Everybody Loves Trains!
Kids love trains, and the Premier Rail Collection does NOT disappoint. Choose the adventure that suits your brood, and experience a revival of the golden age of rail travel. You’ll experience a full day of exploration and excitement while riding aboard restored, vintage railcars and passing over some of the nation’s most historic and scenic routes. We’ve got a complete list of Premier Rail Collection’s new family offerings for the 2016 summer season!
Mount Hood Railroad
Offering unforgettable journeys through the scenic valleys of the Columbia River Gorge in the shadow of Mount Hood, OR, the Mount Hood Railroad takes passengers through the valley’s orchards, forests, vineyards and farmlands. Enjoy picturesque views of the vivid greens of summer on excursion trains to new destination Odell, where a 30-minute turnaround stop offers time for a picnic, a walk around the park and views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams.
As an official partner of Amtrak and in coordination with Pullman Gold Service train travel, Key Holidays offers an exciting way to explore California through a variety of expertly planned sightseeing packages. Some of the country’s most prized national treasures are reachable by Key Holidays service via Amtrak including San Francisco, Yosemite, the Hearst Castle, the Grand Canyon and more.
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad winds its way through the Southern Rockies in vintage passenger cars pulled by a stylish mid-century diesel engine. Guests can choose from a number of weekday sightseeing excursions offering dramatic views of rugged mountains from La Veta Pass, the highest mainline railroad mountain pass in the United States. As part of its Mountain Rails Live Summer Concert Series, guests can hop aboard any weekend June through Sept. to enjoy a one-of-a-kind concert featuring acclaimed western folk musicians at a 9,400-feet private concert venue. For more information please visit http://www.coloradotrain.com or call 877-726-7245. Tickets start at $99 for adults / $89 for children for scenic excursions and $39 for adults / $29 for children for the Mountain Rails Live Summer Concert Series.
Texas State Railroad
The Texas State Railroad offers historic train excursions through the gorgeous and mysterious East Texas wilderness aboard one of the few remaining operating steam trains in the United States. The 4 ½ hour Piney Woods Excursiondeparts from Rusk and Palestine on a regular weekly schedule and includes the rare chance to see two historic steam trains switch tracks and pass each other. A one hour layover gives guests ample time to explore the depots, which both have picnic areas, historical displays, gift shops, concessions, adjoining campsites and more. The Teddy Bear’s Train Ride will be held on August 5 at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The train will run to Maydelle where the engine will turn around on a historic 1890’s turntable and then return to Rusk. The ride will feature snacks, children’s music, teddy bear coloring book pages and a special opportunity to meet the entire Beary Bear family. Children who bring their teddy bears ride for free!
Saratoga & North Creek Railway
The mountains surrounding Saratoga Springs are a leisurely train ride away via the Saratoga & North Creek Railway. Journeying along 52 miles of the Hudson River and offering roundtrip excursions to North Creek, the railroad connects riders with hiking, camping, fishing and more. Explore the quaint Adirondack towns, visit a dude ranch, try whitewater rafting or visit a goat-cheese-making farm. With seven stops to explore, the Saratoga & North Creek Railway offers visitors a new adventure each time they ride.
Cape Cod Central Railroad
Showing travelers the hidden beauty of the Cape only accessible by train, the Cape Cod Central Railroad explores the Cape’s woodlands, sand dunes, salt marshes and cranberry bogs. Guests can choose from relaxing scenic rides with on-board narration, elegant dinner trains, family friendly lunch and brunch trains or one of the many special events available throughout the year.