Fraser Trains (Our Classic Excursion)

Trip Information

Updated 7/20/20: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this train is operating under a modified schedule. Please see schedule on the right-hand side of the page. Masks or face shields are required in the depot, museum, and common areas aboard the train.
The Fraser Train is our classic excursion train, operating daily from Memorial Day Weekend through October 31.  Travel from Boone to the old coal mining town of Fraser (and return) in 1920’s era coach cars, experience what it was like to ride the rails in a caboose, get an unparalleled view of the river valley from our popular open-air car, or enjoy the view from climate controlled comfort from our former Chicago & North Western bi-level coach car.

Concession Car

On most trips, our concession car is open for business.  It features items such as: hot dogs, corn dogs, various chips, cookies, ice cream treats, and beverages for children as well as for adults. Typically, the concession car is located toward the middle of the train.  Those passengers riding in the caboose do not have access to the concession car.

Ticket prices, schedule, and additional information

Departure Times

  • Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at 1:30 PM only (Memorial Day Weekend through October 31)
  • Saturday at 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM (Memorial Day Weekend through October 31)

Levels of Service and Ticket Prices

  • Classic Coach Class  (Adults: $22 – Children: $9)
  • Valley View Open Air Car (Adults: $35 – Children: $18)
  • Caboose  (Adults: $30 – Children: $15)

Additional Information

Dates of operation:  Memorial Day Weekend through October 31

Is the train handicap accessible? Only Classic Coach Class is handicap accessible.  Please call 1-515-432-4249 to confirm availability.

Is the train climate controlled? Only Climate Controlled Coach Class is air conditioned

Are restrooms available on the train? Yes

Is museum admission included? Yes

Are reservations required? Under our current modified schedule, reservations are required

Other notes:

  • No smoking on board the train, or on museum grounds
  • Be at the depot one hour prior to departure time
  • We reserve the right to substitute motive power and/or equipment
  • Service animals only