Charlie Russell Chew Choo

Located in Lewistown Montana is a neat dinner train.  It operates a limited schedule of one night a week, most weeks, through the summer. 

It operates on active Central Montana Rail tracks.  Power is provide by CMR using one of their GP-9 engines.  CMR is somewhat unique in that they run with the long end forward.  This is central Montana so the scenery consists of wide open rolling prairie. Three big trestles are on the 56 mile round trip route, the shortest of which is around 1100 feet.   The train departs from along the road, about 8 miles west of Lewiston (the spur into Lewiston is abandoned), and turns around in Denton.

The train is operated by the Chamber of Commerce and you must call them for tickets.  There is no Depot or store front.  There are limited trinkets (no hat pins!) available on the train.  On the night we rode, dinner consisted of a catered prime rib dinner, with all the trimmings, and was very good.  Beverages are provide by the local Elks club.  Service was outstanding, cars were all clean.  Musical entertainment wanders through the cars.  There is a "train robbery" on the way back to Lewistown, complete with a gun fight and hanging. 

If you are in central Montana it is definitely worth the ride.


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