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Excursion by private rail car is probably one of the best kept secrets travel. You have to know where to look and probably have to know someone to arrange a trip. To those that have had the experience they are mostly likely hooked for life. They will forego the floating circuses that cruise ships have turned into and expensive international airline travel to tourist destinations swarmed with thousands of others and instead take a several day trip within the United States by train.
The romance of a journey by train is still possible. The long passed golden age of passenger rail travel is never going to come back. However, the nostalgia is still possible to some degree on Amtrak or Via Rail, but things are different. Politics and tight budgets have trimmed down services and no longer are the trains the definition of luxury. Most people are completely unaware of the standard of service that railroad passenger trains were known for. A bar set so high that the cost would be unthinkable today. Unless you travel on a private owned rail car…
I’ve heard the phrase land yacht applied to private rail cars. To a degree that is true. A great many of private cars are just that, private, and are not available to the public. However, there are quite a few that make it a business to offer travel on a car towed behind a regularly scheduled Amtrak train. With a willingness to be flexible and to give the car operator a bit of trust that you will have a great time, it’s worth it. It’s difficult to explain the experience without doing it firsthand. I’ve always found routine travel by Amtrak to be satisfying. I annually take a cross country trip and I’ve always enjoyed even with the monkey wrenches that can get thrown into a train trip. To take a private car isn’t just taking a sleeping car it’s a step into whole another class.
What can you expect from this blog? Just about anything related to trains and rail travel. Its focus is, of course, will be on private rail cars. Whenever I get the opportunity to learn or see something unique and interesting I will be sharing it here. I am a card carrying rail fan, I work for a Class I railroad, and my father is a retired railroader. I pretty much eat, sleep, and breath trains. I have plans to explore rail travel destinations, available private rail cars for travel, rail cars that are currently being rebuilt, and the people that ride and owns them.
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Updated: July 30, 2016.