2015 Whitewater Valley Railroad Schedule in Connersville
By William W. Gray
Whitewater Valley Railroad
Travel Through Time On Indiana’s Most Scenic Railroad.
The Whitewater Valley Railroad (WVRR), an authentic, historic train offering recreational train excursions and events, opens for its 42nd operating season in 2015.
Established in 1972, the WVRR is a nonprofit 501c3 railroad history organization. It is an operating railroad museum dedicated to the preservation of a historic branch line railroad, the restoration of railroad equipment, and to the conduct of railroad educational programs.
The railroad is operated by trained volunteers and all proceeds are used to further the organization’s mission.
Ride the Whitewater Limited or Valley Flyer from Connersville to Metamora, Indiana, a restored canal town. Visit the working grist mill, restored canal and lock, operating replica horse drawn canal boat, historic covered aqueduct, and over 40 shops and restaurants.
Trains consisting of vintage equipment depart Connersville’s Grand Central Station at 10:01 am on Thursdays and Friday’s and 12:01 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and major holidays, during the month of May. The Valley Flyer also operates each Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday May through October.
To celebrate National Train Day on May 9, 2015, Abraham Lincoln will be riding the Whitewater Valley Railroad between Connersville and Historic Metamora.
President Abraham Lincoln, in July of 1862, signed the Pacific Railroad Bill that put the federal government behind the building of the Transcontinental Railroad project. The Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869. Travel through time on The Statesman as you spend the day with the 16th President Abraham Lincoln on a relaxing train excursion through the Whitewater Valley.
Ask the former president questions and have your photos taken to preserve the memories. Listen to Mr. Lincoln as he delivers a memorable speech before the train departs Metamora for the return to Connersville and during the trip Mr. Lincoln will be speaking about the railroads and their effects on his election. Festivities with Abraham Lincoln re-enactor Dean Dorrell will begin at 10:00 AM at Connersville’s Grand Central Station. The Statesman also operates August 8, September 12, and October 10, 2015.
All Aboard with a western twist and join the Circle D Rangers as they protect the Metamora bound Overland Limited on Saturday May 16, 2015. Come and see Bandits, Marshals, Robber Barons, Fancy and some Not So Fancy Women as you roll through the scenic countryside. Trains depart Connersville’s Grand Central Station at 12:01 pm. All donations during the train robbery benefit St. Jude’s and Riley Children Hospitals. The Overland Limited also operates July 18, August 15, September 12, and October 17 & 18, 2015.
Cost for the above listed 33-mile round trip excursions is $22 for adults and $14 for children ages 2 to 12. Groups are welcome with group rates of 30 or more. Special school rates are also available.
The popular Twilight Limited Train To Dinner will return Friday in May 1 at 6 pm. This train takes riders from Connersville to the Laurel Hotel Restaurant for a delicious pan-fried chicken dinner and other home-cooked meals. The Train To Dinner operates on the first and third Fridays at 6 pm from May through October. Total cost for the train ride, meal, tax and tip is $32 for adults and $17 for children ages 2 to 12. Reservations are required for the Twilight Limited Train To Dinner.
Also returning in 2015 is the popular Wild West Train To Dinner. a special Wild West-themed Twilight Limited Train to Dinner excursion. Come and see Bandits, Marshals, Robber Barons, Fancy and some Not So Fancy Women as you roll through the scenic countryside. The Wild West entertainment is being provided by the Circle D Rangers.
This excursion departs on Friday May 29, 2015 at 6pm from Connersville’s Grand Central Station. Fares are $39 per person and include the round trip train ride, the meal, tax and tip. Train operates rain or shine. Seating is limited and reservations are required for this exciting evening trip. Other dates for the Wild West Train To Dinner include July 31, August 28, and October 30, 2015.
Call (765) 825-2054 for more information and reservations or visit the Whitewater Valley Railroad’s web site at www.whitewatervalleyrr.org and follow us on Facebook. Connersville’s Grand Central Station is located across from the Fayette County Courthouse at 455 Market Street, Connersville, Indiana.