Halloween Express

October 21 & 28

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Halloween as you journey to Haunted Village where pirates (who have commandeered the train) will try to rid the town of zombies (zombies are more comical than scary). Come dressed in costume if you like!

 

SPECIAL AT THE THROTTLE EXPERIENCES!
(also on October 21 & 28)

  • A once in a lifetime opportunity to actually RUN an authentic diesel LOCOMOTIVE! You’re at the controls. Imagine the bragging rights, and you get a certificate to prove it. Must call 912-729-1103 for details and to schedule an AT THE THROTTLE experience.
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OCTOBER 7 RAILROAD DAYS IN ST. MARYS

TRAIN RIDES, ROCK SHRIMP FESTIVAL AND PARADE

As fall approaches, families looking for weekend activities will find a full day of family fun in St. Marys, Georgia, on October 7.

The day begins with a parade at 10 am, St. Marys Express train rides at noon, 2 and 4, and an all-day Rock Shrimp Festival. At the St. Marys Railroad Train Station, guests can tour the St. Marys Railroad Museum and view railroad inspection cars.

“It’s the perfect day to get out and enjoy the history, fun, and adventure that makes Coastal Georgia a great place to live and visit,” said Doug Vaught, St. Marys Express Station Master.

Train passengers will be treated to entertainment all along the train rides that take them through scenic woodlands and over pastoral marshlands. Then at the midway point, characters from the past come alive in a special show that features characters like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Injun Joe. Lively hobos roaming the train are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

“This marks our 5th annual Railroad Days,” said Paul Pleasant, General Manager of St. Marys Railroad. “This is the day that railfans from far away come to immerse themselves in the history of the railroad.”

According to Barbara Ryan, Entertainment Director for St. Marys Express, October 7 also marks the season opening day for the St. Marys Railroad Museum.

“Kids from 2 to 92 will enjoy the collection of working model trains moving along the tracks in the museum at the train station plus the numerous railroad items on display,” said Ryan.

“More and more we are seeing our train riders come in early or stay later with overnight stays at our charming bed and breakfasts and historic inns,” Ryan continued. “What’s more interesting is the fact that we have so many repeat riders since every excursion offers a different theme.”

Tickets for the train rides should be reserved ahead of time by visiting http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 912-729-1103. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 3 to 12. Kids two and under ride free.

Trains depart at noon, 2 pm and 4 pm from Theatre by the Trax at 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys.

Other upcoming St. Marys Express excursions include the Halloween Express October 21 and 28, and the Santa Express November 25, December 2 and 9.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EXPRESS TRAIN RIDES DEBUT IN ST. MARYS MAY 20 & 27

In St. Marys, GA, on May 20 and 27, at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm each day, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express will take passengers on a journey through picturesque woodlands and marshlands with entertainment all along the way.

At the Midway stage, such revered stars as Elvis, the Blues Brother, Whitney Houston, Mick Jagger and others will vie to be a winner in the “Heaven’s Got Talent” competition which will be judged by train passengers.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express is a new product of the St. Marys Express, and because of its broad appeal, organizers anticipate an early sellout.

“We expect people of all ages to climb aboard the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and enjoy an outdoor experience that includes great entertainment,” said Barbara Ryan, St. Marys Express Entertainment Director. “A visit to the in-house Railroad Museum before or after the ride is always fun for our passengers as well.”

Ryan went on to say that passengers love the interactive experience on the train and at the midway staging area which is central to all the themed excursions.

“Our mission is to keep our guests engaged throughout their ride while also giving them the opportunity to relax and just breathe in the great outdoors,” she said.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express departs from Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm May 20 & 27. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Children two and under ride free on laps. Two fortunate guests per departure can ride in the locomotive for $50 each. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Special group discounts are available for groups of ten or more by calling 912-729-1103 to get discount code.

The AT THE THROTTLE EXPERIENCE where guests can actually run the locomotive will also be offered for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. Those interested in the AT THE THROTTLE EXPERIENCE should call 912-729-1103 for reservations. AT THE THROTTLE tickets are $150 and you must be 16 years old or older to participate.

WILD WEST STEAM EXPRESS TRAIN RIDES IN ST. MARYS FEBRUARY 11 & 18

Since the launch of the St. Marys Express in 2013, one of the most popular excursions has been the Wild West Express which returns to St. Marys on February 11 and 18, 2017.

The excitement begins on the 10 am train and extends through the last ride at 4 pm both Saturdays with Wild West characters aboard each train and a showdown shoot-out at Frontier Land. Suspicious characters like Widow McCoy roam the train looking for unsuspecting pick pocket victims, but Pappy, the octogenarian Pinkerton detective saves the day.

The dramatic shootouts will be performed by members of the nationally renowned Single Action Shooting Society. Before and after the train rides, passengers will be able to tour the St. Marys Railroad Museum and have photos taken in an authentic 1800s mud wagon stagecoach.

The Wild West Steam Express is the first St. Marys Express excursions of 2017, and entertainment director Barbara Ryan said the Wild West theme was brought back by popular demand.

“This is our fourth year running the Wild West Express, and every year, tickets sell out earlier,” Ryan said. “All ages enjoy the excitement of the Wild West. It’s a real adventure and a great escape from the stresses of modern day life.”

About the entertainment she said. “We’ve found that our passengers love to be a part of all the excitement, so period-dressed characters will engage them on many levels. Some of our cowboys performing in the shootout (with blanks, of course) are champion sharpshooters who have won competitions all over the country.”

“It feels like you’ve really left the area as you go back in time,” Ryan said. “Everybody yearns for simpler times of yesteryear. The Wild West Express is a nostalgic experience and a novelty for many who have never ridden a train. But for everyone, being on a train is simply a time to relax and just live in the moment.”

For the February 11 and 18 events, St. Marys Express has added the popular “AT THE THROTTLE” experience whereby people (16 or older) get to actually run a 1930s steam locomotive.

To ride the WILD WEST EXPRESS open air cars, tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Children 2 and under ride free on laps. Rides in the diesel locomotive are available for $50 per person, and the AT THE THROTTLE EXPERIENCE is $150 per person.

Tickets to the Wild West Express must be purchased ahead of time at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Groups of ten or more can get a discount code by calling 912-729-1103. AT THE THROTTLE experiences can be reserved by calling 912-729-1103 as well.

SANTA EXPRESS USHERS IN HOLIDAY SEASON IN ST. MARYS

Anything can happen on the Santa Express. The Grinch could become an elf. Frosty the Snowman could come alive. And it could even snow in South Georgia.

On November 26, December 3 and 10, the Santa Express departs at 10 am, noon, 2pm and 4pm, taking passengers on a journey to Santa Land where the magic begins. Entertainment all along the way gets everyone into the holiday spirit. Then Santa comes aboard with gifts for all the good little boys and girls.

Children of all ages (from 2 to 92) will enjoy the storybook ride on the rails through woodlands and over marshlands.

“Last year’s Santa Express was so successful, we really wanted to think out of the box to make this year’s even more exciting,” said Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express. “Of course, there’s always a happy ending and passengers really enjoy the interactive experience.”

Ryan expects an early sellout just like last year and hopes families will reserve their seats to avoid disappointment.

“For those who yearn for an old-fashioned family tradition holiday event, this is the ticket,” said Doug Vaught, Stationmaster and Narrator on the train. “Many of our families return each year to usher in their holidays by riding the Santa Express together.”

Adding to the excitement of Santa for the young and young at heart is the authentic steam locomotive AT THE THROTTLE experience. The AT THE THROTTLE experience gives rail fans an opportunity to actually run the authentic 1930s steam locomotive while the Santa Express is being pulled by the diesel 507 engine. Ryan said this is a “once in a lifetime” experience and makes a great Christmas present.

The Santa Express departs Theatre by the Trax in St. Marys on November 26, December 3 and 10 at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm. Each ride lasts about an hour and a half and takes guests through scenic woodlands and marshlands to Santa Village where it makes the turnaround. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children. Children 2 and under ride free. Get Santa Express tickets at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or call 912-200-5235. People interested in the AT THE THROTTLE experience (which is $150 per person) and groups of ten or more should call 912-729-1103.

SUPERHEROS EXPRESS TRAIN RIDES DEBUT IN ST. MARYS

Kids of all ages will want to get in on the fun when Snoopy meets the zombies on the Halloween Express that runs October 22 and 29 in St. Marys, GA.

As passengers ride the rails through woodlands and marshlands on the way to Ghost Town, Halloween entertainment abounds. Then at the midway, the real showdown comes alive with comical zombies and the hero, Snoopy, who saves the day.

Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express, said, “On the Halloween Express, we go back in time and reclaim the traditions of yesteryear.”

Ryan said the zombies at Ghost Town will be more comical than scary, and Snoopy and friends will have everyone cheering as they show the zombies the fun way to celebrate Halloween.

“As usual, we expect an early sell-out for these excursions,” Ryan said. “The Halloween Express has always been one of our most popular events with children and adults.”

Stationmaster Doug Vaught said that 98% of the trains’ ridership is from out of state, and he is always amazed at the return passengers.

“Every ride is different, so it keeps them coming back again and again,” he said. “Unlike haunted houses, the Halloween Express will be an experience that every one—even the faint of heart—can enjoy.”

Train passengers can also enjoy free admission to the St. Marys Railroad Museum at the train station.

A new feature of the Halloween Express is the AT THE THROTTLE EXPERIENCE where guests can actually run the locomotive. The 1930s steam locomotive will be on hand as well as the diesel 507. Those interested in the AT THE THROTTLE EXPERIENCE should call 912-729-1103 for reservations. AT THE THROTTLE tickets are $149.95 and you must be 16 years old or older to participate.

The Halloween Express departs from Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, at 10am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm on October 22 and 29. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for children 3 to 12. Children 2 and under ride free. Tickets must be purchased in advance at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com, or by calling 912-200-5235. Groups of 10 or more should call 912-729-1103 for a discount code.

OCTOBER 1 RAILROAD DAYS IN ST. MARYS, TRAIN RIDES, ROCK SHRIMP FESTIVAL, AND BUID A SCARECROW

As fall approaches, families looking for weekend activities will find a full day of family fun in St. Marys, Georgia, on October 1.

The day begins with a parade at 10 am, St. Marys Express train rides at noon, 2 and 4, and an all-day Rock Shrimp Festival. At the St. Marys Railroad Train Station, guests can build a scarecrow, tour the St. Marys Railroad Museum, and view railroad inspection cars hosted by the North American Railcar Operators Association.

Train passengers will be treated to entertainment all along the train rides that take them through scenic woodlands and over pastoral marshlands. Then at the midway point, characters from the past come alive in a special show that features characters like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Injun Joe. Lively hobos roaming the train are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

“This marks our 4th annual Railroad Days,” said Paul Pleasant, General Manager of St. Marys Railroad. “This is the day that railfans from far away come to immerse themselves in the history of the railroad.”

According to Barbara Ryan, Entertainment Director for St. Marys Express, October 1 is also mark the season opening day for the St. Marys Railroad Museum.

“Kids from 2 to 92 will enjoy the collection of working model trains moving along the tracks in the museum at the train station,” said Ryan. “A vignette of an old railroad telegraph office and numerous railroad items will be on display as well.”

“More and more we are seeing our train riders come in early or stay later with overnight stays at our charming bed and breakfasts and historic inns,” Ryan continued. “What’s more interesting is the fact that we have so many repeat riders since every excursion offers a different theme.”

“The St. Marys Express train rides are giving people who have never come to St. Marys a reason to visit,” St. Marys Tourism Director Angela Wigger said. “This gives us an opportunity to introduce a whole new market to our other destination assets including Cumberland Island, our museums, our waterfront park and the many historic features of our town.”

Tickets for the train rides should be reserved ahead of time by visiting http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 912-729-1103. Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for children 3 to 12 plus a $3 processing fee. Kids under two and under ride free.

Trains depart at noon, 2 pm and 4 pm from Theatre by the Trax at 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys.

Upcoming St. Marys Express excursions include the Halloween Express October 22 and 29, and the Santa Express November 26, December 3 and 10.

ST. MARYS EXPRESS RIDES TO RUN FROM KINGSLAND, GEORGIA, DURING CATFISH FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 3

ST. MARYS, GA—Traditionally the St. Marys Express excursion train rides have departed from St. Marys during its nearly four year history. For September 3, organizers are looking to capitalize on the popular Catfish Festival in Kingsland to open the experience up to a whole new audience.

Departing from a spot just two blocks south of Kingsland’s Hwy 40 and Hwy 17 crossroads, the Catfish Express will run four times on September 3. Trains will travel to the midway point with entertainment all along the way that plays on the theme of fishing and life on the river.

“Americana and nostalgia are very much desired these days as people yearn for simpler times,” said Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express. “We’re bringing Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn to life for our passengers along with other captivating characters from history including the lovable hobos that past passengers have found very entertaining.”

Ryan said that the debut of a train running from Kingsland has been a cooperative effort with the Kingsland Tourism and the Kingsland Downtown Development staff members.

“Though the preponderance of our riders are from Florida, we feel having this special train run from Kingsland will entice more folks that live in Camden to ride and it’s a bonus attraction for those attending the Catfish Festival,” Ryan said.

St. Marys Express Stationmaster Doug Vaught said, “The Catfish Express marks a welcome expansion of the St. Marys Express product line, and if all goes well, we hope to make it an annual event.”

Families are encouraged to ride the train together so that children can experience some of the rich American heritage that has made our country so interesting and get a glimpse into their parents’ and grandparents’ growing up years, Vaught said.

The Catfish Express will depart from a point just south of Habitat for Humanity, 302 S. Lee Street (Hwy 17 and East Central Avenue) in downtown Kingsland at 10 a.m., noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm on September 3. Tickets are $17 for adults and $11 for children under 12 plus a $3 processing fee. Children 2 and under ride free. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged and can be made at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com, or by calling 912-200-5235. Groups of 10 or more may call 912-729-1103 for a group discount code.

A special “At the Throttle” Experience is available for anyone who has “running a locomotive” on their bucket list. At the Throttle tickets are $149.95 and can be reserved by calling 912-729-1103.

SUPERHEROS EXPRESS TRAIN RIDES DEBUT IN ST. MARYS

ST. MARYS, GA—Everybody has a favorite superhero, and it’s a good bet their favorite superhero will make an appearance on the first ever SuperHeros Express train rides in St. Marys, Georgia, on May 14 and 21.

At 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm each Saturday, the SuperHeros Express takes passengers on a journey through picturesque woodlands and marshlands to future-land where super heroes are competing to be the Number One Super Hero.

Actors from St. Marys Little Theatre bring a futuristic adventure to life at the midway stage. Who will prove to be the super-est hero of all times? Superman? Batman? Captain America? Wonder Woman? As the train’s locomotive reverses directions, Superheros board the train for the return trip, entertaining the young and young at heart.

trip, entertaining the young and young at heart. “This theme was requested by numerous people whose children dote on superheros ,” said Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express. “The SuperHeros Express will feature the most popular Super Heroes who will mingle with passengers and pose for photo opportunities.”

Ryan continued, “The SuperHeros Express is great family fun, and adults will enjoy the entertainment as well as they conjure up fond memories of their childhood.”

The SuperHeros Express is the third series of themed train excursions for St. Marys in 2016, having just conducted two full days of sold out trains for the Peter Cottontail Express. Upcoming excursions include America’s Birthday Express, Catfish Express (that will depart from Kingsland to coincide with the Catfish Festival), Railroad Days, Halloween Express, and Santa Express.

“All rides usually sell out ahead of time,” Ryan said, so she encourages people to make their reservations early.

The exclusive St. Marys Express “At the Throttle” experience will also be offered on the days of SuperHeros Express. “At the Throttle” participants take the controls of a diesel locomotive, having the opportunity to actually run a locomotive.

“Everyone who has experienced ‘At the Throttle’ loves it,” Ryan said. “You have to be 16 to do it, but men and women alike really enjoy the adventure and they get their own certificate for bragging rights. Those interested in “At the Throttle” should call 912-729-1103 for more details.

The SuperHeros Express departs from Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm May 14 & 21. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Children two and under ride free. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Special group discounts are available for groups of ten or more by calling 912-729-1103 to get discount code.

PETER COTTONTAIL EXPRESS RETURNS TO ST. MARYS APRIL 8 & 15

ST. MARYS, GA—Children of all ages can enjoy the antics of Peter Cottontail and other storybook characters on a special Easter season train excursion April 8 & 15 in St. Marys.

At 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm each day, St. Marys Express takes passengers on a journey through picturesque woodlands and marshlands with entertainment all along the way.

At the Midway stage, actors from St. Marys Little Theatre bring a fun Easter Bunny story to life with lovable characters including Peter Cottontail himself. As the train’s locomotive reverses directions, Peter Cottontail boards the train for the return trip and to host a special Easter Egg hunt back at the station.

According to event organizers, last year’s Peter Cottontail Express sold out early, and they expect the same to happen this year.

“Volunteers for St. Marys Little Theatre create engaging scenarios that get the passengers involved before, after, and during the train ride,” said Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express. “We have many returning guests because they know that each excursion is an entirely new and different experience.”

Ryan said that 95% of all train passengers have come from out of the area, thus fueling the tourist trade for Camden County and helping restaurants, hotels, and retail establishments grow their customer base.

“The St. Marys Express train rides are giving people who have never come to St. Marys a reason to visit,” Ryan stated. “And it gives us an opportunity to introduce a whole new market to our other destination assets including Cumberland Island, our museums, our waterfront park and the many historic features of our town.”

The Peter Cottontail Express departs from Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm April 8 & 15. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Children two and under ride free. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Special group discounts are available for groups of ten or more by calling 912-729-1103 to get discount code.

Future St. Marys Express excursions slated for this year include the brand new Rock ‘n’ Roll Express May 20 & 27, Patriotic Express July 4, Railroad Days October 7, Halloween Express October 21 & 28, and Santa Express November 25, December 2 & 9.