last 14 days, have you been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19?
3. In the last 48 hours, have you developed any of the following symptoms:
Fever? Cough? Shortness of breath?
Anyone answering yes to any of the above questions will be asked to return home and contact their health care provider.
If you are unable to ride the train due to illness, we will be happy to re-book you on a future excursion or give you a refund. All re-booking and refund fees will be waived.
The railroad is taking the following actions for your protection:
* All volunteers, employees, and contractors will undergo daily health screening. Anyone sick or exhibiting symptoms will be sent home.
* All volunteers, employees, and contractors will wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and wash or sanitize their hands often.
* The station and train will be disinfected.
* Train capacity has been reduced by 50% to allow for social distancing.
* Conductors will not be punching or handling tickets.
* All on-board characters and crew members will limit physical contact with passengers as much as possible.
* Restrooms in the station will be stocked with soap, paper towels, and hand sanitizer.
* Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available in the station and at boarding locations.
* Caboose ticket sales will be restricted to group rentals only.
* In addition onsite and off-site vendors will follow all state required mandates for their type of business.
These actions are being implemented to reduce, not eliminate, the risks of COVID-19. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exist in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
See Indiana Executive order 20-43 paragraph 3.d for other allowable exceptions. Link to State Mandate: https://www.in.gov/gov/files/Executive%20Order%2020-37%20Face%20Covering%20Requirement.pdf
By visiting Whitewater Valley Railroad, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Help keep each other healthy.
If you have any questions, please call us at (765) 825-2054 during regular business hours.
Thank You for your patience during the trying times. We can’t wait to have you visit us in Connersville, Indiana in 2020.
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON... BELIEVE.
2020 Dates November 13 - December 12
*UPDATED* All TRAINS for December 13, 18 and 19 have been SUSPENDED due to the New State Of Indiana Restrictions on Social Gatherings. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
THE POLAR EXPRESS(TM) Train Ride returns this holiday season with service to the North Pole. TICKETS AVAILABLE now for the WVRR's 2020 POLAR EXPRESS(TM) Train Ride. This is the only licensed THE POLAR EXPRESS(TM) Train Ride event in the Greater Cincinnati, Dayton and Indianapolis areas.
Tickets will sell out quickly for this event! Visit us online or call us today to purchase your tickets for this season. Don't miss the chance to share this holiday favorite with your family!
THE POLAR EXPRESS(TM) comes to life when the train departs Connersville's Grand Central Station for a journey through the quiet countryside for a special stop at the "North Pole" to allow Santa Claus to board THE POLAR EXPRESS. Guests on board will enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie while listening and reading along with the magical story.
Experience the joy of watching the children's faces when the train arrives at the "North Pole," where Santa Claus and his helpers will be waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS(TM) Train Ride where he will greet each child and hand them the special first gift of Christmas during the return to the station. You will surely want to make this an annual holiday tradition.
Dates for this year's exciting event will be November 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29; December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, and 19, 2020.
Prices for November 13 - 22, 2020 are $36 per persons ages 2 and up.
Prices for November 27 - 29 & December 4 - 19, 2020 are $37 per person ages 2 and up.
Experience Length is 1.5 to 2 hours depending on final train capacity.
Train Boarding Location: 455 Market Street, Connersville, Indiana 47331
Please Note: This experience does not operate to Metamora or the Annual Christmas Walk and no passengers will be permitted to depart from the train at the North Pole.
*Refund Information For Trains Scheduled To Operate On December 13, 18 & 19, 2020*
All Polar Express Passengers holding tickets for Sunday December 13, Friday December 18 and Saturday December 19, 2020.
We regret to inform you that all Polar Express trains scheduled for Sunday, December 13, Friday, December 18, and Saturday, December 19 have been suspended.
If you are holding tickets for Friday December 11 or Saturday December 12, your trains will operate as scheduled and no refunds will be issued.
This decision was made based on the latest COVID-19 response requirements we received from the state of Indiana and our local health department. Your safety and the safety of our other passengers, volunteers, and employees always has and will continue to be our top priority.
All ticket purchases, including any associated fees, will be fully refunded. Unless you receive an additional email from us, no action is required on your part.
We will begin issuing refunds on Monday, December 14, 2020. Your refund should appear in your account no later than Monday, January 4, 2021. Questions about your refund should be emailed to help @ whitewater valley rr.org (remove spaces). Be sure to include your original order's confirmation number with all questions.
THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s20)
METAMORA HOLIDAY SPECIAL EXCURSIONS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED FOR 2020
Special holiday shopping excursions to Metamora are available in conjunction with Metamora's Annual Christmas Walk. Reservations must be made in advance. Early reservations are highly recommended, since these trains usually sell out very early due to the trains limited capacity. See the Special Information section listed below. Coach fares for our Christmas trains are: Adults: $29, Children 2-12: $19. These trains have LIMITED CAPACITY and will SELL OUT.
Tickets Are Not Currently Available
(NOTE: These trains are not affiliated with the POLAR EXPRESS)
Friday November 27 - 4pm departure with 3 1/2 hour layover.
Saturday November 28 - 4pm departure with 3 1/2 hour layover.
Saturday December 5 - 4pm departure with 3 1/2 hour layover.
Saturday December 12 - 4pm departure with 3 1/2 hour layover.
Saturday December 19 - 4pm departure with 3 1/2 hour layover.
(NOTE: These trains are not affiliated with the POLAR EXPRESS)
Bring the whole family, or a group of friends! Rent one of our cabooses for your private excursion to Metamora, and tag it on to any of the trains listed above. (Maximum of 20 guests on most of our caboose fleet). Limited Availability. $425 each. These sell out early, so make your reservation today!
Caboose Rentals Are Not Currently Available
Advance pre-paid reservations are required. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover cards, and personal checks. When reservations are received, accompanied by the necessary funds, the reservations will be confirmed to you via mail. Your confirmation letter must be presented to the Ticket Agent, at the railroad station, to receive your tickets. All cancellations are subject to a 10% charge. Cancellations less than 24 hours in advance of departure are non-refundable.
The Whitewater Valley Railroad is proud to announce Throttle Time. The general public will be offered a chance to operate one of many historic diesel-electric locomotives on the Whitewater Valley Railroad main line as a guest engineer. Each guest engineer will participate in a brief operational training session before sitting at the throttle for 30 minutes of actual hands-on locomotive operations. The locomotive will operate "light", without attached train cars. Operation will begin with a walk-around inspection and orientation to the locomotive, followed by basic instruction on safety, operation, starting and stopping. The instructor will then take the locomotive to an appropriate location along the track where the guest engineer will take over the locomotive's controls.
Times available are 12:01 PM, 1:01 PM, 2:01 PM, and 3:01 PM. The Throttle Time program costs $150, and includes a one-year membership in the Whitewater Valley Railroad, a copy of our current Book of Rules and Employees Time Table, and subscription to our monthly newsletter "Towpath Tracks." To make reservations please call Grand Central Station at (765) 825-2054. This makes a great gift for that special person! Space is limited so don't let this opportunity pass you by.
Participants must be 18 years of age or older, with normal vision and hearing, and able to climb steps into the locomotive cab unassisted. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver of liability in case of injury or accident.
Throttle Time will take place at the Whitewater Valley Railroad's main shop and yard area at South Connersville, IN at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and State Route 121. (This is 3/4 mile south of Grand Central Station in downtown Connersville, IN.)
Dates for 2020 are Saturday July 18, Saturday August 15, Saturday August 29, and Saturday September 19, 2020.
To make reservations please call Grand Central Station at (765) 825-2054. This makes a great gift for that special person! Space is limited so don't let this opportunity pass you by.
***Event Rescheduled For Saturday September 26, 2020***
The 20th annual running of the Easter Bunny Express will depart from Connersville Grand Central Station and make 4 round trips to the Easter Bunny Patch 2 miles away. Don't forget your Basket. Come and see the Easter Bunny and hunt for his Golden Egg. The egg hunt is open to ages 9 and under. Reservations are recommended. Prices are $10.00/person 2 and up. Train departs at 10:01 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm. Train operates rain or shine.
Bring the family out for a afternoon of fun. Enjoy a round trip from our Connersville Grand Central Station to the pumpkin patch. Your train ticket includes round trip train service, a hay ride to and from the patch, and a pumpkin for each child 12 and under. Trains depart at 10:01, 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30. Tickets are $10 for ages two and up and include a pumpkin for children age 12 and under. Tickets are Limited and Reservations are Recommended. Trains operate rain or shine. Tickets can not be exchanged or refunded.
In conjunction with the Haunted Village of Metamora, this event departs from Historic Metamora, a former canal town platted in 1838, and travels along the Whitewater River into the neighboring hills and woods. Along the way, passengers will encounter local lore about the railroad's tragic past and perhaps special visitors from both the mortal and immortal worlds will make an appearance.
This haunting lasts approximately 30 minutes along a historic stretch of the Whitewater Valley Railroad and Canal. Come with us as we travel back in time to when riding the rails was the preferred method of travel in America.
Price: $10 ages 2 and up.
Limited Pre Sale Tickets are available online or you may also call Grand Central Station at 765-825-2054 to reserve these tickets. A very limited number of tickets will be held back and made available at the Metamora Ticket Office on EACH EVENT DATE ONLY. Last year's event was very popular with purchase of pre sale tickets being highly recommended.
Please note: This special event and the accompanying story are family friendly, meaning no blood and gore. This Event operates from Metamora Only. No Departures will be available from Connersville. The address for the Metamora Ticket Office is 19054 S. Main St. Metamora, IN 47030
All Aboard..... The Santa Claus Limited
The 46th Annual Santa Claus Limited is the longest operating event of the not for profit Whitewater Valley Railroad. The Santa Claus Limited as it is now known, has operated in one form or another since the Winter of 1973. The WVRR’s first season of operation to Metamora was not until the following year of 1974.
Board the train at Grand Central Station in Connersville to pick up Santa Claus along the way. Once on board Santa will come and visit with each child on the train. Train departs at 9:01am, 11:15am and 1:30pm. Tickets are $10 ages 2 and up.
Purchase Santa Claus Limited Tickets Available Now or Call Grand Central Station during business hours at 765-825-2054 to Order By Phone.
(NOTE: These trains are not affiliated with the POLAR EXPRESS and do not operate to the North Pole or Metamora)