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 from a local grower await your arrival. The conductor is available to help load your pumpkin for the return to North Freedom. In addition to the Pumpkin Special trains, an Elegant Dinner Train will be offered Saturday evening.

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, dwell times at the end of the tracks may be slightly longer in order to allow adequate time to purchase pumpkins.

The Saturday evening Elegant Dinner Train boards at 4:45 p.m., departs at 5:00 p.m. and lasts 2 ½ to 3 hours. Pumpkins are not available for purchase during the Elegant Dinner Train.

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/Time Saturday
Oct. 16, 2021
Oct. 17, 2021
10:00 a.m. Coach Train Coach Train
11:30 a.m. Coach Train Coach Train
1:00 p.m. Coach Train Coach Train
2:30 p.m. Coach Train Coach 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.

Reservations are subject to a convenience fee.

 Fare Class Coach Car Fare Caboose Fare Dinner Fare
Adult $22 Out for servicing $90 (a)
$80 (b)
Senior (62+) $20 Out for servicing $90 (a)
$80 (b)
Child (3-15) $12 Out for servicing $80 (b)
Child (2 and under) Free Out for servicing Not allowed

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


Note: Mid-Continent’s caboose is receiving maintenance in 2021 and is not available for booking.

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

Note: The Elegant Dinner Train has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Mid-Continent Railway Museum will be offering 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