Wolf Lunch Train


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.

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. At Wolf, your crew will make preparations for the trip back down the hill, and soon you will begin our return trip to the depot at Boone.

Wolf Lunch Train Menu

  • Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Pulled Chicken Sandwich
  • French Dip Sandwich
  • Mac and Cheese

Sides: Cheesy Potatoes and Baked Beans

Dessert: Chef’s Choice (Typically assorted cookies or bars)

Schedule, prices, and additional information

Ticket price: $45 per person, all ages

Dates of Operation

2020 Dates of operation: Saturdays Memorial Day Weekend through October 31

(Does not operate during our Day Out With Thomas event)

Additional Information

Boarding time:  10:45 AM

Arrives back in Boone:  1:45 PM

Is the train handicap accessible?  Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the cars, they are not handicap accessible.

Is the train climate controlled?  Yes, the cars are heated or cooled.

Are restrooms available on board?  Yes

Is museum admission included?  Yes

Are reservations required?  Prepaid reservations are required. Reservation deadlines: By phone, 4 PM Tuesday; Online, 6 AM Wednesday.

Other notes:

  • Be at the depot one hour prior to departure time
  • These trains are diesel powered
  • We reserve the right to substitute motive power and/or equipment
  • Service animals only