RED CLAY VALLEY
SOMMERFEST

A partnership with St. Hedwig Church Polish Festival

In partnership with St. Hedwig Church, the Wilmington & Western's Greenbank Station complex will be the site of this three-day festival of Polish food, fun, music and train rides. Bring the family and enjoy a delicious variety of Polish fare, beer and music on a summer weekend in the middle of July. There will be no carnival rides at this event.

For the past 62 years, St. Hedwig's annual Polish Festival has been a popular summer event for people from around the region. Since 2006, the event has been held at the Wilmington Riverfront. But due to construction at the Riverfront, the parish was forced to cancel this year's event, so they have partnered with us to bring a smaller version of their popular Polish Festival to Greenbank Station. All proceeds from this event will benefit St. Hedwig Church and the Wilmington & Western!

The Wilmington & Western will be offering short train rides throughout the event. You'll travel through the Red Clay Valley on a 45-minute round-trip, and you'll get to experience the natural beauty of the Red Clay Creek as it winds its way through the lush valley. This train does not stop at the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove.

Free parking will be available at one of three local lots.

Complete Sommerfest Info

EVENT SCHEDULE


Thursday, July 18, 2019
11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Festival Express train rides will be offered with our 1929 "Doodlebug" railcar

Friday, July 19, 2019
11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Festival Express train rides will be offered with our 1929 "Doodlebug" railcar

Saturday, July 20, 2019
11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Festival Express train rides will be offered with our 1907 steam train


TRAIN DEPARTURE TIMES:

Departures at the top of each hour starting at 11:00 AM,
last departure is at 7:00 PM.

FESTIVAL ADMISSION

Adults:

$5

Children (under 5):

FREE


TRAIN RIDE FARES

FESTIVAL ADMISSION IS REQUIRED TO BUY A TRAIN TICKET

All Seats:

$5

Children (under 2):

FREE

PARKING

PARKING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED AT GREENBANK STATION

Free parking will be available at one of three local lots:




CAPITOL LITTLE LEAGUE

Festival attendees will walk a short distance (approx. 350 ft.) along Greenbank Road to Greenbank Station.

GPS USERS:
Enter the following address for directions:
420 Greenbank Road
Wilmington, DE 19808




CEDAR POINT CHURCH

Festival attendees will walk a short distance (approx. 900 ft.) down Greenbank Road to Greenbank Station.

GPS USERS:
Enter the following address for directions:
511 Greenbank Road
Wilmington, DE 19808

This lot is NOT available on Thursday, July 18.




PRICES CORNER SHOPPING CENTER
(Near Savannah's Hot Dogs and BBQ)

Complimentary shuttle buses will be available to take Festival attendees to and from Greenbank Station (approx. 0.4 miles).

GPS USERS:
Enter the following address for directions:
1815 Newport Gap Pike
Wilmington, DE 19808



TRAIN RIDES

Trains depart from Greenbank Station and will take you on a 45-minute round-trip through the Red Clay Valley.


Thursday, July 18, 2019
11:00 AM and 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7:00 PM
On this day, train rides will be offered with our 1929 "Doodlebug" railcar.


Friday, July 19, 2019
11:00 AM and 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7:00 PM
On this day, train rides will be offered with our 1929 "Doodlebug" railcar.


Saturday, July 20, 2019
11:00 AM and 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7:00 PM
On this day, train rides will be offered with our 1907 steam train.


TRAIN RIDE FARES

FESTIVAL ADMISSION IS REQUIRED TO BUY A TRAIN TICKET

All Seats:

$5

Children (under 2):

FREE

All trains operate rain or shine. The railroad reserves the right to substitute coaches and/or motive power as operating conditions demand and to make modifications to the schedule without prior notice. We have limited accessibility for handicapped persons. All buildings have wheelchair ramps and we have a wheelchair lift to board the train at Greenbank Station. However, there is no wheelchair lift available at any of our stops, including the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove and Hockessin. Train doorways are only 24-inches wide and there is limited space for wheelchair storage on the train.

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