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 August 26, 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 August 26, 2016
Travel Opportunities are listed in order of the date of departure.


American Rail Excursions
The Portland, Western & Glacier National Park Private Rail Car Tour
St. Louis – Chicago – Minneapolis/St. Paul – Spokane – Portland – Whitefish (Glacier Park) –
Minneapolis/St. Paul – Chicago – St. Louis
From Chicago: Thursday September 1 – Friday, September 9
From St. Louis: Wednesday, August 31 – Saturday, September 10

American Rail Excursions presents The Portland, Western & Glacier National Park 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.

Come join us aboard our nostalgic streamliner and experience the comfort and relaxation of private rail car travel, witnessing some of America’s most spectacular scenery, as it passes by our train’s windows.

Our first-class, on-board staff will want to ensure your voyage is everything you want it to be. Our train will transport us from the Windy City, Chicago, through Milwaukee, WI and onward through the Kettle Moraine region of Wisconsin and onward to the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. We will trace the routes of some of our country’s early settlers across the lush farmland and livestock ranches on the plains of North Dakota. Views of wide open grandeur grace our windows as we travel through Big Sky Country of Montana. The towering snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains will give way to the journey down the Columbia River Gorge with spectacular views of Mt Hood & Beacon Rock en-route to the City of Roses, Portland, OR.

Currently planned is an all day tour of the Greater Portland area. We will visit this laid-back friendly cities downtown attractions. See Pioneer Courthouse Square. Explore vibrant eclectic neighborhoods like Nob Hill and the Pearl District. You will learn about Portland’s history and modern day culture. Our touring should take us to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and the gorgeous waterfalls.

After our visit to Portland, our train will back track a bit to the mountain town that the Great Northern Railway helped established in 1904, Whitefish, MT, a logging industry rail head. Today Whitefish boasts Big Mountain Resort and a gateway to Glacier National Park. Our rail tour will park in Whitefish, MT encouraging our passengers to immerse themselves in this quaint mountain town and to enjoy the grandeur of Glacier National Park.

Tour includes full beverage/snack service, breakfast each morning and lunch/dinner while enroute. You will enjoy 4,510 rail miles from Chicago and 5,078 from St. Louis.

Fares are $4,699 per person, double occupancy in double bedroom. Single occupancy of a double bedroom is $9,199. Double occupancy of a suite is $8,999 per person. $100 additional for St. Louis departure. Much more details available at

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

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 operating one way 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.

AAPRCO "City of Spokane" and the 2016 Convention
Chicago - Denver - Spokane - Chicago
September 2016

High Iron Travel Corp., operator of the business car "Caritas" and the ex-SLSF sleeper "Cimarron River" have space available (both single roomette and double bedrooms) from Chicago or Denver to the AAPRCO convention at Spokane, and return to Chicago on the Empire Builder.

or call

New York Central bedroom lounge car SWIFT STREAM
will be a part of the AAPRCO "City of Spokane" Special Train and 2016 Convention
September 10th - 24th, 2016

Climb aboard the beautiful SWIFT STREAM and enjoy this very special trip in comfort and style.
We will be offering accommodations to only ten guests so that each one will have plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the ride: no need to crowd for lounge seats or be assigned to a meal sitting. Every guest will have time and space to relax while being professionally served by our friendly and knowledgeable chef and steward. If you prefer first class-small ship cruising at sea, this is the car you want.

This year’s trip contains some rare mileage travel and a whole lot of terrific scenery. AAPRCO will be offering tours at Yellowstone National Park and around Missoula, Montana. At the convention, there will be good seminars to attend, two nights of car parties to enjoy, and, of course, the banquet.

The “Swift Stream” features five double bedrooms with upper and lower beds, or a suite can be arranged with two lower beds. Each bedroom has its own private enclosed lavatory and toilet and there is a nicely appointed shared shower facility on board. The lounge and dining area will comfortably hold our ten guests with room to spare. This room is where your well thought out meals will be served from a fully equipped galley on vintage railroad china and is the social hub of the car. Personal attention with an eye to detail will make traveling aboard the SWIFT STREAM something to remember for years to come.

Double bedrooms sleeping two guests from Chicago to Spokane and return are offered at $12,750.00
Commodore Suite sleeping two guests from Chicago to Spokane and return is available at $25,500.00
Guests wishing to travel only from Denver to Spokane or extend their trip starting and ending at
SWIFT STREAM's home in Kansas City may enquire for pricing.

Prices do not include required AAPRCO membership dues, AAPRCO convention registration fee, and tours.

For complete details about this terrific rail trip contact Gerry Lemmons at 303-909-6832
or by email at
We look forward to hearing from you.

AAPRCO "City of Spokane" Special Train and Convention Trip
Chicago or Denver - Spokane - Portland or Oakland
September 10th - 24th, 2016

Join us for this scenic trip. Please see this document for full details, fares and reservation contact information.

One remaining roomette available: $4,000.00

Cross-Country Positioning Moves
September 15-24, 2016
October 15-25, 2016

We have room for one couple or two singles on two trans-continental positioning moves that will "bookend" fall charter trips. The trips are priced on an out-of-pocket expense basis and reflect more than a 50% discount compared to normal charter travel costs. Kindly phone Lovett Smith @ 203-775-2509 or email To review the car, please see

Trip #1:

New York to either Portland or Seattle. (Western termination point will be determined based on Amtrak requirements in Seattle.) We may also have room for a few people traveling shorter distances, such as New York to Chicago.

Day 1—Sept. 15—Thursday--Lv. New York @ 7:05 AM--train 79—Carolinian; 226 miles arr. Washington @ 10:30 AM
Day 2—Sept. 16—Friday--Lv Washington @ 4:05 PM--train 29—Capitol Ltd; 780 miles midnight @ Pittsburgh
Day 3—Sept. 17—Saturday--Arr. Chicago @ 8:45 AM Spend day in Chicago
Day 4—Sept. 18—Sunday--Lv. Chicago @ 2:00 PM—train 5—California Zephyr; 2438 miles 11:00 PM at Omaha
Day 5---Sept. 19—Monday--Enroute—arr. Denver @ 7:15 AM; Glenwood Springs @ 1:53 PM; Salt Lake City @ 11:00 pm
Day 6—Sept. 20—Tuesday--Reno @ 8:36 AM; Sacramento 2:13 PM; arr. Emeryville @ 4:10 PM.
Day 7—Sept. 21—Wednesday--Parked in Oakland
Day 8—Sept. 22—Thursday--Lv. Oakland Jack London Square @ 9:39 PM—train 14— 913 miles Coast Starlight
Day 9—Sept. 23—Friday--Klamath Falls @ 8:17 AM; Eugene @ 12:36 PM; Portland @ 4:02; Seattle @ 8:12 PM Day 10—Sept. 24—Saturday--Parked in Portland or Seattle Price = $ 2,225/person.

Trip 2:

Day 1---Oct. 15—Saturday--Lv. Chicago @ 8:05 PM—train 59—City of New Orleans 934 miles
Day 2---Oct. 16—Sunday— Memphis @ 6:27 AM; Jackson @ 11:20; arrive New Orleans @ 3:32 PM
Day 3—Oct. 17—Monday—Parked in New Orleans
Day 4—Oct. 18—Tuesday—Parked in New Orleans
Day 5—Oct 19—Wednesday—Lv. New Orleans @ 9:00 AM—train 1—Sunset Ltd; arr. 573 miles Houston @ 6:15 PM
Day 6—Oct. 20—Thursday—Parked in Houston
Day 7---Oct. 21--Friday----Parked in Houston
Day 8—Oct. 22—Saturday—Lv. Houston @ 6:55 PM—train 1—Sunset Ltd.
Day 9—Oct. 23—Sunday—Arr. San Antonio @ 12:05 AM; lv San Antonio @ 7:00 AM— 1,305 miles train 22—Texas Eagle. Austin @ 9:31 AM; Ft. Worth @ 1:58 PM; Dallas @ 3:20 PM; Marshall @ 7:31 PM; Little Rock @ 11:39 PM.
Day 10—Oct. 24—Monday—St. Louis @ 7:19 AM; Arrive Chicago @ 1:52 PM Price = $ 1,525/person

Trip 3:

Price to be determined Day 11--Oct. 25—Tuesday—Lv. Chicago @ 5:45 PM—train 50—Cardinal; Indianapolis 1,147 miles @ midnight. Day 12--Oct. 26—Wednesday—Huntington @ 7:09 AM; Greenbrier @ 11:39 AM; Charlottesville @ 3:19 PM; Washington @ 6:19 PM; arrive NYP @ 9:58 PM.

AAPRCO "City of Spokane" Special Train and Convention Trip
Charlotte - Washington - Chicago - Denver - Spokane - Chicago - Washington - Charlotte
September 2016

Business car WISCONSIN and sleeper-lounge J. PINCKNEY HENDERSON have space available for this trip.

For details and pricing, please contact or call 239-823-9050.

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 - 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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