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“Not so Scenic”

Branson Scenic Railway (Ozark Zephyr)
Ranked #66 of 167 things to do in Branson
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Owner description: This historic train takes visitors on a tour through the Ozark hills.
Kansas City, Missouri
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not so Scenic”
Reviewed August 15, 2011

Staff was very polite, however, with the exception of two tunnels, there was nothing but trees and rocks to look at. In two hours, we got about 5 minutes worth of interesting information. Too expensive for just a "train ride".

Visited August 2011
6 Thank Scott L
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Rohnert Park, California
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A train ride”
Reviewed August 10, 2011

A nice friendly staff on a train ride to no where.. A ride on BART has better views.

Visited July 2011
3 Thank Warren55
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Emporia, Kansas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A taste of times gone by”
Reviewed August 2, 2011

This is a quiet, relaxing ride of 1 hr, 45 minutes into railroad history, and days when "taking the train" was the primary mode of transportation. The engines and cars each have a history all their own, the construction of this RR line was an engineering masterpiece, and the narration that accompanies the ride tells all about it.
I believe that the other, negative reviewers have completely missed the point. This is not another slam-bang modern piece of entertainment. It is just a ride through the countryside on a beautiful, historic railroad train. The "scenic" is the train itself. Every car is different, and has a story of its own. The ride takes us over several miles of a rail line that included the trestles, and filled-in valleys that cost years of man power, and through a couple of abandoned old railroad towns that got left behind when "civilization" got too fast to look back.
If you are looking for yet another thrill ride or look at the same, old lake, then I agree - this ride is not for you. Spend your money on a slicker means of being entertained. However, if you enjoy occasionally slowing down and enjoying a look back at "slower" times, this experience from when train travel had some glamor is just the ticket.

Visited August 2011
5 Thank FHMroadguy
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Orlando, Florida
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69 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“horrible waste of precious time and money”
Reviewed August 1, 2011

For myself..my wife and 7 yo daughter we paid $68.00..and it was a total rip off....we all felt screwed....all you see is trees..some old mobile homes....and rocks.....they do not even serve any food or drinks.....

do not waste your time or money...this is the only place in 6 days that we felt screwed and cheated...even without a Thank YOu....

Visited July 2011
4 Thank texasrose777
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Sand Springs, OK.
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Just OK”
Reviewed August 1, 2011

I've never been on a real train ride so we thought let's give it a shot with the family. All this train does is travel south at 25 mph into Arkansas. Then they stop and go back north on the exact same track. Yes the exact same track. There's a locomotive on each end of the train and one pulls it south and the other north. You cross a couple of bridges and go through 2 tunnels. Some of the scenery is nice but it's mostly trees on both sides of the train. Both our boys fell asleep on the way back North into Branson. That pretty much says it all. The staff on the train is friendly I'll give them that.

Visited July 2011
1 Thank Generae01
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