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Basic Excursion Train


Trip Information

Travel from Boone to the old coal mining town of Fraser (and return) in 1920's era coach cars, experience what it was like to ride the rails in a caboose, get an unparalleled view of the river valley from our popular open-air car, or enjoy the view from climate controlled comfort.

Concession Car

On most trips, a concession car is open for business.  It features items such as:  hot dogs, various chips, cookies, ice cream treats, and beverages for children as well as for aduts.  Please keep in mind that the concession car is cash only -- it does not accept ATM/Debit/Credit Cards.

Basic Excursion Schedule & Fares
Age Groups
Class Features 13+ 3-12 Under 3

Climate Controlled
Coach Class
  • Limited Seating
  • Reservations strongly encouraged
  • Concession access
$27 $15 Free in arms
Basic Coach Class
  • Bench seating
  • An operable window at every seat
  • Concession access
  • Reservations encouraged for Saturday trains
$22 $9 Free in arms
Open-air "Valley View"
  • Unobstructed view
  • Concession access
  • Reservations strongly encouraged
$32 $17 Free in arms
Rock Island Caboose
  • Rock Island caboose's cupola provides a bird's- eye view 
  • No concession access
  • Reservations strongly encouraged
$26 $14 Free in arms

To reserve:

Dates of operation Memorial Day Weekend through October 31
Departure times M, T, W, Th, F, and Su: One departure at 1:30 PM
Saturday: 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM
Duration Approximately one hour and 45 minutes
Handicap accessible? Basic coach class only
Climate controlled Only our climate controlled coach option is heated and/or cooled
Restrooms available?
Museum included?
Other notes Steam locomotive scheduled to pull Saturday trains only, Memorial Day Weekend through October 31.  We reserve the right to substitute motive power and/or equipment. Be at the depot a minimum of 30 minutes prior to departure time.  Service animals only. Tickets purchased online are subject to a 12% processing fee. Tickets purchased via phone are subject to a processing fee of 25 cents per ticket.

Current Deals

  • Valid for regularly-scheduled basic coach class service from May 6, 2017 through August 31, 2017
  • Buy one adult basic coach class adult ticket, get one adult basic coach class ticket free
  • Not valid on special event trains
    (Day Out With Thomas, Santa Express, etc.)
  • Tickets are not upgradable and may not be used with any other offer
  • Sale ends May 5, 2017

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225 10th Street, Boone, Iowa 50036     1-800-626-0319