Marathon Junction at Marathon Park features a re-engined train, affordable food/drink menu, new landscaping, an indoor reservable shelter, and additional outdoor seating.  Located adjacent to the Splash Pad, Marathon Junction provides an excellent opportunity for summer family fun.  Contact the Park Administrative Office with all your questions at 715.261.1550.


Marathon Junction Train and Concessions will open for the season at noon on Friday, June 7, 2019. Marathon Junction will be open daily noon to 6 pm from June 7 through August 25, 2019.  The Junction concessions and train will be open during the Wausau Fourth of July Celebration.  The Junction concessions will be open during the annual Wisconsin Valley Fair, however the Junction train will only be open on the Saturday of the Wisconsin Valley Fair.

The Marathon Junction air conditioned building is available for private rental from June 1 - September 1, 2019.  If you reserve the building privately within the date ranges of June 1 - 6 and August 26 - September 1, 2019 the train and concessoins will not be in operation.


Marathon Junction Concession Building

2019 Marathon Junction Menu listed below. 

Train Ride (2x round) each Ride $1.25    
Train & Small Sundae $3.75    
Train and Meal 1 - Hot dog or mac & cheese, chips, soda or juice box, small cone and a train ride $5.75    
Train and Meal 2 - Nachos with cheese or salsa, 12 oz soda or juice or water, small cone and a train ride  $5.75    

Train ticket group rates
4 for $4.75
12 for $13.75
20 for $22.50

Cones $1.25 $1.75 $2.75
Waffle Cones $1.75 $2.25  
Sundaes $2.75 $3.25  
Toppings $ .50 $1.00  
Premium Sundae $4.00    
Soda $2.00 $2.50 $3.00
Coffee $1.00    
Shake $3.25    
Slushy $2.50 $3.00  
Water $1.50    
Sports Drink $3.00    
Juice Box $1.00    
Whole Pizza $7.00    
Hot Dog $1.75    
Corn Dog $2.50    
Mac & Cheese $1.75    
String Cheese - 2 $1.00    
Nachos $2.50    
Extra Cheese $ .75    
Chips/Candy $1.75    
Popcorn (Sat and Sun only) $1.00    
Cotton Candy $2.25    
Floats $2.50 $3.50  
Freeze Pop $.25 5/$1.00  
Drum Stick $2.00    
Ice Cream Sandwich $2.00    

2019 Private Building Rentals:
Marathon Junction is available to rent from June 1 - September 1, 2019 for your private party (50 person maximum group size). Click here to reserve Marathon Junction on-line, or complete a contract and pay the applicable fee at the Park Administrative Office, 212 River Drive, Suite 2, Wausau, WI 54403-5476, or call in to make a reservation and credit card payment over the telephone at ph 715.261.1550 M - F, 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Please note:  If you rent the building privately within the date ranges of June 1 - 6 and August 26 - September 1, the Marathon Junction train and concessions will not be open.

Marathon Junction rental block times includes setup time.  For example if you reserve the Noon Rental time of 11am to 2:30pm, the earliest time that you can arrive at the shelter to begin setup is 11am.  There are three rental options available depending on your needs:

  1. Noon Rental: Marathon Junction is available to rent daily from 11 am to 2:30 pm (or a window of time within this timeframe). Cost is $66.
  2. Evening Rental: Marathon Junction will be available to rent daily from 5:00 pm to mid-night (or a window of time within this timeframe). Cost is $160.
  3. All Day Rental: Marathon Junction can be reserved just like any other shelter at Marathon Park from 8 am to mid-night (or a window of time within this timeframe).   Cost is $226.
  4. If rental has alcohol and amplified music a $200 security deposit will also be collected at the time of the reservation.

Marathon Junction Features:

  • Air Conditioned
  • Fluoresent Lighting
  • Electricity
  • Serving window to access Marathon Junction Concession Menu
  • Seating for 50 inside
  • Picnic tables adjacent outside
  • Indoor restrooms
  • Availablle to rent from Memorial weekend through Labor Day annually


The Marathon Park Train started its 60th year of operation Friday, May 25th, 2012 with a new/old look. Thanks to a generous donation by Mitzi Dolloff in honor of her late husband Cliff Dolloff, the train was painted to replicate the Milwaukee Road’s North Woods Hiawatha passenger train that served Wausau in 1952 when the park train began its service. Cliff Dolloff was a Milwaukee Road conductor for 40 years and worked on both the North Woods Hiawatha and freight trains out of Wausau.

The Marathon Park Train was manufactured specifically for Marathon Park by the Miniature Train Company (MTC) of Elmhurst, IL. and was delivered in May 1952. The train was originally owned by Park Concessions, Inc., the private concessionaire in Marathon Park, and was subsequently bought and sold by a series of concession operators. The train almost left Marathon Park in 2010 when Winter Concessions ceased their operations in the park. At that time the Wausau and Marathon County Parks Foundation raised funds to purchase the train and gift it to Marathon County on the condition that the County would continue to operate this community icon that has been part of growing up in Marathon County for the last 60 years.

 North Woods Hiawatha Train 60th Anniversary  was celebrated in May, 2012
Officials unveil the North Woods Hiawatha train at Marathon Junction North Woods Hiawatha passenger train at Marathon Junction