Saturdays from Memorial Day Weekend through October 31, enjoy lunch on the rails as you travel through the beautiful Des Moines River Valley in climate controlled comfort aboard the historic “City of San Francisco” or “City of Los Angeles” cars. 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, the lunch train climbs its way back out of the river valley on an impressive grade. You will make your way across some of Iowa’s rich farmland, eventually making your way to the end of our line at the unincorporated town of Wolf.
COVID-19: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required in the depot, museum, and common areas aboard the train.
2021 Wolf Lunch Train Menu
- Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich
- BBQ Grilled Chicken, Bacon, and Cheddar Sandwich
- Prime Sliced French Dip Sandwich
- Mac and Cheese
Sandwich Sides: Hickory House Baked Beans, Cheesy Potatoes
Mac and Cheese Sides: Garlic Bread Sticks, Catalina Vegetables
Dessert: Chef’s Choice (Typically assorted cookies or bars)
Schedule and prices
- Ticket price: $45 per person, all ages
- Prepaid reservations are required
- Operates Saturdays, Memorial Day Weekend through October 31
- Does not operate during our Day Out With Thomas event
- Boarding time: 10:45 AM
- Arrives back in Boone: 1:45 PM
Wolf Lunch Train FAQs
When do we need to be there? 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.
Are reservations required? Prepaid reservations are required. Reservation deadlines: By phone, 4 PM Tuesday; Online, 6 AM Wednesday.
Is this train handicap accessible? Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the cars, they are not handicap accessible.
Is this train climate controlled? Yes, the cars are heated or cooled.
Are restrooms available on this train? Yes
Is museum admission included? Yes
May I bring my pet on board? Only service animals are allowed on our trains.
Will the steam engine be pulling our train? All lunch trains are diesel powered.
Will we cross the Kate Shelley High Bridge? 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.