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.
For 2014, the train will begin operating on May 3 and all rides will be free on that day. In addition to the normal Saturday/Sunday schedule, the train will operate on July 4 from 12-6 (rides free) and on September 1 from 1-5 (rides free). On October 25 the train will close for the day at 4 pm. On October 26 all rides will be free from 1-3 pm and then the train will close for the season. 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.