Greg and Mardell Vreeland love history, specifically railroad history and they are bringing the wonderful experience of dining aboard turn-of-the-century trains to life in Spooner, Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad was founded by the couple in 1997 and they have been providing a variety of sightseeing excursions, dinner trains and special events each summer since. Beginning in 2007 they expanded their schedule and now run the train from early spring to New Years. They have also made a bunch of capacity and infrastructure improvements that allow them to serve up to 250 persons for dinner onboard the mahogany paneled dining cars from 1912 and 1918.
On a typical day you will find Mardell in the ticket office helping guests choose from a variety of different dining experiences. Then at train time she makes sure guests are comfortable and have a pleasant experience as the train’s hostess. Greg can be found in the kitchen most days carefully preparing the food for the trip. Whether an evening buffet, the Elegant Dinner featuring Prime Rib, North Atlantic Salmon or Prosciutto Gouda Stuffed Chicken, or his favorite Sunday Brunch menu, his love of the business shines through in the quality and selections on the menu.
On days in which the train does not operate the couple can be found working on rebuilding additional cars to add to the operation. Each car in their fleet has been lovingly rebuilt from the ground up to provide guests with a great rail dining experience.
For complete information on the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad visit their website at www.spoonertrainride.com
or call the ticket office at 715-635-3200.