You can step back in time and ride a passenger train in front of the Beard and Lady Inn on the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad route through the Boston Mountains. The train cars have been restored to their 1920s aesthetic. Each of the train trips features a meal in route in three different types of passenger car and ticket prices: Vintage Coach, Silver plus Vista Dome, and Premium. This is one of the few commercial lines left in the US to operate both freight and passenger services. Catch a special event like the Pajama train around the Winter Holidays.
Van Buren to Winslow: 3 hours 70 mile round trip - $25 to $85
This trip takes you through the Boston Mountain range of the Ozarks over three valley trestles, passes through the town of Chester, the 1700 foot long Winslow tunnel, and into the depot at Winslow. Board at the Old Frisco Depot which is also Van Buren's Visitors Center plus visit Chapters on Main Bookstore and Coffee Shop across the street to get a perk and a good book.
Springdale to Van Buren: 8 hours 134 mile round trip - $33 to $95
This is an all day excursion with a three hour layover in historic downtown Van Buren where you can enjoy lunch in local restaurants, shop on Main St and enjoy the rich architecture of the downtown buildings. The train ride also passes in front of the Beard and Lady Inn. Start the tour at the Springdale depot that contains the J Reilly McCarren Transportation Museum that has rail memorabilia.
For train reservations, schedules, and to purchase tickets, visit amtrainrides.com or call 800-687-8600 or 479-725-4017.