- Published on Wednesday, October 23 2013 3:17 PM
Written by Rhoda
Posted by Mark Ruda
Sights to Behold in Branson Scenic Railway
There is no better way to enjoy Branson than to be amazed by the sights that it can give you. Breathtaking, scenic, wonderful, majestic – you will surely run out of adjectives to describe the attractions and sights in Branson. Normally, you would think of a tour. But Branson offers you more than just a tour.
Branson give you a whole new vacation experience through its Branson Scenic Railway. Ride the rails and experience the romance of train travel as you bask in the sceneries that are exclusive in Branson. Now, take a trip down memory lane to know how this Branson attraction came about.
The Branson Scenic Railway first started as the White River Railway in the year 1902. It took three years after that to finish the construction of the railroad. Twelve million dollars was spent to lay 239 miles of track in the rugged and rough terrains of the Ozark Mountains. The city of Branson reached new heights after the construction of the railroad, making the area accessible to Branson tourists.
The Branson Scenic Railway had its maiden trip in the year 1993 wherein it used a working commercial railroad line for it to travel. Its routes go either north or south only, and those routes aren’t fixed. The routes are yet to be determined just before the train departs. The train, when going north, can take you as far as Galena, Missouri in the James River Valley. When it is going south, you can go as far as Arkansas. There are tour guides to point out the sceneries that are of significance, and also areas where there were extinct communities. These communities are described as when the railroad was built in 1902. Trips of the Branson train depart from the historic depot, which was built in 1905.
Nowadays, White River is now known as Lake Taneycomo and Branson Scenic Railway still continues to give the Branson tourists a chance to know more about the history and the present splendor of the place. This unique tour experience never fails to give the tourists something worth remembering when they go back home.
At present, the Branson Scenic Railway goes on a journey that is 40 miles roundtrip through the Ozark Mountains. The train goes on a trip 3 to 4 times in a day. It gives the passengers a chance to see awesome Branson sceneries that are inaccessible by car and other modes of transportation. A trip in the Branson Scenic Railway takes approximately an hour and 45 minutes. This is enough time to acquaint you with the history of Branson and the Ozarks as narrated by the train conductor. The train and the rails that are used at present are restored to ensure the passengers’ safety and to give the passengers a first-class experience.
Plan your vacation now so you don’t miss out on the chance to witness the panoramic view of the Ozarks. The Branson Scenic Railway operated from March to December. During the months of April to October, Branson Scenic Railway offers a dinner train on Saturdays, which require reservations. Experience Branson in a different way. Come and take a journey aboard train on the Branson Scenic Railway.