Rail Travel Offered by AAPRCO Members
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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April 27, 2016
MONTANA, ACOMA and PALM LEAF
Back by popular demand, the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad are once again offering a Los Angeles to Seattle private car charter behind Amtrak’s Coast Starlight. Following an initial invitation to our Friends, limited space remains for additional guests.
Join us for a relaxing and memorable trip along one of the country’s most scenic railroad routes. Our three-car private charter will consist of ex-Milwaukee Road business car MONTANA, ex-Santa Fe 10-6 sleeper PALM LEAF and ex-Santa Fe buffet lounge car ACOMA. Enjoy a beautiful ride up the California coast as our trip then takes us through the Bay Area, the Cascades, the Willamette Valley, Portland and finally to the Emerald City of Seattle. Great company, great scenery and great food! If you missed our highly successful tour last year, here is your opportunity!
This trip is a fundraising event. A small portion of each fare will help support the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc. ongoing preservation and interpretive mission.
Depart Wednesday May 4, 2016 from Los Angeles Union Station 10:10am
We will be parked at King Street Station Thursday evening through Sunday morning. Fare includes occupying your bedroom onboard during our layover in downtown Seattle. (If you desire to stay at a hotel instead, it is at your own expense.)
Depart Sunday May 8, 2016 Seattle King Street Station 9:35am
MONTANA double bedroom $3,575/person based on double occupancy, MONTANA master bedroom $3,890/person based on double occupancy.
Fares include: Roundtrip transportation from Los Angeles to Seattle and return, sleeping accommodations throughout the trip, full meals while enroute as well as coffee, tea, soft drinks, snacks, wine and beer throughout the day; continental breakfast and happy hour the two days we layover in Seattle. Lunch and dinner while in town are on your own in one of the nation’s great “foodie” destinations.
For information and reservations please call 505-880-1311 or e-mail Tim Tennant at firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTHERN SKY + NORTHERN DREAMS
Let's go to the Derby! We have three bedrooms available for the Kentucky Derby trip. We depart Chicago Wednesday May 4 and return Sunday May 8. The all inclusive price (with tickets to Louisville Downs) is $8,950 per bedroom.
For more info please call Chef David Kugler at 414-517-6702 or email to email@example.com
HICKORY CREEK + NEW YORK CENTRAL 43 + BABBLING BROOK
Star Trak, Inc in partnership with Webb Rail, LLC are pleased to announce a special opportunity to enjoy three ex-New York Central stremliner era private cars traveling on their original routes. Enjoy the Hudson River valley from the world famous "Lookout Lounge" as the Century races up the mainline. Upon arrival at Albany/Rensselaer, guests will disembark while the consist is turned on the wye and readied for the move over the former Boston and Albany Railroad, where Babbling Brook will bring up the markers on New England States home turf. Please note that this is a one-way trip. All guests must plan for their own travel back to New York Penn Station.
Itinerary Thursday, May 19th
Equipment will be HICKORY CREEK, NEW YORK CENTRAL 43 and BABBLING BROOK. Pricing $349 per person. Fare includes all meals en route. Guests are welcome to enjoy all of the cars. There will be no assigned seating. The full fare price of $349 per person is applicable regardless of your final destination.
American Rail Excursions
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 www.americanrail.com.
Please contact Frank Corley at 313-300-8411 to order or for more information firstname.lastname@example.org. If no answer, please call Carol Sheeler at 417-818-5969.
OVERLAND TRAIL AND PACIFIC SANDS
American Rail Excursions
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.
Included Oakland/San Francisco transfer and two full days of tours. Fisherman’s Wharf, cable cars and much more.
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 www.americanrail.com.
Please contact Frank Corley at 313-300-8411 to order or for more information email@example.com. If no answer, you may call Carol Sheeler at 417-818-5969.
We are planning a trip from New York to Montreal and return over this international holiday weekend. Our plan is to spend three nights parked in Montreal's Central Station, which will allow us sufficent time to enjoy Montreal. The dates for this would be Thursday June 30 thru Sunday July 3, or Friday July 1 thru Monday July 4. We've submitted our request to Via Rail Canada, and we are awaiting their approval.
Bedroom (double occupancy): $1,000 per person
Inquiries: Jack Deasy, 703-307-8960 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HIGHBALL TO INDY IN STYLE!
Join us on a breathtaking private rail adventure to the 2016 National Model Railroad Association annual convention and National Train Show in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our luxury cars travel the scenic Amtrak Cardinal route (former C&O Railway Fast Flying Virginian and George Washington) through the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains, Shenandoah Valley and New River Gorge.
Experience a spacious lounge and open platform with overnight accommodations in a roomy stateroom with private shower. Stay aboard in Indianapolis just blocks from the NMRA convention headquarters hotel, the Westin downtown. See www.nmra2016.org for NMRA Convention and National Train Show schedule of events.
Our trip includes all meals while traveling, continental breakfasts and refreshments while parked in Indianapolis.
$4,000 single occupancy bedroom; $7,500 double occupancy bedroom
National Railway Historical Society 2016 Convention
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
Inquiries: Chuck Jensen, 570-422-1374, email@example.com
California Zephyr Railcar Charters
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.
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.
AAPRCO "City of Spokane" Special Train
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
Various car owners will offer space onboard their cars for this trip.
Join the Cincinnati Railway Company onboard BIRCH GROVE and MOONLIGHT DOME
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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 email@example.com for a trip flyer or reservations.
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Cincinnati Railway Company
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and reserve your bedroom now. Sales for this trip will close Monday November 7, 2016.