2021 Wolf Dinner Train

Experience elegant dining on the rails as it was during the golden age of rail travel in the United States. This enchanting two hour and fifteen minute ride through the beautiful Des Moines River Valley features historic 1950’s passenger cars used on the Union Pacific Railroad’s famous “City of Los Angeles” and “City of San Francisco” streamliners which traveled between Chicago and the west coast. This train crosses the 156′ tall Bass Point Creek High Bridge, as well as the Des Moines River, on its journey through the scenic Des Moines River Valley. After passing through the old coal mining town of Fraser, our dinner train climbs its way back out of the river valley on an impressive grade. We will make our way across some of Iowa’s rich farmland, eventually making our way to the end of our line at the unincorporated town of Wolf.

Per Federal Railroad Administration regulations, masks are required at all times.

Ticket Price: $75 per person, all ages

Dates of Operation: Friday Evenings (June 4 through October 24) Saturday Evenings: (March 6 through November 13)

Boarding time: 5:00 PM (4:30 PM in February, March and November)

Arrives back in Boone: 7:45 PM (7:15 PM in February, March and November)

2021 Dinner Train Menu

Your journey begins with a Caesar Salad, Fresh Tortilla Chips served with Spinach and Buffalo Dips, and Dinner Rolls.

Then, your choice of entree:

Grilled Sliced Beef Tenderloin

Served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Bean Almondine

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Served with Rice Pilaf and Catalina Vegetables

Grilled Salmon

Served with Rice Pilaf and Catalina Vegetables

Pork Chop

Served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Bean Almondine

Vegetarian Spaghetti

Spaghetti, tossed with garden vegetables and marinara sauce

Served with Garlic Breadsticks

End your evening with the chef’s choice of dessert.

All meals include a beverage: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, milk, coffee, or tea.

Dinner Train FAQs

Tickets and Reservations

Q. Are reservations required?

A. Prepaid reservations are required. Reserve at bsvrr.com/tickets or by calling (515) 432-4249.

Q. Can I pay with cash when I get there?

A. Prepaid reservations are required. We accept Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. Reserve at bsvrr.com/tickets or by calling (515) 432-4249.

Q. How far ahead do I need to make reservations?

A. The sooner, the better. Generally, we recommend booking your trip a minimum one month in advance. For the months of September through November, we strongly recommend booking at least three months in advance. Trains for the 2021 season seem to be selling out much more quickly. Again, the sooner, the better.

Q. Is there a ticket processing fee?

Internet ticket orders incur a 12%, non-refundable handling fee. Phone orders incur a non-refundable handling fee of 25 cents per ticket.

Q. When will my credit card be charged?

A. Your credit card will be charged at the time you make your reservation.

Q. Will my tickets be mailed to me?

A. No. Train tickets are held at the depot ticket office, and are to be picked-up at the ticket window upon your arrival. You will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Q. What if I need to cancel my reservation?

A. Any changes or cancellations must be made a minimum of 7 business days prior to the day of your departure.

Q. Is seating assigned?

A. The Wolf Dinner Train utilizes assigned seating. Passengers are seated at tables of up to four people. You may be seated with another party. When reserving, indicate if you would like to be seated with a specific party. Requests to be seated with a specific party must be made a minimum of 5 business days prior to the day of your trip.

Q. Do I have to be seated with another party?

A. For those wishing a more intimate dining experience, a private compartment may be available ($50 fee). Only two compartments are available on any given train. Compartments must be reserved at the time you make your reservation.

Q. Is museum admission included?

A. Yes

Q. Is there a discount for toddlers on the dinner train?

A. Dinner train tickets are $75 per person regardless of age. Discounted toddler tickets are available for Wolf Picnic and Fraser Trains.

Before You Board

Q. When do we need to arrive at the depot?

A. Plan to arrive one hour before departure time. Keep in mind that in excess of 60 freight trains pass through Boone on any given day. This frequently leads to travel delays for our customers. Your punctual arrival helps to ensure you won’t be caught on the wrong side of the tracks as your train departs our depot. Reservation or not, trains will not be held for late passengers.

Q. Is the dinner train ADA accessible?

A. Due to the age and the history of these cars, stairs, narrow hallways, and other limitations make them inaccessible to persons utilizing walkers, wheelchairs, motorized scooters, etc.

Q. May I bring wine?

A. Although the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum and our caterer are not licensed to sell liquor on the dinner train, each couple may bring one bottle of wine to enjoy with their meal. A corkage fee of $5.00 per bottle will be applied to your order. This is a requirement of our insurance company. Corkage fees need to be paid prior to the date of your ride. Please check your wine at the ticket window upon your arrival at the depot. Other alcoholic beverages will not be permitted. A selection of wines from Backcountry Winery are available from our gift shop. For more information, call (515) 432-4249.

Q. When do you need to know my meal selections?

A. You must provide us with your meal choices at least seven business days prior to your trip.

Q. Is there a dress code?

A. We do request business casual attire. This is your evening to relax and enjoy yourself, but it should also be special.

Q. May I bring my pet on board?

A. No. Only service animals are allowed on our trains and in buildings.

Q. Will the steam engine be pulling our train?

A. No. All dinner trains are diesel powered.

Q. Are strollers or car seats allowed?

A. No. Stroller or car seat storage is available in the ticket office.

Q. May we bring food and drink on board?

WOLF DINNER: Aside from wine, additional food and/or drink may not be brought on board. Wine and/or corkage fees are not sold on board the dinner train – corkage fees must be paid before boarding.

Q. Will we cross the Kate Shelley High Bridge?

A. The Kate Shelley High Bridge is located on the Union Pacific Railroad’s mainline across Iowa, which is unrelated to our line. However, we do cross the 156′ tall Bass Point Creek High Bridge, which is the highest single-track interurban railroad bridge in the United States.

On Board

Q. Are restrooms available on the train?

A. RV-type chemical toilets are available on board the train. It is recommended that you use the depot or museum restrooms prior to your trip.

Q. Is smoking allowed?

A. All Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad trains, buildings, and grounds are smoke-free.

Q. Are the dining cars heated and air conditioned?

A. Yes, the dining cars are climate controlled.

Q. How fast does the train go?

A. Trains travel at approximately 10 miles per hour.

Q. How long is the ride?

A. Rides on our Wolf Dinner Train are approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes in duration.

Q. Where will the train be going?

A. Trains depart from our depot located at 225 10th Street in Boone, Iowa, wind their way through the Des Moines River Valley, before ending up near 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.

Q. Are we allowed off of the train during the trip?

A. No. Once the end of the line is reached, the train will stop, then begin the return trip to Boone.


Q. What if inclement weather is predicted on the day of my trip?

A. Our trains operate rain, snow, or shine. The decision to run is based on weather conditions at the railroad. If the train runs, no refunds will be made. If a train is cancelled, a gift card will be issued – no cash refunds will be made. When making reservations for the open-air car, please keep in mind that you will be exposed to the elements. If there is inclement weather on the day of your trip, no refunds or adjustments will be made. You may, however, ride in our Classic Coach Class accommodations.