Comparing our rides and levels of service

The Fraser Train

The Fraser Train winds its way through the Des Moines River Valley
  • The Fraser Train is our classic train ride.
  • The ride originates at our depot in Boone, Iowa, and crosses our 156′ tall Bass Point Creek High Bridge, and our Des Moines River Bridge, on its one hour and 45 minute round trip journey through the Des Moines River Valley. Once the end of the line is reached, the train swiches direction, and returns to the depot.
  • The train is pulled by a diesel locomotive on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through October 31. It is scheduled to be pulled by our steam locomotive on Saturdays only, Memorial Day Weekend through October 31.
  • There are four levels of service aboard the Fraser Train: Classic Coach, Climated Controlled Coach, Open Air (aka Valley View Car), or Caboose. You must stay in the section for which you have tickets (i.e., Classic Coach passengers are not permitted to ride on the Open Air Car.
  • Meal service is not provided on this train. However, snack items to enjoy on your trip may be purchased from our depot gift shop.
  • While walk-up tickets are USUALLY available for Classic Coach Class (major exception being weekend trains when fall colors are nearing peak), prepaid reservations are strongly encouraged for the Climate Controlled Car, Open Air Car, or Caboose, as these cars often sell out quickly.
  • Admission to the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum is included.
  • RV-type restrooms are available throughout the train.

The Wolf Trains

Wolf Train crosses the Des Moines River near Fraser
  • Three separate excursions make up our Wolf Trains: The Wolf Lunch Train, The Wolf Dinner Train, and The Wolf Picnic Train.
  • The Wolf Dinner Train operates on Friday and Saturday evenings only.
  • The Wolf Lunch Train operates on Saturday afternoons only.
  • The Wolf Picnic Train operates on Sunday afternoons only.
  • While still historic, the cars on the Wolf Trains are more modern than the cars used on The Fraser Train.
  • Meal service is provided only on The Wolf Lunch Train and The Wolf Dinner Train. Passengers on The Wolf Picnic Train provide their own picnic lunch to enjoy on board.
  • All Wolf Trains originate at our depot in Boone, Iowa, and cross our 156′ tall Bass Point Creek High Bridge, and our Des Moines River Bridge, on their approximately two hour round trip journey through the Des Moines River Valley. Once the end of the line is reached, the train swiches direction, and returns to the depot.
  • All Wolf Trains are pulled by a diesel locomotive.
  • All Wolf Trains are entirely climate controlled.
  • None of our Wolf Trains are ADA accessible.
  • Prepaid reservations are required for all Wolf Trains.
  • Admission to the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum is included.
  • RV-type restrooms are available throughout the train.