The Pumpkin Express

October 5, 12, and 19, 2024

Take the family on this one hour and thirty minute journey (across our 156′ tall Bass Point Creek High Bridge, and the Des Moines River Bridge) to the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad’s pumpkin patch.  Once at the patch, children will be able to select their perfect pumpkin before returning to town.  On the return trip, children will receive an activity booklet and a treat.

The Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad is a division of the Iowa Railroad Historical Societ, a non-profit 501(c)(3) operating railroad museum.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can children wear costumes?

Everyone is more than welcome (and encouraged) to wear their costumes.

Where is the event?

The event is located at 225 10th Street in Boone, Iowa.

When is the event?

October 5, 12, and 19, 2024

When do tickets go on sale?

Keep watching Facebook, Instagram, Threads, or our website for further details.

How much are tickets?

Keep watching Facebook, Instagram, Threads, or our website for further details.

How do I purchase tickets?

When tickets go on sale, they may be purchased on our website, or by calling (515) 432-4249 (Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm – excluding holidays).

Will my tickets be mailed to me?

All tickets will be held for pick-up at the depot ticket window on the day of your ride.

Who needs tickets?

Tickets are required for guests ages two and up.

Are there any refunds?

There will be no refunds or exchanges.

Do you recommend purchasing tickets in advance?

As these trains sell out quickly, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

What times do trains depart?

Pumpkin Express trains leave the station promptly at 10:00 AM.  Trains will not be held for late arrivals.

When should we arrive?

It is recommended that guests arrive at least one hour before their scheduled departure.  This will allow you ample time to find parking, pick up your tickets, use the restroom, etc.

Are different classes of seating available? (i.e. Climate Controlled Coach, Open-Air Car)

No. Only classic coach class seating is available.

How long is the train ride?

The ride is approximately one hour and thirty minutes in length (round trip).

Is there parking available on site?

On-site parking is available.  Street parking, and parking in nearby lots is also available.  There is no additional cost for parking.

What if there is inclement weather?

Trains operate rain or shine.  Cars are not climate controlled.  Please be sure to dress for the weather!

Are strollers permitted?

Strollers are not allowed on the train. Stroller parking is available inside the ticket office.

Is the train ADA accessible?

Call (515) 432-4249 to confirm availability.

Are pets allowed?

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed.  Only service animals will be permitted.