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 July 2, 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 July 2, 2015
Travel Opportunities are listed in order of the date of departure.

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER 2015

SIERRA HOTEL on The California Zephyr
Emeryville to Chicago
July 12-14, 2015

There is a positioning move available on the SIERRA HOTEL from Emeryville, CA to Chicago, IL on the California Zephyr, July 12-14, 2015. The special price of $18,000 for this itinerary includes 2 crew members, and all food and beverages en route (except very expensive items) for 8 passengers. Priority will be given to chartering the entire car, but sales for individual rooms may be available if there is enough interest.

Call or email with any questions. Steve Vitali 207-323-2894 svitali24@hotmail.com

NEW YORK CENTRAL 3 / PORTLAND
A Trip from New York to the West Coast and Return
July 17 - August 4, 2015

Subject trip is pending confirmation by Amtrak and is now scheduled to operate West to California, North to Portland, and East on the Empire Builder. We still have room for two guests departing Portland for Whitefish, Chicago and New York on July 27 and will consider breaking the trip into individual segments, i.e. Portland-Chicago and Chicago-New York.

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 lsmith21@snet.net for further details, and visit our website at www.nyc-3.com.    

Private Car BERLIN on The Cardinal
Chicago Air & Water Show
New York to Chicago (one way positioning move)
August 14-15, 2015


Friday August 14, 2015
All Aboard! Depart Amtrak New York Penn Station at 6:45AM on Train 51 the Cardinal. A Continental Breakfast with an endless cup of fresh brewed coffee will be available as you settle into your spacious Stateroom. View the Pentagon, and Washington Monument as we pass through our Nation's Capital. Lunch will be served as we enjoy vistas of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. View the world famous Greenbrier mountain resort, and the ever-changing scenery of "Wild and Wonderful West Virginia". Dinner will be served as we pass through the New River Gorge, one of West Virginia's wild and scenic rivers. Relax with complimentary evening beverages before retiring to the comfort of your private bedroom, where you will be rocked to sleep by the rhythm of the rails.

Saturday August 15, 2015
Wake to views of the scenic Ohio River and Indiana farmland. A Continental Breakfast with an endless cup of fresh brewed coffee will be available as we approach our final destination of Chicago. Our train arrives in Chicago Union Station at 10:05AM as you detrain with plenty of time to enjoy a weekend in the Windy City, and the Chicago Air and Water Show.

Fare is $735 per bedroom double occupancy, $635 per bedroom single occupancy.
Fare includes overnight accommodations in your own deluxe bedroom and meals en route. All bedrooms include a sink, toilet and private shower. Fare does not include hotel and meals in Chicago or return fare to New York City.

Reservations are guaranteed upon receipt of payment. Personal checks, money orders, VISA/MC are accepted forms of payment. Make payment to: Deep River Rail Ventures, LLC and mail to Kevin Moore, 46 Chestnut Ridge Drive Clarion, PA 16214. Call 814-229-6354 or email kmoore.dmd@comcast.net for reservations or questions. Interior and exterior photos of the BERLIN can be viewed on www.sleeponatrain.com.

Join Altiplano Railtours for our Santa Fe Explorer
Chicago - St. Louis - Kansas City - Albuquerque and return
August 19 - 29, 2015

Join Altiplano Railtours’s Santa Fe Explorer this August as we travel from Chicago to St. Louis, Kansas City and Albuquerque, NM. This will include a sidetrip up to visit the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad! All meals served in our dome car STAMPEDE PASS. Accomodations available in the BERLIN and CIMARRON RIVER.

Very competitively priced!

Visit us at http://altiplanorail.com/projects/santa-fe-explorer for details and availability, or call/email us at adam.auxier@altiplanorail.com or 612-910-5154.

Private Car MOUNT VERNON
New York - Niagara Falls - New York
September 10 - 14, 2015

MOUNT VERNON is making an owner and friends trip from New York to Niagara Falls and return. We have room for a small number of day riders for all/part of the journey northwest on Thursday September 10th and/or southeast on Monday September 14th. You can join us one way or roundtrip. This is your opportunity to visit the famous falls, or to continue your own personal journey north into Canada for a visit to nearby Toronto.

Day riders will have a seat in our lounge/dining area and will enjoy the same tasty food and drinks as those holding bedroom accomodations. Very reasonably priced! Please see our website for details and fares.

For answers to your questions and reservations, call Jack at 703-307-8960 or info@dominionrailvoyages.com
www.dominionrailvoyages.com

Join the Cincinnati Railway Company onboard
the Birch Grove and the Moonlight Dome
on the 2015 AAPRCO Special Train to St. Louis, MO
Cincinnati – Chicago – Louisville – St. Louis - Chicago - Cincinnati
September 23 – October 7, 2015

SOLD OUT -- THANK YOU!

This is a special 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 or Chicago.

$4200.00 single occupancy. 50% deposit at time of booking.

Limited number of bedrooms available. Reserve yours today!

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

Call us to make your reservation at 513-791-7245 or email Vicky at vicky@cincinnatirailway.com.
www.cincinnatirailway.com

Private car MOUNT VERNON
AAPRCO Spirit of St Louis Special Train & 38th Annual Convention
New York - Chicago - Cincinnati - Louisville - St Louis - Chicago - Washington - New York
September 24 - October 8, 2015

Join us onboard MOUNT VERNON as we participate in AAPRCO's 2015 convention. The route of our special train from Chicago to the convention and return includes rare mileage off the Amtrak national system and an interesting variety of optional activities at Cincinnati, Louisville and St. Louis.

Two double bedrooms are available. We will also accomodate a limited number of day riders for each of the four segments of the special train. Please see our website for details and fares.

For answers to your questions and reservations, call Jack at 703-307-8960 or info@dominionrailvoyages.com
www.dominionrailvoyages.com

NEW YORK CENTRAL 3 / PORTLAND
New York - Chicago - AAPRCO Convention - Chicago - Washington - New York
September 24 - October 8, 2015

The Vanderbilt business car New York Central 3 (Portland) plans to attend the 38th Annual AAPRCO Convention. The trip will be last approximately 11 days and travel New York - Chicago - Cincinnati - Louisville - St Louis - Chicago - Washington - New York between September 24 and October 8, 2015.  (We say “approximately” because the dates could shift a day or two if it means the difference between obtaining rearmost position on the Amtrak trains connecting with the Spirit of St. Louis special train.)

Kindly check our website www.nyc-3.com for details about the car and its facilities and contact Lovett Smith via the website or at 203-775-2509 for pricing information and trip details.

Private Car DEARING
AAPRCO Spirit of St Louis Special Train & 38th Annual Convention
Washington DC - Chicago - Cincinnati - Louisville - St Louis - Chicago - Washington DC
September 24 - October 7, 2015

Join us onboard DEARING, a 1925 open platform office car, for AAPRCO's 2015 convention. The route of the Spirit of St. Louis Special from Chicago to the convention and return includes rare mileage off the Amtrak national system and exciting excursions in Cincinnati, Louisville and St. Louis. There is an upper lower available as well as space for day riders. If there is sufficient interest, we can add another car with five bedrooms and large lounge. Please visit www.dearingrailroad.com for details and fares.

Call Borden Black at 706-323-3231 for more information or email dearingrr@aol.com

Private Car LOUIS SOCKALEXIS
AAPRCO Spirit of St Louis Special Train & 38th Annual Convention
Winslow AZ - Chicago - Cincinnati - Louisville - St Louis - Chicago - Winslow AZ
September 24 - October 6, 2015

We have 6 spaces available - drawing room (2 people), compartment (2 people) and drawing room (2 people).
Winslow Arizona departure on SW Chief Thursday September 24th, with return to Winslow on SW Chief on Tuesday October 6. Travel from Chicago to the AAPRCO Convention in St Louis and return to Chicago thereafter and then back to Winslow.

Onboard services include trained chef for all meals while travelling and many while at our various stops along the route (Cinncinatti, Louisville, St,Louis and Chicago). Rooms are spacious with thick custom mattresses and each has a private sink/commode in separate annexes. Car is an art deco masterpiece and was the tail car on the Pennsylvania Railroad's original Spirit of St. Louis train that ran between NYC nd STL.

Priced at $6000/person
reservations/inquiries to: Dabneytavern@gmail.com

Join the Altiplano Railtours for a luxurious trip on the
2015 AAPRCO Convention Special Train
September 27 – October 6, 2015


Altiplano Railtours will be offering a unique opportunity to experience the AAPRCO rare mileage excursion.

Onboard sleeping car BERLIN and our dome car OBSERVATORY we will offer only rooms with full-size mattresses and with their own shower. Guests will have exclusive use of our remodeled lower lounge and dome. Trip is limited to only 18 guests.

To board the AAPRCO sponsored special train, all passengers must be members of AAPRCO or the guest of a member.

Chicago-Cincinnati-Louisville-Saint Louis-Chicago. Trip will begin and end in Chicago. We may have deadhead opportunities as details coalesce.

We will be offering 3 bedrooms in the OBSERVATORY and 5 bedrooms in the BERLIN.

25% deposit required at time of booking.

Call us to make your reservation at 612-910-5154 or email Adam at adam.auxier@altiplanorail.com or visit us at www.altiplanorail.com

Private Car GREENWICH ESTATE
AAPRCO Spirit of St Louis Special Train & 38th Annual Convention
Chicago - Cincinnati - Louisville - St Louis - Chicago
September 27 and 29 and October 1 and 5, 2015

Enjoy the 2015 AAPRCO convention special train between Chicago and St Louis for day trip segments (only) in parlor car comfort aboard the spacious and luxurious GREENWICH ESTATE with large panoramic windows.  Full service includes breakfast and lunch.

Day parlor car service is being offered on the following trip segments:
September 27: Chicago, Il to Cincinnati. Mo.
September 29: Cincinnati Mo. to Louisville, Ky.
October 1: Louisville, Ky. To St.Louis, Mo.  
October 5: St. Louis, Mo. to Chicago, Il.

For information and reservations please contact Deborah Belliveau
bbelliveau1@cox.net or 860-666-1636.

OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER 2015

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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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