and the child in each of us...
In 2007 the Gypsy Express entered its 50th year carrying children and their dreams in Staunton's sprawling Gypsy Hill Park. The Express, Virginia's "hometown" mini-train, is operated weekends during warm weather by the Gypsy Express Incorporated, a non-profit group of enthusiastic volunteers.
The Gypsy Express operates from May through October. The train operates 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. each Saturday and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $1 per person. All rides are free on July 4 and Labor Day.
The train will begin operating on May 2, 2015 (the first Saturday in May). All rides are free on opening day, July 4 and Labor Day. When July 4 falls on a weekday, the hours are noon to 6 p.m. On Labor Day the hours are 1 to 5 p.m. The train closes for the season on the Sunday of the last full weekend in October. On that Sunday all rides are free and the hours are 1 to 3 p.m. The train does not operate when it is raining.
The Gypsy Express is a brief fun ride into another era. Today's riders are frequently the children and grandchildren of those who first rode the mini-train almost a half-century ago. Get in on the great Staunton train adventure! The Gypsy Express added a new car in 2003 offering access to those with physical disabilities. The new car allows everyone to enjoy the historic Gypsy Express.