Train Trips in Branson, Missouri

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Enjoy the scenery of the Ozarks on your train trip to Branson.
Enjoy the scenery of the Ozarks on your train trip to Branson. (Image: StephenFB/iStock/Getty Images)

Travel through the Ozark foothills, Branson and the surrounding area aboard vintage passenger coaches operated by the Branson Scenic Railway company. The excursion train is one of Branson's impressive tourism choices, which also include 50 live theater performances, three lakes and a dozen golf courses. Branson's array of family-oriented experiences also includes Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, Silver Dollar City theme park, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium, museums, wineries and animal parks.

Ride the Retro Rails

While Branson has no Amtrak service, visitors there can still enjoy the nostalgia of a train trip. Known as the "Mainline Through the Ozarks," Branson Scenic Railway travels through the Ozark foothills, across bridges and trestles, through tunnels and past the relics of long-abandoned towns. Depending on the season, three to four narrated excursions depart from the historic Branson depot for northern journeys to the James River Valley and southern trips into Arkansas. On Saturdays from April through November, the Branson rails add a touch of romance to the trips with a candlelight dinner train. Both 40-mile trips return to Branson in time for you to catch a show in the "Live Music Capital of the World."

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