Branson Scenic Railway

Branson Scenic Railway

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$31.00

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Exploring the Ozarks on the Branson Scenic Railway

 

The Branson Scenic Railway gives you the chance to step into the past with a journey on a vintage train. As you travel into the foothills of the Ozarks, you'll see the beauty of the local wildlife and uncover the history of the area. A narrator provides information about the animals, landmarks, and communities along your route, and you can enjoy refreshments in the Silver Lake car.

If you're visiting on a weekend, you may want to make a reservation for the Branson dinner train. A four-course meal is served by candlelight on the dinner train's journey. For holiday fun, the Polar Express Branson takes you to meet Santa Claus. "The Polar Express" is read aloud on the train, and guests are treated to Christmas carols, hot chocolate, and cookies.

Branson Scenic Railway trains run from March to November. In general, the trains operate from Mondays to Saturdays, but Sunday departures may be available in October. The departure times are 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The dinner train departs on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.

In November and December, the Branson Polar Express trains depart at 4:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. On certain days of the holiday season, the Polar Express also departs at 3:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. All trains depart from the historic train depot in downtown Branson.

What Is the Branson Scenic Railway?

The Branson Scenic Railway experience takes you on a trip through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. A vintage train with three dome cars is used for the journey. As the train moves along the track, a narrator provides information about the wildlife and landmarks that you can see out of the windows.

How Long Is the Branson Scenic Railway Ride?

A ride on the Branson Scenic Railway covers approximately 40 miles, and it takes around one hour and 45 minutes to complete.

What Landmarks Can Passengers See on the Branson Railway?

The Branson train operates on a commercial railroad line, and the direction of the journey is finalized shortly before departure. During travel on the northern route, you will see parts of the James River Valley and Galena, Missouri. The southern route takes viewers into parts of Arkansas, continuing all the way to the Barren Fork Trestle.

Depending on the direction of travel, you may be able to see several important landmarks, including the Crest Tunnel, the Walnut Creek Trestle and Tharp's Grade. The train passes by extinct communities, including the towns of Ruth, Melva, and Gretna.

Is Food Available on the Branson Train Ride?

Passengers can purchase refreshments at the concession area in the Silver Lake car. From April through October, you can enjoy a four-course dinner on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. Served by candlelight, the meal is only offered onboard the Branson "dinner train," and reservations are required.

What Is the Polar Express Branson?

The Polar Express Branson is a train journey for the holiday season. Lasting one hour and 15 minutes, it operates on select dates in November and December. During the trip, you'll travel to the "North Pole" to meet Santa Claus. Cookies and hot chocolate are provided onboard, and "The Polar Express" story is read aloud for all guests. Once the train reaches the "North Pole," Santa joins the guests and gives presents to everyone.

The Polar Express doesn't follow the same route as other Branson trains. Except for hot chocolate and cookies, no snacks or meals are available onboard.

Where Do Passengers Board the Trains?

The Branson Scenic Railway trains, the dinner trains, and the Branson Polar Express trains all depart from the historic train depot in downtown Branson. The depot is located one block from Lake Taneycomo at 206 East Main St. You can make reservations and purchase tickets at the depot's ticket office, and a gift shop is available at the depot, too.

 

 

 

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Standard Ticket

Adult: $31.00
Child: $20.50

Prices do not include tax. Child is ages 3-12.

Dinner Train - Chicken

Adult: $71.00
Child: $71.00

Prices do not include tax. Child is ages 0-12.

Dinner Train - Fish

Adult: $71.00
Child: $71.00

Prices do not include tax. Child is ages 0-12.

Dinner Train - Prime Rib

Adult: $71.00
Child: $71.00

Prices do not include tax. Child is ages 0-12.

Dinner Train - Vegetarian

Adult: $71.00
Child: $71.00

Prices do not include tax. Child is ages 0-12.

Dinner Train Dome Car - Chicken

Adult: $81.00
Child: $81.00

Prices do not include tax. Child is ages 0-12.

Dinner Train Dome Car - Fish

Adult: $81.00
Child: $81.00

Prices do not include tax. Child is ages 0-12.

Dinner Train Dome Car - Prime Rib

Adult: $81.00
Child: $81.00

Prices do not include tax. Child is ages 0-12.

Dinner Train Dome Car - Vegetarian

Adult: $81.00
Child: $81.00

Prices do not include tax. Child is ages 0-12.

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