Pumpkin Special™

October 16-17, 2021

A Harvest Time Tradition

Finding your Halloween pumpkin is more fun at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Climb aboard the Pumpkin Special and make your way to Quartzite Lake where pumpkins brought to the train from a local farmer await your arrival. Pick out your pumpkin(s) of choice and bring your newly acquired “cargo” aboard with you for the return trip to North Freedom.

All aboard!


There are four Coach/Caboose departures per day, both Saturday and Sunday. Each departure travels the full 7-mile round-trip route and is scheduled to last 55-minutes. Depending on crowd size, trip times may be slightly longer in order to allow passengers adequate time to purchase pumpkins.

The Saturday evening Elegant Dinner Train has been canceled due to the challenges of offering onboard dining during the COVID-19 pandemic. Food and beverages will be available for purchase to all visitors in Mid-Continent’s pavilion building near the museum depot. This service is made available 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.

Note: A wheelchair lift providing handicap accessibility to the train is located at the North Freedom depot (origin station) but is not available at Quartzite Lake (end of line) where the pumpkins are located, preventing the alighting of handicapped passengers.

Departure Date/TimeSaturday, Oct. 16, 2021Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021
10:00 a.m.Coach TrainCoach Train
11:30 a.m.Coach TrainCoach Train
1:00 p.m.Coach TrainCoach Train
2:30 p.m.Coach TrainCoach Train
5:00 p.m.Dinner Train [CANCELED] 


Purchase of pumpkins is optional. Pumpkins are made available via an independent local vendor and are not included in the ticket price. Pumpkin sales are cash-only.

Fare ClassCoach FareCaboose FareDinner Train Fare
Adult$22Not availableNot available
Senior (62+)$20Not availableNot available
Child (3-15)$12Not availableNot available
Child (2 and under)FreeNot availableNot allowed

(a) Alcoholic beverages and dinner included in ticket price.
(b) Nonalcoholic beverages and dinner included in ticket price.

Advance 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. Conductors ride with passengers to collect tickets and answer questions about the history of the railroad.


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 very limited seating capacity, caboose tickets often sell out in advance.

Elegant Dinner Train

All onboard dining trains in 2021 – including Elegant Dinner trains – have been canceled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Mid-Continent Railway Museum offers fine dining with a 5-course gourmet meal served to you by uniformed, friendly staff. The Elegant Dinner Train boards at 4:45 p.m. for a 5:00 p.m. departure from North Freedom on Saturday only. Reservations are required.


Elegant Dinner Train Menu