Arkansas and Missouri Railroad
The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad (A&M) was established in 1986 as a Class III Railroad operating a 150 mile route from Monett, Missouri to Fort Smith, Arkansas.Â The home office is located in Springdale, Arkansas; major operations are based there and Fort Smith.Â The company provides freight to customers along its route and excursion passenger service between Springdale and Van Buren / Fort Smith.Â A&M interchanges traffic with three Class I railroads:Â Burlington Nothern Santa Fe (BNSF), Kansas City Southern (KCS), and the Union Pacific (UP), as well as the Fort Smith Railroad (FSR).Â All lines are rated at 286,000 lbs and cleared for double stack rail cars, and main lines feature continuous welded rail.
Ride in style on our meticulously restored antique passenger cars, our first-class parlor car or the 1940's Caboose, Lil' Toot, we added in 2007. Relax as we wind through the river valleys, traverse high trestles, and cut into a quarter-mile tunnel. Our friendly and fun-loving conductors will enhance the journey with anecdotes about the area's rich history, while tending to your safety and other needs.
Really enjoyed the ride in the vintage car. Not so much the town of Van Buren, the stay was too long for no more than what was there to see and even hard to find a good place to eat lunch. The ride back was not so pleasant because they filled the car with the passengers from the other cars which made it too full. The snacks on the car were pretty lame and the drinks weren't free which we thought we had already paid for in our upgrade. But now that we understand the system we will go again to a different town.
This was such a pleasant and beautiful ride. We had the lower half of the dome car all to ourselves on the way to Van Buren and then the dome on the way back. We will definitely be back
If it had not been for the fall color I would not have given a 5 star review. When we boarded no one looked at our tickets to tell us to go right or left. People were a mixed up on where to sit. I would suggest getting the lower price tickets as you get the same experience either way. Also I pretty sure you could just get in line and hope on with out paying. Sophie was working hard to make things better.
We have had our company Christmas party on the train for several years now and it is so much fun, our staff loves it and the railroad staff is so accommodating and friendly!
Fun trip through the mountains! Hopefully, there will be more to do once you reach destination. When I went, there were limited places to visit and some were getting ready to open.