For the past six years, Railroad Museum of Oklahoma has taken hundreds of people for a ride — on a caboose excursion train.

“We have the only all-caboose excursion train in the United States,” said museum director Watermelon Campbell. As such, people have come from all over the country to experience this unique journey.

“A good portion of the ticket sales are out of town,” Campbell said.

Railroad Museum of Oklahoma, 702 N. Washington, has several cabooses for public viewing on the lot, eight of which they run on the excursions. Among the lines featured at the museum are Rock Island, Southern Pacific, Frisco, Northern Pacific, Santa Fe, MKT, Missouri Pacific, Burlington Northern and Union Pacific.

Museum staff contacted Grain Belt Railroad several years ago to see if it was possible to run caboose excursions on its farm rail.

“We have to give Grain Belt Railroad credit for this,” Campbell said. “It’s their engines and engineers. We’re running on Grain Belt’s rails.” Grain Belt also loans its executive, plush caboose for the ride, which has carried dignitaries and state officials in the past, Campbell said.

Caboose excursions happen twice a year, once in May to Okeene (and Ames) and another in September to Drummond. All proceeds benefit the non-profit museum.

Because of the popularity, excursion tickets are sold out by the time the train runs, Campbell said. That is why people need to reserve their places early with advance payment. “It’s reasonable,” Campbell said. “We want everybody to ride the train and have fun.”

— Ruth Ann Replogle



The Caboose Excursion Train departs from Splash Zone, 1122 Trails West, at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 24, heading for Drummond. Round-trips are an hour and 15 minutes. Boarding passes, which need to be paid prior to the event, are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children younger than 5. Call 233-3051.

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