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Riverside and Great Northern Railway

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Address: N115 County Rd N, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-9124
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+1 608-254-6367

The R&GN is a 15-inch gauge railway living museum offering fun for...

The R&GN is a 15-inch gauge railway living museum offering fun for young and old. Ride our live coal fired steam trains along a 3 mile roadbed winding through scenic canyons, beautiful wooded areas, and majestic rock cuts beside the Dells of the Wisconsin River.

Watch the locomotive being turned on a hand operated turntable at Western Springs, and turned again at the final stop at the Hyde Park depot.

Before or after your ride, enjoy a picnic with your family, visit our exhibits and stop by our Museum Store with your children for a wide selection of railroad and museum memorabilia, books and magazines, videos and music, hats and clothing for children and adults, and of course Thomas the Train Products™.

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Fun family friendly adventure

A overall good experience. Doesn't take too much of your time, especially if you have young children, and is worth the money. If you a rail buff, this place is good for you as... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A overall good experience. Doesn't take too much of your time, especially if you have young children, and is worth the money. If you a rail buff, this place is good for you as well. I enjoyed learning about the railroad and locomotive as well as riding the train. The staff was friendly and knowledge full.

Thank Scott G
Minneapolis, MN
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 3 year old is already requesting we go back for another ride. Definitely worth a trip if kids are interested in trains.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is phenomenal!!! I have always loved trains and this place certainly is unique. It is a small 15 gauge train that holds four people per car. There are several really neat things to observe here. 1) watch how the turntable is run when you reach the end of the ride on the way out in Western Springs-it's not... More 

2 Thank Tigerman777
Kelseyville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

This railroad is made for all little people not just the Irish Leprechaun's. In fact we got the same joys that everyone else had kids or their folks. Wasn't expecting to see the small scale of those large steam trains we visited in our 50-State Quest. But if you take away all the people near them & only shot the... More 

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Reviewed 9 October 2016

i am a fan of trains and steam trains heard about this and wanted to go on it, the steam ones they have weren't ruining the day i went which would been cool to go on, the one driving the train let me take photos of the train and very beautiful views and the did a good job explaining about... More 

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Reviewed 30 September 2016

This is a great place to visit, for both couples or families. All of the volunteers are very friendly and happy to give you a tour if you have time before your train ride. It's a great way to relax and really take in all the beauty of the area!

Thank Nyki E
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

We stopped in the Wisconsin Dells visitor's center and were told about R&GN, otherwise we never would have known about it, more people need to go here! Great adventure for my train loving 3 year old, my wife and I enjoyed the train ride as well.

1 Thank volkswagendriver
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

We took this train ride as an option for something different to do! Boy were we glad we did! ALL of the volunteers were VERY friendly and the little train was adorable and was size friendly for adults! It wasn't far from downtown so the drive was short and directionally easy! RECOMMEND!

1 Thank CWalkerhris
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

These guys are really passionate about trains! They are very informative and friendly. We took our 1 year old and she loved the ride. The train station is adorable. The ride thru woods was relaxing and beautiful sceney. We can't wait to come back!

1 Thank k8lyn007
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We had a great time on the steam train going through the canyons. We saw a deer on the trip. This is a great thing to on a raining day. I give this an A+

1 Thank Katiam500

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