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Choo Choo's

A friend and myself had planned a ride on the Katy which included a stay at Choo Choo's campground. We had called ahead and made reservations. On our arrival we found the place closed. And needless to say the camp area less than inviting. We were very disappointed in everything. We ended up going to Scenic Cycles and camping there for the evening.
posted Sep 26 2005 10:20AM - CSCman, Chapin, IL

Thanks for the info.

Last year I stayed at the Marthasville rec center camping area, and was planning on doing so this year. Is there some reason you didn't stay there?

Also, is Scenic Cycles offering camping now, or was that just a one-time deal? Did it have showers, bathroom etc? Price?

Thanks for the info.
posted Sep 26 2005 10:31AM - brad wilson, st louis

Yes Scenic Cycles is now offering camping. They are a little over a mile east of Marthasville. I am sure that if you email Terry or Kathy at SC they can give you the details.
posted Sep 26 2005 12:40PM - CSCman, Chapin, IL

Thanks for the information - I have removed ChooChoo's from the list, and added camping to the Scenic Cycles listing. I appreciate you passing this along and helping to keep the website info up-to-date.
posted Sep 26 2005 12:46PM - Ray (webmaster)

Ray, not sure they are out of business. But they were not open on the day that we there during their regular business hours. However a couple weeks we had called and made arrangements.
posted Sep 27 2005 12:59PM - CSCman, Chapin, IL

If I understand the Marthasville Chamber of Commerce website, ChooChoos is closed on Wednesday's in season and isn't open at this time of year:

Our facility allows guests to camp, snack and/or bike.Enjoy Your Day! Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m./daily
May 21st - Labor Day weekend-seasonal Closed on Wednesdays

Of course there are several possible interpretations of that message!
posted Sep 28 2005 9:43AM - Anonymous

Well our trip was Labor Day weekend, we called a couple weeks before and set up our stay, and we were there at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and not a sole in site and the place was closed. Don't care how you want to interpret their listing on the Chamber's site, we called ahead and they should have 1. known we were coming and been there and open or 2. known they would not have been open and informed us of that when we called and we would have made other arrangements.
posted Sep 30 2005 11:41AM - CSCman, Chapin, IL

I rode through Marthasville today (Oct 8), and believe it or not Choo Choos was open. There is a sign stating that they're open weekends until Oct 30. My guess is that the high school kid working the day you got there probably decided to cut out of work early, or never showed up in the first place. There's no excuse; I'm just speculating.
posted Oct 8 2005 10:10PM - Ray (webmaster)

By the way, the ice cream was tasty and they have a horse-tire swing that kept my kids entertained for nearly an hour. But the water in the restroom has a bad smell - if you're looking to fill your water bottles, you may want to hold out for bottled water from the convenience store. The S&R convenience store, which is visible looking south from the trail, is easily reached by heading south on the road that crosses the trail right by the trailhead (One St) for just over a quarter mile. It's right by One St at Hwy 47 - see the map on the Marthasville page.
posted Oct 10 2005 11:58AM - Ray (webmaster)

Would you believe I missed buying that place last year by a month... Oh well,,, That was a good thing... Because now I'm starting a new business all along the trail... Check out www.mattnmeiers.com I'm sure you'll like what we have in store begining in the spring of 2006.

By the way, Barb, the owner of Choo Choos, very nice lady! Too bad she wasn't there.

Rob Meier, Co-founder Mattnmeier's Recreational Services, LLC
posted Oct 24 2005 2:29PM - RBRLIP, Washington, MO

Blah.....blah....blah.......this is getting old....

But I did check out your website and found this, "Please bare with us as....." Hhhmmmmm....No thanks. I never remove my clothes in the presence of those fixin to save the universe....not my style as Kryptonite can be caustic.

posted Oct 24 2005 2:53PM - Chief Rides With Clothes

Choo-choos is a great place to go, if you have kids it is also very recomended in my book. There is a variety of things to get and you have the chance to meet a lot of nice people. the camping has bathrooms and a shower and is cheaper at 5 dollars per person rather than Scenic cycles which charges 20 per person.Choo-choos is a great place and i love the caboose.
posted Jun 24 2006 5:53PM - Robert Dean, Washington

Choo-choos is a great place love it, and it's owner Barb is a very nice a pretty lady she will get along with pretty much everybody
posted Jun 24 2006 5:56PM - Daniel Eugene, Trealor

me and my wife were riding down the katy trail one day and running low on water so we ride farther and see a cute cozy little place called choo choos so we stopped to get water. turnes out that they have many more foods than i exspected. so we asked for water and she filled our water bottles. the water tasted like city water but i was perfectlt happy with this little caboose and i hope i can go back sometime.......... the oner barb is a very nice lady and the custard is tasty
posted Jun 24 2006 6:06PM - George Post, Dutzow

I planned a field trip for 18 preschoolers a while back with Choo Choo's being part of our itinerary. I called ahead and was told they would be open. I informed the owner that we would be bringing f18 children and that this was part of a field trip, we had been learning about trains and transportation. The kids were excited about this and were counting the days. We arrived as planned to find Choo choo's closed and looking somewhat abandoned. The children were devastated and I had to try to come up with refreshments for them and then try to keep them from running around the caboose where the weeds were almost taller than them. This place has potential, but needs an owner that really cares about it's customers. I would not recommend this place to anyone. I know of 18 children that feel the same way.
posted Jun 30 2006 6:42AM - Debra, Marthasville

choo choos was a great place to camp and enjoy a snowcone! everyone was very friendly and the friday night movie was delightful. we will definately be back soon!
posted Jul 4 2006 7:13PM - Anonymous

It appears to me that you had a great idea, and I had a sense of that...could you e-mail me....I'd like to ask some questions about it and is it for sale now....what's it's status????Thanks Jenifer
posted Jul 12 2008 12:38PM - Jenifer

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