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 Railway Museum is open and trains operating on the following schedule:
May 7 – June 5, 2022: Open Saturdays and Sundays
June 7 – Sept 2, 2022: Open daily except for Mondays
Sept. 3 – Oct. 16, 2022: Open Saturdays and Sundays
Oct. 17, 2022 – April 2023: Closed except during Santa Express event (Dec. 26-27 & Dec. 3-4)
The museum grounds and buildings are open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on days trains operate.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and workforce shortages, Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s 2021 dates of operation and departure schedules may change from those shown above or in printed schedules. Advance ticket sales are recommended so that Mid-Continent can alert you if your train must be canceled. Any ticketholders aboard a canceled train will be given the option to rebook or receive a full refund.
Train Ride Schedules and Booking
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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.
|Special Event||2022 Dates|
|Stars & Stripes Special||July 2-3|
|Vintage Rail Car Tours||Oct. 1-2|
|Autumn Color Weekend||Oct. 8-9|
|Pumpkin Express||Oct. 15-16|
|Santa Express||Nov. 26-27|
and Dec. 3-4
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. Reservations are required for all onboard dining tickets. Book early! Onboard dining tickets often sell out far in advance.
2022 Dining Trains Schedule
Mid-Continent Railway Museum has not scheduled any 2022 dining trains schedule at this time. Dining trains may be added to the schedule in the coming months.
Mid-Continent is taking a wait-and-see approach to scheduling dining trains in 2022 due to the ever-evolving situation of the pandemic and the associated mask rules that railroad operators are required to enforce. Additionally, we are without a Dining Services Superintendent volunteer to plan and coordinate those trains. We are presently seeking someone to fill that role.