Museum and grounds self-guided tours
Free, donations welcomed
|Peter Cottontail Express & Punkin’ Pickin’ Extravaganza||$20.00 for all passengers|
|Spring Fling Special, Mother & Son Special, Father’s Day Special, 50th Birthday Bash, Magic on the Mercury & Chase, North Alabamian, Fall Color Special, all additional, regular, full length excursions||$15.00 (adults)
$10.00 (children under 12 years of age)
|Santa Train Trips||$20.00 regular passengers, $30.00 First Class Passengers|
|North Star Limited||$35.00 for all passengers|
The Peter Cottontail Express, Punkin’ Pickin’ Extravaganza, Santa Train, and North Star Limited do not offer free, babe-in-arms seating. Every individual on board the train must have a ticket to ride, regardless of age.
Due to our full summer and fall schedule, the North Alabama Railroad Museum is no longer hosting birthday parties, private field trips, or private rentals. We would love to see you and your family at one of our many rides this year !
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 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 !
Museum brochures 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 regular train rides, babes in arms (not requiring a seat) ride for free. For our special train rides (Peter Cottontail, Punkin’ Pickin’ Extravaganza, North Star Limited and the Santa Train), every rider, regardless of age, must have a ticket. These special train rides are specifically intended for families with children.
- 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.