Take a ride through time in a glass-topped railroad car. The tour is 105-minutes long and travels a 40-mile trail from ... More
Branson Scenic Railway
Take a ride through time in a glass-topped railroad car. The tour is 105-minutes long and travels a 40-mile trail from downtown Branson to Galena and back. The trip winds across the Ozark Mountains, into verdant valleys, over narrow bridges, and through tunnels. The 5pm tour on Saturdays is a little shorter, but includes a four-course prime rib dinner. A snack car is available for refreshments on all other excursions.
My husband and our 3 boys were planning to end our little getaway weekend with a ride on this train and I am VERY disappointed to hear that it is such a bummer! Thank you! Now we can plan to do something else that isn't a waste of time and money. There is nothing worse than dealing with unfriendly people; I probably wouldn't have minded the lack of scenery or expensive snacks if the people were nice. But when the majority of people who wrote reviews had a miserable experience, I will NOT be visiting there! The management should read these reviews and be ashamed of themselves!
It was great to board a streamliner from 'back in the day' without anything being 'cutsey'. The Ozarks were gorgeous!
Too bad most of the folks on the train had flown for California to Witchita and had ridden the rest of the way to Branson. They didn't know where they were. One asked, "have we crossed into Illinois yet?
Yes, you do see tree after tree after tree it's the Ozarks!
(Is it the California people on trip whining about seeing trees?"
i was so excited about going on the train. I'm not hard to please at all.....but this was a huge disappointment. All you can see is rock and trees 5 ft in front of your face with a view of nothing else until you get to the end of the 20 miles. Then you turn around and see the same rock and trees directly in front of your face going back the same way you came for 20 miles. There are two tunnels but what they don't tell you is since they were cut out of solid rock, there is no way to see anything other than it being pitch black. The people are very nice though. You can't take anything on the train as far as food or drinks...not even water. I didn't have anything but the people in front of me did. They will keep it for you at the station behind the ticket booth and you can pick it up on your return. They do this so you will buy their refreshments on the train. They do check your purses and bags for getting on the train. Hollie oklahoma
My son bought the family tickets to take the train ride.
It was my sixtieth birthday. I'm glad we all got to ride
on a train, but there is NO scenery. It's blocked by
brush and over growth. Then there are just the rock
cliffs going by where they dug the path for the train.
You sit on one side and watch the rocks and trees,
then they stop on the middle of a trestle, and then
you sit on the opposite side to see the rocks and
trees going the other direction.
The only event of the ride were two young kids
"mooning" the train as it went by their house.
Loved, loved, loved ths little trip!! I had been planning a trip to Branson for 11 months. I took my sister's 4 children and my granson with us. When I saw the Branson Scenic Train ride 4 months before our vacation, I knew I had to take the kids. It was so informative, educational, and just plain fun!!! We went in tunnels, over bridges, came close to sides of mountains, passed throug little towns...it was just plain fun!
What harm would there be in flashing a little smile? They waited until after we had purchased our tickets before searching our bags and making us throw away our childrens candy and water before allowing us to get on the train. Then when we paid nearly $30.00 to replace it with items purchased from their food car on the train (about $7.00 worth of stuff) the expressionless woman behind the counter just stared at us. Not even a "thank you". We sat in the same car as the conductor who talked on the PA. He had about as much enthusiasm as a dead cat. He clearly did not want to be bothered by passengers as he just stared out the window the entire trip speaking into his microphone like a robot giving his memorized speech. It was impossible to understand anything he said even though we were sitting less then 10 feet away. Just when we thought things could get no worse another conductor came through our car with a full bag of garbage swinging back and forth spilling a brown liquid from side to side all over the floor. He sat it down next to our children long enough to dump the trash can in our car into it before continuing on his mission. Not even an "excuse me". We love Branson and will visit there again but will never set foot anywhere near that train again. One would think that in a town that is so friendly this train could find a few employees who are willing to smile once in a while.