Travel Opportunities
Rail Travel Offered by AAPRCO Members

AAPRCO's "Texas Special" eastbound on BNSF at Abo Canyon, New Mexico on 4/19/2015. The train is enroute
from Albuquerque, New Mexico to AAPRCO's mid-term events which were held at San Antonio, Texas.
Photo by Ward McCartney.

Updated May 23, 2016  

Although our members often charter their cars to an individual or company, many offer travel opportunities to others. As individual car owners inform us of opportunities where space is available on their car(s), those travel opportunities will be posted here.

The actions of the members of AAPRCO, Inc. are those of independent contractors. AAPRCO, Inc. does not own nor operate cars and does not make any representation as to the services provided.

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This information was last updated on May 23, 2016
Travel Opportunities are listed in order of the date of departure.


American Rail Excursions
The River Cities Rail Tour
St. Louis – Chicago - Kansas City – St. Louis – Chicago
From St. Louis: Thursday, June 2 – Monday, June 6 (5 days, 4 nights)
From Chicago: Wednesday, June 3 – Tuesday, June 7 (5 days, 4 nights)

American Rail Excursions presents the River Cities Rail Tour. For St. Louis boarding passengers this tour includes a Chicago tour. For Chicago boarding passengers, a St. Louis tour is included. Both St. Louis and Chicago boarding passengers will enjoy a Kansas City tour. The tour can also be boarded in Alton, Carlinville, Springfield and Bloomington, IL. While in Kansas City our cars will be parked at Kansas City Union Station which has been reborn as a first class museum and destination. The station also includes Amtrak. For railfans, the parade of trains is nearly endless as major routes of BNSF and UP pass by the station. There is also Kansas City's new streetcar line. There is the Crown Center (Hallmark Cards) with shopping and dining just across the street which can be reached by a covered walkway. Tour includes full beverage service, breakfast each morning and lunch/dinner while enroute.

Fares are $1,899 per person in roomette, $1,599 per person, double occupancy in double bedroom. Single occupancy of double bedroom is $2,999. Double occupancy of a suite is $2,899 per person. Much more details available at

Please contact Frank Corley at 313-300-8411 to order or for more information If no answer, please call Carol Sheeler at 417-818-5969.

Portland Vino and Roses Train
Los Angeles to Portland and return
June 8 - 14, 2016

Our vintage rail cars become your home away from home while we enjoy a wine theme rail escape to Portland, Oregon in time for the Portland Rose Festival!

Travel to the "City of Roses" in style! Socialize with old and new pals on Overland Trail, a charming 1949 Pullman lounge car, nap in your sleeper car or play 'shutterbug' by capturing dawn's first light on Mount Shasta.
Lauded as a world class wine region, Willamette Valley is home to a variety of award-winning wineries and you are invited to enjoy an optional wine tasting trip while on this rail tour. With a charter bus, we'll visit a couple vineyards and some tasting rooms... and see some lush, green scenery while we're out and about!
The Annual Portland Rose Festival will be in "full bloom" and you'll have ample time to savor the flavors, city sights and smell the roses!

Portland is Oregon's Mecca for the arts and fun. Select from a diverse menu of exciting Rose Festival events, enjoy a little wine tasting in Willamette Valley, view the U.S. Navy and Canadian Navy vessels anchored for Fleet Week on the Willamette River, take a side trip to the majestic Columbia Gorge, taste unique treats at quirky Voodoo Doughnuts, browse an acre of books at Powell's City of Books, or ride Mt. Hood Railroad's scenic dinner train! Our railcars will be parked right in the depot complex for our three-day stay in Portland.

Your fare ($1,995.00) includes round-trip vintage rail car transportation and six nights lodging on our sleeper cars, all meals en-route, at least one wine tasting event onboard enroute and continental breakfasts while in Portland.

American Rail Excursions
The Cities of Denver & San Francisco Private Rail Car Tour
St. Louis – Chicago - Denver – San Francisco – Chicago – St. Louis
From St. Louis: Thursday, June 23 – Sunday, July 3
From Chicago: Friday, June 24 – Saturday, July 2

American Rail Excursions presents The Cities of Denver & San Francisco Private Rail Car Tour. The tour can also be boarded in Springfield or Bloomington, IL and other cities. Please inquire to 313-300-8411 if you would like to board/detrain at another location.

While parked in Denver, passengers will enjoy a “Denver Highlights” tour providing perfect insight of Denver, the Mile High City, and its culture. You will travel through the Moffat Tunnel both westbound and eastbound. Enjoy the stunning daylight passage through the Colorado Rockies, Gore, Byers and Glenwood Canyons all from the comfort of our train.
See the extraordinary sights of Reno/Tahoe, historic Donner Pass and the high Sierra mountains. Cross the lush valleys of California.

Included Oakland/San Francisco transfer and two full days of tours. Fisherman’s Wharf, cable cars and much more.
Tour includes full beverage/snack service, breakfast each morning and lunch/dinner while enroute. You will enjoy 4,876 rail miles from Chicago and 5,444 from St. Louis.

Fares are $4,699 per person, double occupancy in double bedroom, $4,799 per person in roomette. Single occupancy of a double bedroom is $8,999. Double occupancy of a suite is $8,999 per person. Much more details available at

Please contact Frank Corley at 313-300-8411 to order or for more information If no answer, you may call Carol Sheeler at 417-818-5969.


New York NY - Montreal QC - New York NY
Canada Day & Independence Day Holidays Weekend
Friday July 1 - Monday July 4, 2016

We are operating a trip from New York to Montreal and return over this international holiday weekend. We will spend three nights parked in Montreal's Central Station, which will allow us sufficent time to enjoy Montreal. Via Rail Canada has approved our request. Enjoy the scenery of the Hudson River Valley, Lake Champlain and the fertile farmland of southern Quebec.

Bedroom (double occupancy): $1,000 per person
Day Rider (will obtain their own lodging at Montreal): $700 per person

All passengers must have the necessary documentation to cross the USA-Canada international border in either direction.

Inquiries: Jack Deasy, 703-307-8960 or

National Railway Historical Society 2016 Convention
New York NY - Washington DC - Chicago IL - Denver CO - Chicago IL - Washington DC - New York NY
July 14-29, 2016

Join us for a breathtaking cross-country adventure on three historic private railcars to visit the 2016 National Railway Historical Society convention at Denver. The convention is being held at the Holiday Inn East - Stapleton from July 19th thru July 24th, just a short ride from Denver Union Station on the new commuter rail A line.

Our trip includes 16 meals cooked and served onboard our 1923 vintage lounge car; our spacious 1949 built sleeper and 1950 built bedroom lounge offer accomodations for 33 passengers during the eight nights of travel. For an additional $40 per night, we are offering the opportunity to stay onboard our full sleeper and bedroom lounge parked in Denver Union Station for the six night duration of the NRHS convention.

Our route will be that of Amtrak's Crescent, Capitol Limited and California Zephyr, with 5 days in each direction to experience the breadth of American scenery. Both directions of travel feature a day in Chicago to enjoy the transportation hub of the midwest.

Roomette (single occupancy) $3,849.00
Bedroom (double occupancy): $7,500.00
Occupany at Denver (six nights): $40 per night

Inquiries: Chuck Jensen, 570-422-1374,

California Zephyr Railcar Charters
"King of Instruments" Tour of Pipe Organs on the West Coast
San Diego - Los Angeles - San Luis Obispo - Oakland (San Francisco) - Portland - Seattle
August 14-20, 2016
Seattle - Portland - Oakland (San Francisco) - Los Angeles
August 21-27, 2016

Your choice, 7 days or 14 days, beginning August 14, 2016. Participants may opt for the full two weeks, or either the first week or the second week. In each city the organs we visit will be demonstrated for us by their principal organists, who you will be able to meet and greet. The tour will feature concert, church, and theater organs.

August 14-20: San Diego to Seattle with stops in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Oakland/San Francisco, and Portland.
August 21-27: Seattle to San Diego, with stop in Portland, Oakland/San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Travel between cities will be aboard our “Silver Fleet” of vintage private railcars, which will also be your hotel. Meals aboard will be prepared fresh by our chefs and served on tables clothed with our original California Zephyr tablecloths, using our own monogram china. Beds are triple-sheeted with starched pressed linens.

Prices start at $3,599/person for one week, or $6,999/person for both weeks. That works out to around $500/day.

Visit our website for complete details on the tour, the organs we’ll visit, and the organists we’ll meet along the way.

Burt Hermey
California Zephyr Railcar Charters
1146 Charleston St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 751-2032

AAPRCO "City of Spokane" Special Train
Denver CO - Casper WY - Livingston MT - Missoula MT - Spokane WA
September 13-19, 2016

AAPRCO 39th Annual Convention
Spokane, Washington
September 20-22, 2016

AAPRCO is planning to hold our 2016 annual convention at Spokane, Washington on September 20-22.

Look here for information on the planned itinerary for the convention and
the "City of Spokane" convention special train from Denver to Spokane.

Various car owners will offer space onboard their cars for this trip.

Join the Cincinnati Railway Company onboard BIRCH GROVE and MOONLIGHT DOME
for the AAPRCO "City of Spokane" and the 2016 Convention
Chicago - Denver - Spokane - Chicago
September 10-24, 2016

Ride in luxury in our private railcars behind Amtrak’s California Zephyr from Chicago coursing through the plains of Nebraska to Denver where we will overnight and connect to AAPRCO’s City of Spokane. The City of Spokane will travel from Denver to Spokane for approximately 7 days over some off-of the most scenic routes in the west that are not accessible by any regularly scheduled Amtrak train. The City of Spokane will depart on Tuesday, September 13th and travel north on the former Colorado & Southern along the front range of the Rockies. We will travel down the center of the street in Fort Collins, CO and into Cheyenne, WY. We will continue north through scenic Wyoming and park in Casper, WY for the night. On Wednesday, September 14th we will depart Casper, WY and continue north on the former Colorado & Southern. We will pass through the spectacular Wind River Canyon which is one of the most scenic rail passes in the United States not accessible by normal rail travel. We will join the Montana Rail Link, ex Northern Pacific line, at Laurel, Montana and head west to Livingston, MT where we will tie up for the night, On Thursday, September 15th and Friday, September 16th we will remain parked in Livingston allowing passengers the opportunity to tour the magnificent Yellowstone National Park. Our train will be switched in Livingston for the outbound moves following the convention. On Saturday, the 17th, the City of Spokane will depart Livingston and operate on the Montana Rail Link ex Northern Pacific through the Montana Rockies to Missoula, MT where we will tie up for the night. We will remain parked in Missoula Sunday, the 18th to allow passengers time to explore this wonderful city. On Monday September 19th, the train will continue west on the MRL ex Northern Pacific line through rugged Montana over mountain passes and along the Clark Fork River to Sandpoint, ID where we will join the Amtrak Empire Builder line to Spokane. We will tie up in Spokane for our convention activities. Our traditional convention activities will be conducted between Tuesday, September 20th and Thursday, September 22nd in Spokane. These include car parties, technical seminars, the car owners meeting, the associate members meeting, the annual meeting, vendor activities, the board of directors meeting and the annual banquet. On Friday September 23rd our cars will depart Spokane for Chicago.

Please make your plans to join us on this rare and spectacular scenic special train and attend the convention in Spokane, Washington. Since this is an AAPRCO sponsored special train, all passengers must be members of AAPRCO or the guest of a member.

Roomettes for single passengers are available. Double Bedrooms are also available for double occupancy. Reserve yours today! Our bedrooms sell fast! Email us to book your reservation at Nothing like being on rare mileage & views from a dome car! Single occupancy roomettes in BIRCH GROVE are $6,000.00 and they sleep one person, some with toilet and some without toilet Double bedrooms in the BIRCH GROVE sleeper are $12,000 and sleep two people in upper and lower berths, private toilet and sink. Double bedrooms in the MOONLIGHT DOME are $14,000 and sleep two people in two lower beds, private toilet and sink.

Fall Color Circle Trip: Los Angeles - Portland - Chicago - Los Angeles
Sponsored by the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
September 24 - October 3, 2016

There’s no better way to enjoy the wonders of Fall foliage than aboard a private railcar. Our Fall charter journey emphasizes affordable day trips as our consist makes a circle trip over three of Amtrak’s most scenic long-distance routes. We’ve paired two exceptionally restored private railcars: the ex-Milwaukee Road Business Car MONTANA and ex-Santa Fe Buffet Lounge Car ACOMA. You’ll enjoy private-car travel at its best.

Day-trip space is available on eleven segments. If you’ve longed to experience private-car travel but found it unaffordable, here’s a unique opportunity to enjoy the excitement and ambiance of rail travel in times past. The number of passengers will be limited, so riders will have sufficient lounge space to relax, view the passing countryside, and enjoy their time onboard. Fares include snacks, soft drinks, wine, beer and meals as specified. One way fares range from $150/person to $315/person, depending on the segment. Overnight space is offered for three separate legs of the charter in two bedrooms on the MONTANA. One is a double bedroom, the other a master bedroom with a double bed that folds back into the wall, creating private daytime seating. Meals are included, as are snacks, soft drinks, wine and beer. Fares range from $1,700/person to $2,400/person based on double occupancy and depending on the segment. Please see this document for the details.

This charter is sponsored by the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc. and serves as a fundraiser that supports the organization’s ongoing mission of preservation and interpretation.

Reserve your space now as we expect both the day-trip segments and the bedroom accommodations to go quickly. Full payment for day-trip passage will be required upon reservation. Bedroom reservations will require a $250/person deposit. Limited space is available. We know many of these segments will sell out quickly. Please contact Tim Tennant at 505-880-1311 or e-mail for a trip flyer or reservations.


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Cincinnati Railway Company
National Cherry Blossom Festival at Washington DC
Chicago IL - Washington DC - Chicago IL
April 6 - April 10, 2017

Join Cincinnati Railway as we travel in comfort and style aboard private rail cars MOONLIGHT DOME and BIRCH GROVE as we travel to Washington D.C. for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Enjoy 1st class service as our private chef and staff serve you gourmet meals and drinks as we travel. The privacy of your bedroom awaits you each night as the rail cars become your rolling hotel throughout the excursion. The blooming of the cherry tees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. has come to symbolize the natural beauty of our nation’s capital city. The famous trees, a gift from Japan in 1912, signal Washington’s rite of spring with an explosion of life and color that surrounds the Tidal Basin in a sea of pale pink and white blossoms. Thousands of city residents and visitors from across the nation and around the world come here to witness the spectacle, hoping that the trees will be at the peak of bloom for the Cherry Blossom Festival. This three day, four night trip departs Chicago Thursday April 6, 2017 traveling thru Cincinnati and onto Washington D.C. for arrival on Friday April 7, 2017. We will depart Washington D.C. on Sunday April 9th and once again travel thru Cincinnati and onto Chicago where our trip will terminate Monday morning April 10th. Passengers have the option to board eastbound in Cincinnati and to detrain westbound in Cincinnati.

Bedrooms begin at $1900 per person single occupancy. Contact and reserve your bedroom now. Sales for this trip will close Monday November 7, 2016.

AAPRCO's "Pine Tree Limited" special train eastbound on Norfolk Southern at Burns Harbor, Indiana on 9/17/2014. The train is enroute to AAPRCO's 37th annual convention, which was held "down east" at Portland, Maine.
Photo by Don Kalkman.

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