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.
If you or a member of your group have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or new loss of taste or smell) or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, please do not come to the railroad. We will re-book you on another excursion or issue you a refund.
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 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, have normal vision and hearing, be able to climb steps into the locomotive cab unassisted, and be able to understand and follow instructions. 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 2021 are Saturday May 15, Saturday June 12, Saturday July 10, Saturday August 14, and Saturday September 11, 2021.
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.
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON... BELIEVE.
THE POLAR EXPRESS(TM) Train Ride returns this holiday season with service to the North Pole. 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 at 765 825-2054 to purchase your tickets. 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 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28; December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, & 18, 2021.
Tickets are $37.50 per persons ages 2 and up.
Experience Length is 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Train Boarding Location: 455 Market Street, Connersville, Indiana 47331
Please Note: THE POLAR EXPRESS(TM) Train Ride does not operate to Metamora and no passengers will be permitted to depart the train at the North Pole.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Q: Where do I pickup the Polar Express book I purchased along 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 also 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.
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 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 19056 S Main St, Metamora, IN 47030
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.
All Aboard..... The Santa Claus Limited
The 47th 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 1973.
Board the train at Grand Central Station in Connersville and pick up Santa Claus along the way. Once on board, Santa will visit with each child on the train. Trains departs at 9:01am, 11:15am and 1:30pm. Tickets are $10 ages 2 and up.
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)