First Class Service
Enjoy being waited on by uniformed friendly staff onboard our First Class trains. 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.
All First Class trains depart from the North Freedom depot. Boarding generally begins 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. First Class trains use the same seven-mile, 55-minute round-trip route as our standard Coach Class trains.
2022 Dining Trains Schedule
Mid-Continent Railway Museum has not scheduled any 2022 dining trains schedule at this time. Dining trains may be added to the schedule in the coming months.
Mid-Continent is taking a wait-and-see approach to scheduling dining trains in 2022 due to the ever-evolving situation of the pandemic and the associated mask rules that railroad operators are required to enforce. Additionally, we are without a Dining Services Superintendent volunteer to plan and coordinate those trains. We are presently seeking someone to fill that role.
$45.00 per person. Alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages and hors d’ oeuvres are included in the ticket price.
Reservations are subject to convenience fees.
Reservations are required for all onboard dining tickets. Reservations can be made online by calling 608-522-4261 or 800-930-1385.
Additional Information for Onboard Dining Trains
Passengers are not able to choose their own seats using the 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.