Traveling by train avoids the lost baggage, unexpected layovers, and sudden plummets in altitude that have become synonymous with traveling by catapult. Discover the pleasures of the steel track with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get two adult tickets and two children’s tickets to the Mount Cuba Meteor train ride from the Wilmington & Western Railroad (a $44 value). This Groupon is not valid for use in July and August.
Seven score and four years ago, the Wilmington & Western Railroad debuted a route along the Red Clay Creek; the former freight line now carries passengers along 10 miles of picturesque track between Greenbank and Hockessin. The 90-minute round-trip joyride aboard the Mount Cuba Meteor meanders through a forested valley dotted with rustic stables, babbling creeks, and abandoned stargates. During a 30-minute stop at Mount Cuba Picnic Grove, passengers can pause to sate rumbling bellies with a picnic or stage an impromptu sitcom. Check the railroad’s schedule for departure dates and times.
Wilmington & Western Railroad
When record amounts of water from Tropical Storm Henri ravaged Red Clay Valley, it left six historic bridges destroyed and reduced the 10-mile Wilmington & Western Railroad to a mere two miles. The railroad is no stranger to change—since officially opening for passenger and freight service in 1872, the approximately 20-mile track was gradually shortened before beginning to escort tourists on steam-powered jaunts in 1966. Through all its transformations, the rail has persevered, and its encounter with Tropical Storm Henri was no exception. By June 30, 2007, the track was restored and Royal Blue coaches followed a locomotive 98 for the first 10-mile journey on the track in nearly four years.
These days, Wilmington & Western Railroad's locomotives continue to follow Red Clay Creek on leisurely round-trip jaunts, romantic rides, and themed excursions. After their ride, youngsters can learn about railroading heritage with a series of online games, and individuals or groups can charter a train for subsequent travels to any destination along the line.
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