Listed below you will find events like THE POLAR EXPRESS, Day Out With Thomas, Ghost Train and much more.

Overland Limited - Wild West Train, Twilight Limited Train to Dinner excursions and much more can be found over at the WVRR Excursion Page.

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.


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 12:15 PM, 1:25 PM, and 2:35 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.

Two guest engineers will be in the cab at the same time. Sorry, we are unable to accommodate any observers or other family members due to space limitations within the locomotive. 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 2019 include Saturday May 18, Saturday June 8, Friday July 26, Saturday July 27, Friday August 16, Saturday August 17, Saturday September 7, Friday September 27 and Saturday 28, 2019  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.

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

Limited Tickets Now Available Online

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.

Tickets Now Available Online

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.

Limited Coach Tickets Available Online

(NOTE: These trains are not affiliated with the POLAR EXPRESS)

2019 Dates:

Friday November 29 - 4pm departure with 3 1/2 hour layover.
Saturday November 30 - 4pm departure with 3 1/2 hour layover.
Saturday December 7 - 4pm departure with 3 1/2 hour layover.
Saturday December 14 - 4pm departure with 3 1/2 hour layover.

(NOTE: These trains are not affiliated with the POLAR EXPRESS)

Your own private caboose!

Caboose Rentals:

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 Available Only by calling the station at 765-825-2054

Special Information:

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.

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 Online Here 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)


2019 Dates: November 15 - December 15


Tickets Now Available

THE POLAR EXPRESS(TM) Train Ride returns this holiday season with service to the North Pole. TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE for the WVRR's 2018 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 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29 and 30; December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15, 2019.

Prices for 2019 are $36 per persons ages 2 and up.

Experience Length is 1.5 to 2 hours depending on final train capacity.

Tickets are on sale now online or by calling the Whitewater Valley Railroad Grand Central Station at (765) 825-2054.

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.

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s19)

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 meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for his Golden Egg. The egg hunt is open to ages 8 and under. Reservations are recommended. Prices are $10.00/person 2 and up. Train departs at 10am, 12pm, 2:30pm & 4:15pm. Train operates rain or shine.

Look for tickets to be available in January 2020.

Tickets Now Available Online

Day Out With Thomas™ is an annual event that offers children and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with Thomas, the No. 1 blue engine, and enjoy a day of fun filled Thomas & Friends™ themed activities. Meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway, and enjoy crafts, story telling, videos, Marty The Magician, train play tables, coloring, temporary tattoos, Vintage Pedal Trains, model trains, and much more!

The Tank Engine(TM) will return with more fun and excitement on June 22 -23 & June 28-30 2019 with Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Tour 2019.

Join us for a train ride behind Thomas, departing every 45 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 9:45 AM through 4:30 PM most days of the event.  There are two options for tickets to Day Out With Thomas in 2019.

Single Ride Tickets for Day Out With Thomas are $20 for ages two and up.

All Day Unlimited Ride Passes are $36 for ages two and up. 

This will be the only visit for Thomas The Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hatt  in Indiana or the Dayton/Cincinnati Tri-Sate Areas in 2019. More event information is available HERE.

Purchase online at TicketWeb or by calling TicketWeb at 866-468-7630

For more event information, contact Whitewater Valley Railroad at 765-825-2054.


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.