After a good night sleep at Angel Inn, it was time for some breakfast then off to Ride the rails! Branson Scenic Railway, that is.The historic 1905 train depot in downtown Branson is just one block west of Lake Taneycomo. The northern route goes as far as Galena, Missouri, to the James River Valley; and the southern route extends into Arkansas to the Barren Fork Trestle. Our ride took us on the southern route.
There is plenty to see through the large windows and the three dome cars. Settled in one of the restored Budd Dome observation cars on the first half of our trip, which offer an interesting all around viewing experience. There is also a concession area aboard the Silver Lake car that offers refreshments for you to purchase. As you can see from the pics… On one of these trestles, the train is quite far from the ground! that was a bit unnerving.
Our entire trip was narrated and we even had a real conductor click our tickets! A nice relaxing ride as we travel south thru Crest Tunnel, Cricket Tunnel, over Walnut Creek Trestle, Barren Fork Trestle, and Tharp’s Grade. We pass by the gone , but not forgotten communities of Gretna, Melva, and Ruth. I also added the tunnel pic so you all would know… THERE is a light at the end of the tunnel!
Want more than a scenic ride? Well, Saturdays at 5:00 PM, a dinner train is offered. A four-course candlelight meal is served, and the guests are treated to traditional style dining that was the ultimate experience long ago when riding on the rails. I may have to convince my hubby to take that with me! This train trip is a great way to see some out of the way sights. As Fall arrives with all its colors, I am sure this excursion on Branson Scenic Railway will be just beautiful!
Branson Scenic Railway is located at 206 E. Main Branson, MO 65616
Toll Free: 800-2-TRAIN-2 (800-287-2462)
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We decided to go back to our motel, Angel Inn and rest up for a while. That only lasted about an hour and The MOM wanted to run, so sis took her riding around and looking at a couple of shops. In no time it was time to go to see Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. The Carriage Room Opening Act begins about 50 minutes prior to the show. This night we had a hilarious juggler entertaining us. Then we were off to the main event, Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show.
Throughout the show you will find yourself in a friendly North and South competition, and fantastic horse riding stunts. They add in some pretty wild special effects, musical entertainment and you may see a buffalo or two along with the many talented horses and performers! You also get dinner complete with a delicious dessert! Not just dinner… a huge dinner!
- Tender Whole Rotisserie Chicken
- Delicious Hickory Smoked Barbecued Pork Loin
- Dixie Stampede’s Original Creamy Vegetable Soup
- Homemade Biscuit
- Hot Buttered Corn on the Cob
- Tasty Herb-basted Potato
- Dixie’s very own Specialty Dessert
- Unlimited Pepsi®, tea or coffee
Now that is a meal. OH! did I tell you it is all campfire style eating, that means NO eating utensils. A lot of finger licking went on all over the theatre! Ok, I will admit The MOM was not thrilled with no silverware, but I noticed she did not have a problem making a dent in all that great food.
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is located at 1525 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
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Now you all stay tuned for yet even more fun Trippin with The MOM in Branson.