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 November 21, 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.

To post a travel opportunity, email it to the Webmaster.
If there is an attachment to the email, please use .txt or .pdf format.

This information was last updated on November 21, 2015
Travel Opportunities are listed in order of the date of departure.


American Rail Excursions presents
New Orleans Sunshine Special
St. Louis - Chicago - New Orleans
November 10-15, 2015

We’ve had numerous requests for an inexpensive deadhead trip. All passengers may stay onboard days and evening until departing cars by 10:00AM, November 15. You depart earlier if you wish. Cars will be parked at New Orleans Union Station.

New Orleans has many of the greatest restaurants in the country. The New Orleans Loyola/UPT street car terminus is just out the front door of the station and can deliver you to Canal St., Bourbon St. or the French Quarter with connections to the Canal St. & Riverfront streetcar lines. Taxi cabs are also available to whisk you to that special destination in the Crescent City. New Orleans is known for jazz and it rivals Kansas City for barbeque.

The fare for a double bedroom is only $899 per person, double occupancy. Single occupancy of a double bedroom is $1,499 per person.. Double occupancy of a suite is also $1,499 per person. St. Louis boarding is $100 additional. Please contact Frank Corley at 313-300-8411 for more information or to order. Alternatively you can call Carole Sheeler at 417-818-5969.

LA Rail: Celebrate the New Year in New Orleans
Los Angeles - New Orleans - Los Angeles
December 27, 2015 - January 4, 2016

Something unusual to ring in the New Year! Join LA Rail as we journey from Los Angeles to New Orleans aboard our vintage luxury private railroad cars Pullman sleeper PACIFIC SANDS, business car TIOGA PASS, and bar-lounge car OVERLAND TRAIL (specially renamed for this trip only "French Quarter Lounge").

The grand departure will occur Sunday, December 27th and return to Los Angeles January 4th, and will spend three full days in the Crescent City. You will be treated to fine foods prepared by our chef Malia Ramos, and complimentary beverages thruout the entire round trip. In New Orleans, enjoy a cruise aboard a steamboat on the Mississippi River, and an elegant group dinner at a top-notch French Quarter restaurant. The sleeping cars will be your hotel, parked in the station while in New Orleans. Afternoon hors de ouvres aboard your private railcars while viewing the vastness of Texas are to be remembered! The open platform will always be open for your use. There are still some bedrooms and roomettes open, but both the master suites aboard TIOGA PASS have been reserved already on this memorable trip. Come on aboard!

Call Doug at 888 610 1950 or Norm at 760 953 9620 to reserve.
Fares begin at $3250 per person, complete, for the entire trip.

Join the Cincinnati Railway on board
as they celebrate New Year’s Eve in New Orleans
Chicago IL - New Orleans LA - Chicago IL
December 29, 2015 - January 3, 2016

The owners of the MOONLIGHT DOME and BIRCH GROVE are going to spend New Year’s Eve in New Orleans with their families and friends onboard their private cars. This “at cost” charter will take 24 passengers to New Orleans from Chicago. Normal rates for a trip like this would literally be four times as much as we have priced this one.

COST: $1000.00 per person

Our bedrooms sell fast! Reserve yours today!
Call Vicky at 513-791-7245 to book your room or email her at

Nothing like views from a dome car!

Additional info available at


Los Angeles - New Orleans - Los Angeles
February 12-19, 2016


Join the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad on another fun and relaxing private car charter.  Journey with us to New Orleans to celebrate Valentine’s Day aboard a fleet of restored private railcars from the streamlined era of rail passenger travel.  Our four-car consist will include a dome-observation, lounge and two 10 & 6 sleeping cars. 

We begin our 1,995 mile trip on Friday February 12th by boarding at Los Angeles Union Station at approximately 9:30pm for a 10:00pm departure behind Amtrak’s Sunset Limited.  Enjoy a few cocktails and some conversation before retiring for the evening as we leave the L.A. metro area heading east.

Arriving in the "Big Easy" on Sunday Evening February 14th you can now enjoy the time we have in New Orleans!  Visit the French Quarter, Audubon Zoo, National WWII Museum, Aquarium of the Americas, The Superdome, Harrah’s Casino and Jackson Square or take a Swamp Tour!  Attractions and restaurants are easy access from the Amtrak Station with street car service close to the front door.

With a Wednesday February 17th 9:00am departure from New Orleans and we are now heading west back to Los Angeles with an arrival at 5:35am on Friday February 19th.

Private cars for this charter will be; Santa Fe Barbershop-Bar-Lounge ACOMA, Santa Fe 10-6 Sleeper PALM LEAF, Pennsylvania Railroad Budd built 10&6 Sleeper SILVER RAPIDS and CB&Q Vista-Dome/Sleeper/Lounge/Observation SILVER SOLARIUM.  An all stainless steel consist!

We have Roomettes (sleeps 1 person with private sink in room) at $2,640/person and Double Bedrooms (sleeps 2 people with private toilet & sink in room) at $2,675/person based on double occupancy still available in the PALM LEAF and SILVER RAPIDS. These two cars have a shower/changing room plus restrooms at the end of the car.  All the Double Bedrooms are configured in traditional Pullman style with an upper and lower berth. 

Fares include meals enroute plus water, soft drinks, juices, snacks, beers and wines.  Feel free to bring other libations that you desire.  Lunch and dinner will be on your own during the layover in New Orleans.  We will be parked at the Amtrak Station in New Orleans and are permitted to stay on the cars during our three nights there.  If you desire to stay in a hotel in New Orleans, that will be at your cost.

When making a reservation, a $250/person deposit will be required to secure your space.  You may contact us by telephone; 505-880-1311 or e-mail Tim Tennant at  We have the above mentioned accommodations left so make your reservation today!     


New Orleans Jazzfest
New York - New Orleans - New York
April 26 - May 3, 2016

HICKORY CREEK (Star Trak Inc.) and BERLIN SLEEPING CAR (Deep River Rail Ventures LLC) are again 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 Northeast and head south to New Orleans. Attend the 2016 NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL, or simply tour New Orleans as you please.

Please see this document for details and fares.

Hosted by the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Los Angeles - Seattle - Los Angeles
May 4-9, 2016

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
Arrive Thursday May 5, 2016 at Seattle King Street Station 8:37pm

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
Arrive Monday May 9, 2016 Los Angles Union Station 9:00pm

PALM LEAF roomette $2,650/person, PALM LEAF double bedroom $2,780/person based on double occupancy.

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
A $250/person deposit will be required when your reservation is made.

AAPRCO 2016 Mid-Term Events at Rock Island IL
AAPRCO Special Train
Chicago IL - Rock Island IL - South Amana IA - Rock Island IL - Chicago IL
May 14 - 17, 2016

We are working on plans for this special train and for the events to be held at Rock Island IL.

The special train is subject to the approval of all host railroads and participating organizations.

We are aware that several car owners who intend to participate will offer space onboard ther car(s) for this trip. Look here for their trip listing. You can also check your favorite private car's website to see if they plan to participate.


AAPRCO 39th Annual Convention
Spokane, Washington
September 2016

AAPRCO is planning to hold our 2016 annual convention at Spokane, Washington. Although the specific dates are not firm, we anticipate it will be during the second half of September, maybe the third week of September. Denver CO has been proposed as the point of origin of a convention special train which would operate one way to Spokane over several days. A routing has been proposed.

We anticipate various car owners will offer space onboard their cars for this trip. Look here in spring 2016 for more information as proposals are evaluated and become more fully developed plans.


No trips listed at this time. Check again another time.

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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