Train Ride Information

The Mid-Continent Experience

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. Our Coach Sheds are filled with restored wooden passenger cars, freight cars and displays from the turn of the century. There you will find examples of Mid-Continent’s nationally-renowned wood car restorations such as the Badger #2 “Fish Car”, the exquisite Art Nouveau-motif of the Milwaukee Lake Shore & Western #63, the 1903-built Copper Range coach #60. In our outdoor display yard, you can inspect steam locomotives up-close, including Copper Range locomotive #29, Soo Line #2645 and Kewaunee Green Bay & Western #49. In all, there are nearly 40 train cars and locomotives on prominent display with many more awaiting restoration.

A free self-guided tour pamphlet is available from the depot ticket window. Alternatively, the Mid-Continent Compendium is available from the ticket window for $5.00. It contains 104 pages of in-depth information and makes for a terrific souvenir.


2021 Train Ride Schedule

Dates of Operation

Mid-Continent Railway Museum is open every weekend (Saturdays & Sundays) from May 8, 2021 through October 17, 2021, plus our Santa Express special event on November 27-28 and December 4-5, 2021.

NOTE: Due to uncertainties resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s 2021 dates of operation and departure schedules are subject to change on short notice. Advanced ticket sales are fully refundable in the event a train departure is canceled.  

Departure Times and Museum Hours

  • Trains depart at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
    Departure times differ during special event weekends. These include Mother’s Day (May), Autumn Color (October), Pumpkin Special (October), Santa Express (November/December).
  • Museum grounds are open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on days of operation.

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.


Special Events

Join Mid-Continent for a trip through the fall foliage, the glistening winter landscape, and more! Special events mean more departures, more experiences, and a wider variety of ticket options. Click the events listed below for more information.

Event Dates
Stars & Stripes Special July 3-4, 2021
Vintage Rail Car Tours Oct. 2-3, 2021
Harvest Limited Oct. 2-3. 2021
Autumn Color Weekend™ Oct. 9-10, 2021
Pumpkin Special™ Oct. 16-17, 2021
Santa Express™ Nov. 27-28 & Dec. 4-5, 2021


Dining On the Train

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 quickly.

Departure Date Dining Services Offered Available for Booking
Starting On
Saturday, May 8, 2021 Pizza Train January 1
Sunday, May 9, 2021 Brunch Train January 1
Saturday, June 19, 2021 BBQ Train February 1
Sunday, June 20, 2021 BBQ Train February 1
Saturday, August 21, 2021 Pizza Train April 1
Saturday, September 18, 2021 Pizza Train May 1
Saturday, October 2, 2021 Beer Train
Elegant Dinner Train
June 1
Saturday, October 9, 2021 First Class June 1
Sunday, October 10, 2021 First Class June 1
Saturday, October 16, 2021 Elegant Dinner Train June 1



Standard Tickets (Summer Season)
Fares differ for Santa Express and Onboard Dining trains.

Fare Class Coach Car Fare Caboose Fare
Adult $22 $24
Senior (62+) $20 $22
Child (3-15) $12 $14
Child (2 and Under) Free Free


Group Tickets

Fare Class Coach Car Fare Onboard Dining
Adult Group* (20-39 people) $18 Please call


Adult Group* (40+ people) $16
Child Group** $9

*Bus driver and group leader ride free with adult groups.
** Bus driver and group leader ride free with child groups. Other adult supervisors and parents pay the child group rate.

Special trains can be scheduled for school and adult groups on days of non-operation by calling 800-930-1385. Museum tour guides can be made available if arranged in advance by contacting the museum office.

How to Find Us

Mid-Continent is located at North Freedom, Wisconsin, about one hour northwest of Madison, and 30 minutes southwest of Wisconsin Dells. See the Contact Us page for our address, directions, and contact information.

Museum Facilities

There is ample free parking at the museum. Public restrooms, a picnic shelter, and Pine Tree Park are adjacent to the depot. There are no camping facilities at the museum.

Frequently Asked Questions

See our FAQ Page

Area Information Links

Baraboo Chamber of Commerce
Wisconsin Dells Chamber of Commerce
Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau
Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau