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“All Aboard for all ages”

Riverside and Great Northern Railway
Ranked #13 of 26 Tours in Wisconsin Dells
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Owner description: 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 Wisconsin River. Watch the locomotive being turned on a hand operated turntable at Western Springs, and turned again at the final stop at the Hyde Park depot. Before or after your ride, enjoy a picnic with your family, visit our exhibits and stop by our Museum Store with your children for a wide selection of railroad and museum memorabilia, books and magazines, videos and music, hats and clothing for children and adults, and of course Thomas the Train Products™.
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Who doesn't like trains or taking a train ride on a scale model train? Take a ride pulled by a classic steam engine. Smell the smoke from burning coal. Hear the whistle blow. Get a little history lesson while they turn the engine on a roundtable for the return trip. Near the Wisconsin Dells, this is a quick diversion from other Dells activities. Ride is about 20 minutes each way in very scenic countryside. There is a gift shop to get your souvenir of your train ride and it helps support a good cause. Lots of volunteers make this a great attraction for all.

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"run by volunteers"
in 12 reviews
"steam engine"
in 10 reviews
"train lovers"
in 9 reviews
"gift shop"
in 15 reviews
"small scale"
in 5 reviews
"real steam train"
in 2 reviews
"picnic lunch"
in 4 reviews
"fun stop"
in 2 reviews
"history lesson"
in 2 reviews
"interesting history"
in 2 reviews
"all ages"
in 10 reviews
"ask questions"
in 2 reviews
"nice ride"
in 2 reviews
"great for kids"
in 3 reviews
"great attraction"
in 2 reviews
"big kids"
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"year old son"
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

the station is perfectly designed to look like an original, old-time train station. the train itself is low to the ground so perfect for kids, a bit challenging for tall adults though. the ride isn't long which is also great.
it's a real steam train that operates on coal and with a real whistle (nice and loud, makes you jump sky-high if you're not prepared)
it would have been nice to hear a history of the place, the train. the brochure didn't give too much detail.
definitely recommend it!

Thank ayelet s
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

because of the kids, so we go there to take the steam train, the ride is not too long, and nothing special scenery to see along the train ride, when it goes to the other end, the passengers are needed to get off and listen to some talk, about the train, and the engine needs to turn around, then go back, so one way is about 15-20 min ride. the ride is rather expensive, $12/adult, but it's run by the volunteer, I appreciate their enthusiastic about the steam train and make effort to keep running it.

Thank ELKW
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Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

we went to the railroad to ride the little train. it is a nice 30-40 minute ride with a little break through the scenery of the Dell's. our conductor was great, the volunteer talking about the history was a bit long winded but he was very informative. it made for a good afternoon and we should have packed a picnic lunch.

Thank Abigail L
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

Our hat's are off to the volunteers who built and maintain not only the 15 gauge engines and railway, but all the buildings and structures that make this an outstanding experience for steam train buffs of all ages. We were the only adults on this little railway not accompanied by children. While the young children enjoyed the fun experience, as older adults, we could definitely appreciate the years of love and hard work that went into the building of the Riverside and Great Northern Railway. It is outstanding.
This is a must for small steam train enthusiasts.

*Parents, be forewarned, midway through the train ride everyone is unloaded from the train while the engine is turned and put at the front of the train for the return trip. Passengers sit on benches in an open air tent for a twenty minute briefing about the history and purpose of the Riverside and Great Northern Railway, as well as a solicitation for donations which young children may not understand or appreciate. *

1  Thank GinNBerry
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