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Take a journey on Iowa's Dinner Train!
Dinner in the diner; nothing could be finer.

Be sure to see our new menu, posted below!

Above:  Scroll through photos of our dinner train
     Experience elegant dining on the rails as it was during the golden age of rail travel in the United States. This enchanting two hour and fifteen minute ride through the beautiful Des Moines River Valley features historic 1950's passenger cars which were used on the Union Pacific Railroad's famous "City of Los Angeles" and "City of San Francisco" streamliners which traveled between Chicago and the west coast.  This train utilizes the same route as our basic excursion trains, crossing the 156' tall Bass Point Creek High Bridge, and crossing the Des Moines River, on its journey through the scenic Des Moines River Valley.

The Specifics


$67.25 per person (all ages)
Prepaid reservations are required. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover are accepted.

Departure dates:
Friday Evenings (6/2 through 10/27)
Saturday Evenings (4/1 through 11/11)

Boarding time:
5:00 PM (4:30 PM in Feb. and Nov.)

Handicap accessibility: Unfortunately, due to the historical nature of these cars, they are not handicap accessible.

On board:  
These cars are fully heated and air conditioned.  A small restroom is available in each car.

Above:  View the latest commercial for our dinner train

Dinner Train Menu

Your journey will begin with a Caesar Salad
Spinach and Artichoke Dip served with fresh pita chips

En route, your server will bring you your choice of entree:

Prime Rib
A generous cut of prime rib, prepared medium-well.
Served with a baked potato and steamed seasonal vegetables.

Iowa Chop
A grilled, bone-in, thick cut pork loin topped with a savory brown sauce.
Served with a baked potato and steamed seasonal vegetables.

Chicken Grillers
A grilled, bacon-wrapped, skinless and boneless chicken breast,
stuffed with Cheddar cheese.
Served with rice pilaf and steamed seasonal vegetables.

Mediterranean Encrusted Salmon
Generous serving of baked salmon, prepared with a Mediterranean
sun-dried tomato and pine nut crust.
Served with rice pilaf and steamed seasonal vegetables.

Homemade Vegetarian Lasagna
Our homemade lasagna features lasagna noodles, layered with marinara sauce and a variety of fresh vegetables, all topped with a blend of Mozzarella, Provolone, and Cheddar cheeses.

All meals are served with dinner rolls,
a beverage (Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, milk, coffee, or tea),
 and the Chef's choice of a seasonal dessert.

Menu subject to change.

Dinner Train FAQs

Are reservations required?
Advance, prepaid reservations are required.  Seating is limited.  Call early to avoid disappointment.  Generally, we recommend booking your trip at least one month in advance. During the months of September through November, we strongly recommend booking at least three months in advance.

Can I pay with cash when I get there?
Unfortunately, no.  Prepaid reservations are required.  We accept Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.

When will my credit card be charged?
Your credit card will be charged at the time you make your reservation.

Will I receive my tickets in the mail?
All dinner train tickets are held at the depot ticket window for pick-up on the evening of your trip.  You will be mailed, or e-mailed, a confirmation letter, which you will need to present that evening at the ticket window.

When do you need to know which meals I would like?
You must provide us with your meal choices at least seven days prior to your trip.

Dinner trains utilize assigned seating. You may be seated with another couple. When ordering, indicate if you would like to be seated with a specific party. Dinner train passengers are seated at tables of four people.  For those wishing to have a more intimate dining experience, a private compartment may be available ($50 fee).  Only two compartments are available on any given train.  Be sure to inquire at the time you make your reservation!

Is there a strict dress code?
Although many men choose to wear a suit or sport coat, they are not required. We do request a "Nice Casual" attire, such as Dockers and a nice shirt or sweater for the men and slacks and top or casual dress for the ladies. This is your evening to relax and enjoy yourself, but it should also be special.

When do we need to be there?
Plan to arrive by, at the latest, 5:00 PM (4:30 PM in February and November), as we will begin to board the train at that time. Arriving on time will allow you time to pick-up your tickets, and give us a chance to review important trip information with you.  Also, 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.

Is smoking allowed on the train?
Smoking is not allowed.  All Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad trains, buildings, and grounds are smoke-free.

May I bring wine?
Although the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum and our caterer are not licensed to sell liquor on the train, each couple may bring one (1) bottle of wine to enjoy with their meal. A corking fee of $5.00 per bottle will be applied to your order. This is a requirement of our insurance company. Corking fees need to be paid prior to the date of your ride. Please "check" your wine at the ticket window upon arrival at the depot.  Other alcoholic beverages will not be permitted.  Our own "Scenic Valley Red" and "Whistle White" are available from our gift shop.  For more information, call 1-800-626-0319.

What if I need to cancel my reservation?
Cancellation notifications and date change requests must be received at our office at least seven (7) days prior to the ride. Cancellation policies are strictly enforced.

What if snow is predicted on the day of my trip?
Our trains operate rain or shine.  The decision to run is based on actual weather conditions at the railroad. If the train runs, no refunds or adjustments are made.  If a train is cancelled due to bad weather, a gift card will be issued – no cash refunds.

Are the cars air conditioned?
Yes, the cars are completely enclosed, heated and air conditioned.

Is the train handicap accessible?
Unfortunately, stairs, narrow hallways and other limitations make these cars inaccessible to persons utilizing wheelchairs, motorized scooters, etc.

How much do tickets cost?
Tickets are $67.25 per person, regardless of age.

Will we cross the Kate Shelley High Bridge?
Actually, the Kate Shelley Memorial 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.

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad / James H. Andrew Railroad Museum
 225 10th Street, Boone, Iowa 50036     1-800-626-0319

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