Snow Train™

Snow Train™ – February 2020 [CANCELLED]

Ride Amid a Winter Wonderland

Wintertime railroading is a unique experience one will never forget. Travel through the Winter Wonderland of scenic Sauk County on our h annual Snow Train. All cars are kept comfortably warm using the over century-old tradition of steam heating or coal-fired stoves.

Schedule

NOTICE: SNOW TRAIN 2020 CANCELLATION

Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to CANCEL the Snow Train event for 2020. 

While hosting this mid-winter event, Mid-Continent is reliant on our volunteers being available to work not only during Snow Train weekend, but also throughout the week leading up to the event to de-winterize buildings, and clear snow and ice from museum parking lots, boarding areas, track switches, and display areas. In addition to the volunteers needed to operate the trains and serve food in the dining cars, additional volunteers are needed to prepare and operate the train’s antique steam heating – something which requires 24-hour/day supervision. All these factors make Snow Train the most labor-intensive and the most expensive event Mid-Continent Railway Museum operates.

In recent years, we have experienced increasing difficulty in securing enough volunteers to complete all the tasks necessary to operate the event. This has reached a point where we feel we cannot schedule Snow Train 2020 and accept reservations while still having absolute confidence we’ll be able to follow through with hosting the event to the standards our visitors expect. That has led us to the difficult position of being forced to cancel Snow Train 2020. We apologize to our visitors that have enjoyed coming to Snow Train each year.

If you wish to help make sure Snow Train returns in 2021, the best way to help is by becoming a Mid-Continent member and joining our team of volunteers.

 Departure Time
Saturday, February 15, 2020
[CANCELLED]
Sunday, February 16, 2020
[CANCELLED]

 

Fares

 Fare Class Coach Car Fare First Class Fare Dinner Fare
Adult
Senior (62+)
Student (13-17)
Child (3-12)
Child (2 and under)

*Beverages and hors d’ oeurves 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. Conductors ride with passengers to collect tickets and answer questions about the history of the railroad.

First Class Service

Enjoy being waited on by uniformed friendly staff. Hors d’ oeurves and beverages are served in the Soo Line 2017, a diner-lounge car built in 1914, and in the C&NW 440, a business car built in 1929.

Elegant Dinner Service

Dine in fine style, with a multi-course gourmet meal, served to you by uniformed friendly staff.

Menu

View the Snow Train Menu Page

All aboard!

A 1944 diesel locomotive pulls the cars of Snow Train.

A 1944 diesel locomotive pulls the cars of Snow Train.

Ride through a winter wonderland.

Ride through a winter wonderland.

The train is kept comfortably warm no matter the temperature outside by using the cars' original steam heating system.

The train is kept comfortably warm no matter the temperature outside by using the cars' original steam heating system.

Meet the Mid-Continent Railway Museum volunteers and climb aboard early 20th Century railcars.

Meet the Mid-Continent Railway Museum volunteers and climb aboard early 20th Century railcars.

Uniformed crew members will collect tickets, share historical information and answer questions during the ride.

Uniformed crew members will collect tickets, share historical information and answer questions during the ride.

Follow the former branchline of the Chicago & North Western Railway through rural Sauk County.

Follow the former branchline of the Chicago & North Western Railway through rural Sauk County.

First Class ticket holders enjoy hors d' oeurves and drinks from onboard a 1929 Pullman car.

First Class ticket holders enjoy hors d' oeurves and drinks from onboard a 1929 Pullman car.

Tables are ready aboard the Saturday evening dinner train. Experience traditional railroad elegance.

Tables are ready aboard the Saturday evening dinner train. Experience traditional railroad elegance.