Osceola & St Croix Dinner Train

Osceola & St Croix Dinner Train Enjoy fine dining and spectacular scenery aboard the Dinner Train! Champagne Brunch trains depart 11:00 AM, and our "Sunsetter" Dinner Trains at 5:00 PM.
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The Osceola & St Croix Dinner Train operates weekends & selected holidays, May through the end of October, giving passengers a taste of the past. Regular runs are oriented as fun excursions, running through the St Croix Valley. The Dinner Train operates as a living history train, demonstrating a way of life that existed for nearly a century on the nation's railroads. Meals are served in the grand old fashion, while traveling in our air-conditioned First Class dining cars. Fine white linen & polished tableware is the rule as diners enjoy the passing scenery and a history of the territory. Our Champagne Brunch Trains are still family oriented, while the evening Dinner Trains are on a more adult level, a bit romantic and enjoyable in their more formal presentation. And then there's our "Murder Mystery Train", a mystery/comedy trip that has been requested. Since it was enjoyed so much, we've scheduled several for next year. So keep your trench coat clean and be ready to take your "Gun Moll" out for the evening. Oh, and one firm rule! Turn off those cell phones. On our train it's 1952, cell phones don't exist, and life is good.

Per the guidance of the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Transportation Museum will be closed, including depot faciliti...
03/26/2020

Per the guidance of the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Transportation Museum will be closed, including depot facilities at Minnehaha Park, the Oscoela & St Croix Railwal, the Soo Line Depot, Osceola, Wisconsin, and the Osceola & St Croix Dinner Train.

These closures are in line with public health directives.

From our managers.
03/16/2020

From our managers.

UPDATE: Museum closure due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(March 16, 2020)

The leadership of the Minnesota Transportation Museum (MTM) continues to follow the advice of health officials who are actively monitoring the of the progression of the novel
coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease.

Therefore, we are taking the following steps in the
interests of the health and well being of our volunteers, visitors, staff and the community.

The Minnesota Transportation Museum located at the Jackson Street Roundhouse in Saint Paul will close to the public effective immediately through March 31, 2020. We will monitor the situation to determine if further closure is required.

We hope that the coronavirus presents only a short-term interruption and look forward to welcoming our visitors, volunteers, and patrons back as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this closure may cause.

For those staff, members and volunteers of MTM who regularly work in our shop areas or those with small meetings scheduled, access will continue to be granted for now because of lesser risk.

This could change.

We encourage you to practice social distancing if you are at the Jackson Street Roundhouse. If you are in a designated high-risk group, please stay home. Please checked with your
supervisor to make certain that building access is available.
This is an unprecedented moment for each of us.

We are grateful for the cooperation and support of the entire MTM community and our visitors as we take steps to confront the spread of this virus.

For future updates on this situation, please visit our website at www.trainride.org.

Sincerely,
Scott L. Hippert
Executive Director

Brian Voss
Chairman of the Board

So, what's your view of old time railroading?Why not come on out and take a ride with us just for fun - and a bit of his...
02/20/2020
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So, what's your view of old time railroading?

Why not come on out and take a ride with us just for fun - and a bit of history?

02/14/2020
East Broad Top

To our railroading family, we share this announcement.

Congratulations to the East Broad Top Railroad!

01/29/2020

Well, it's a new year and we've started working on equipment and schedules.

We've begun the process for our first dining runs on Mother's Day weekend 2020, with charters scheduled shortly thereafter.

At the end of last year, we were working to renew seating in our Empire Builder coaches. One is completed and another is being worked on.

Note: We're looking forward to having our tail-coach, A-11, back in service for dining and special events.

Final weekend!Santa has to get back up north, so he's taking the outbound express on Sunday afternoon.
12/22/2019

Final weekend!

Santa has to get back up north, so he's taking the outbound express on Sunday afternoon.

We're open for You!
12/03/2019

We're open for You!

Join us from 10am to noon tomorrow for our Tots and Trains Children's program!

We'll read stories, craft, and eat tasty snacks right here at the Minnesota Transportation Museum's historic Jackson Street Roundhouse! We even use one of our vintage Great Northern Railway passenger cars as a play area and lounge.

After the fun, explore the rest of our museum because we are open to explore until 4pm. Tots and Trains happens every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month!*

If you know someone who may be looking for a new kid's activity, make sure to share this post with them!

Buy your tickets ahead of time or at the door!

ALL ABOARD! 🚂🚂🚂

http://transportationmuseum.org/tots-trains

*1st and 3rd Wednesday unless it falls on a major holiday.

"Back in the day" when multiple transcontinental trains ran regularly from St Paul, it was common to provide a proper Th...
11/28/2019

"Back in the day" when multiple transcontinental trains ran regularly from St Paul, it was common to provide a proper Thanksgiving meal to passengers.

From the files of the Pioneer Press, and through the courtesy of Minnesota Trains, here's a view of some of the effort.

Last run of the year, just like he said!
10/16/2019

Last run of the year, just like he said!

http://bit.ly/FallColorsExpress
This is it!! Our last trains for the 2019 season will run on Saturday, October 26th. Fall colors are still abundant - come ride with us as we round out a wonderful year!

09/25/2019
Just Off Main Street

We speak so much about the fun found on our train, but you might be interested in what else there is to do out here.

A community's Main Street is the beating heart of its town. It's the city's center, it's full of history, and it's a gathering spot for residents and visitor...

09/23/2019

This past weekend was a blast, with all those who showed up for a run down the Valley.

The best was the wedding. We had a trackside wedding at our Marine on St Croix stop, and it went well. The skies cleared and the couple's nuptials went off without any trouble,

120+ guests traveled by train to the site, then traveled back with celebratory drinks in hand, followed by the reception at the Osceola Depot.

And yes, the food, dancing and all was terrific.

Congratulations to them.

09/17/2019
Real Fun: Our Wisconsin Fall Train Trip Story

What can we say about our Fall Color Runs? Not much more than this.

Make your reservations today, and take a step back in time.

What could be better than viewing fall color in Wisconsin while chugging along the tracks on a vintage train? Color flows through Wisconsin from north south,...

09/17/2019
Tornado 101.6mph run 15th May 2017 Prt2

Here's something for all of you to enjoy, the 101 mile per hour run of the British Heritage steam locomotive, Tornado, from 2017.

Tornado 101.6mph run 15th May 2017 Prt2 Due to copyright issues with the music used in this clip, it cannot be viewed on mobile devices.....sorry not down to...

09/16/2019

Our "Withrow Special" this Sunday was a modest success, showing parts of the line we rarely get to.

We set up a scheduled run with an extended return, and people enjoyed it.

Thanks to all who attended, and our special thanks to that fellow in the red 1940's coupe who followed us all they way, taking photos at nearly every crossing.

This event will be planned into our next year's schedule.

Yep! Something "Special" again.
09/11/2019

Yep! Something "Special" again.

JUST ANNOUNCED! Extra special excursion train ride - same low ticket price! http://bit.ly/WithrowSpecial

Rare Mileage Run - On Sunday, September 15 on the 2:30pm train we're going an additional 10 miles beyond our normal turnaround point to Withrow! Travel through pastoral countryside, see natural features such as kettles, deer, wildlife and more. This portion of the railroad has not been available to excursion travel for several years and is open for this special trip ONLY. See you on the train!

07/31/2019

Due to demand, we've added an additional Dinner Train date on the 10th of August.

No excuses!

Great time with Elizabeth & her family, coming out to ride our train, visit Osceola and see the Valley.Our thanks to her...
07/14/2019

Great time with Elizabeth & her family, coming out to ride our train, visit Osceola and see the Valley.

Our thanks to her.

Such a fun Saturday aboard the 🚂! See our adventure at the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway on @twincitieslive this Friday! We took a 🍕 train ride and we all absolutely loved it. Can’t wait to go back! Also so fun to visit @osceolaproud — where @jreimers41 and I got married in 2013! ♥️ @ Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway

06/21/2019

230 well behaved youngsters came out today, enjoying a day on the train and a bit of history.

Thank you, North St Paul, Maplewood, Oakdale Summer Scholarship program.

We enjoyed your Young Scholars.

05/31/2019
Travel Wisconsin

Why are you waiting?

Just a ride, maybe the Brunch Train, even the Dinner Train.

We invite you to find out.

All aboard! Leave the minivan behind and take in Wisconsin's fall beauty from the railway.

Plan your family’s adventure: http://bit.ly/2P7jIf2

05/29/2019

Did you know that on our railroad, Teddy Bears ride for free?

Well, of course they do.

After all, they're "barely" on board.

05/20/2019

This weekend was our Veteran's train rides, of whom dozens showed up.It's our way of saying "Thanks" to all those who served.

Thank you, Brothers and Sisters in arms.

04/27/2019
Minnesota Transportation Museum

Every weekend, May through October. All Aboard!

Train ride tickets for our Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway are now on sale! Remember, our Osceola train rides are less than an hour away from the Twin Cities! Come join us for an afternoon train ride starting in May!

Ride along with us from the historic 1916 Osceola Depot in Osceola, Wisconsin to Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota! Trips take about 90 minutes and we offer family ticket packages as well as appreciation ticket prices for seniors, veterans, military personnel, EMT's, firefighters, and police officers!

Pick a date for a ride on our Marine schedule! Click the link below!

http://transportationmuseum.org/marine-schedule-tickets

04/26/2019

It's getting on time to make your reservations:

the Mother's Day Dinner Train

Departures: 11 May 2019

Brunch at 11:00 AM / Dinner at 4:00 PM

Departures: 12 May 2019

Brunch at 12:00 AM / Dinner at 4:00 PM

History is what we do, and this is a special page of Minnesota & Wisconsin history that says much about who we were, and...
04/19/2019

History is what we do, and this is a special page of Minnesota & Wisconsin history that says much about who we were, and what we did in those rough old days.

We'll have some fun stuff for the kids and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will have a representative over to talk with our visitors. Might even plant some trees in cups for give-aways.

Come on over and spend some times with us.

SPECIAL EVENT TOMORROW!

Join us tomorrow, April 20th and see how logging and railroads impacted lives of people in the Northern Minnesota area!

Back in late 1880's lumbermen were looking for new sources of logs to supplement Michigan's and Wisconsin's dwindling reserves. Minnesota contained the last vast stand of white pines and the rest is history.

A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources representative will be on hand to answer questions about forest fires and other forestry information. A new Logging and Railroad exhibit will be displayed.

Free seedlings will be given out (thank you to Gertens for donating them) for you to plant. Our G- scale model railroad will feature a logging train, and Lincoln Logs can be played with to explore your creativity! Caboose rides all day! Fun for all ages!

www.TransportationMuseum.org

04/08/2019

The countdown begins! On April 30th, we roll out the lead gate heading for Osceola, Wisconsin.

In the meanwhile, the Shop Gang is working hard to get all locomotives buttoned up, radiators topped off and grease on all the moving & sliding parts.

Later, on that first June weekend, well be sending other equipment up, our Soo engine #559 and Rock Island coach 2604. That coach is having new bearing boxes installed. And since there are none, we"re manufacturing our own from raw steel plate. (Best built since 1950!)

So don't let our good efforts and hard work go to waste, come take a ride this year.

03/29/2019

Ticket sales for our first day are now turned on.

First Day of the Train - 4 May

Mother's Day weekend - 11 & 12 May (Brunch & Dinner options)

Father's Day weekend - 15 & 16 June (Brunch & Dinner options)

The Fireworks Train - 3 July

What are you waiting for? trainride.org / 651-228-0263

03/18/2019
Japan - The Government of Japan

Something different for your perusal.

Another young woman achieves her railroading dream.

Meet Naomi Numakura, one of the female Shinkansen bullet train drivers, who have passed the most rigorous qualification process in its rail industry and play a key role to ensure Japan's world-renowned safety and punctuality:https://bit.ly/2BZpFCY #WAW_Japan #W20 #WomensDay #IWD2019

Well, it was a fine day at the Jackson Street Roundhouse, with over 250 attendees celebrating Casey Jones' birthday, wit...
03/17/2019

Well, it was a fine day at the Jackson Street Roundhouse, with over 250 attendees celebrating Casey Jones' birthday, with cake and drinks.

And at the end, a lovely young woman stopped by to say "Hi". T'was Roger Awsumb's own grand daughter to enjoy a few minutes with us and take some photos of #2156, the Lunch with Casey" locomotive.

We'll post those photos when we get them in.

03/15/2019

Did ya' see the Channel 11 spot on Casey Jones?

Nice retrospective and a lead-in to our own Casey Jones Birthday on Saturday, 16 March.

Come on over for a bit of history, some classic TV shows, maybe even cupcakes.

Saturday 10:00 right through 4:00 PM.

(And there's even caboose rides too!)

Jackson Street Roundhouse
193 Pennsylvania Avenue, St Paul

Tickets at: www.trainride.org

We had a steady flow of people coming into the Museum on Saturday, enjoying some time with us. Even with the snow coming...
03/10/2019

We had a steady flow of people coming into the Museum on Saturday, enjoying some time with us. Even with the snow coming down, it was warm and toasty inside.

Later in the day, when things were quiet, we were testing our video feed and sound system. Put some "Big Band" on and enjoyed stepping back in time.

In the shop, our work gang pulled a 1920's Rock Island commuter coach out into the yard after a few weeks of service and upgrades, followed by pushing another coach in. Steady, hard work getting us ready for the run to Osceola and another season is the norm around here.

Our photo exhibit, "Women Who Worked the Railroads" was very well accepted by our attendees and we'll be doing more "mini-exhibits" like that. Many museums have found a new model in doing "flash" exhibits, that capitalize on the ability of drawing information and photos off the net and getting them out quickly to compliment the longer term exhibits. Watch for them.

Coming up next Saturday will be our celebration of the fabled railway engineer, Casey Jones. We'll be playing the old TV show "Casey Jones" from the '60's, and at noon, we'll change over to the Twin Cities own, "Lunch with Casey", maybe with some cake/cookies and a glass of milk. Come join us.

Come on out, in the snow and rain.Have some fun and help us secure this unique part of railroading and Great Northern hi...
03/06/2019

Come on out, in the snow and rain.

Have some fun and help us secure this unique part of railroading and Great Northern history

We have officially passed the $12,000 mark!!!! Please continue sharing the story of this beautiful railcar and our mission to move it to Minnesota!

Don't forget about our fundraiser next weekend in Mounds View, MN!

Www.gofundme.com/gn1244

03/04/2019

It may be cold and icy outside, but in the Roundhouse our crews are continuing the work of getting ready for this year.

Our Soo Line #559 finished up major engine work and was pulled into the yard, making space for BN 325. Last night, Phil W. was neck deep in the controller panels under the cab, while on the next track Rock Island coach #2608 is thawing out to get a COT&S (periodic brake check) to ready it for the season.

Outside on the service lead, GN coach 1096 is getting interior work done, replacing some seats & cleaning up some plumbing work.

It's what we do to have things ready for you.

I'll cover more of the work next time.

Stay warm, be safe, enjoy the snow.

It may be cold and snowy outside (Brrrrrrr!), but here at the Minnesota Transportation Museum it's warm and cozy, with c...
02/27/2019

It may be cold and snowy outside (Brrrrrrr!), but here at the Minnesota Transportation Museum it's warm and cozy, with coffee in the pot, and lots to see.

The Jackson Street Roundhouse
193 Pennsyvania Avenue, St Paul.

(Did we tell you about the caboose rides on Saturdays? We just did!)

We took a serious look at the weather report, made that decision. It's going to be a cold, snowy mess.Jackson Street Rou...
02/20/2019

We took a serious look at the weather report, made that decision. It's going to be a cold, snowy mess.

Jackson Street Roundhouse & Museum will be closed on Wednesday.

Stay home, have some hot chocolate, be safe.

02/14/2019
Outdoor Revival

Every so often we find something from our railroading past. Glacier National Park is actually a creation of the Great Northern Railway, with many of the constructions and structures there built by the Great Northern as support for the tourist industry, sponsored by the GN in its heyday.

So, enjoy this "blast from the past" on this snowy afternoon.

Great scenic footage in Glacier National Park Montana. 1930s tourism in the National Park, and modern hotels.

Outside our depot, the temperatures are running well below zero, and the wind, well let's just say the old timers down a...
01/29/2019

Outside our depot, the temperatures are running well below zero, and the wind, well let's just say the old timers down at the coffee shop are calling it a "Chiller".

Stay warm, bundle up, drink warm liquids, and stay safe, because we'd like to see you out here on the line again come Springtime.

If you ever wanted to do something different, here's a lil' something for you to consider. Actually work on a railroad!
01/13/2019

If you ever wanted to do something different, here's a lil' something for you to consider. Actually work on a railroad!

On Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 10:00 AM we will be hosting an event to help new people get acquainted with volunteer opportunities at the museum. We will have people on hand to answer questions and guide you to the next step of getting involved with our amazing organization. If trains or volunteering interest you, PLEASE contact us!

To those who participated in our recent Railroad Reality Day event, you can always come back for the next part, please read on!

What does it take to work on the railroad as a Train Crew Member at Jackson St Roundhouse and Osceola, WI?

The minimum age to participate is 18 years old which also includes a pre-hire drug test. You must have the ability to throw track switches, couple air hoses, operate hand brakes and walk 1/2 mile over rough terrain. Our student brakeman classes will start in March on certain Saturday's so mark your calendars. All of our rail crew members started as student brakeman volunteers. With dedication, training, and effort this can lead to promotions all the way up to train engineer!

How about being a Car Attendant out in Osceola as the first point of contact for our passengers?

You will welcome passengers and help make their experience a memorable one! Or, you could be a Docent at the Roundhouse! Docent's can guide the people through the displays and talk about railroad history.

We also are eager to bring new people into the Blacksmith Shop and Machine Shop and Car Restoration areas!

In order to have an idea of how many people will attend please call Deb Wood 612-790-8957 or [email protected]



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Address

The Soo Line Depot, 114 Depot Rd
Osceola, WI
54020

Opening Hours

Saturday 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(651) 228-0263

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Our Story

The Osceola & St Croix Dinner Train operates weekends & selected holidays, May through the end of October, giving passengers a taste of the past. Regular runs are oriented as fun excursions, running through the St Croix Valley. The Dinner Train operates as a living history train, demonstrating a way of life that existed for nearly a century on the nation's railroads. Meals are served in the grand old fashion, while traveling in our air-conditioned First Class dining cars. Fine white linen & polished tableware is the rule as diners enjoy the passing scenery and a history of the territory. Our Champagne Brunch Trains are still family oriented, while the evening Dinner Trains are on a more adult level, a bit romantic and enjoyable in their more formal presentation. And then there's our "Murder Mystery Train", a mystery/comedy trip that was held some time ago. Since it was enjoyed so much, we may just try another. So keep your trench coat clean and be ready to take your "Gun Moll" out for the evening. As the evening runs are a bit more formal, we encourage our passengers to dress up a bit, maybe pulling Grandpa’s old tuxedo out, and ladies always look fetching in their veil hats. Oh, and one firm rule! Turn off those cell phones. On our train it's 1950, cell phones don't exist, and life is good.

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Comments

Unfortunately I was not able to make it for the special to Withrow but I did make it to the old siding at Maple Island to see the train go by! Maybe next year will be able to make it.
I think a trip on a train with superheroes would be fun at Osceola! Would anyone else be interested in this as well??
Different view of the train.Enjoy!
Does the train run when it is raining?
I’ve taken a ride on this train and it’s a wonderful experience unfortunately the contact information now days is crap! I want to go on a nice Mother’s Day experience but I’ve spent hours on some website in Minnesota that it must be Affiliated with end it just gives you the runaround and no information no pictures no prices and no telephones that lead to anybody if you want people to come on the train to sit have a beautiful experience fix the website!
FYI Train Enthusiasts. Railroad boxcar found on Craigslist: free for removal, near Elk River, MN.
I have 2 tickets for the Sunday 10/15/17 noon train. My son surprised me by coming home this weekend from out of state. Do you have any ideas for how to get 2 more tickets? Anyone have tickets and can’t go?
I can not see prices for the fall color ride where would I find it?
how long is the train ride?
I want to do the Duluth train!!
Where can I find more information about pricing and availability?
are you all sold out of all the brunches for the rest of the year