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Riverside and Great Northern Railway

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The R&GN is a 15-inch gauge railway living museum offering fun for young and old. Ride our live coal fired steam trains along a 3 mile roadbed winding through scenic canyons, beautiful wooded areas, and majestic rock cuts beside the Dells of the...more
N115 County Rd N, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-9124
+1 608-254-6367
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All reviews steam engine train lovers gift shop train car volunteer staff narrow gauge every hour on the hour historical facts all ages nice ride great for kids fun experience year old daughter turntable woods cars enthusiasts
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Reviewed 17 August 2018

This railway is made up of lovely restored miniature steam engines -- don't worry about the history now, they'll tell you all about them on your tour! The engines are interesting and the volunteer staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The ride is very short, about...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Candy P
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

This was some great low key fun for the family. The train is small but has a real coal fired engine. Kids loved it!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank josephradi25
Reviewed 13 August 2018

I've been to the Dells since the 80's and I had no idea this place even existed!!! We were looking for toddler friendly places to visit and this was on our list. I'm so glad we visited. The first train ride is at 10 am...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Susan B
Steven B, President at Riverside and Great Northern Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Thank you for your kind review. I'm glad to hear that you had a good time. We are known as the "best kept secret in the Dells" to which we are trying to change. I'm sorry about all that smoke. We had gotten coal from...More

Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

The ride itself is about 30 minutes. Staff are very engaging and informative. Would recommend for anyone interested in trains and mechanical things. Got to see the turntable and also saw them refill the steam engine with water from the tower.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank trek150
Reviewed 30 July 2018

A hidden treasure where we brought our children to this railway and now grandchildren. Open daily 10AM-5PM. Train runs every hour on the hour. Train car seat large enough for adults and children. This establishment is maintained by volunteers.The ride is about 3 miles and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank K I
Steven B, President at Riverside and Great Northern Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Thank you for your review. So glad you and your family are now coming back to share this with your grandchildren!!! Both adults and children love this little steam trainin the Dell's. We are known as the best kept secret in the Dell's! Of course...More

Reviewed 19 July 2018

We stop by & take a train ride every time we visit the Dells, and it never gets old. We also enjoy the touch with history as these trains--when the original manufacturer was still in business--supplied the narrow-gauge railways to zoos, parks, etc.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank klaus724
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

We went on a Monday afternoon. Trains ran on the hour every hour. I can't remember how much it was....I think around $20 for myself, my 1 and 4 year old. They had a blast riding this train. So fun.More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank waceys
Steven B, President at Riverside and Great Northern Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

I'm so glad you and your kids liked riding our train. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 children 4-12, $9 for seniors, children 3 and under are free. We are the only real coal fired steam train in the Dells area. Once again thank you...More

Reviewed 15 June 2018

My husband and I brought our four kids here (12 -10 - 6 -5) and took the train ride. With coupon it cost us $44 for the family, in Dells this is a bargain! The ride was good, scenic and pretty. The turn around at...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Steven B, President at Riverside and Great Northern Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Thank you for your kind response. I'm so glad that everyone enjoyed their train ride at our little Railroad. We try very hard to keep pricing down as much as possible. We haven't raised our prices for the train ride in 10 years or more!...More

Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Fun time. Went early to get the first train out before leaving out of town. Lucky us we had the train all to ourselves. Keep in mind this is not a full size train, but still a nice ride on an old rail bed. Beautiful...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Geffellz18
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

All you see here are miniature trains and tracks. It is funny but definitely worth a visit. Like everything else, the tracks and trains have some interesting history. This is for if you have never experienced the ride in steam engine trains. There is tons...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Lua L
3 June 2017|
Response from Steven B | Property representative |
Yes we are pet friendly! You can take your pet on the train. Active military and their immediate family can ride for free with active military ID. Steve B. President, R&GN Railway
15 September 2016|
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Response from DFC167 | Reviewed this property |
We've gone on weekends, and it's never really been that busy.
10 August 2015|
Response from squidbunny | Reviewed this property |
I think it's $12 for an adult admission. Kids under a certain age are free. There is a BOGO coupon for this in the Dells coupon book and I think it's also part of the splash pass. I don't mind the price too much though as... More