Elaine Wilson Carousel and Strong Express Train

Elaine Wilson Carousel

Take a spin on the lovingly restored Elaine Wilson Carousel featuring leaping horses, ponies, a chariot, and whirling tub. Manufactured in 1918 by the Allan Herschell Company in nearby North Tonawanda, New York, the carousel is an exceptional example of a country fair-style machine, built to last—a necessity when traveling from town to town. Rides cost $1 per person per ride.

The carousel is named in honor of the late Elaine P. Wilson in recognition of the Elaine P. Wilson and Richard U. Wilson Foundation’s generous support of the museum.

Carousel Hours

11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday–Friday
11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays
12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays

The Strong Express Train

All aboard! Hop on for a ride on The Strong Express—a passenger train for children and adults alike. Experience the thrill of old-fashioned train travel as the mini locomotive chugs down the track surrounded by scenic postcards from across America. Enjoy transportation trivia games before boarding. Rides cost $1 per person per ride.

This year-round, indoor train includes a locomotive, colorful passenger cars, and a caboose, of course!

Carousel and Train Punch Cards

Purchase a punch card and enjoy six rides on the Elaine Wilson Carousel or The Strong Express Train for the price of five. Punch cards may be purchased at the ride gates or at the museum admissions desk for $5.