Frequently Asked Questions

Ticket Information FAQs

If you made your purchase through our ticket office, we have a record of it under your name on the train manifest. Simply show proper identification to the ticket clerk, and you will be given your tickets.

Yes, just make your purchase as normal and give the reservationist the name of the person’s name picking up the tickets. Then give the confirmation number to the individual picking up the tickets. Our ticket agents will check the manifest, and distribute the tickets.

Advance ticket purchases are good until ten (10) minutes before the departure time of the train you have booked. As long as you arrive at the Ticket Office to pick up your tickets by then, you should have no problem getting aboard.

Seating preference is first come first serve. If you have a preference for being seated in a particular rail car, please ensure you arrive early enough to be in line when loading begins.

Riding The Train, Equipment FAQs

The total round trip riding time on the train lasts about one and a half hours under normal circumstances.

The train leaves from our depot in Stearns for a trip into the gorge of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Trips during April – October make a stopover at layover at Barthel Coal Mining Camp. The layover is an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half. During November the trip is a train ride only into the gorge and back. The Run to the Gorge is approximately one and a half hours.

None of the cars on the train are air-conditioned. During the colder months, and especially for our Polar Express trains, all cars are heated.

We have two enclosed cars with heat. The remaining excursion cars have roofs and sides, but no glass in the windows (“open air”) to allow everyone the opportunity to view the scenery along the route.