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"ALL ABOARD!"...Don’t Miss a Ride on the Thunder Mountain Train

The journey begins in small town Horseshoe Bend, deep down in a pocket of green mountains. Steam and The Famous Train and Trackssmoke fill the air as the engine takes off for what feels like a hidden fairytale world. The mystery and magical enthusiasm of the Thunder Mountain Linefills young and old alike with the childish glee and wonder. It brings everyone back to the days of imagination and dreams-come true.

Originally, the train line was constructed to serve the mining district of the area, which was rich in gold and ore. It became a true workhorse of its day, getting freight through parts of the west that roads in the 1880s would not accommodate. Today, its offerings are quite different, and very enjoyable. If you're an Idaho home owner, or planning to be one, the Thunder Mountain train is an opportunity to see Idaho history brought to life.

Charters and Groups
Looking for a unique venue for that upcoming birthday party, office event, or other special occasion? Something memorable, fun and out-of-the-ordinary? Well, look no further - Thunder Mountain offers a variety of options for your celebration!

With discounts available to parties of 20 people or more, you can choose from the following Car Charters:
  • Covered Open Air cars that seat up to 65 people
  • Open Air cars which also seat 65
  • 2 Air Conditioned Passenger Cars which accommodate 100
  • A Bar Car that holds 56 folks and a 1st Class Bar Car for the same number
  • Up to 72 can fit into the Table Car

If your gathering is more intimate in size, you may wish to check out the Caboose, which will hold 10 guests, or a private Business car which holds 12.

If you'd like to charter the entire train for your company event, during the operating season (May through November) you'll find that  there are a number of routes and catering options. There are also great entertainment packages which are quite popular, including Casino Nights, Interactive Mystery Dinner Theatre, Wild West Events, Karaoke, Jazz and much more!

ROUTES
There are three routes which all offer scenic vistas, fresh mountain air, and some even feature local musicians!
  • Horseshoe Bend Route - Traveling along the Old Wagon Road and lovely Payette River, this is a popular trip choice. Be sure to visit the refreshment car!
  • Montour Route - Beginning in Horseshoe Bend, this trip takes you west to the historic railroad shipping and ranching settlement of Montour
  • Cabarton Route - Originating from the mountain town of Cascade, moving along remote stretches of the beautiful Payette River, taking you into Smiths Ferry, where you'll be switched back for the return to Cascade.
Luscious Green Mountain Sides90 minute routes include the Pumpkin Liner and North Pole Express. The Black Canyon Sunset Train is a 2 and a half hour round trip adventure, taking you to the Black Canyon Dam. Be sure to check to make sure your route of choice is currently operational, as there are periodic closures for upgrades, repairs, weather conditions and so on. Weather is definitely a factor you'll want to take into consideration when planning your trip as well.


Only a 30 minute drive from Boise, Meridian or Eagle to the Thunder Mountain Line, it's the perfect way to enjoy scenic Idaho lands and have a blast! 

 

Kevin Hughes

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