CLEWISTON, FL – U.S. Sugar has announced its initial 2024 Winter and Spring Schedule for its popular vintage train rides in South Central Florida, featuring a variety of experiences for families, tourists, and railroad fans alike. Events are scheduled between January 28th and April 28th, with additional dates and trips to be announced.
SUGARFEST LOCAL – March 16th
1-hour train rides featuring Sugar Express steam locomotive no. 148. Roundtrips depart 900 WC Owen Avenue in Clewiston. Click here to book.
HIGHLANDS COUNTY FAIR TRAIN – February 3rd and 4th
Take a diesel-powered train ride during the Highlands County Fair on February 3rd or 4th. Tickets are $30.00. Click here to book.
CLEWISTON COMET – February 10th, March 9th, April 13th
No. 148 will carry passengers from Lake Placid to Clewiston for a layover at the beloved Market on Bond Street featuring local farmers, fresh food, entertainment, and welcoming neighbors in downtown Clewiston. First-class tickets are $148 and deluxe coach tickets are $99.00. Click here to book.
SUGAR TRAIN PHOTO SPECIAL – April, 2024
Exclusive photo freight train charter event in April for photographers and videographers featuring steam locomotive no. 148 on freight and passenger trains in historic scenes, nighttime photos, and more throughout 100 miles of the South Central Florida Express railroad. Click here to sign up.
ICE CREAM TRAIN – January 28th, February 25th, April 28th
Enjoy a refreshing train ride aboard the Ice Cream Train on a trip between Clewiston and Moore Haven. These 2-hour roundtrips include Sugar Express steam locomotive No. 148 and complimentary ice cream sandwiches and frozen desserts. Tickets are $48.00 for adults and $35.00 for children plus tax. Click here to book.
HIGHLANDS COUNTY CRESCENT – February 11th, March 10th
Enjoy a two-hour passenger train ride from Sebring, Florida through the orange groves and along the shores of Lake Placid for a roundtrip to and from the sugarcane loading station site at Childs, Florida. Tickets are $48.00 plus tax. Children three and under who do not occupy a seat ride free. Click here to book.
LAKE PLACID LIMITED – January 27th, February 24th, April 27th
Departing Clewiston for Lake Placid in the morning, guests will enjoy a high-stepping passenger train ride behind Sugar Express steam locomotive No. 148 as it slips through the sugarcane fields and arrives for a two-hour layover in the historic town of Lake Placid, Florida. Following lunch and a tour on their own, guests will return to Clewiston behind a Sugar Express diesel locomotive and arrive in the early evening. First-class tickets are $148 and deluxe coach tickets are $99.00. Click here to book.
ADDITIONAL EVENTS AND DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
GROUP CHARTERS & BUS TOURS
Group charters and bus tours for both these events and future trips in 2024 can also be scheduled at sugarexpress.com/group-tours.
About U.S. Sugar and Sugar Express
U.S. Sugar is the only sugarcane farming company in the continental United States that transports all of its cane to a sugar factory by railroad. The mission of the Sugar Express is to provide a safe and educational means to learn about transportation history, agriculture, and U.S. Sugar. It will use historic steam locomotive No. 148 to take visitors on trips through the lush croplands cultivated by the nearly 2,500 hardworking employees of U.S. Sugar.