Historic steam locomotive excursions are remarkable and unique events. With over 40 years of railroad restoration, locomotive operation, and passenger excursion experience, we understand that the uncommon nature of these trips inspire many questions. Take a moment to learn more about our operations below and if your question still isn’t answered, contact us here.
Regardless of your background or interest, riding aboard a historic train can be an exciting and memorable experience. You’ll have the opportunity to meet hundreds of new people, see towns, cities, and the countryside from a new perspective, and enjoy the sights and sounds of steam locomotive no. 765. We commonly hear that passengers “feel like rock stars” on our trains as hundreds of waves are exchanged between those aboard and people trackside.
Passengers can enjoy standard accommodations in coach and deluxe coach classes, or opt for a special experience aboard first class and dome passenger cars straight out of the 1940s and 50s. We believe in recreating the on-board experience from the era when railroading was the preferred method travel, and our car hosts can serve you drinks, snacks, and answer questions. Food service is generally only available in first class and dome car classes, and food and refreshments are typically available in souvenir car, located in the middle of the train. Please check the details for your individual tickets and trips, as on-board food may not always be available.
Passengers and their ticket purchase directly support the continued maintenance, preservation, and operation of no. 765 and our vintage train sets.
The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501c3 educational organization and these excursions are a major fund-raising activity for historic rail preservation projects. All FWRHS personnel you see are volunteers.
Please do not call the railroad companies or Amtrak regarding these excursions. Their offices, call centers and employees do not have information about these trips and cannot make reservations. FWRHS reserves the right to revise terms, conditions, disclaimers and notices at any time.
All schedules, timetables and event amenities and offerings may be altered by the FWRHS at any-time due to railroad logistics, late departures, mechanical substitutions or other unforeseen circumstances.
These operations take place at a working railroad facility. Please be mindful of your safety and the safety of your guests. Watch your step, be mindful of moving railroad equipment, uneven surfaces or bad footing, and pinch points for fingers, arms and limbs. Do not walk on the railhead and obey instructions from train crew at all times.
Your presence and participation indicates that you, as ticket holder, ticket purchaser, guest, passenger, crew, or vendor accept the limits of liability from inherent risks of all activities and operations. We reserve the right to substitute motive power or rolling stock as necessary.
Please wear sturdy, comfortable shoes – DO NOT wear flip-flops, sandals, open-toed or high-heel shoes. Vestibule dutch-doors are open only with the blessing of the host railroad and you should consult your event or ticketing information for more details. Boarding and detraining sites may well have uneven footing, large heavy gravel, unusually high steps- sometimes as much as 20-inches, and walking is required at all locations. Passengers with limited mobility need to be aware of these limitations, should expect such situations and should contact the Ticket Agent for advance planning and accommodations.
The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs on the train or railroad property is strictly prohibited. Small coolers and jugs for food and drink are welcome. Large coolers (usually with two handles) are prohibited due to space limitations. Trains to run rain or shine. No smoking on board the train.
765 is a coal-burning locomotive and often produces cinders that fly through the air and can be dangerous to the eyes. You must wear safety glasses if riding in an open vestibule during a trip or on a railroad that permits open vestibules.
FWRHS cannot guarantee the security of cameras and other personal property – you must keep track of your own belongings.
Seats are not assigned in our cars. Passengers who desire to sit together must make reservations at the same time and present themselves on the train together. Reservations will be made by car name or number but not individual seats.
Most of the passenger cars used on these trains were built in the 1940’s and 1950’s, decades before ADA handicap considerations were implemented on railroad passenger cars. These historic cars mostly have narrow hallways, narrow doorways, small restrooms and these can present many handicapped persons with insurmountable challenges. Cars used on excursions are historic in nature and may be subject to mechanical issues, which while possible are nevertheless uncommon.
Some of the first class cars have more than one type of seating arrangements within the car. Passengers may be asked to switch seats at midday in order for everyone to get a sampling of the accommodations within that class. A class of ticket refers to accommodations and services and is may not be specific to a car.
If you are traveling in a wheelchair or other such device, you are responsible for providing any person(s) necessary to assist in loading, unloading or onboard mobility and they must have the proper ticket.
No merchandise vendors allowed on train unless specifically authorized by FWRHS in advance. Every effort will be made to operate trains as advertised but as these are special, one-time events, the FWRHS and the railroad companies cannot guarantee times and assume no consequential liability for inconvenience or expense caused by delays or cancellations. Do not book other transportation or make reservations that are time sensitive.
REFUNDS ON EXCURSION TICKETS
Our refund policy applies to all tickets and passed issued by the FWRHS for any FWRHS event including excursions and events at our facility. Refunds are subject to a 10% service charge and typically only issued if there is a wait list for that particular class of ticket. As the car or train nears a sold out status, persons who purchase an odd number of tickets are not guaranteed a window seat and will have to be seated with another passenger in order for us to utilize all seats. Sorry but railway employee passes cannot be honored.
FWRHS reserves the Right of Refusal to any passenger who refuses to obey safety rules or whose behavior has been or may be detrimental to other passengers and/or crew. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, refunds will issued less any ticketing fees.
A small percentage of tickets will be set-aside for FWRHS members. After members have been given an opportunity, the remaining tickets will be offered through the online ticket system approximately 30 days before the date of the excursions. Refunds will be issued only if there is a wait list for that particular class of ticket.
FOR ON-SITE OPERATIONS, SANTA TRAINS AND OPEN HOUSES
Please wear sturdy, comfortable shoes – do not wear flip-flops, sandals, open-toed or high-heel shoes. Cars are not ADA-compliant due to their historic nature, however most passengers with limited mobility can be accommodated with advance planning. Please contact us with questions.
Santa Trains run rain, snow or shine. No refunds due to inclement weather. Train rides may be subject to mechanical delays, which are nevertheless uncommon. Your ticket is redeemable for a trip with Santa and does not necessarily guarantee a trip on a moving train, but does guarantee a visit with Santa aboard a train if the train is momentarily out-of-service due to mechanical delays.
CONSENT TO PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO RECORDING
By entering FWRHS property or participating in FWRHS events, operations and excursions and by your presence here, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use, in any and all media throughout the universe in perpetuity, of your appearance, voice and name for any purpose whatsoever in connection with the FWRHS. You understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent given by you by entering this area.
Your support and participation are greatly appreciated.