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“Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway”

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Osceola
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Owner description: The Osceola & St Croix Valley Rail Road operates from May through October, departing from the Osceola Depot with alternating runs to Marine-on-St Croix, Mn (11:00) and Dresser, Wi (1:30). Special Trains include Brunch (11:00) & Dinner Trains (5:00) operated on weekends, Mother's Day & Father's Day Brunch & Dinner, and several Fall "Color Trains" with full meal service. All Brunch and Dinner Service is "First Class", with red carpet leading up to the dining cars, china, silver and fresh linens ready for use and a meal in the old "high dollar" tradition. We strive to meet the standards of the old days, when service was an art and every journey by rail included a trip to the dining car. We also operate charter trains for community groups, corporate activities, church get-togethers, graduation & retirement dinners, wedding receptions and more. All equipment meets FRA standards for operation, and we make every effort to accommodate guests with physical issues. However, please note that certain pieces of our rolling stock are non-ADA compliant due to age and historic nature.
Reviewed February 17, 2012

I love trains, and riding on old trains just takes me back in time. This is a fun outing to take your kids or grandkids on.

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Reviewed July 30, 2011

We took the 90 minute train ride. Comfortable seats, entertaining staff, and beautiful scenery. Kids had a fantastic time and we found the ride very relaxing. They have a nice little snack car where you can pick up a beverage and treat for the journey. Looking forward to trying one of their themed rides next.

1  Thank Yogamonkey1
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

We were driving down the St. Croix River in Wisconsin and came upon the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway. This is maintained and run by the Minnesota Transportation Museum. They have two rides, one to Dresser, Wisconsin. $12.00 per adult. The other ride which is longer, it is about 45 minutes one way goes to Marine on the St. Croix in Minnesota and costs $19.00 per adult. However, if you are active duty military it is free. We first rode to Dresser, toured the old railway station while they moved the engine to the other end of the train. Then when we got back to Osceola we stayed on board and road the other way. We had of course purchased both trips. They have several cars in the train and are very representative of train travel in the 40's and 50's. There were a number of families with children and couples young and old on the train. We found seats in a car with tables, and enjoyed our snacks we had brought with, and some additional snacks we had purchased on the train. We played cribbage, visited and listened to the information shared by staff members. It was all in all a really nice afternoon. We are definitely going back in the fall when the leaves change. The trip to Minnesota over the St. Croix River is beautiful and worth the trip. It was fun and very relaxing, the crew did a very nice job of making the trip enjoyable. They also had two cars with Air Conditioning if you wanted it. There are bathrooms available on board the train, and you are free to move about if you wish. It is worthwhile, do go if you have the chance.

1  Thank Vieux_Voyageur
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Reviewed October 23, 2010

Fun family attraction offered by the Osceola and St Croix Valley Railway. Board the train in Osceola and debark in Dresser for fall fun.

Limited parking at the Osceola station but free parking and shuttle offered from the High School. Seats were a bit limited and some people had to stand on the bus. While waiting for the train to arrive check out the caboose and the Osceola depot.

The kids were excited to see the train arrive and board. Some seats face each other making it possible for a larger family or group to visit during the 5 mile trip to Dresser.

Once in Dresser the kids enjoyed the small "haunted depot" which wasn't scarey at all and throbbed with the Michael Jackson tune "Thriller" and and clouds of fog from dry ice. The kids enjoyed the pump car, bouncy houses (separate ones for different ages), face painting, hay maze and hay ride that were all for free! Sled dogs were also on site providing club information and a petting opportunity. The coupon received as part of the package could be exchanged for a pumpkin.

9  Thank LauraLCinLino
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Reviewed February 15, 2010

This is a beautiful ride in the fall if you take the trip that goes from Osceola to Marine on St. Croix. A shorter trip goes between Osceola and Dresser. If you have little kids, the shorter ride might be enough. One of the older gentlemen volunteers can give you a great history lesson if you care to listen. I love the mail car - see how the mail used to be sorted between towns, where the mail bag was literally stuck on a crooked pole as the train rolled through. Some cars can be hot and stuffy in the summer sun - luckily you can move about (and the kids love to!) Some cars have windows that open, but be careful - I once saw a heavy old window come sliding down on a child's arm. Could have been much worse.

3  Thank Familyof7inBigRedVan
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