2021 Wolf Picnic 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.

COVID-19: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required in the depot, museum, and common areas aboard the train.

Schedule and prices

  • Ticket price: $32 per adult and $14 for children ages 3-12
  • Children under age 3 ride free
  • Prepaid reservations are required
  • Operates Sundays, Memorial Day Weekend through October 31
  • Does not operate during our Day Out With Thomas event
  • Boarding time:  11:45 AM
  • Arrives back in Boone:  2:45 PM

Wolf Picnic Train FAQs

Is food provided? No

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.