Charlie Russell Chew Choo Train Season derailed by Coronavirus concerns
By CHARLIE DENISON | Train Coordinator

It is with great disappointment the Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce announces the immediate cancellation of the 2020 Charlie Russell Chew Choo dinner train season.

The decision was made Tuesday morning (August 4) by the Chamber's Executive Board. It was not an easy resolution, but when the longtime Chew Choo caterer announced they didn't feel they could safely provide their food and beverage service, the board agreed to shut down the six remaining train rides.

The caterer's decision to back out is largely based on coronavirus-related concerns, be it public health of the community or having or finding wait staff willing to serve the many out-of-town passengers. 

This is a loss for the whole community, as the train is a boon for the central Montana economy.  The Chamber apologizes for the inconvenience. For more information call Chamber Director Jo McCauley or Train Coordinator Charlie Denison at (406) 535-5436.


Join us in 2021 for a spectacular evening as we travel through the mountains and prairies of central Montana. Experience the beauty of the rolling hills, vast ranchlands and breathtaking sunsets of Big Sky Country. Wildlife abounds on this scenic 56 mile round trip journey, with a plentiful supply of antelope, eagles, deer, hawks and coyotes. Be sure to watch out for the masked bandits - rumor has it hold-ups can occur when you least expect them!!

Crossing two historic trestles and passing through a half mile long tunnel, the three and one-half hour trip in climate-controlled, non-smoking coaches includes a full course prime rib dinner and dessert, no-host cash bar and music by local area entertainers. VIP Packages include priority boarding, preferred seating, a complimentary drink with dinner, a T-shirt and cinch sack. 

Your journey begins northwest of Lewistown and follows the route of the old Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific railroad to Denton, MT and back again. The train travels on a spur track that was built in 1912-1913 connecting Lewistown and Great Falls.

Train rides are available on scheduled weekends and may also be chartered for special events. Regular or VIP rates are available for both children and adults.  Passengers should allow approximately 20 minutes of travel time to reach the loading station.

For tickets and more information, please contact the Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce at (406) 535-5436 or (866) 912-3980. A 14-day cancellation, no show, no refund policy does apply. If you prefer, we can be reached by email at We look forward to hearing from you!