Autumn Color™ Weekend

Autumn Color™ Weekend – October 12-13-14, 2018

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

While You’re Visiting the Area…

Continue the fall color tour by automobile. In conjunction with Sauk County’s Fermentation Fest, this weekend Mid-Continent is an offshoot stop of this year’s Farm/Art D’Tour, a 50+ mile scenic driving tour of Sauk County. Artisans, food carts, and local vendors will set up shop along the driving tour route including in North Freedom just a few blocks away from Mid-Continent’s depot. Come to Sauk County for the train ride, stay for the roadside art. Driving tour maps and informational handouts are available in the depot ticket office.

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 12
2018
Saturday
October 13
2018
Sunday
October 14
2018
10:00 a.m. Coach Class
Sold Out
Caboose
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Coach Class
Available
Caboose
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11:20 a.m. First Class
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First Class
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11:30 a.m. Coach Class
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Caboose
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Coach Class
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Caboose
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Coach Class
Few Tickets Remain
Caboose
Sold Out
1:00 p.m. Coach Class
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Caboose
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Coach Class
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Caboose
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Coach Class
Available
Caboose
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1:10 p.m. First Class
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First Class
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2:30 p.m. Coach Class
Sold Out
Caboose
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Coach Class
Available
Caboose
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4:00 p.m. Coach Class
Available
5:30 p.m. Dinner Train
Sold Out

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