About the Explorer Express Train:
For 40 years, the Explorer Express Train provided fun and excitement for EcoTarium visitors. Open-air passenger cars take visitors on a scenic 12-minute ride; a relaxing and fun way to see the museum grounds. Best of all, pass through a tunnel that elicits squeals of delight from young (and young at heart) passengers. Approximately 50,000 passengers ride the attraction each year.
As part of a recent partnership with the Worcester Railers Hockey Club, the EcoTarium was able to purchase a new train engine from Chance Rides of Wichita, Kansas. The new engine, number 395, is a replica of the 1863 C.P. Huntington steam locomotive. EcoTarium guests will notice the train station has now been "Railerized," with fresh paint in the blue and gray colors of the hockey club. Train engineers are outfitted in apparel with the Railers logo.
Tickets and Important Information:
The train is closed for the winter season, and will reopen in April, 2019.
Train tickets are sold and seats are filled first come, first served for each departure. Each run is capped at 45 riders.
The train is weather dependent: if the temperature drops below freezing, the train will not operate. Weather delays in operation can be caused by low temperature, lightning, high winds and other related factors.
- $3.00 per person/$2.00 for EcoTarium members (this fare is in addition to General Admission).
- Tickets are available at the train station on the day of your visit and are not stamped for any particular time.
- Requirements for unaccompanied passenger: 12 years old and 42"
Ride Requirements and Accessible Coach Information
- The EcoTarium uses the Q'straint deluxe strapping system. This system is fully ADA compliant and meets or exceeds all standards and regulations, including: • SAE J2249, ISO 10542, • FMVSS 209, 302, 210, 222 • CMVSS 209 • CSA Z605 • and 30mph/20g crash testing
- Accommodates almost all modern wheelchairs
- We can secure WC-19 wheelchairs, but passengers must use EcoTarium occupant belts, we cannot except WC-18 belts.
We recommend that riders needing accessible boarding arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled ride time to allow ample time for our train engineers to assist passengers with boarding.
- Based on the size and attachments points in our accessible coach we cannot safely secure three-wheeled mobility vehicles at this time. Three-wheeled mobility devices may be stored in the stroller parking area and the passenger may ride in a standard bench seat if able.
- Because of engineering restrictions on the train car itself and loading restrictions we cannot accommodate passengers over 430 lbs.