Do Your Kids Love Trains?

Then look no further for details on all the train fun happening in RVA this fall!

November 23th – 25th  41st Annual Model Railroad Show

Enjoy unique and traditional model train displays from across the state. Meet Clydesdales horses, watch a blacksmith in action and take a ride on the Teddy Bear Express. Learn how trains work, conduct experiments, check out special demonstrations and enjoy a holiday weekend filled with fun for the whole family.  The Model Railroad Show is included with Science Museum admission. Admission is $15 for adults, $13.50 for youth and seniors, and $10 for preschool age children. Children 2 and under are free.  Tickets can be purchased in advance.


October 13th – 27th   Take a Train Ride!

Experience the relaxation of the bygone days of travelling by train from your seat in either the reclining seat coaches or the open-air sightseeing cars. Departing from the picturesque Dillwyn Station, the vintage diesel powered train winds through the rolling hills, pastoral farmland, and deep forests of an unspoiled landscape in the heart of Central Virginia. The 3.5-hour trip covers 16 miles of the Buckingham Branch Railroad north from Dillwyn and features a breathtaking view of the James River from the bridge at New Canton, Virginia.

Tickets are currently on sale for these Fall trips:
Sat. October 13, 2018 – 9:30a-12:30p
Sat. October 13, 2018 – 1:30p-4:30p
Sat. October 20, 2018 – 9:30a-12:30p
Sat. October 20, 2018 – 1:30p-4:30p
Sat. October 27, 2018 – 9:30a-12:30p
Sat. October 27, 2018 – 1:30p-4:30p

If you can’t make it it this fall, then join their mailing list and check out the Santa Train this winter.


November 3rd   Ashland Train Day!

The 16th annual Ashland Train Day, a railroad themed event for the whole family, is coming up on Saturday, November 3rd from 10am to 5pm.  Visit the Ashland Train Station along the tracks for a day of fun and excitement.

Location:  112 N. Railroad Avenue,  Ashland, VA
Time:  10am to 5pm

There will be:

  • the real collection of Amtrak and freight trains right out front passing by all day
  • miniature children’s train rides,
  • children’s games and activities,
  • lots and lots of model trains (Lego, wooden and electric) in over five locations,
  • railroad music,
  • songs and storytelling,
  • model train racing,
  • memorabilia displays,
  • a locomotive moon bounce,
  • real antique railroad equipment and a real caboose,
  • area railroad organizations,
  • the Train Day mascots the Engineer Bears, Cinder and Tender,
  • the CSX Stage sponsored by CSX Transportation, the premiere sponsor, the Metro Richmond Tourism Van,
  • plus plenty of food vendors and much, much more !

Come dressed in your bib overalls, bandanna and engineer hat. Bring your camera.  Photo opportunities are all day long and the mascots love having their picture taken with the kids.

Free trolley shuttles are available from the Ashland-Junction Shopping Center and Saint Ann’s Catholic Church all day. Parking is limited near the train station as N. and S. Railroad Ave. is closed for the day.

Best off all, Ashland Train Day is FREE !!!

For more details visit:
For more info, call the Ashland Train Day HOTLINE:   804-412-7288

September 29th   Richmond Railroad Museum’s Train Day

The Richmond Railroad Museum brings you Richmond’s annual railroad celebration Train Day 2018.  On Saturday, September 29, from 9am to 3pm, kids of all ages will love the locomotive bounce house, kiddie trainrides, face painting, food vendors and live entertainment.  And, there’s plenty more railroad history to see inside and outside the Museum.

Location:  Southern Railway Passenger Station at 102 Hull Street in Richmond
Tiem:  9am to 3pm

Children can explore and climb on real railroad rolling stock.  There will be a coal-fired, steam locomotive that is a “saddle tank” engine just like Thomas!  And a Seaboard Coast Line caboose you can walk through and pretend you’re a railroad crew member just like in the old days.  Kids can actually climb up to seats in the cupola for the best view of all!

Just for this Saturday the Museum will feature a bounce house and a trackless train. In addition, costumed railroad bear characters “Cinder” and “Tender” will be on hand to pose with kids for photos.

Look for food vendors parked on the cobblestones. 1st Street will be closed to traffic and overflow parking will be in the large lot adjacent.  Admission is free for this event.

The Museum staffed by knowledgeable volunteer historians and is open every weekend.  Normal hours are 11 to 4 Saturday and 1 to 4 Sunday.  For more information, check the Museum’s website: