Autumn Color™ Weekend

Autumn Color™ Weekend – October 11-12-13, 2019

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 http://www.travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report

Schedule

Daytime coach and caboose trains operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with each ride lasting 55 minutes. See the below schedule.

On Saturday and Sunday, First Class tickets are available on select departure times. Each First Class train ride lasts 55 minutes.

Autumn Color Weekend also features a Saturday evening Elegant Dinner Train, lasting 2 ½ to 3 hours.

 Departure Date/
Departure Time
Friday
October 11
2019
Saturday
October 12
2019
Sunday
October 13
2019
10:00 a.m. Coach Class
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Caboose
Coach Class
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Caboose
11:20 a.m. First Class First Class
11:30 a.m. Coach Class
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Caboose
Coach Class
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Caboose
Coach Class
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Caboose
1:00 p.m. Coach Class
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Caboose
Coach Class
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Caboose
Coach Class
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Caboose
1:10 p.m. First Class First Class
2:30 p.m. Coach Class
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Caboose
Coach Class
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Caboose
5:30 p.m. Dinner Train

Fares

Reservations made online or by phone are subject to a per-person reservation fee of $2 to $3, depending on ticket type.

 Fare Class Coach Class Fare Caboose Fare First Class Fare Dinner Fare
Adult $20 $22 $42* $87 (a)
$77 (b)
Senior (62+) $18 $20 $42* $87 (a)
$77 (b)
Student (13-17) $15 $17 $42* $87 (a)
$77 (b)
Child (3-12) $10 $12 $42* $87 (a)
$77 (b)
Child (2 and under) Free Free Free Not allowed

*Beverages and hors d’ oeuvres included in ticket price.
(a) Alcoholic beverages and dinner included in ticket price.
(b) Nonalcoholic beverages and dinner included in ticket price.

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.

Caboose

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

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. First-class service is available on the 11:20 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. trains, Saturday and Sunday only. Reservations are required. Call the museum office for additional details: 608-522-4261, or toll-free: 800-930-1385. Reservations can also be made online.

Dining Service

Dine in fine style, with a multi-course gourmet meal, served to you by uniformed friendly staff. Dinner trains board at 5:15 p.m. for a 5:30 p.m. departure from North Freedom, on Saturday only. Reservations are required. Call the museum office for additional details: 608-522-4261, or toll-free: 800-930-1385. Reservations can also be made online.

Menu

View Elegant Dinner Train menu

View First Class menu


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Additional Information for Elegant Dinner and First Class Trains

Passengers are not able to choose their own seats using the WhistleTix reservation software. Seating is assigned by Mid-Continent staff to ensure that all the parties are seated at tables appropriate to the size of their party.

Mid-Continent’s dining trains use the long-time railroad tradition of community seating. This means separate parties may be seated at the same table (ex. two parties of two may be seated at a four-person table). In order to ensure proper seating for your dining experience we need the following information:

Groups

If the size of your group is 4 or less and you all wish to be seated at the same table, you should make a single reservation for all 4, or if making separate reservations you must notify us the name of the person(s) you wish to be seated with.

If it is your intent to have a group of 5 or more sit together, please call 608-522-4261 to place your reservation so we can more accurately accommodate your needs and instruct you on how to make your group’s reservation.

Young Children

If you have young children and are in need of a high chair, booster seat or both, please call 608-522-4261; that way we can have the high chair and/or booster at your table prior to boarding.

Mobility/Handicap Issues

If anyone in your party has mobility or handicap issues, please call 608-522-4261; that way we can seat you on a dining car that can accommodate a lift and seat that person closest to the door.

Dietary Issues

Our chef can usually accommodate most dietary issues if he has advance notice. If anyone in your party as dietary issues, when you make your reservation please call 608-522-4261 and let us know your dietary restriction(s). Then we will check with the chef to determine if he can accommodate your dietary needs.

If you are unable to make a call or receive a call during Mid-Continent’s normal business hours (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM), you may call after hours and leave a voice message on the phone. Please leave your name, phone number, when you are available for a return call, and a brief message. Someone from the Dining Services Department will contact you as soon as possible regarding your voice message.