Travel Opportunities
Rail Travel Offered by AAPRCO Members

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.

Updated March 15, 2015  

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 March 15, 2015
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AAPRCO Special Train "The Texas Special"
Albuquerque - Lubbock - Houston - San Antonio
April 19-21, 2015
AAPRCO Mid-Term Events
San Antonio, Texas
April 22-23, 2015

AAPRCO is planning a special train (The Texas Special) one way from Albuquerque NM to San Antonio TX, prior to the mid-term activities at San Antonio. This planned special train is pending review, approval and pricing by Amtrak, BNSF and UP.

Look here for more information on The Texas Special and the events at San Antonio.

Look here for those cars that will offer space on their trip
to and from the AAPRCO mid-term 2015 events at San Antonio.

Join the Cincinnati Railway Company onboard
the Birch Grove and the Moonlight Dome
on the 2015 Mid-Term AAPRCO Special Train to San Antonio, Texas
Cincinnati – Chicago – Albuquerque – Lubbock – Houston - San Antonio – New Orleans - Chicago - Cincinnati
April 16 – April 29, 2015

This is a special train you won’t want to miss since it will travel over some rare off-Amtrak mileage.
Since this is an AAPRCO sponsored special train, all passengers must be members of AAPRCO or the guest of a member. Passengers may board in Cincinnati, Chicago, or Albuquerque.

$5200.00 single occupancy. 50% deposit at time of booking.

Nothing like being on rare mileage & enjoying the views from a dome!

Call us to make your reservation at 513-791-7245 or email Vicky at

Daytripper and Deadhead Moves to/from AAPRCO's Mid-Term Meeting at San Antonio TX
April 2015

2/18/2015 update

Our journey begins in Washington DC on April 15. From there we overnight to Chicago where we will spend the night. A one way move is available from DC to Chicago.

On April 17 we move from Chicago to Albuquerque, NM where we will join the AAPRCO Texas Special train. Space is also available on this one way move.

We depart New Orleans April 25th and a one way move is available from New Orleans to Washington DC.

The fare for any of these trip segements is $800/bedroom double occupancy.

There is also space in the BERLIN for four day-trippers from Albuquerque to San Antonio. This would be in BERLIN's lounge only. The entire three day route Albuquerque - Lubbock - Houston - San Antonio is $2,000/person and includes breakfast and lunch every day, as well as dinner on the way in to Houston.

There is one room left for the entire trip.
Washington DC - Chicago - San Antonio - New Orleans - Washington DC (11 days)
Double occupancy bedroom $14,000
Includes all meals and beverages while on the move.

Chicago - San Antonio - New Orleans (9 days)
Double Occupancy bedroom $12,500
Includes all meals and beverages while on the move.

All passengers on the Texas Special (Albuquerque - Lubbock - Houston - San Antonio) must be AAPRCO members.

A Trip to New Orleans Jazzfest
New York to New Orleans and return
April 28 – May 5, 2015

HICKORY CREEK (Star Trak Inc.) and BERLIN SLEEPING CAR (Deep River Rail Ventures LLC) are pleased to offer a very special opportunity to experience the ambiance of overnight Pullman rail travel between two of the greatest cities in the country. Take this opportunity to escape the snow covered Northeast and head south to New Orleans. Attend Jazz Fest or tour New Orleans as you please.

Indulge in mouth-watering meals and panoramic views from the famous “Lookout Lounge” of the New York Central round end observation car HICKORY CREEK, recently highlighted in the January 2015 issue of Trains Magazine.

Surround yourself in the plush sleeping accommodations of the former American Orient Express sleeping car BERLIN. offering spacious mahogany paneled rooms and private showers.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015
• Depart Amtrak New York Penn Station at 2:15PM
• First call for gourmet dinner as we near our Nation's Capital. Spend some relaxing time with complimentary cocktails in the lounge before retiring to the comfort of your private bedroom, where you fall asleep to the rhythm of the rails.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
• Wake up to the ever-changing scenery viewed from your bedroom window.
• Indulge in a chef prepared breakfast and lunch as you travel towards the "The Big Easy."
• Enjoy afternoon hors d’oeuvres prior to our arrival in the "Birthplace of Jazz."

Thursday, April 30, 2015 to Sunday, May 3, 2015
• Breakfast served aboard your Pullman hotels as you begin your day.
• Four full days to experience Jazz Fest 2015 or many of the other interesting sights, scenes and tastes of the "Crescent City." Lunch and dinners are on your own. Enjoy an evening glass of wine and restful nights in your private bedroom as our rail cars are parked in downtown New Orleans Union Station adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Monday, May 4, 2015
• Join us in the "Lookout Lounge" as we say good bye to "Nawlins", as we depart Union Passenger Terminal promptly at 7:00AM "New York Central" Time and enjoy your breakfast items of choosing prepared especially for you.
• Racing over the rolling hills of the south, share stories of your visit with friends over lunch and dinner. Enjoy evening drinks and a restful night in your private bedroom.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
• As you awake you see that the pace has picked up a bit as we near the Potomac and the Capital is in site once again.
• Enjoy your last Pullman meal of this unforgettable journey as we sprint up the busy Northeast Corridor towards our final station stop at Penn Station in New York.

FARES - $2,995 / person Double Occupancy - $5,241 / person Single Occupancy

Option 1: Personal/Business check made out to: Deep River Rail Ventures LLC mailed to: Kevin Moore 46 Chestnut Ridge Drive Clarion, PA 16214.
Option 2: Mastercard, VISA.

Please note your reservation is not confirmed until your payment has cleared. All inquiries and reservations contact: Kevin Moore at or call 814-229-6354. Deep River Rail Ventures LLC and Star Trak Inc. reserve the right to cancel this trip should reservations not reach 80% occupancy 30 days before the trip.

Remember The 20th Century Limited
New York City – Chicago – New York City
May 15-18, 2015

2/28/2015 update

Join us on a journey to Chicago aboard the HICKORY CREEK. We will congregate in the Club Acela Lounge at Penn Station in New York City prior to the journey on Friday May 15. Be in the lounge no later than 3:00 PM for our 3:40 PM departure. Chicago’s landmark Union Station is our destination with arrival in Chicago scheduled for 9:45 AM the next day.

Lodging and meals are on your own in Chicago.

Return to Chicago Union Station’s Metropolitan Lounge no later than 8:50 PM for our scheduled 9:30 PM departure on May 17. We are scheduled to arrive back in New York City at 6:23 PM the next day.

Please see our website for a full itinerary.

We have revised our fares to make this experience more affordable.
Single or double occupancy round trip $2,795.00; Single or double occupancy one way $1,395.
Cancellation penalties apply.

Please Contact Bob Ash for more information and payment schedule:
(630) 329-6911


A Trip from New York to the West Coast and Return
July 17 - August 4, 2015

My high school class in Lake Oswego, Oregon is having one of its wonderful reunions this summer, replete with good friends, boat rides on the lake, picnic at the lovely park where I learned to swim, and all the other benefits that Oregon offers in the summer. 

If we can cover costs, we’d like to take NYC 3/Portland and use it as our hotel en-route.

The draft itinerary from New York to the West Coast and return takes 20 days, covers 7400 miles and has stops in Washington, DC (1 day); Chicago (1 day); Whitefish, MT (two days); Portland  (4 days); and Oakland (3 days).  If so desired, the trip could be expanded to cover Seattle and/or Los Angeles.  The draft involves traveling to Portland on the Empire Builder and from Emeryville to Chicago on the California Zephyr.  There is also a potential deal-breaker; Amtrak is currently storing a second Empire Builder train set in Portland because of the huge delays BNSF delays on the Empire Builder, and they currently have no room to park private cars there.  Hopefully, that situation will have improved by summer.

This trip could function as either a discounted charter trip with a single client who assembles his/her travel group or a trip where individual guests sign up.  The actual price will depend on the level of service desired by the group and the final itinerary, but will involve paying actual Amtrak costs at full value and all other car-related costs at a 40% discount. 

Travel dates are projected to be July 17-August 4.  Kindly contact Lovett Smith @ 203-775-2509 or for further details, and visit our website at    

AAPRCO 38th Annual Convention
St Louis, Missouri
October 1-3, 2015
AAPRCO Spirit of St Louis Special Train
Chicago - Cincinnati - Louisville - St Louis - Chicago
September 27 - October 4, 2015

Look here in 2015 for those cars that will offer space on their trip
to and from the AAPRCO convention at Saint Louis, Missouri.




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