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 for Santa Express event (Nov. 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 (from 9:00 AM during fall special event weekends).
While Mid-Continent Railway passengers and employees are no longer required to wear masks while on board trains or in stations, masks are welcome and remain an important preventive measure against COVID-19. Anyone needing or choosing to wear one is encouraged to do so.
Individuals exhibiting symptoms or who have been in close contact with an individual with COVID-19 are encouraged to reschedule or cancel their visit. We have relaxed our ticket cancellation policy to encourage this safe behavior.
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.
Are Reservations Necessary?
Reservations are not mandatory but they are encouraged for all trains. Passengers without reservations are encouraged to arrive no less than 20 minutes before the train departure time.
Reservations are highly recommended during special events such as Autumn Color Weekend, Pumpkin Train, and Santa Express. These special event trains often sell out.
When a departure has fewer than 100 seats remaining, the online booking system will begin showing how many seats remain available for booking.
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 does not have any 2022 dining trains scheduled at this time. Dining trains may be added at a later date.
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Mid-Continent is currently without a Dining Services Superintendent to plan and coordinate its dining train operations. If you enjoy event planning and working with fellow volunteers to provide memorable experiences, this volunteer position might be for you! If you are interested, please contact us to learn more.