Cabin John Miniature Train

  • "Eye Spy" Halloween Train is Back!

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Children and adults alike are captivated by the miniature train running through the park. The train is a replica of the 1863 C.P. Huntington, a 4-2-4T steam locomotive purchased by the Southern Pacific Railroad and named in honor of Collis P. Huntington, President of the Southern Pacific Company. The train’s five passenger cars carry visitors on a scenic two-mile ride through the Cabin John Regional Park (about a 15-minute ride). A party room at the Cabin John Train Station is available for rentals (details below) and the 2016 “Eye Spy” Halloween Train is set to run again this October (tickets on sale Oct. 1)! 


Tickets during the regular season are $2 each and good for one ride, and children under two may ride free with a paying adult. Buy a book of 10 at the Train Station for $18 and save 10 percent! Visitors can purchase tickets during normal operating hours (sorry, not available for online purchase).

2016 Cabin John Train Schedule

Train Dates & Hours of Operation (weather permitting) Party Room Rentals
December 2015 – March 24, 2016 Train CLOSED for the season Party Room available at off-season rates.
March – April 2016 March 25 – April 1 – OPEN for Spring Break 10am – 6pm Party Room available at in-season rates.
April 2016 – September 2016 April: OPEN Saturdays and Sundays 10am-6pmMay: OPEN Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day 10am – 6pm

June 1 – August 28: OPEN daily 10am – 6pm

August 29 – September 2: CLOSED

September: OPEN Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day 10am-6pm

Party Room available at in-season rates
October 2016 OPEN on selected dates for Eye Spy Halloween Train Party Room Unavailable
November 2016 Train CLOSED for the Season Party Room Unavailable
December 2016 – early April 2017 Train CLOSED for the Season Party Room available at off-season rates

Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2477 (Voice), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or to request a disability modification. Visit for more information.

Private Rentals

The Party Room at the Cabin John Miniature Train Station serves as the perfect spot for a family celebration or your child’s next birthday party. For more information, see our brochure. The spacious Train Station Party Room features a fun train motif and can accommodate up to 50 people. As part of the birthday party package, guests will get:

  • Use of the Party Room for two hours for $200 OR five hours for $400
  • Two-hour time slot choices: 10 a.m. – noon.; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Five-hour time slot choices: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Use of tables, chairs, and refrigerator/freezer
  • 20 complimentary train tickets for a two-hour party in season (March 25 – September)
  • 40 complimentary train tickets for a five-hour party in season (additional train tickets may be purchased the day of the rental, if needed)
  • Special photo opportunity for the birthday child on the locomotive engine in season
  • Special “no-wait” priority seating on the first train ride for your whole party in season
In-Season Party Room Rates (March 25 through September 2016)
Train Station Party Room
2 hours
10 a.m. – noon, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
$ 200
5 hours
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
$ 400

Common questions: How do I pick up my tickets the day of my party? Who will open the room for me? Will there be on-site staff? How do I schedule my party’s train ride? You can find the answers here. Need to know what size tablecloths to purchase? Find our Party Room floor plan here.

Book Your Party Online

For your convenience, book your party online at The party room is available by reservation only. Availability is limited and time slots fill quickly, so please book your party well in advance of your preferred date. Dates and times of availability can be found online (see “How to Book Your Party Room Online” below).

If you already have an ActiveMONTGOMERY account and know your login and PIN number, you’re ready to go! If you don’t have an ActiveMONTGOMERY account, why not sign up for one right now? It’s free and only takes a few minutes. If you have questions about ActiveMONTGOMERY, please call 301-495-2580 Monday – Friday.

How to Book Your Party Room Online

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the middle of three boxes marked “Facilities” (between “Activities” and “Memberships”).
  3. Click on “Quick Reserve.”
  4. Login to your account, or click on “Create Account” if you do not have one already.
  5. Click on the “Reservation Group” and select “Parks Cabin John Train.”
  6. Select the date you are interested in; if you want to change the date, make sure to click “Check Availability” again to update the results. You will see a screen that looks like this:
    The times listed correspond to the facility name on the left.
  7. Enter the event name at the top of the table (for example, “John’s 5th Birthday Party”).
  8. Select the reservation that you are interested in by clicking on the first checkbox and the rest of the greyed-out boxes will check off to show the entire reservation. Note: a red check means that the timeframe is unavailable.
  9. Click the “Calculate Charges” button to see the rental fee.
  10. After reading the waiver by clicking on the description, enter your initials to agree to the waiver.
  11. Click “Reserve.”
  12. Enter your payment information on the next screen and click “Continue” to complete your order.

How to Cancel a Party Room Reservation

To receive a refund, please submit your cancellation in writing at least 14 days prior to the rental date. A $25 cancellation fee will be subtracted from your total refund. You may email your cancellation notification to:
No refunds will be issued if the cancellation request is submitted fewer than 14 days prior to the rental date.

Last Updated: October 6, 2016