Contributed by Joy Cressler
Arkansas and Missouri Railroad’s special passenger train services offers what has been called ‘a window seat to history.’ Guests can still enjoy the leisurely elegance of real train travel through the mountains and valleys of Northwest Arkansas.
Indulge in an opportunity to travel in the style of a bygone era over train trestles with views for miles. Your journey will take you through a quarter mile tunnel to the top of the scenic Boston Mountains and into the historic Arkansas River Basin.
The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad is one of the few commercial lines left in the United States that operates both freight and passenger service. All of its passengers travel the regular working rails in refurbished antique passenger or parlor coaches.
For some, the journey evokes memories of an era long gone. For others, it is the fulfillment of a wish to let their children and grandchildren experience the ‘Golden Age of Travel’ just as they did when they were young.
Passengers can choose from three popular excursions, each with its own flavor and adventure:
Fort Smith Excursion – Passengers are invited on a 4-hour excursion with a riverfront experience as they travel over the Arkansas River Bridge to the scenic Boston Mountain range of the Ozarks.
Van Buren Excursion – The three-hour, 70-mile round trip excursion takes passengers through the rugged Boston Mountain range of the Ozarks, over three valley trestles and through the 1,700-foot long Winslow tunnel for some of the most breathtaking scenery they will likely ever see in ‘The Natural State’.
Springdale Excursion – This day-long, 134 mile round trip includes a three-hour layover in Historical Van Buren, where passengers can study the historic downtown architecture, enjoy shopping at more than 80 stores on Main Street, or dine at several fine restaurants.
For more information, visit the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad’s website.