When do we need to arrive at the depot?
Trains depart promptly at their advertised departure times. Arriving one hour prior to departure allows you to park, use the restroom, obtain tickets, etc. Reservation or not, trains are not held for late arrivals.
Where does the train go?
Trains depart from our depot located at 225 10th Street in Boone, Iowa, and travel to Fraser, Iowa. Fraser, once a booming mining town, was the headquarters for the Boone Valley Coal and Railroad Company, a predecessor of the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad.
Is there assigned seating?
Seating for our basic excursion train is not assigned. It is all first come, first served. Seating for dinner, dessert, and picnic trains is reserved seating. For those trains, you will wait to be boarded by party name. Parties of fewer than four people (i.e., individual couples) may be seated together.
Will we get off of the train?
No. Once the end of the line is reached, the train will stop, then begin the return trip to Boone.
How long is the ride?
Rides on our basic excursion train are approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes in duration. Rides on dinner, dessert and picnic trains range from 2 hours and 10 minutes to 2 hours and 20 minutes. All rides are round trip excursions.
How fast will we be going?
Trains travel at approximately 10 to 14 miles per hour.
What kind of engine pulls the train?
Aside from our 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM Saturday steam excursions (call 1-800-626-0319 to confirm that steam is operating), all trains are pulled by a diesel locomotive. We reserve the right to substitute locomotives and/or equipment.
Are trains handicap accessible?
Only basic coach class service on our basic excursion train is handicap accessible. Dinner, dessert, and picnic trains ARE NOT handicap accessible. Call 1-800-626-0319 to confirm availability.
Does the concession car accept debit or credit cards?
No. The concession car only accepts cash. An ATM is located in the depot lobby.
Are strollers or car seats allowed?
Strollers or car seats are not allowed onboard. Stroller or car seat storage is available in the ticket office.
Will we cross the Kate Shelley High Bridge?
No. The Kate shelley Memorial High Bridge is located on Union Pacific’s mainline across Iowa, which is unrelated to our line. We will cross the Bass Point Creek High Bridge, which, at 156′ tall, is the tallest single-track interurban railroad bridge in the United States.
There is rain in the forecast. Will the train still run?
Trains operate rain or shine.
Is smoking allowed on the trains?
No. Smoking is not allowed on any of the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad’s trains or property.
Are pets allowed?
Only service animals are allowed on Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad trains or property.
Are reservations required?
- Reservations are required for all dinner trains.
- During the months of September and October, reservations are recommended for all trains and all classes of service. Trips during these times may sell out months in advance.
- Otherwise, reservations are strongly encouraged for dessert trains, picnic trains, the Valley View Open-air car (on our basic excursion train), and the caboose (on our basic excursion train).