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.
We are pleased to announce that train operations will resume on May 1, 2021. These operations will be limited in capacity due to current health restrictions.
Due to State of Indiana and Federal mandates, 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 2021.
The 21st 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.
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.
2021 Dates November 12 - December 18
THE POLAR EXPRESS(TM) Train Ride returns this holiday season with service to the North Pole. TICKETS AVAILABLE on March 1, 2021 for the WVRR's 2021 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 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28; December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, & 18, 2021.
Prices for 2021 are $37.50 per persons 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.
THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s21)