The BERLIN will depart Chicago at 6:40 pm in time for you to enjoy evening snacks and drinks. You can rock yourself to sleep behind Amtrak’s Capitol Limited and awake to breakfast in your bedroom. A light lunch will be served prior to our arrival into Washington Union station at 1:05 pm the next day.
September 9 & 10
Chicago passengers traveling in BERLIN are free to enjoy the nation’s capitol on your own.
DEARING leaves Huntington, WV at 7:00 am. Breakfast lunch and dinner will be served on board. The Cardinal arrives Washington DC at 6:19pm where the DEARING will couple up to the BERLIN and her passengers.
The DEARING/BERLIN will depart Washington early, pass through New York City and end up in Albany New York. Along the way you will enjoy breakfast lunch and dinner prepared by Chef Lou. The views of the Hudson River are spectacular.
September 12 & 13
You will have these days to explore the area and the regional food while AAPRCO puts together the special train. Breakfast is provided each day.
The AAPRCO convention special train, The Green Mountain Flyer, takes off. We will head west on the former New York Central for Utica, NY, and interchange with the Adirondack Scenic for an excursion to Otter Lake and BBQ lunch in Thendara. After a leisurely time for lunch and some exploration, we will return to Utica for the night. Breakfast & Dinner will be provided while enroute.
Days two and three will take us east to Schenectady, NY, where we will join the Amtrak line to head north to Saratoga Springs where we will spend two nights. While there, a number of off-train activities are planned such as a tour of the famous Saratoga Race Track, as well as plenty of good shopping on Main Street, which is lined with well known and famous New York City stores. A dinner train option on the Saratoga & North Creek line will be offered. Breakfast will be provided each morning and the rest of the day is open for exploration.
On day four we head north along the west shore of Lake Champlain to Plattsburg NY. Along the way we are treated to dramatic views from the cliffs that overhang the lake on the former Delaware and Hudson route. We run the power around the train in Plattsburg and retrace our steps south to Whitehall where we turn east to join the Vermont Railway for a quick run into Rutland,VT where we will park for the night. This will be a quiet time, as this city in central Vermont doesn’t have an active night life. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
Day five sees us heading north to Vermont’s largest city, Burlington, and our convention site at the Hilton Burlington on Battery Street. En route you will see rolling hills and farms with plenty of cows and you’ll enjoy breakfast and lunch. Upon our arrival in Burlington, a reception and dinner cruise on The Spirit of Ethan Allen along the shores of Lake Champlain is planned.
Day six, the first day of the convention, leads off with a keynote presentation by Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman. Moorman’s address is followed by the “Ask Amtrak” Panel and the customary mechanical, safety, and regulatory news panels we have every year. The day concludes with the first of our two car parties.
On day seven tours are planned for the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and Shelburne Museum, one of the nation’s most diverse museums of art, design, and Americana.The Museum is also home to the historic Lake Champlain steamboat “Ticonderoga,” launched in 1906, as well as an 1890 railroad station and a 1914 steam locomotive #220 and private car Grand Isle. Another possible excursion is to Stowe, where a gondola travels to the top of Mount Mansfield for a view of at least three states and a Canadian province. After descending, it’s off to the Trapp Family Lodge Brew Pub for lunch and a presentation and tour of the famous Lodge led by one of the Von Trapp grandchildren. The von Trapp Family story was made famous in the movie “Sound of Music.” After returning to Burlington, we will enjoy our second car party.
Day eight’s schedule includes the membership meetings and the annual meeting. We also expect to have a presentation by the Rutland Railroad Historical Society and the board meeting in the afternoon. For those not attending afternoon meetings, we offer a trip back to Stowe for a visit to a glass blowing gallery, the Cabot Cheese Marketplace, and lastly a tour of the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. The day will end with a Bon Voyage Cocktail Party.
On day nine we head south to Albany. We will have a 4 hour stop in Manchester, VT, to visit Hildene, the home of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln and former President of the Pullman Company. A highlight for AAPRCO members will be the viewing of Mr. Lincoln’s private railcar, Sunbeam, that was restored for Hildene by our own Bob Willetts. After leaving Manchester, we plan a photo stop at the restored Bennington station and then will be off to Albany for a late evening arrival and the end of our convention travels. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served.
The DEARING/BERLIN will depart Albany early in the morning with a late arrival in Washington DC. Breakfast lunch and dinner will be served.
The DEARING/BERLIN will depart Washington DC late morning behind the Cardinal with on time arrival into Huntington is 9:44 pm. Chicago passengers can book a room on the Cardinal to continue or can stay the night on the Berlin, parked at Huntington, and take a flight from Huntington.
Your bedroom serves as your rolling hotel for the entire 16 day trip. All meals and beverages included while the train is enroute. Off-car excursions, meals at stops, AAPRCO membership, convention registration fees, and gratuity for your onboard staff are not included in pricing. The BERLIN will not return to Chicago at the conclusion of this trip, therefore other arrangements should be made if you plan to continue to Chicago. Passengers can board or depart at scheduled stops along the route with advance notice.