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Autumn on the Wilmington & Western
Thanks to the long hours and hard work by our volunteers, steam will return to the Wilmington & Western for our annual Santa Claus Express! Our 0-6-0 switcher No. 58 has returned to service after a multi-year restoration and will power Santa's train through the Red Clay Valley this season.

If you would like to join our dedicated group of volunteers, please click here.

Santa Claus Express
Santa Claus Express
All Santa Claus Express trains for the rest of the season are SOLD OUT!

Thank you for an outstanding 50th Anniversary Season!

What a year it has been! I would like to thank you all for your extraordinary support this season as we celebrated our 50 years of history, restoration and education on the Wilmington & Western Railroad. It was in 1966 when a small group of visionaries conceived the idea of a tourist railroad in Delaware. There were less than 10 such operations nationwide, but their perseverance and dedication to this ideal became the groundwork which has been sustained by countless volunteers and loyal supporters for over 50 years. Back then, I doubt anyone could have imagined the extent to which we would grow into the organization we are today. It is that achievement that we all should be very proud and mindful of as we look forward to the next generation of volunteers and impassioned individuals who will carry on the Wilmington & Western Railroad legacy.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of HRCV, the volunteers and staff, I would like to thank each of you for your continued support of our mission, not only last year, but also for the previous 49 years. Your commitment is key to our success, and we look forward to seeing you aboard in 2017!

David S. Ludlow
Executive Director

1972 photo: Brian Woodcock/Collection of Kurt Bell | 2015 photo: Evan Schilling | Photo illustration: Andy Gwiazda
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We are grateful to the following businesses for their support as Corporate Members:

Robert C. Peoples Inc.

Town Hair Salon

Jacobs Engineering

John Steel Roofing

Tri-State Battery

Boarding Location
2201 Newport Gap Pike
(Route 41 North)
Wilmington, DE 19808
1601 Railroad Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19808
Monday to Friday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Historic Red Clay Valley Inc.
P.O. Box 5787
Wilmington, DE 19808
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