Our train, is a traveling history museum with passenger cars that are 96 years old. Stepping back in time, we want you to make some memories as we travel along the tracks. The Iron Mountain is the only train we know of that is run entirely by trained volunteers. Every person you meet is a person who volunteers their personal time to make sure we share a part of history with you. We want our passengers to have a good time, and we work very hard to make that happen. There are lots of activities going on during our excursions. Train robberies, treasure hunts, music, dinosaurs---you just never know who will show up for the ride. But we guarantee it won't be ordinary.
BUY A TIE
Be a part of Railroad History!
Since we are a volunteer railway, we are always looking for fun things to do to help preserve the history of the tracks. We came up with a way to let you be a part of it too! You can help us by donating $20 to the railway,and we will put a new railroad tie into service on our rail line. Then we will honor you by painting your name on the tie. Once we put your tie in the tracks we will send you a photo. Come on buy a tie! It's only a $20 donations & you will be a part of history.
Ask about this when you arrive to the Depot or by phone.
Whistle Stop Depot
While you are waiting for the train, come in and enjoy the gift shop, snacks, and sweet treats available on Saturdays and during Depot events.
Root beer Floats, sodas, water, candy, cupcakes, and boxed lunches!
Try our Big Caboose Ice Cream Float!
The Whistle Stop has it's own FB Page - Follow Us!
Please note that Air Conditioning is only available on one of our train cars. Most passengers will ride on the non-airconditioned cars. Our train cars are antiques. Back when they were made, the open windows were considered Air Conditioning. If you have a condition that requires you to be in the air-conditioning, please let the train chief know upon arrival or by phone BEFORE boarding. We rarely cancel for excess heat, but if we do, you will find that information here on this website.
No Alcohol is allowed on Saturday day trains. That is for special events only. Please ask at time of ticket purchase.
FREE Bicentennial Train Ride July 3rd 6 pm
Riverside Regional Library is partnering with the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway in Jackson for a very special train excursion to celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial. The excursion will be on July 3 at 6 pm and is free and open to the public. Registration begins on June 5 and is on a first come, first serve basis through the railway’s website, . The event is recommended for adults (18+).
The train excursion will include reenactments, music and historical presentations. Dr. Frank Nickel, Executive Director of the Kellerman Foundation for Historic Preservation, will give a presentation about Southeast Missouri’s railroad history. Reenactments will include the Gads Hill train robbery by the James-Younger Gang, the first train robbery in Missouri.
Iron Mountain Railway is planning additional activities for this special excursion, which is part of its Railfan weekend. Activities include a wine tasting, food trucks available before the excursion and fireworks after the train returns to Jackson.
“Riverside Regional Library is thrilled to partner with the Iron Mountain Railway for this special Missouri Bicentennial train excursion. Events celebrating Missouri’s Bicentennial are occurring all over the state and this is an opportunity for our patrons and local residents to be part of that celebration.” states Jeff Trinkle, Riverside Regional Library Director.
If you don’t get registered for the excursion, you have another opportunity to hear Dr. Nickel’s presentation. He will be giving it on Tuesday, July 6 at 5:30 pm in Jackson City Park – Pavilion # 6. Casey’s Sweet Treats will also be available for sweets and drink purchases.
This Missouri Bicentennial project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
Riverside Regional Library proudly serves Cape, Perry and Scott Counties by providing information, education, recreation and inspiration.
Make reservations below or call the depot 5732-243-1688
Saturday 1pm Train Rides
Kids (2-12) $10
Infants (Under 2) FREE
Murder Mystery Dinner Trains
$45 Per Person
Wine Tasting & Purchases Available
Chuck Wagon Dinner Trains
Kids (2-12) $15
Infants (Under 2) Free
Reservations can be made for all events below, except the Santa Express. On the day of your reservation, please check in at the Depot 30 minutes to 1 hour before departure.
Murder Mysteries include a local wine tasting & purchase options.
Alcohol is only allowed on evening special events. Check with reservations to confirm.
Santa Express Train Tickets are on sale in January. Get your tickets while they last. Please keep in mind that we do sell out every year.
Enjoy the most magical time on our Christmas train. Filled with fun, enjoy the antics on the Iron Mountain as our Christmas special guests attempt to land Santa on our moving train. If we are successful, you will get to visit with him too! Games, songs, fun, and Christmas magic fill this train to the brim. Come with us on this amazing ride. Please note, these tickets will sell out by August.
Reservations can be made by phone only & pay at the time of reservations. You will get your tickets by mail. They are mailed on the Friday following you reservation request.
Call 573-243-1688 today.
We have special Packages for "Join the Iron Mountain James Gang for a day" and Cab rides. Please add these in your comments of your reservation.