The Branson Scenic Railway will take you on a breathtaking tour through the foothills of the Ozarks Mountains on your next trip to Branson. Depending on the day and time of your trip, you will travel either southwest through southwest Missouri or northwest through the Arkansas wilderness on a journey that will delight passengers of all ages.
The train departs several times a day from the historic 1905 depot just one block from Lake Taneycomo. There is no assigned seating, so you will be able to pick your seat and roam the train as you please. Your railway journey will take you through areas you can’t reach by car and provide you with sweeping views of landmarks such as Crest Tunnel, Cricket Tunnel, Walnut Creek Trestle, Barren Fork Trestle and Tharp’s Grade. Your journey will be narrated to give you lots of information about the extinct communities of Gretna, Melva and Ruth and will leave you with a taste of what this area might have been like a century ago. You will also learn about wildlife in the area as well as the railroad’s contribution to shaping the Ozarks. You will travel about 20 miles from Branson before you turn around and head back.
Construction on the Branson Scenic Railway started in January 1902 and was completed in December of 1905. The railway was built in two sections: a northward line beginning at Batesville, Arkansas, and the other going south from Carthage, Missouri. The final cost of the 239 miles of track? More than $12 million! The railway is known as the White River Route, and it helped Branson become the town it is today!
The train runs multiple times per day in the summer time and the full schedule is available the website.
On Saturday nights from April to October, you can book a journey that includes dinner. Reservations are required, and you will be served a four-course meal by candlelight in the same traditional style that was a luxury experience in yesteryear.
If you plan to travel to Branson during the holiday season, book your tickets now for the Polar Express Experience aboard the Branson Scenic Railway! The Polar Express Trains run from November 5, 2021 to December 23, 2021, and you must buy tickets in advance. Learn more here.
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