​​Dinner Train
A dinner train is a type of tourist train service whose main purpose is to allow people to eat dinner while experiencing a relatively short, leisurely round trip train ride. This contrasts with conventional passenger trains, whose main purpose is to transport passengers to some destination as quickly as possible but which also might serve dinner on long-distance routes.

Dinner trains have become popular in recent years, particularly in the United States. This is in part a result of a nostalgia for passenger trains (which are less common in the U.S. than in many other countries) and in part because it provides a very different experience from driving and from eating at ordinary restaurants.

The first dinner train in the United States was the "Supper Chief" that ran on the Sierra Railroad in California in the 1970's. Dinner train service was renewed in 1999 with the Sierra Railroad Dinner Train.

There are over 80 dinner trains currently operating in North America. Most such trains operate either seasonally or a few days a week, but some operate daily (or even twice daily on weekends in a few cases).

Almost all dinner trains run on lightly used branch lines or tourist lines, and virtually all use older passenger cars. Almost all dinner train trips are characterized by 2–4 hour trips that return to where they started since the emphasis is the experience and not traveling to a destination. Some feature the use of steam locomotives for at least some of their runs. Speeds are usually between 10–25 miles per hour (16–40 km/h), much slower than ordinary passenger trains, not only due to lower track standards but also to the fact that the emphasis is on the journey itself, not the destination.

Dinner trains can be fun not only for the passengers who ride them but also for the train crews and other employees. They can also provide jobs and be a profitable business. Moreover, they can generate substantial benefits for local economies, including boosting tourism and increasing sales at nearby businesses. For example, the Spirit of Washington, which operated daily on the Woodinville Subdivision near Seattle, provided 80 full-time jobs and contributed roughly $10 million annually to the local economy before ceasing operations in late October 2007. There was also the Michigan Star Clipper Dinner Train which was a dinner train that operated for 24 years out of Walled Lake, Michigan, with trips heading from West Bloomfield to Wixom.

In addition to just providing dinner while riding on a scenic route, some dinner trains have developed additional functions, such as hosting wedding receptions, reunions, company retreats, murder mystery events during the dinner.

Some so-called dinner trains do not actually serve meals aboard the train. Rather, the food is served in a building or outdoors after the train has reached its destination; the passengers then re-board for the return trip. This is particularly true for narrow gauge railways, on which it would be impractical to prepare and serve formal meals.

Dinner Trains by State

This list includes also wine and beverage trains. Please note that some of the trains sell out very quickly so we suggest you book early. Also, some of the Heritage Railways only run Dinner Trains on special occasions and information (addresses, phone numbers, etc.) often change frequently. For best results check with individual websites for the latest information. This page is new and still under construction.

Alabama

Ozan Vineyard Train - Heart of Dixie Rail Museum

Address: 173 Highway 301, Calera, Alabama 35040. Phone: 205-668-6926.

Alaska

Alaska Railroad

Address: 327 West Ship Creek Ave, P.O. Box 107500, Anchorage, AK 99510-7500. Phone: 800-544-0552. Note: All Alaska Railroad passenger trains offer dining and bar service except for the Hurricane Turn Train.

Arizona

Grand Canyon Railway

233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams, AZ 86046. Phone: 928-635-4010, Toll free: 800-843-8724, From outside US: +1-303-843-8724. Note: The train features bar service and snacks. A Fred Harvey Restaurant buffet is located on site.

Verde Canyon Railroad

Address: 300 North Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324. Phone: (800) 320-0718, Toll Free: (800) 320-0718. 

Arkansas

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

​​Springfield Depot: 305 E. Emma Avenue, Springdale, AR 72764. Van Buren Depot: 813 Main Street, Van Buren, AR 72956. Phone: 479-725-4017.

Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway
Address: P.O. Box 310, 299 North Main Street, Eureka Springs, AR, 72632. Phone: 479-253-9623.

California

California Western Skunk Train
Address: Foot of Laurel Street, Fort Bragg, CA, 95437 Phone: 1-800-866-1690.

Fillmore & Western Railway - Murder Mystery Dinner Trains

Address: 250 Central Avenue, Fillmore, CA, 93015. Phone: 805-524-2546, Toll Free: 1-800-773-8724.

Golden Sunset Dinner Train - Sierra Railroad
Address: 220 South Sierra, Oakdale, CA, 95361. Phone: 209-848-2100, Toll Free: 1-800-866-1690.

Moonlight Special - Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
Address: 56001 Hwy 41, Fish Camp, CA, 93623. Phone: 559-683-7273.

Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party : Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge
Address: P.O. Box G-1, Felton, CA, 95018. Phone: 831-335-4484.

Napa Valley Wine Train
Address: 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA, 94559. Phone: 707-253-2111, Toll Free: 800-427-4124.

Nevada County Traction Company
Address: 402 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City, CA, 95959. Phone: 530-265-0896, Toll Free: 1-800-226-3090.

Sacramento River Train

Address: 400 N Harbor Blvd, West Sacramento, CA 95605. Phone: 800-866-1690.

The Twilight Dinner Train
Address: Campo Depot, Campo, CA, 91906. Phone: 619-595-3030.

Colorado

Sunset Dinner Train - Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
Address: Antonito - 5234 B US Hwy 285, PO Box 668, Antonito, CO 81120. Phone: 719-472-3983, Toll-free: 888-286-2737. Chama - 500 S. Terrace Ave, P.O. Box 1057, Chama, NM 87520. Phone: 575-741-3126, Toll-free: 888-286-2737.

Brew Train - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway & Museum
​​Address: 479 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301. Phone: 970-247-2733, Toll Free: 877-872-4607.

Royal Gorge Route Dinner Train
Address: 1111 Rose, Georgetown, CO, 80444. Phone: 303-569-2403, Toll Free: 1-888-RAILS-4U.

Connecticut

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Address: 1 Railroad Ave, PO. Box 452, Essex, CT, 06426. Phone: 860-767-0103, Toll Free: 800-377-3987.

Delaware

Wilmington and Western Railroad
Address: 1601 Railroad Ave, Wilmington, DE, 19808. Phone: 302-998-1930. 

Florida

The Dinner Train Theater - Seminole Gulf Railway
Address: 2805 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, FL, 33912. Phone: 239-275-8487, Toll Free: 800-SEM-GULF.

Royal Palm Railway Experience - The Florida Train

Address: 305 E Ruby Street, Tavares, FL 32778. Phone: 352-742-7200.

Hawaii

Paniolo Express Dinner Train
Address: 975 Limahana Place, Suite 203, Lahaina, Maui, HI, 96761. Phone: 808-667-6851, Toll Free: 1-800-499-2307. Note: This train has been out of service. Check website for latest information.

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Dinner in the Diner - Hamiltonian Dinner Express - Indiana Transportation Museum
Address: P.O. Box 83, Noblesville, IN, 46061. Phone: 317-773-6000.

Whitewater Valley Railroad
Address: 455 Market St, Connersville, IN, 47331. Phone: 765-825-2054. 

Iowa

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
Address: 225 10th Street, Boone, IA, 50036. Phone: 515-432-4249, Toll Free: 800-626-0319.

Kansas

Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad
Address: 417 S. Buckeye, Abilene, KS, 67410. Phone: 785-263-1077, Toll Free: 888-426-6687.

Kansas Belle Dinner Train
Address: 1515 High Street, Baldwin City, Baldwin City, KS, 66006. Phone: 785-594-8505. 

Kentucky

Cincinnati Dinner Train
Address: 11013 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, KY, 45242. Phone: 513-791-7245.

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train

Address: 602 N 3 St, Bardstown, KY, 40004. Phone: 502-348-7300.

Kentucky Railroad Museum
Address: P.O.Box 576, Louisville, KY, 40201. Phone: 502- 361-2496, Toll Free: 800-272- 0152.

Maine

Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad
Address: One Depot Street, Unity, ME, 04988. Phone: 800-392-5500, Toll Free: 800-392-5500.

Maryland

Walkersville Southern Railroad
Address: P.O. Box 651, Walkersville, MD, 21793. Phone: 301-898-0899, Toll Free: 877-363-WSRR.

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Address: 13 Canal Street, Cumberland, MD, 21502. Phone: 301-759-4400, Toll Free: 800-872-4650.

Massachusetts

Berkshire Scenic Railway

Address: 4 Hoosac Street, Adams, MA 01220. Phone: 413-346-5037.

Cape Cod Central Railroad
Address: 252 Main, Hyannis, MS, 02601. Phone: 508-771-3800, Toll Free: 888-797-RAIL.

Michigan

The Old Road - Murder Mystery Dinner Trains
Address: 301 East Adrian Street, Blissfield, MI, 49228. Phone: 517-486-5979, Toll Free: 888-467-2451.

Mountain Explorer Dinner Train
Address: RR 315 Railroad Ave., Elkins, WV 26241. Phone: 304-636-9477.

Spirit of Coopersville - Coopersville & Marne Railway
Address: 311 Danforth St, Coopersville, MI, 49404. Phone: 616-997-7000.

Minnesota

North Shore Scenic Railroad
Address: 506 West Michigan St, Duluth, MN, 55802. Phone: 218-722-1273, Toll Free: 800-423-1273.

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway
Address: 114 Depot Road, Osceola, Wisconsin, MN, 54020 Phone: 715-755-3570.

Missouri

Silver Chef - Branson Scenic Railway

Address: 206 E. Main, Branson, MO, 65616. Phone: 417-334-6110, Toll Free: 800-287-2462.

St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway
Address: 252 E. Jackson Blvd., Jackson, MO, 63755. Phone: 573-243-1688.

Montana

Charlie Russell Chew-Choo
Address: 224 W Main St, Lewistown, MT, 59457. Phone: 406-538-2527.

Nebraska

Fremont Dinner Train
Address: 650 N. "H" St., Fremont, NE, 68025. Phone: 402--727-8321, Toll Free: 800-942-7245.

Nevada

Nevada Northern Railway
Address: P.O. Box 150040, East Ely, NV, 89315. Phone: 775-289-2085, Toll Free: 866-407-8326.

New Hampshire

Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train
Address: 3 Crossing at River Place, North Woodstock, NH, 03262. Phone: 603-745-3500.

Chocorua - Conway Scenic Railroad
Address: Rt 16, Norcross Circle, North Conway, NH, 03860. Phone: 603-356-5251, Toll Free: 800-232-5251.

Lakeside Dinner Train - Hobo Railroad
Address: 64 Railroad Street, PO Box 9, Lincoln, NH, 03251. Phone: 603-745-2135.

New Mexico

Sunset Dinner Train - Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

​Address: Chama - 500 S Terrace Ave, P.O. Box 1057, Chama, NM 87520. Phone: 575-741-3126, Toll-free: 888-286-2737. Antonito - 5234 B US Hwy 285, PO Box 668, Antonito, CO 81120. Phone: 719-472-3983, Toll-free: 888-286-2737.

Brew Train - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway & Museum

​​Address: 479 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301. Phone: 970-247-2733, Toll Free: 877-872-4607.

Saturday Night Barbecue Train - Santa Fe Southern Railway
Address: 410 S. Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM, 87501. Phone: 505-989-8600, Toll Free: 888-989-8600.

New York

Beer and Wine Train - Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Address: Boehlert Transportation Center (Utica Station), 321 Main St, Utica, NY 13501. Phone: 800-819-2291.

Arcade and Atica Railroad

Address: 278 Main St. Arcade, NY 14009. Phone: 716-948-0505, 585-492-3100.

Buffalo Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway

4 Scott Street, Hamburg, NY 14075. Phone: 833-722-5778

Catskill Mountain Railroad

​​AddressWestbrook Lane Station in the Kingston Plaza, 55 Plaza Road, Kingston, NY 12401. Phone: 845-332-4854.

Delaware & Ulster Railroad

Address: 43510 State Highway 28, Arkville, NY 12406. Phone: 800-225-4132, 845-586-DURR.

Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

282 Rush Scottsville Road, Rush NY 14543. Phone: 585-533-1431.

North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Address: 
45 Mitchell St, Bryson City, North Carolina 28713. Phone: 828-586-8811, Toll Free: 800-872-4681.

Ohio

The Cincinnati Dinner Train
Address: 2172 E Seymour Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45237. Phone: 513-791-7245.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway

Address: 1630 Mill Street, P.O. Box 158, Peninsula, OH 44264. Rockside Station: 7900 Old Rockside Rd., Independence, OH 44131. Phone: 330-439-5708, Toll Free: 1-800-468-4070.

Oregon

Mount Hood Railroad

Address: 110 Railroad Avenue, Hood River, OR, 97031. Phone: 541-386-3556, Toll Free: 800-872-4661.

Sunset Dinner Train - Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

​Address: 306 American Ave, Garibaldi, OR 97118. Phone: 503-842-7972, Toll-free: 888-718-4253.

The Point Dinner Train - Santiam Excursion Trains

Address: 750 South 3rd Street, Lebanon, OR 97355. Phone: 541-619-0342.

Pennsylvania

Bellefonte Historical Railroad
Address: Train Station, Bellefonte, PA, 16823. Phone: 814-355-0311.

Colebrookdale Railroad

Address: Washington and 3rd Streets, Boyertown, PA 19512. Phone: 610-367-0200, Toll Free: 1-866-289-402.

Liberty Limited - Northern Central Railway
Address: Unknown, New Freedom, PA, 17349. Phone: 717-235-4000, Toll Free: 800-94-TRAIN.

Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad
Address: 136 Brown Street, Middletown, PA, 17057. Phone: 717-944-4435.

Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad
Address: 7 Elm Street, Oil City, PA, 16301. Phone: 814-676-1733.

Strasburg Rail Road

Address: PO. Box 96, Strasburg, PA, 17579. Phone: 717-687-7522.

Tioga Central Railroad
Address: 35 Charleston Street, P. O. Box 269, Wellsboro, PA, 16901. Phone: 570-724-0990.

Rhode Island

Newport Dinner Train
Address: P.O. Box 1081, Newport, RI, 02840. Phone: 401-841-8700, Toll Free: 800-398-RIBS.

South Dakota

Historic Prairie Village
Address: 45205 SD Highway 34, Madison, SD, 57042. Phone: 605-256-3644, Toll Free: 800-693-3644.

Tennessee

Dinner on the Diner - Tennessee Valley Railroad

Address: 4119 Cromwell Road, Chattanooga, TN, 37421. Phone: 423-894-8028, Toll Free: 800-397-5544.

Texas

Austin Steam Train Association

​​401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste C-100, Cedar Park TX 78613. Phone: 512-402-3830.

Texas State Railroad

Rusk Depot: 535 Park Rd 76, Rusk, TX 75785. Palestine Depot: 789 Park Road 70, Palestine, TX 75801. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1544, Ogden, UT 84402. Phone: 855-632-7729.

Utah

Heber Valley Railroad
Address: 450 South 600 West, Heber City, UT, 84032. Phone: 435-654-5601. 

Vermont

Champlain Valley Dinner Train - Green Mountain Railroad
Address: P.O. Box 498, 54 Depot St., Bellows Falls, VT, 05101. Phone: 802-463-3069, Toll Free: 800-707-3530.

Virginia

Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Preservation Society - Buckingham Branch Railroad

P.O. Box 3131 Chester VA  23831. Phone: 804-231-4324. Note: Not regularly scheduled. Special occasions only.

Washington

Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum
Address: P.O Box 921, 54124 Mountain Hwy E., Elbe, WA 98330. Phone: 360-492-6000.

Chehalis Centralia Railroad
Address: 1101 SW Sylvenus St, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 360-748-9593.

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad
Address: 207 Railroad Ave, Yacolt, WA 98675. Phone: 360-686-3559.

West Virginia

Cass Scenic Railroad
Address: P.O. Box 107, Cass, WV, 24927. Phone: 304-456-4300, Toll Free: 1-800-225-5982.

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
Address: Wappocomo Station, P.O. Box 657, Romney, WV, 26757. Phone: 304-822-7464.

Wisconsin

Mid-Continent Railway
Address: E8948 Diamond Hill Road, P.O. Box 358, North Freedom, WI, 53951. Phone: 608-522-4261 Toll Free: 800-930-1385.

East Troy Electic Railroad
Address: PO Box 943, 2002 Church Street, East Troy, WI, 53120. Phone: 262-642-3077.

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway
Address: 114 Depot Road, Osceola, Wisconsin, WI, 54020. Phone: 715-755-3570.

Wisconsin Great Northern - Bed and Breakfast Dinner Train

​​N6639 Dilly Lake Road, Trego, WI 54888. Phone: 715-635-3200.

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