Plan Your Visit
Take a memorable, seven-mile, 55-minute round-trip train ride on a former branch line of the Chicago & North Western Railway nestled in a valley between the Baraboo Hills in rural Sauk County. Passengers ride in restored steel coaches built a century ago. An authentically-attired conductor will call “all aboard!” before the train leaves from a historic wooden depot, built in 1894.
Mid-Continent is much more than just a train ride. Explore the indoor/outdoor museum filled with award-winning restorations and railroad exhibits. In all, there are over 40 train cars and locomotives on display and more under restoration. See them all in our online Equipment Roster.
Dates of Operation
Mid-Continent is open every weekend (Saturdays & Sundays) from May 8, 2021 through October 17, 2021, and during the Santa Express special event on November 27-28 and December 4-5, 2021.
Mid-Continent is closed Monday-Friday; however, Mid-Continent’s administrative office is staffed most weekdays to take your calls.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s 2021 dates of operation and departure schedules have changed from earlier published schedules and could be subject to additional changes.
Advance ticket sales are recommended so that we can contact you in the event a train must be canceled. Any ticketholders aboard a canceled train will be given the option to rebook or receive a full refund.
For additional info on COVID-19 precautions and impacts, please visit our COVID-19 Notices page.
Museum grounds are open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on days trains operate.
Train Ride Schedules and Booking
All trains are powered by diesel locomotives. Read more about our ongoing effort to again operate steam locomotives on our Steam Status page. Mid-Continent reserves the right to substitute equipment without notice.
About Coach Trains
Coach class seating is the classic Mid-Continent train ride experienced by most of our visitors. Coach class trains depart at least three times per day during each day the museum is open and are the lowest-cost ticket offered.
About Special Events
Join Mid-Continent for a trip through the fall foliage, a ride with Santa, and more! Special events mean more departures, more experiences, and a wider variety of ticket options. Click the events listed below for more information.
|Stars & Stripes Special||July 3-4, 2021|
and Vintage Rail Car Tours
|October 2-3, 2021|
|Autumn Color Weekend||October 9-10, 2021|
|Pumpkin Express||October16-17, 2021|
|Santa Express||November 27-28|
and December 4-5
About Dining Trains
Experience the tradition of dining aboard a train! Onboard dining ticket holders are welcomed aboard one of two First Class railcars, the C&NW #440 business car or the Soo Line #2017 diner-lounge car. We offer a variety of dining menus and experiences. Browse our list of onboard dining events and click on an event for greater detail.
Reservations are required for all onboard dining tickets. Book early! Onboard dining tickets often sell out far in advance.
COVID-19 Related Dining Train Cancellations
The extra challenges of offering onboard dining during a pandemic have caused Mid-Continent Railway Museum to cancel all of our 2021 dining trains. More info…
|Departure Date||Dining Services Offered||Status|
|Saturday, May 8, 2021||Pizza Train||Canceled|
|Sunday, May 9, 2021||Brunch Train||Canceled|
|Saturday, June 19, 2021||BBQ Train||Canceled|
|Sunday, June 20, 2021||BBQ Train||Canceled|
|Saturday, August 21, 2021||Pizza Train||Canceled|
|Saturday, September 18, 2021||Pizza Train||Canceled|
|Saturday, October 2, 2021||Beer Train|
Elegant Dinner Train
|Saturday, October 9, 2021||First Class||Canceled|
|Sunday, October 10, 2021||First Class||Canceled|
|Saturday, October 16, 2021||Elegant Dinner Train||Canceled|