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.
Our picnic train has become an extremely popular option for families near and far! Pack a lunch, and travel aboard the historic “City of San Francisco” or “City of Los Angeles” cars on a ride through the Des Moines River Valley. We provide the table and the beautiful views, you provide the rest; food is not provided. The rear of the train features a large observation platform, providing unparalleled views of the Des Moines River Valley.
Schedule, prices, and additional information
Ticket price: $32 (ages 13 and up) $14 (ages 3-12) Children under age 3 are free
Dates of operation: Sundays Memorial Day Weekend through October (does not operate during our Day Out With Thomas event).
Boarding time: 11:45 AM
Arrives back in Boone: 2:45 PM
Handicap accessible? No
Climate controlled? Yes
Restrooms available? Yes
Museum included? Yes
Reservations required? Prepaid reservations are encouraged. Please call 1-515-432-4249.
- Be at the depot one hour prior to departure time
- This train is diesel powered
- Restrooms are available
- Food is not provided, you must provide your own
- We reserve the right to substitute motive power and/or equipment
- Service animals only