The description of this train and the ride is totally false...............there is no scenic Ozark mountains...all you see is woods on both sides of the train and a bunch of junk alongside the rail. The engine is not a steam engine at all!!!!!!! We spent $75 for this and can't tell you what a disappointment it was. Would not recommend at all....save your $$$ for something else.
We went to Eureka Springs just so our toddler could ride the train. After finally getting to the train station (it is a ways down the main road) for the 2PM ride, they decided to cancel the excursion because there was not enough people!! When we inquired about the 4PM train they were suppose to have we were told they decided to close down early and would not be having anymore trips for that day! Word to the wise....Eureka Spings sets its own schedule depending on the day, you are not guaranteed almost any schedule, as we found out the hard way. Not only was this trip to the railway a disaster but so was our entire day at Eureka Springs. We called 3 other places we wanted to go and 2 had already closed EARLY for the day, and the other places phone was disconnected! We were horriably disappointed with our trip and will not be returning to Eureka Springs. Overall, the lodging was way overpriced and it was definatly not a kid friendly town. If you are looking for a good vacation in this area, go to Branson!!!
The conductor was nice and smashing coins was fun for the kids, but overall it was the worst money we have ever spent. They take you down the tracks and smash coins and go back. No scenery at all.I would not recommend!!!!
The railroad is a classic. I have ridden since I was in a baby carrier, and I am only 18! The steam locomotives stopped operating after 2001 due to the state inspector shutting them down. The atmosphere is still great, despite the loss of steam. Most railroads don't give you the opportunities that this railroad used to, and still does, give. When steam was running, they would take you down the tracks to the wye. When there, you could walk down into the middle, and they would blow steam on everyone. It was great for a hot day! The old man that used to operate the railroad died in 2003, and his train loving family continues to lovingly continue the operation to this day. The views aren't quite what they used to be as the railroad has cut back on maintaining such things. It would cost too much to do so, especially the way the economy is. The dinner train has the nicer ride (air conditioning, etc.), but the food may not be to your taste as I have been told. It used to be much nicer. If you eat on the dining train, avoid the fish and the Baked Alaska. This is a great experience for any history buff, or just about any family visiting in town. The positive about this attraction is that there is so much nearby to do, and there are hotels in abundance. The railroad has been for sale for many years, and hopefully a new owner will buy into this classic attraction. Many years ago, there used to be as many as 8 dining trains a day, and at least 12 excursion trains. At one point, the railroad was going to expand down towards where the views are at, but individuals not wanting to sell and safety concerns limited the railroad to where it is now.
The staff and the food were great! The train ride, however, was disappointing. We expected scenic views not trees only. Then you stop, sit, and go backwards and frontwards, then finally back to the train station. We were glad it was finally over.
I lived around the area for many years and always wanted to take the dinner train. It takes you down the track, you park and eat dinner. The food is absolutely terrible. Topper was when they brought out a speciality desert that the cheft made for us, a baked alaska shaped like a train. Less than a minute after they wheeled it back to the kitchen, we were served it.. it wasnt the same shape! Surely everyone didnt fall for this. The train is really nice, but the dinner is so not worth it.
Loved the train ride, especially the commentary by the Conductor! You can take a short 45 minute ride or take the Eurekan Dining Car and eat a meal, which is a longer trip.
The short ride is perfect for children and the child at heart. We learned a lot about the city of Eureka Springs and heard some very interesting stories!
Take the time to see this. Cons: In order to take the short ride there must be at least 8 passengers. I am not sure what the limits are for the Dining Car.
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