Train Rides and Museum Operations
and grounds self-guided tours
, Pumkin' Pickin' Train
for all passengers
The Dogwood Spirit, Mother's and Father's Day Trains, The Freedom Express, The
Patriot, Dog Day's Express, The North Alabamian, Fall Color Special and all regular
$10.00 (children under 12 years of age)
Train Trips (Christmas)
for all passengers
Our regular excursions are run over the entire length of our
line to make a 10 mile round trip. These trips last a little over 1 hour. Shorter
trips last approximately 35 minutes.
The museum's volunteer staff is present each Wednesday
and Saturday until 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. to answer the phone, to take train ride reservations
and to assist visitors. The museum is also open by special appointment. Visitors
may take a free self-guided tour and there are tour sheets and museum brochures
in the waybill box located on the north side of the depot.
We request visitors to stay off the track do not climb on equipment and to obey
all signs. Unfortunately we no longer offer guided tours. The
museum depends on its income from train rides and donations from visitors who
are interested in seeing a bit of our local rail history preserved. Donations
are always welcomed !
and train schedules can be found locally at the Tourist Information Center on
Church Street and at the museum's Chase Depot. The tickets you purchase
will list your car number and seat number(s). Please go here for scheduling information.
We want your visit to the museum to be a safe and enjoyable one,
so we ask that you please abide by the following guide lines:
- Train operations require the
use of loud whistles that may startle very young children and there are safety
considerations around trains and heavy equipment, therefore we ask that you keep
young children close by your side and under control.
- Please wear comfortable properly
fitting (casual) clothes and shoes that provide good footing for the train ride
and / or tour.
- Please, when you visit, do not
attempt to walk or balance on top of the rails or allow children to. Rails
are very slippery and can cause a very a bad fall and serious injury.
- Please do not place objects
such as pennies on top of rails.
- Please do not allow children
to climb on equipment as this could prove to be very dangerous.
- Please obey all of the museum
signs including the "No Visitors Beyond This Point" signs.
- To order tickets by phone,
please call the Chase depot 256-851-6276 Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 8PM,
Saturday 9AM to 5PM, and Sunday 1PM to 6 PM to speak to an operator. You may
also order your tickets using the "Buy Tickets" button on this website.
Credit cards are accepted to include Visa, Mastercard and Discovery card .
- Prices are subject to change,
please call to verify.
- Any seats remaining or any unclaimed
seats will be sold on a first come / first served basis at the ticket counter.
- Passengers should arrive at
least 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure times.
- For all train rides except the
Santa Train, babes in arms not requiring a seat ride free. Everyone, regardless
of age, must have a ticket to ride the Santa Train as these trips are aimed at
children under ten. Adult tickets are not sold unless a child is present
in the group.
- No food or drink is permitted
on the train. Remember, you're riding in classic antiques.
- If you bring a baby stroller
you will be asked to store it nearby before boarding the train for the ride.
- Thanks to the local Boy
Scouts, the museum now has a wheel chair ramp and we are able to board 2 wheel
chairs at a time. When you buy your ticket your will be asked to make note that
it is for a wheel chair space. Please note that there are no wheel chair spaces
available for short train rides as that car will not be available.
- The souvenir shop is located
in dining car 1000 when on the train and we do now accept credit card purchases.
When car 1000 is not on the train it will be parked across the tracks from the
Chase Depot and may be visited before or after a train ride.
We recommend that riders make reservations in
advance for the train rides, especially if you are coming from a far distance.
Riders should always make reservations well in advance for the
Santa Train as these rides sell out very early.