Autumn Color™ Weekend

October 9-10, 2021

Train Rides Amid the Brilliant Hues of Fall

There’s nothing comparable to enjoying the beautiful brilliant hues of autumn in the rural Sauk County countryside from the comfort of our restored vintage passenger cars. Join us for “leaf-peeping” in style along the unspoiled right-of-way of our historic former Chicago & North Western rail line.

All aboard!

Check the status of the fall colors at


Coach trains operate on Saturday and Sunday, with each ride lasting 55 minutes. See the below schedule.

First Class tickets which include Hors d’ oeuvres and beverages served aboard the museum’s First Class cars have unfortunately been canceled in 2021 due to the challenges of offering onboard food service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Look for this option to return in 2022.

Departure Date/
Departure Time
October 9
October 10
10:00 a.m.Coach TrainCoach Train
11:20 a.m.First Class [CANCELED]
First Class [CANCELED]
11:30 a.m.Coach ClassCoach Class
1:00 p.m.Coach TrainCoach Train
1:10 p.m.First Class [CANCELED]First Class [CANCELED]
2:30 p.m.Coach TrainCoach Train

Food, including burgers, hot dogs, and brats, will be available for purchase in Mid-Continent’s pavilion building during the Autumn Color Weekend event. This service is provided by North Freedom Market & Bakery. Visitors are also welcome to bring a picnic lunch to the museum. Please note food and drink (except water and infant formula) are not permitted aboard Coach Trains.


Fare Class Coach FareCaboose FareFirst Class Fare
Adult$22Not availableNot available
Senior (62+)$20Not available Not available
Child (3-15)$12Not available Not available
Child (2 and under)FreeNot available Not available

Beverages and hors d’ oeuvres included in First Class Fare.

Advanced ticket sales are subject to a convenience fee.

Ticket Types

Coach Class

Our standard fare, this is the way most people experience Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s demonstration train ride. Windows line the sides of the cars allowing excellent viewing of the fall colors. Conductors ride with passengers to collect tickets and answer questions about the history of the railroad. Reservations are encouraged.


Mid-Continent’s caboose is undergoing maintenance in 2021 and is not available for booking during this event

Experience railroading from the vantage point of railroad crews. The caboose, typically found on the end of freight trains, provided train crews with (four) elevated seats from which to view their train and watch for any problems such as shifting loads or overheating axles. The lower level provided work and living space for the crew including a coal stove and beds (converted into benches for additional seating). Due to limited seating capacity, the caboose often sells out in advance.

First Class Service

All onboard dining trains in 2021 – including First Class service – have been canceled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Enjoy being waited on by uniformed friendly staff. Hors d’ oeuvres and beverages are served in Soo Line #2017, a diner-lounge car built in 1914, and in the C&NW #440, a business car built in 1929. Reservations are required for all dining service trains. Call the museum office for questions: 608-522-4261, or toll-free: 800-930-1385.

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