The public dinner train operates every Saturday throughout the year, with the exception of January and February. Reserved seat tickets are sold in advance and will be held at check-in the day of the excursion.
The dinner train departs from the rear parking lot of the Green Sales Company located at 2172 E. Seymour Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45237. Look for the directional signs on the telephone poles and the sandwich board street signs. Passengers can enjoy free guarded parking in the open lot provided.
The train will depart promptly at 6:00 PM and travel to the downtown Cincinnati riverfront. Here our locomotive will reverse our route back to our boarding area. The excursion lasts a total of 3.2 hours. Check in begins approximately 60 minutes prior to departure. Please make your reservation at least 3 to 4 weeks in advance of desired date as most excursions sell out weeks in advance. Our reservation office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and on Saturdays from noon to 4:00 pm. Our office is closed Sundays and on holidays.
On board, we will serve four courses with choices of Prime Rib, Salmon with a Spicy Hoisin Glaze or Boneless Chicken Breast sautéed in white wine sauce. Your entree will be accompanied by appetizer, salad, vegetable, baked potato, choice of dessert, water, iced tea, and coffee. Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free options available.
Almost all tables seat up to four people, with the exception of seven tables that seat just two people. Everyone’s table has its own window in either the 1947 New York Central dining car #447 or the 1946 Milwaukee Road table car #201 or the 1952 Silver Sword dining car. Large restrooms are available in the Milwaukee Road car with a unisex restroom in the Silver Sword. The newly added 1950 Oasis Tavern bar & lounge car also features just three tables in the rear of the train for a more secluded dining experience. A women’s restroom can be also found in this car.
We now offer the option to accommodate small dinner parties of no less than eight and no more than ten people. We are able to do this by moving tables together in the lounge of the Silver Sword and the rear lounge area of the Oasis Tavern. Ask our reservationist for details and availability.
We strictly enforce a business casual dress code. Blue jeans, cutoff shorts, flip flops, and sleeveless t-shirts are not permitted. With that said, we strongly encourage our passengers to get into the swing of things by dressing in their best 1940’s vintage clothing. Although not required, it sure makes it fun for everyone when couples show up looking as if they stepped out of an 1940’s LIFE magazine.
Returning again this season are the fabulous Queen City Sisters, a 1940’s Andrews sisters trio. Edy and the girls perform as you board and then sing two songs in your dining car before salads are served. Following dinner, the sisters perform on their own stage in the Oasis Tavern all the way back to our departure area. Their delightful sounds from the 1940’s and early 50’s will take you back to a much simpler time. And they definitely are not hard on the eyes.
Ticket prices are $84.95 per person age 12 and above. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted on board. Prices do not include tax, gratuity, or purchases from the bar car. If traditional Pullman railroad dining with a fellow traveling couple is not your bag, upgrade to a private table for 1 additional ticket purchase. Our servers and conductors look forward to serving you as we all step back into the nostalgic and less complex times of the late 1940’s. There’s nothing like dining on white table clothed tables while watching the scenery slowly go by, as your dining car gently meanders down the track.
Are you celebrating a special event, birthday, or anniversary?
Call HJ Benken Florist at 513-891-1040 and make arrangements for a centerpiece to be delivered right to your dinner train table prior to departure. Orders can be taken for delivery until Noon on Fridays for Saturday evening delivery. Make your evening on board the Cincinnati Dinner Train extra special with flowers!
Available ahead of time is champagne or wine which can be waiting upon your arrival. Just ask the reservationist when you book. Unique Souvenirs are also available to commemorate your trip!
Finally, we are most proud of our on board photographers Jimmy Olsen and Amelia Earhart. On loan from the Daily Planet, Jimmy and Amelia will take a quality photograph of your party as you board the dining cars. Your 4″ x 6″ framed photo will be brought to your table for viewing. Photos can be purchased for $10.00 each. Just ask Jimmy if you’d like additional photos printed or even a special photo taken. He can accommodate your wishes.