Listed below you will find special events like the Easter Bunny Express, THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride, Ghost Train and more.

Excursions to Metamora and themed trips can be found on the WVRR Excursion Page.

For information about Charters, Group Rates and Caboose Rentals please check out the WVRR Charter Page.

The Whitewater Valley Railroad operates in Fayette and Franklin counties in Indiana.


In Fayette County, Indiana, the community level is High.

  • Wear a mask indoors in public
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness


In Franklin County, Indiana, the community level is Low.

  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms


People may choose to mask at any time.


We ask that people with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 not come to the railroad.  We will re-book you on another excursion or issue you a refund.


The 21st annual running of the Easter Bunny Express will depart from Connersville's Grand Central Station and make 4 round trips to the Easter Bunny Patch 2 miles away.  Come and meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for his Golden Egg. The egg hunt is open to children ages 9 and under.  Don't forget your basket!  All seats are $10.00 ages 2 and up. Trains depart at 10:00 AM, 12:01 PM, 2:30 PM & 4:15 PM.  Trains and the egg hunt operate rain or shine.
Purchase tickets online at
or by phone at 765 825-2054.
2022 Easter Bunny Express Schedule
  • Saturday, April 16


The Whitewater Valley Railroad is proud to present our Throttle Time experience. The general public will be offered a chance to operate one of our historic diesel-electric locomotives on the railroad's 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 of the locomotive followed by basic instruction on safety and operation.  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 experience costs $150 and includes a one-year membership to the Whitewater Valley Railroad and a subscription to our newsletter Towpath Tracks.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, have normal vision and hearing, be able to climb steps into the locomotive cab unassisted, and be able to understand and follow written and verbal instructions.  Participants will be asked to sign a waiver of liability in case of injury or accident.

Throttle Time takes place at the Whitewater Valley Railroad's shop and yard in Connersville, Indiana at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and State Route 121. (This is 3/4 mile south of Grand Central Station in downtown Connersville.)

Purchase tickets online at

or by phone 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.


2022 Throttle Time Schedule

  • Saturday, May 14
  • Saturday, June 11
  • Saturday, July 9
  • Saturday, August 13
  • Saturday, September 10




Purchase tickets online at

or by phone at 765 825-2054.



THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride returns this holiday season with service to the North Pole.  This is the only licensed THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride event in the Greater Cincinnati, Dayton and Indianapolis areas.

Tickets will sell out quickly!  Don't miss the chance to share this holiday favorite with your family!

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is a magical re-creation of the classic children’s story.  Passengers are served hot chocolate and a treat by dancing chefs, enjoy a reading of the book by Chris Van Allsburg, and receive the first gift of Christmas (a silver sleigh bell) after Santa and his elves board the train at the North Pole.  During the trip, the conductor will punch everyone's golden ticket and Santa will briefly visit with each family.


Dates for this year's event are November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27; December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, & 17, 2022.

Tickets are $39.00 per person ages 2 and up.

Event Length is 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Train Boarding Location: 455 Market Street, Connersville, Indiana 47331

Use this Google Maps link for directions:


Purchase tickets online at

or by phone at 765 825-2054.




Frequently Asked Questions.


Q: Where do I pickup the Polar Express book I purchased with my tickets?

Included with your tickets will be a voucher for each book purchased. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before boarding time and redeem your voucher at the will call window inside Grand Central Station. Additional books will be available for purchase in the gift shop.


Q: Are there restrooms on the train?

There are no restrooms on the train. Restrooms are available inside Grand Central Station and in the heated, portable unit outside the station. The train ride is almost 2 hours long, so please make sure everyone has an opportunity to use the restroom before boarding the train.


Q: Are the train cars heated?

Yes, all of our coaches are steam heated and we do our best to keep them at a comfortable temperature. However, if the weather is extremely cold we do recommend bringing coats and perhaps a blanket for the little ones.


Q: When should I arrive for my train?

The boarding time for your train is in your confirmation email and printed on your tickets. Trains board PROMPTLY at their scheduled boarding times. Please arrive no less than 15 minutes prior to boarding. Allow extra time if you are with a large group, need boarding assistance or are picking up will call tickets or books. Please monitor the weather and traffic conditions along your route and allow sufficient travel time to Connersville. There are no refunds for missed trains!


Q: What is the inclement weather policy?

If the state or local government closes the highways in Fayette county due to weather conditions, trains will be canceled and refunds issued. Otherwise, the trains will run as scheduled.


Q: What allergens are in the hot chocolate and cookies served on the train?

The hot chocolate and cookies served on the train contain the following common allergens: milk, wheat, eggs & soy. For those with special dietary needs, you are welcome to bring your own beverage and treat for the train ride.


Q: What is seating like?

Seats are not reserved. The seats are upholstered bench seats and seat two passengers per bench in groups of four. Please do not bring car seats or carriers for children under 2 unless you have purchased a ticket for them. Children under 2 riding in a lap do not need a ticket.


Q: Is there access for persons with disabilities?

Due to the historic nature of our equipment, train rides on The Polar Express are not fully accessible to persons with disabilities. If anyone in your group will need assistance boarding the train, please arrive at least 30 minutes before boarding time and register your group with the ticket agent inside Grand Central Station. Crew members will assist you at the boarding area and help you to your seats.


Q: Where should I park?

Parking is at Grand Central Station. There will be sufficient parking for everyone, please follow the directions of the railroad staff when parking so that we may comfortably accommodate everyone. There is no charge for parking. We ask that you respect the other business around Grand Central Station and not park in any spaces reserved for their patrons.


Q: What are the GPS coordinates for Grand Central Station?

If you are using your GPS for directions, please use the following address:

455 Market Street

Connersville, IN 47331

Many GPS systems will route you to our maintenance facility if you use "Whitewater Valley Railroad" as your destination.

Use this Google Maps link for directions:


Q: Are strollers permitted?

Strollers are welcome at the event, but are not permitted on the train. Stroller parking will be available at the station.


Q: May I bring my pet?

Pets are not allowed at The Polar Express event. Service animals are always welcome.


Q: Is smoking allowed on the train or at Grand Central Station?

Smoking of any type is prohibited on the train, inside Grand Central Station, on the deck around the station and in the boarding areas. This includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes, and vaping of any kind.


THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s21)


This family friendly (no blood or gore) half-hour excursion is great for ghosts and goblins of all ages. As the train travels through the dark countryside, passengers will be haunted by characters from our ghost story. THIS EXCURSION OPERATES FROM METAMORA, NOT CONNERSVILLE! Trains depart at 6:45 PM, 7:30 PM, 8:15 PM, & 9:01 PM on the dates listed below. All seats are $10 ages 2 and up.

Purchase tickets online at

or by phone at 765 825-2054.

This popular event sells out quickly, buy early for best selection. The Metamora ticket office is located at 19056 Main St, Metamora, IN 47030.


2022 Ghost Train of Metamora Schedule

  • Friday, October 14
  • Saturday, October 15
  • Friday, October 21
  • Saturday, October 22
  • Friday, October 28
  • Saturday, October 29


Bring the family out for a afternoon of fun.  Enjoy a round trip from Connersville's 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 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 4:30 PM.  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. Train, hay ride, and pumpkin patch operate rain or shine.

Purchase tickets online at
or by phone at 765 825-2054.
2022 Pumpkinliner Schedule
  • Saturday, October 22
  • Sunday, October 23



All Aboard The Santa Claus Limited - Saturday, November, 26, 2022

The Santa Claus Limited is the longest running event at the Whitewater Valley Railroad.  It has operated in one form or another since 1973.

Board the train at Grand Central Station in Connersville and pick up Santa Claus along the way.  During this short excursion through the countryside, Santa will briefly visit with each family and give candy canes to the kids.  Trains departs at 9:00 AM, 11:15 AM and 1:30 PM.  Tickets are $10 each for ages 2 and up.

Purchase tickets online at

or by phone at 765 825-2054.


NOTE: This train is not affiliated with the POLAR EXPRESS and does not operate to the North Pole.

The Railroad reserves the right to change train equipment, schedules and/or fares without advance notice. The railroad cannot be responsible for unscheduled delays. The Connersville Station is handicap accessible. Our trips are not currently handicap accessible. We hope to fix this in the future. Most times if someone is not restricted to a chair we can accommodate them on our cars. There are between 4 to six steps to climb to board the cars. The 1920's & 1930's passenger cars used on our excursions were constructed before disability accessibility laws were adopted. We will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate differently abled passengers who desire to ride one of our trips. Platforms, boarding areas, stairs, step-stools, seating, and especially doorways, passageways and aisles may not accommodate all passengers. Historic and antiquated rail passenger equipment, like that used on our excursions, is exempt from ADA regulations under U.S. Code: Title 42: Section 12184.