American Rail Excursions, Inc.

Presents

City of Chicago – 2016
New Orleans, LA to Chicago, IL

April 7 thru April 9, 2016

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Trip# AR-16-D-1

American Rail Excursions, Inc. Welcomes You Aboard…

On behalf of all the crew aboard, the City of Chicago, we are happy you have chosen to ride with us!  We are extremely proud of the fine family of historical and painstakingly restored and maintained private passenger rail cars, Royal Street and Pacific Union which you will be traveling aboard.

In years past, first-class service aboard the premier trains of America was the rule, and included with your train ticket. Those regularly scheduled trains from years gone by have, unfortunately, vanished into history. You can still, however, relive those days of first-class service, superb cuisine, and comfortable appointments, aboard, The American Rail Excursions Inc. operated, City of Chicago.

For a nostalgic travel experience, step away from the crowd and back into railroad’s “Golden Age”.

Thank you for traveling with us aboard private rail cars that held some of the most prestigious positions on North America’s most famous trains.

Here Are The Highlights!

 Enjoy the “Crescent City”, New Orleans at your own pace! We’ll offer you a place to throw your hat while you explore the storied streets of New Orleans. The “Big Easy” has a little of everything, from the Colonial history and the mighty Mississippi River to the serene courtyards, Creole culture, architectural masterpieces, the St. Louis Cathedral, French Quarter, and the Garden District. Enjoy your appetite for exploration aboard one of the historical streetcar lines that traverse the city.

When it’s time to leave the city, we’ll offer up some good ole Southern Hospitality, aboard the private rail cars that make up our City of Chicago. Our first class on-board staff will pamper you all the while you are traveling aboard our vintage Streamliner as we travel up the Main Street Of Mid-America as part of Amtrak’s “City of New Orleans” train. Enjoy the unparalleled views, camaraderie, fun, and fellowship as the rhythm of the rails sing their song while our train conveys us to our destinations. Dine on-board our train with freshly prepared delicious meals. Enjoy complimentary premium beverages and snacks delivered right to your seat by attentive first-class, on-board service attendants.

All Aboard!

 

Itinerary:

 Day 1: Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Afternoon: Those passengers who have a pre-arranged early arrival into New Orleans, UPTwe welcome you aboard! You’ll have the opportunity to drop off your luggage in your accommodation aboard our rail cars before heading out to explore New Orleans on your own. May we suggest you enjoy dinner at any of the fine dining restaurants in the greater New Orleans area.

Evening: Complimentary premium beverage and snack service is available until 11PM this evening. Your comfortable accommodations have been readied for sweet slumber tonight. You may retire to the privacy of your own room at any time.

Night: Occupy rail cars overnight, parked in New Orleans, LA.

 

 Day 2: Friday, April 8th, 2016

New_Orleans_Jazz7:00 AM; Wake-up coffee available in Royal Street’s lower lounge and at the buffet on Pacific Union.

7:30-9:00 AM: Breakfast served on-board while parked in New Orleans.

Morning: American Rail Excursions, Inc. on-board service manager will be available to greet Chicago bound boarding passengers. Those passengers who have a pre-arranged early boarding, we welcome you aboard! You’ll have the opportunity to drop off your luggage in your accommodation aboard our rail cars before heading out to explore New Orleans on your own. May we suggest you enjoy lunch before re-boarding.

12:30 PM: American Rail Excursions Inc. on-board service manager will meet all Chicago, IL boarding passengers, with their luggage in New Orleans Union Passenger Depot, 1001 Loyola Ave. New Orleans, LA 70113. We will gather in the Amtrak waiting area.

Please do NOT check any bags with Amtrak! As soon as our pre-boarding check-in is completed, our on-board staff will escort our group to our awaiting train.

12:45 PM:  Board our private rail cars which will be on the rear of today’s New Orleans, LA departing Amtrak #58, the City of New Orleans, our City of Chicago. Our on-board staff welcomes all our Chicago and St. Louis bound travelers aboard our private cars.  Your luggage has already been placed on you room.  After a review of your accommodations, amenities, and safety instructions, we invite all to enjoy complimentary cocktails, an array of tantalizing snacks and hors d’oeuvres should temporarily quell your appetite until dinner.

1:45 PM: Depart: New Orleans, LA Amtrak train #58, the City of New Orleans, our City of Chicago.

Afternoon: As our train glides out of New Orleans crossing the bayous, swamps and traversing the western shore of Lake Pontchartrain our train travels through the small towns of Louisiana and Mississippi. Passengers are sure to enjoy the panoramic view of the land, from the comfort of Royal Street’s rear observation “Lookout Lounge”.  While the miles of silver rail disappear behind us, our first-class service attendants will pamper guests, as they enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages delivered right to their seats.

 5:00 PM: (approx): Dinner served on-board, en-route in Royal Street’s lower lounge. Our on-board chef has created a delicious dinner that promises to delight and satisfy even the heartiest appetites of our passengers. Enjoy camaraderie and friendly conversation over dinner. Bon Appetite!

6:30 PM: (Approx): Second seating for dinner, if required.

Evening: Complimentary premium beverage and snack service continues in our lounge until 11pm local time.

 Memphis
10:00 PM: Arrive: Memphis, TN.
Amtrak train #58, The City of New Orleans, our City of Chicago. If you are awake, you can take this opportunity to step off our train and stretch your legs a bit.

The city lights of Memphis, home of Jazz, Blues, Rock ‘N’ Roll and Barbecue are just a few blocks away. Our train will pass by the waterfront as we depart Memphis. TN.

10:40 PM: Depart: Memphis, TN. Amtrak train #58, The City of New Orleans, our Gateway Flyer Train. As our trail rolls thru Memphis, you might catch a glimpse of Beale Street! Now if you said you saw Elvis!!!…..Well,….you probably stayed at the lounge too long! Now!…..If you said you saw a Pyramid by the river,……we believe you!

Late Evening:  While all are enjoying conversation, camaraderie and the next sights, rooms have been readied in anticipation of weary travelers. The gentle sway and rhythm of the rails are a nighttime lullaby, coaxing you to retire. Enjoy the night. Sweet Rail Dreams!

Night: Occupy rail cars overnight en-route.

 

Day 3: Saturday, April 9th, 2016

7:00 AM: Wake-up coffee available in Royal Street’s lower lounge and at the buffet on Pacific Union.

 7:30-9:00 AM: Breakfast served on-board en-route. Our on-board chef has prepared a hearty breakfast for your enjoyment.

9:00 AM: Arrive: Chicago, IL. Chicago Union Station. As our train thunders and clanks in to the cavernous Chicago Union Station our rail travel for today, is coming to a close. The woosshhh! of the air brakes signal the end of the line for this segment of the trip.

If Chicago is your final destination, we thank you and bid you a farewell! May we suggest that our passengers take this opportunity to alight from our rail cars and enjoy the sights of Chicago on your own. All passengers wishing to de-train must do so by 9:30am.

Usually within an hour or so of our arrival in Chicago Union Station, the private rail cars making up our City of Chicago will go to the yard for necessary post trip service & inspection. While our rail cars are the yard under inspection, no one is allowed outside the rail cars at any time. Please plan accordingly.

Thank you for traveling with us.

 

What’s Included:
 Attentive first-class service provided by the American Rail Excursions, Inc. staff.
 One-Way rail and accommodation charges aboard our private rail cars for this trip, based on your reservations.
 One night accommodation aboard our private rail cars, parked in New Orleans, LA.
 Up to three day and two nights lodging and transportation accommodations aboard our private rail cars.
 Up to two breakfasts and one dinner all served on-board our rail cars while en-route or parked, based on your itinerary.
 All meals prepared fresh by our on-board chef.
 Complimentary premium beverage and snack service throughout our entire trip and while parked in New Orleans.
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About Your Accommodations:

Double Bedrooms:

Double bedrooms have space for two passengers. Each double bedroom features either one large couch or a small couch and lounge chair for comfortable private day travel. Every double bedroom has a large window. By night, each double room has two beds (1-upper and 1-lower). Every room is furnished with adjustable climate control, fan, reading lights, fold-down table, garment closet and full-length door mirror. The annex (your private bathroom) has a fold-down sink; large lighted wall mirror, toilet and a 110-volt convenience outlet. Your linens, towels and soap are also provided. Best of all, your attendant will turn down your bed, arrange for a wake-up call and bring your morning tea, coffee, or juice right to your room. All sleeping cars are equipped with a shower.

Costs: Double Bedroom, Double Occupancy:

2 people, 1 room, one upper and one lower bed at night. Private washroom.
   Chicago arriving:   $499.00 per person double occupancy, double bedroom. 

Double Bedroom, Single Occupancy:

1 person, lower bed at night. Private washroom.
   Chicago arriving $899.00 per person, single occupancy, double bedroom.

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Roomettes:

Roomettes have space for one traveler. Roomettes feature a small couch, in-wall fold-down sink, Roomettegarment closet, large overhead luggage rack and a huge lighted wall mirror with an electrical outlet. By night, each room has one lower bed. For your added travel comfort, each room has an adjustable climate control, fan and reading/night lights. Roomettes 1-6 additionally have an in-room toilet. A general toilet is located down the hall for your use in Pacific Union. Your linens, towels, bath towels, soap and shampoo are also provided. A shower and changing room is located at the end of the car.

Costs: Roomette, Single Occupancy:

1 person, 1 roomette,  one lower bed at night
   Chicago arriving:  $449.00 per person single occupancy in a Roomette.

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En-suited Two Double Bedrooms (Suite)

Two Double bedrooms: bedrooms have space for two passengers. Each double bedroom features either one large couch or a small couch and lounge chair for comfortable private day travel. Every double bedroom has a large window. By night, each double room has one bed (1-lower). Every room is furnished with adjustable climate control, fan, reading lights, fold-down table, garment closet and full-length door mirror. The annex (your private bathroom) has a fold-down sink; large lighted wall mirror, toilet and a 110-volt convenience outlet. Your linens, towels and soap are also provided. Best of all, your attendant will turn down your bed, arrange for a wake-up call and bring your morning tea, coffee, or juice right to your room.

Costs:  Suite, two Double Bedrooms en-suited, one or two persons
   Chicago arriving $1798.00 per suite.

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Food and Beverage Service:

American Rail Excursions Inc. nostalgic rail tour includes (as per your itinerary) nostalgic rail dinning featuring traditional American cuisine, freshly prepared by our on-board chef. The combination of fine food, crisp white linens, first-class on-board service and awe inspiring scenery set the stage for a most memorable trip. Menus are ever-changing, reflecting the influences of the towns and cities we visit. Bon appétit!

The following is a sample of cuisine, freshly prepared aboard our rail cars.

Our sample menus include:

Sample Breakfast Menu

 Denver Scrambled with Cheese
or
 Old Fashioned Railroad French Toast
 Potatoes O’Brian
 Tender Sausage links
 Crisp Bacon
 Assorted Fresh Fruit
 Assorted Cold Cereal
 Assorted Breakfast Pastries
 English Muffins
 Toast & Jelly
 Assorted Chilled Juice,
 Freshly Brewed Coffee, (Regular or decaffeinated)
 Assorted Teas
 Milk, Hot Chocolate
 Complimentary Eye-opener from our bar

Sample Dinner Menu

 Mesclun salad, served with honey roasted walnuts, bosch pears, gorgonzola crumbles and topped with a
Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing
 Roast Prime Rib of Beef
 Idaho Oven-Baked Potato with butter and sour cream
 Medley of Seasonal Vegetables
 Assorted Dinner Rolls and Butter
 Chocolate Torte Cake
 Fresh Brewed Coffee, Regular and Decaffeinated
 Assorted Teas
 Soft Drinks
 Milk
 Domestic and Imported Beers, or Wine
 Your Favorite Mixed Drink from the Bar

Our on-board chef prepares all meals fresh.

Premium Beverage Service Includes:

 Miller Lite and Heineken beers
 Chardonnay, Merlot, and White Zinfandel wines
 Mixed drinks derived from scotch, bourbon, gin, vodka, rum and mixers. (No blender or frozen drinks)
 Soft Drinks including Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Ginger Ale
 Bottled still waters
 Fresh Brewed Coffee (Regular or Decaffeinated)

Dry Snacks include:

• Planter’s dry roasted peanuts
• Goldfish
• Chex mix
 Gardetto’s Mix

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Why you should participate in this Unique Excursion

This is the comfortable, hassle-free way to see New Orleans in all its splendor. We will be attached to an Amtrak train, but only our passengers will have use of our private cars. Your room on the train is your hotel. No checking into and out of hotels. No unexpected hotel charges. No baggage hassles. Just excellent service by a friendly crew. We make it simple and pleasant for you.

May we make your reservation today?

a 50% deposit per person is due at time of booking.
Full open balance due by 3/25/16.
Please contact us about availability after 4/1/16.
No refund unless trip is canceled.
Tickets are transferable to another person with prior approval.

Please reserve your space before 4/1/16.

City of Chicago

April 7th – 9th, 2016

Trip #AR-16-D-1

Click here for printable reservation form

Thank You!

American Rail Excursions, Inc.

Carole Sheeler, Reservation Agent
4851 E. Farm Road 194
Rogersville, MO 65742
Phone: 417-818-5969
E-mail: carolesheeler@gmail.com

or
Frank Corley, Reservations Mgr
P.O. Box 2345
Dearborn, MI 48123-2345
Phone 313-300-8411
Email: franktrainman23600@hotmail.com
or
Roger J. Verbeeren Jr., Main Office
P.O. Box 9
Madison, IL 62060-0009
Phone 618-451-0100
Fax: 618-451-8934
Email: roger@americanrail.com

Important Information – Please Read

American Rail Excursions, Inc. welcomes everyone who wishes to travel with us on our public trips. However, because this is vintage railway equipment produced in the 1940’s and 1950’s, there are no special facilities available for those passengers that might have a disability.  We welcome those passengers that are disabled, but please consider the suitability of these trips carefully. We encourage you to call us at 618-451-0100 or e-mail us at roger@americanrail.com for additional information for your specific situation.

Responsibility

Enrollment in and payment for a tour shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the passenger of the terms and conditions set forth herein.  In the responsibility of their own negligence, neither American Rail Excursions, Inc., Royal Street Railcar, LLC, IFE Leasing, Inc., Pacific Union Sleeping Car Co. L.L.C., or Powhatan Rail Services, Inc. dba American Rail Excursions nor their agents shall be responsible for cancellations, delays, diversions, or substitution of  equipment or any act of omission whatever by Amtrak, transportation companies, of any other persons providing any of these services necessitated by same.  Nor shall they be liable for any loss or damage to baggage or property, or for injury, illness, or death, or for any damages or claims whatsoever arising from the loss or the negligence of any person not their direct employee or under their exclusive control. Transportation companies, Amtrak, etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board train or conveyances.  The passenger contracts in use by Amtrak or transportation companies and passengers or purchasers of this tour, assumes no responsibility in this connection.  Payments are not refundable unless the trip is canceled.  We reserve the right to cancel a trip prior to departure, in which case your entire payment to us will be refunded without further obligation on our part.  Smoking is not permitted on these cars (except on the ground at the longer station stops).  As is the case of all travel, regardless of destination, we cannot guarantee clear weather at all times. Clouds, rain or other weather conditions beyond our control may obscure scenic highlights.  We have no control over the various transportation companies providing services for the excursions, and thus it must be understood that changes in the equipment, dates, routes, or other accommodations, though unlikely, can occur.

 

Travel insurance is Highly Recommended for any extended trip to protect your interest.