The Pumpkin Express

Take the family on this one hour and thirty minute journey (across our 156′ tall Bass Point Creek High Bridge, and the Des Moines River Bridge) to the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad’s pumpkin patch.  Once at the patch, children will be able to select their perfect pumpkin before returning to town.  On the return trip, children will receive an activity booklet and a treat.

Tickets are $18 per person, ages 2 and up, and may be purchased at, or by calling 1-800-626-0319.

The Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad is a non-profit, operating railroad museum.

Tickets are on sale now

Click here or call 1-800-626-0319


Frequently Asked Questions

Can children wear costumes?

Everyone is more than welcome (and encouraged) to wear their costumes.

Where is the event?

The event is located at 225 10th Street in Boone, Iowa.

When is the event?

October 5, 12, 19, 20, and 26, 2019

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets are on sale now   Click here or call 1-800-626-0319

How much are tickets?

$18 per person age 2 and up

How do I purchase tickets?

Click “Purchase Tickets” on the menu bar at the top of the page or call 1-800-626-0319 (during our normal business hours).

Will my tickets be mailed to me?

All tickets will be held for pick-up at the depot ticket window on the day of your ride.

Who needs tickets?

Tickets are required for guests ages two and up.

Are there any refunds?

There will be no refunds or exchanges.

Do you recommend purchasing tickets in advance?

As these trains sell out quickly, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

What times do trains depart?

Pumpkin Express trains leave the station promptly at 10:00 AM.  Trains will not be held for late arrivals.

When should we arrive?

It is recommended that guests arrive at least one hour before their scheduled departure.  This will allow you ample time to find a parking space, pick up your tickets, use the restroom, etc.

Is there assigned seating on the train?

Seating for Pumpkin Express trains is assigned by party.  If you would like to be seated with another party, please let us know at the time you place your order.

Are different classes of seating available? (i.e. climate controlled coach, Valley View open-air car)

No. Only classic coach class seating is available.

How long is the train ride?

The ride is approximately one hour and thirty minutes in length (round trip).

Is there parking available on site?

On-site parking is available.  Street parking, and parking in nearby lots is also available.  There is no additional cost for parking.

What if there is inclement weather?

Trains operate rain or shine.  Cars are not climate controlled.  Please be sure to dress for the weather!

Are strollers permitted?

Strollers are not allowed on the train. Stroller parking is available inside the ticket office.

Is the event handicap accessible?

Handicap access is available.  Call 1-800-626-0319 to confirm availability.

Are pets allowed?

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed.  Only service animals will be permitted.