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Scenic Train Rides
  • Sixty minute, 13.6 Km round trip from Port Stanley to Whytes Park and return
  • Lots to see at Whytes Park including our world famous Circus Car!

Customer Comments:

"Great family fun! We took our 7yr old, 4yr old and 10 month old this weekend. Had a blast! It's a nice time length for younger kids and the stop at the end was nice so they could get off the train and run around a bit. Staff were so fabulous - helpful, kind, knowledgable. Price is very reasonable as well especially since ticket sales is their main revenue source to keep things running. Made a day of it with lunch, visiting the beach and ice cream. Lovely town! Stephanie S."

 

"Really enjoyed the hour train ride. It was interesting to learn the local history of the railroad . At the end of the line we had a 15 minute photo op with the volunteers. The locals even got involved to stop and wave at us as we passed by. I would recommend this train ride as a great way to spend time with friends and family. Susan B."

 

"Who doesn't love a train ride?? We took our granddaughter on this train ride and I think that we had more fun than her. It is just the right length of time and there are a lot of interesting things to see on the way. The stop at Whytes Park is a nice little break from sitting and the kids love having there picture taken on the circus car. If it is a nice day, definitely sit in the car with the open windows. A nice way to spend some time together in beautiful Port Stanley. P. Miznil"

 



Great deal on a great ride!
Fun Train Rides!
Mother's Day 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM Sunday May 8th
Moms ride for half price!
Father's Day 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM Sunday June 19th
Dads ride for half price!

Customer Comments:

"Riding the open car with my two young children was a real joy. We absolutely loved the train and the narration during the journey. Dennis Webster"

 



Come ride the Easter Bunny Train
April 15th, 16th & 17th at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Easter Bunny
Come ride the train and meet the Easter Bunny!

Although the bunny doesn't speak much, he is very friendly and has lost some eggs on the grounds at Whytes. Children and adults will enjoy our railroad version of this popular tradition.

Call for more info, reservations not required. 519-782-3730

You can also charter the Red Caboose to meet the Easter Bunny. For more information, click here.

Customer Comments:

"Awesome with kids!! We went on Easter weekend and had a great time with the kids. The train ride was a good experience and then we headed to a Park and had an egg hunt and met with the Easter Bunny, what a great excursion for the kids!! Rob Dufour"

 

"Kids loved the short train trip and collected the chocolates as part of Easter egg hunt. Karthic Baskaran"

 



PSTR Teddy Bear
June 4th at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM

"Stanley The Bear" rides with the kids from the station in Port Stanley. Children who bring their favourite Teddy Bear down to the train to look for spring flowers and meet Stanley the Bear, board for 1/2 price fare, $4.50.

Call for more info, reservations not required: 519-782-3730

You can also charter the Red Caboose to meet the PSTR Teddy Bear.

For more information, click here.



Extended Parkside Trip
  • Ninety minute, 22.5 Km round trip from Port Stanley to Parkside and return
  • Train will stop at Whytes Park on the return trip for photos
  • Train departs Port Stanley at 11:00 AM
  • This train does NOT operate into downtown St. Thomas

Customer Comments:

"A lovely excursion, fun for the kids. My kids (9 & 11 yrs) really enjoyed the ride. We did the extended 90 minute ride, which was actually a little longer than 90 minutes. Their favourite part was when we stopped & were able to check out the caboose & circus cars, and take photos in them. Was worth the money for sure. Tina L."

 

"Took my dad on a belated Port Stanley Terminal Rail trip last weekend. I had wanted to do this for a while because he used to take the train from London as a teen and young man in the 1950's. It was perfect weather for the extended trip to St Thomas. The staff do a great job and you can tell that the railway is in their blood. Stopped at Whyte's Farm to explore the collection of cars. We both enjoyed the morning and still had time to enjoy the rest of the day. Peter G."

 



Fall Colours Events
Rob Burns and Randy Cassidy
Rob Burns and Randy Cassidy

Sunday, October 2nd 2022 @ 2:30pm

Enjoy two 40 minutes sets of classic country and blues, while we travel leisurely along the PSTR line and take in the fall colours.

Stu and the Tryplanes
Stu and the Tryplanes

Friday, October 21st 2022 @ 7:30pm

Stu and the Tryplanes play classic pop/rock feel good sing along tunes, Neil Diamond to the Tragically Hip and everything in between. Enjoy the fall colours while you ride and listen.

  • Licenced under LLBO, Cash only bar includes a light snack!
  • Tickets are limited to 56 for these exclusive events

Customer Comments:

"Finally, we got aboard the Port Stanley Terminal Rail and took a two-hour train ride to see the fall colours. I'd researched and written about the history of PSTR, but hadn't experienced it. Neighbours have taken their grandkids aboard, everyone speaks fondly of the attraction, and I was ready for a post-Covid adventure.

We chose the fall colours trip on Sunday afternoon. How lucky for us that our seatmates included one of the PSTR's volunteer conductors! We enjoyed getting to know Peter and Karen as we rode at 15 MPH through changing leaves. This was a special event trip, as opposed to the regular runs. There was entertainment on board by R and R, with a sax player. They performed classic country and blues. The cash bar was busy. It was like attending a well-behaved party in motion. I'm told the usual train has wooden seats. These were padded and very comfy.

Here's a little taste! Maybe it was the interesting company. Maybe it was the newness of the experience or the familiar music. Probably a combination. Because two hours went by like snapping your fingers. It was a fresh perspective on a route we've driven along or near hundreds of times. I know what you're wondering! Yes, there's a bathroom on board. Getting to it gave me my only moment of uncertainty. Trains sway a little - it's part of their charm - and I thought I was going to take out the drum kit as I passed by the band! But I stayed upright. Whew.

TAKE THE TRAIN! Upcoming murder mystery rides are sold out. They host theme rides for holidays and the train's a popular attraction for families. But a murder mystery on a train? How perfect! No wonder the tickets get snapped up so fast. There's even a waiting list.

PSTR offers a fairly busy schedule but there would be more trips if they had enough volunteers. Covid took a huge bite out of their volunteer base, which is now about one-third of what it was. They need people who are willing to train as conductors, ticket-takers, gift shop workers, support staff etc. This is an experience that other towns can't replicate. I can't wait to do it again. Lisa Brandt"

 



Rare Mileage Autumn Colours Photo Trip

Join us Oct. 15, 2022 for a rare-mileage autumn colours photo trip along the entire PSTR line, from Port Stanley to St. Thomas Talbot Street and return. Departure time is set for 10:00 a.m. from Port, arriving at the new St. Thomas Talbot St. station by noon. An extended stay will allow time for passengers to enjoy lunch and explore St.Thomas. We'll return to Port Stanley following the last service train of the day, arriving at about 3:45 p.m. Numerous runpasts and photo stops will be held in both directions. Please arrive at the station by 9:45 a.m. Trip will run rain or shine. Note: this is also a rare opportunity to ride a genuine caboose over the line, as ex CN 79305 has never been converted to a coach.

The tentative consist includes:

  • CLC/Whitcomb 50 ton diesel L2
  • One PSTR open car (former CNR caboose)
  • Former TH&B caboose 62 or 66
  • Former CN caboose 79305 (never converted to a coach)

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets: $35 per person. Due to minimal space at some photo locations, seating is limited to 40 passengers.

Note: there are no washrooms on the train. Also note: when driving to Port Stanley, the section of Sunset Drive in St. Thomas between the roundabout and Stanley St. is closed for sewer main work. Please allow extra time for the detour.

Customer Comments:

"I love trains so I have a slight bias with this review. We did the PSTR'S Complete Line Tour and thought it was awesome. The history was really neat and the stop at the end for kids to explore was also neat as well. Great job! Ethan Smith"

 



PSTR presents Murder Mystery Train Rides
PSTR presents Murder Mystery Train Rides
2022 Murder & Mystery on The Train
September 17th & 24th  October 1st, 15th, 22nd, 28th & 29th
  • Train departs at 6:00 p.m. with dining on the move!
  • Delicious dinner supplied by our caterer
  • Coaches are air conditioned and L.L.B.O. licensed
  • Group charters are available for special events trains
  • Trips can be custom tailored for corporate and group bookings with pricing discounts
PSTR presents Murder Mystery Train Rides

Customer Comments:

"I just want to thank you for all the help in accommodating us on your Murder Mystery/Dinner on October 17. Your organization skills were superb right down to the last detail. Carol Allen Group had a great time and had nothing but praise for the entire evening especially the food. Thanks again from all of us. Sincerely, Carol Allen (Group of 21)"

 

"A large group of us booked tickets on the Murder Mystery Dinner Train from Port Stanley and we had an amazing night! Dinner was roast beef, mashed potatoes and veggies with a delicious pretzel bun and it was served in the dining car. After dinner, we went to our seats and the show began. It was a night of fun and lots of laughs. They had good audience participation, which was hilarious! The actors were so fun and they really got involved with us, the audience. If you are looking for something fun and different to do, book a seat on the Murder Mystery dinner train. John and his team will leave you in stitches! Our group ranged from ages 50-85 and everyone loved it! Carolyn L."

 

"We went on the Murder Mystery Train. It was fabulous. Good food. Friendly staff. And riveting actors especially Frederico. Loved loved loved everything about the night. Sharon Bedard"

 

Come see a "who dunnit" on the train for a unique experience of drama!


PUMPKIN PATCH AND TRAIN RIDE
PSTR Pumpkin Patch
Kids love our pumpkin patch at Whytes!
  • October 22nd & 23rd @ 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
  • Families can pick a pumpkin from our patch

Customer Comments:

"Fun Adventure!! We thoroughly enjoyed this hour long fun filled adventure with our grandchildren. The conductor provided an ongoing historical narrative to the pumpkin patch. We highly recommend this scenic trip! Thank-you to all the volunteers who make this happen!! Barb M."

 



November 19th, 20th, 26th & 27th    December 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th @ 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
 

Enjoy a ride through Elgin County in early winter from the warmth of a heated car. Santa has treats for the kids! Watch your children's anticipation grow as we near our destination to meet Santa. Live entertainment may appear on some trains. You can also charter the Red Caboose to meet Santa.

Customer Comments:

"My Son and I love riding the rails at the Port Stanley Terminal Rail. We did the Santa Treats Train Ride. It was an Excellent experience and has become a real tradition over the past few years! I can't say enough about how lovely, friendly, and helpful the volunteers are; considering becoming a volunteer myself if I can ever find some free time! Rides are so well run, even with them having to deal with latest covid protocols online tickets were smooth and so was ticket scanning and vax check on platform! I highly recommend this place year round never get bored of learning some new history of the Port Stanley Terminal Rail and also the London & Port Stanley Railway that occupied the line for many years: always something fun to see and do depending on the season! Example: pumpkin trains (fall) Easter bunny(spring), extended mileage trip (summer) and Santa trains (winter). Ben Roberts"

 

"We took our 3yr old and his 20 month old brother on the Santa train. Was a lot of fun. They were both super excited to go on the train. What a treat. Scott Giesbrecht"

 

"Such humorous and helpful staff! And a lovely train ride! The free cider, hot chocolate, and shortbread cookies were a lovely added touch. Catherine Doyle"

 



 


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