American Rail Excursions, Inc.


“The River Cities Rail Tour”

Trip #AR-16-F-1 

St. Louis – Chicago – Kansas City – St. Louis – Chicago

From St. Louis, Thursday, June 2, 2016 – Monday, June 6, 2016, 2016; 5 Days, 4 nights
From Chicago, Wednesday, June 3, 2016 – Tuesday, June 7, 2016; 5 Days, 4 nights

All Aboard!

For several years, American Rail Excursions, Inc. has operated highly acclaimed rail tours from St. Louis and Chicago.  Now, by popular demand we are introducing a new, deluxe, economical five day, four night rail tour.  This circle tour which begins and ends in St. Louis or Chicago promises to be the ultimate in overnight private rail-car travel adventure.

Our nostalgic stream-liner will embark on our River Cities Rail Tour visiting Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis.  Passengers will enjoy the many sights, first-class service, complimentary premium beverage and snack service and fine dining on freshly prepared traditional railroad fare while traveling on-board our train.  Your reserved overnight accommodations aboard our train, either roomette, double bedroom or deluxe suite, are yours for the entire trip.  No hassles of unpacking and repacking or transfers to and from hotels.  We will travel the care-free, car-free way,… no traffic or driving stress.

Check it out!  Inclusive food, beverage, fun, travel and lodging is provided aboard our nostalgic rail-cars.

Tour Highlights

  • Convenient, additional boarding locations of Alton, IL, Carlinville, IL, Springfield, IL and Bloomington/Normal, IL.
  • St. Louis boarding passengers may explore the “Windy City”, Chicago, on an included city tour.
  • All passengers can visit the historic Union Station in Kansas City and enjoy an included, narrated, get acquainted tour of all the popular sites and attractions.
  • Second day tour Kansas City on your own.  Visit the WWI Museum, the Harley Davidson factory plant tour,  Jazz Museum, Negro Baseball Museum, Missouri Town 1855, Kansas Power and Light District and Country Club Plaza area.
  • Chicago boarding passengers enjoy an included tour of St. Louis, Budweiser Brewery, & (tentatively) The Museum of Transportation.
  • Enjoy Complimentary premium beverage and snack service aboard our private rail-cars throughout the trip.
  • Dine aboard our nostalgic stream-liner with freshly prepared meals created by our on-board chef.  Enjoy up to
four breakfasts, one lunch, two dinners and a Bon Voyage party all on our train (Based on your itinerary).
  • Occupy our private rail-cars as your hotel on the rails throughout the tour (Based on your itinerary).
  • Experience breath taking views of the “Gateway City, St. Louis, the Mississippi River, the Capitol building in
Springfield and the small town charm of Illinois as our train speeds us to the “Windy City”, Chicago.
  • Enjoy a front row seat to all of the beautiful “Great Plains” scenery just outside your window as we travel Westward
on parts of the old Santa Fe Railroad, with the Southwest Chief delivering us to Kansas City, MO.
  • Peer out your window at the beautiful  hills, valleys and rivers that grace the Missouri River Runner’s route as
we cross the best of the Show Me State.


Thursday, June 2, 2016


Morning & Early afternoon: If you have arrived in St. Louis early and would like some close-by sightseeing may we suggest you stroll near-by historic St. Louis Union Station.  Every vacation starts at the Station and St. Louis is no exception.  St. Louis Union Station was, at one time, the largest and busiest railroad terminal.  There is a self-guided tour covering this National Historic Landmark’s 100 years of history through an award-winning collection of letters, memorabilia and exhibits.

St. Louis Amtrak Station

5:00 PM:(approx) Passengers wishing to join our River Cities Rail Tour rail tour in St. Louis should plan to meet our on-board service manager at Amtrak’s Gateway Transportation Center, 430 S.15th St., St. Louis 63103.  Prearranged cell phone contact numbers will allow our on-board staff to guide you to our private rail-cars and will transfer your luggage directly to your accommodations.  After our on-board staff has reviewed the amenities of your accommodations and All Aboardyou have read the on-board information packet, feel free to step down to our lounge and enjoy a complimentary premium beverage and snack while getting acquainted with other passengers.

 5:30 PM: Depart St. Louis on Amtrak #306, Lincoln Service, to Chicago, IL.
After the conductor calls “All Aboard” our River Cities Rail Tour eases out of the station and we begin by crossing the Mississippi River.  Peering through the windows of the train, the Gateway Arch gradually disappears behind us as we pick up speed for the journey to Chicago.  The rolling hills, forests and occasional small town create the ever-changing scenery along with the train’s gentle sway, the rhythm of the rails sing their song.

6:00 PM:(approx) Dinner will be served on-board while en-route to Chicago.  As our train races northward on our trek to Chicago and beyond, our on-board chef has freshly prepared a delicious dinner for your enjoyment!

6:15: Depart Alton, IL.  You may join the trip here.

Evening: With the sun setting on the Illinois prairie, the last glimmer of light silhouettes the trees and farms that dot the horizon.  Enjoy a complimentary after dinner drink in the lounge while enjoying the sights from the comfort of your own chair.

6:45: Depart Carlinville, IL.  You may join the trip here.

7:32: Depart Springfield, IL.  You may join the trip here.  We will pause briefly in Springfield,  the capital city of Illinois.  The beautiful dome will be visible to all as we pass.

8:36: Depart Bloomington, IL.  You may join the trip here.

Late Evening: Our first-class on-board staff has transformed your accommodations from it’s daytime configuration to one set for sweet slumber tonight.  When you decide… retire to overnight comfort of your own private room.  Complimentary premium beverage and snack service will be available until 11:00 PM local time.

11:10 PM: Arrive: Chicago Union Station.  As our train thunders in to Chicago’s Union Station we will pause here for a while.  First to discharge passengers and then to be switched to the passenger coach yard so that our cars may be serviced in preparation for the journey to the west.

Night: Occupy rail-cars overnight while parked in Chicago.

FRIday, June 3, 2016


Chicago Union Station

7:00 AM: Wake up coffee available.

7:30 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast served on-board while parked in Chicago for St. Louis passengers.

9:30 AM (Approx) St. Louis passengers de-train for a half-day of exploration as you enjoy an included, tour of Chicago.  Chicago tour concludes at approximately 12:30 PM at Union Station, 225 Canal St. Chicago, IL 60606.

Lunch: On your own at any of the fine local restaurants in or around Chicago Union Station.

2:00 PM: (Approx) All St. Louis re-boarding passengers and Chicago boarding passenger will meet the American Rail Excursions Inc. on-board service manager at the fountain under the escalators adjacent to the Amtrak Ticket counter for special check-in. For our Chicago boarding passengers,DO NOT check any luggage with Amtrak. Complimentary baggage handling is provided by our on-board service attendants who will transfer your luggage directly to your accommodations.

2:30 PM: (Approx) Board our River Cities Rail Tour.  Our on-board staff welcomes all our Kansas City bound travelers.  Your luggage has already been placed in your room.  After a review of your accommodations, amenities and safety instructions, we invite all to our lounge to get acquainted and enjoy complimentary premium beverages and snacks.  An included Bon Voyage Hor d’oeuvres party is underway, ENJOY!

3:00 PM: DP: Chicago on our River Cities Rail Tour private rail-cars attached to Amtrak’s #3 “The Southwest Chief”.  As our River Cities Rail Tour’s private rail-cars rumble out of Chicago Union Station and break out into the afternoon daylight, the faintly visible exhaust from the G.E. locomotives on the head indicate we’re on the move and they mean business.


For our newly boarded passengers, complimentary premium beverages and snack service is awaiting you in the lounge.

While all passengers have been getting settled and enjoying complimentary beverage and snack in the lounge, our first class on-board chef has been busy preparing a scrumptious dinner for all to enjoy.

6:00 PM (Approx) Nothing could be finer than dinner in the diner. Our on-board chef has been busy preparing a wonderful dinner for all to enjoy this evening Bon appétit!

Evening: After dinner you can enjoy our continued beverage and snack services. If you wish to retire to the solitude of your room, you may. When you would like your room transformed to it’s comfortable overnight configuration, just ask! Our on board staff will gladly oblige.

RSlounge_0510:11 PM: AR: Kansas City, MO  Kansas City has twice been voted “Barbecue Capital of the World” and is considered a key player in the development of jazz.  When Prohibition stifled many of our nation’s parties in the 1930s, booze continued to flow here. KC’s alcohol-induced nightlife brought jazz musicians from all over the county, and their music flourished.  Today’s Kansas City maintains its big, bad blues-and-Jazz reputation, especially in the 18th & Vine historic district, which features a jazz museum.

10:45 PM (Approx) Amtrak #3 departs Kansas City, MO.
Note: Predicated on a timely arrival in to Kansas City the private rail-cars making up our River Cities Rail Tour will be cut off depart Amtrak #3, the Southwest Chief.  Shortly thereafter, a Kansas City Terminal RR switcher will pick up our private cars , wye them and then park us on our special track in Kansas City Union Station where we will remain until Wednesday evening.  Our on-board service manager will advise you.  Please plan accordingly.

Late Evening: Tonight, premium beverage and snack service continues in our lounge until midnight.  Your room has been readied for sweet slumber tonight.

Night: Occupy rail-cars overnight, parked in Kansas City, MO.

SATURDAY, June 4, 2016


7:00 AM Wake up coffee available.

7:30 – 9:00 AM:  Breakfast is served while parked in Kansas City, MO.  The aroma of freshly brewed coffee and bacon sizzling in the kitchen are just too much to resist.  The freshly prepared breakfast will provide the energy for a day of sightseeing.

9:30 AM: We will detrain and stroll on up to the front of Kansas City Union Station where we will board our tour bus.

10:00 AM: The included get acquainted trolley tour bus will traverse the Greater Kansas City area offering a fully narrated tour of the popular sites and local favorites like;kcfuntours_trolley

Country Club Plaza Federal Reserve Bank
Crown Center Historic Westport
Sea Life Aquarium Power & Light District
Legoland Discovery Center Sprint Center
Neptune Fountain The River District
Historic City Market The Arabia Steamboat Museum
WWI Museum Hallmark Visitor’s Center

Our trolley tour will conclude at the front of Kansas City Union Station.

Lunch: On your own, may we suggest a stroll over to Crown Center which has a wide variety of restaurant choices.

Afternoon: This afternoon you will want to be prepared for a great adventure.  We will enjoy an included guided tour of the magnificent Kansas City Union Station. Originally opened in 1914, it served as many as 670,000 passenger in 1945, and then spent the next four decades in gradual decline until it closed in 1985. In 1999, after a $250 million dollar renovation, Kansas City’s center piece reopened its doors. As of 2010 the refurbished station boasts theaters, museum exhibits, KC Rail Experience, restaurants, shops and Missouri’s second busiest train station.

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Late Afternoon: Our lounge will be open when you return from today’s sightseeing tour.  Enjoy conversations with fellow travelers while enjoying a complimentary beverage or snack delivered right to your seat by one of our dapper on-board service staff.

When you are ready to do some exploring on your own, or are ready to go for some fine dining and take in some special entertainment you can take the new Kansas City Trolley.  This will be the newest trolley system in the country when it begins operation on May 6, 2016.

Dinner: This evening enjoy dinner on your own in the city known for it’s beef and Barbecue.  There is Pierpoints in Union Station or just across the tracks is Jack Stack Barbecue in the freight house.  Just a short walk away is Crown Center with a number of varied restaurant choices.  Or if you are a little more venturesome the Kansas City Power and Light District has some great entertainment.

Evening: After your evening out-and-about re-board our rail-cars, your hotel on the rails.  Upon re-boarding, stop by our lounge and enjoy a complimentary nightcap before retiring.  By now, our attentive on-board staff knows your tastes! Enjoy!  Rooms have been readied in anticipation of our returning passengers.

Night: Retire to your private accommodations on our train parked in Kansas City.

SUNday, June 5, 2016


7:00 AM: Wake up coffee available

7:30 – 9:00 AM: Fully prepared breakfast served on-board parked in Kansas City.

Morning: Today is a free day allowing you to pick the sights of Kansas City you’ll wish to visit.  Close by is the National World War I Museum and Memorial with this nation’s only public museum dedicated to WWI, with a large collection of photos, weapons and more.  Arabia Steamboat Museum displays a big collection of everyday objects pulled from the steamboat that sunk in the Missouri River in 1856.

Lunch: Well, … you are in KansasCity!  Enjoy some renowned Kansas City BarBQ for lunch on your own.KC BBQ 04

Afternoon: May we suggest you visit the premier outdoor shopping and dining district of Kansas City, The Country Club Plaza. Fifteen blocks of exclusive shops, boutiques and restaurants.Country_Club_Plaza_01

For a more refined experience visit The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  This Kansas City museum is known for its neoclassical architecture and extensive collection of Asian art.

Kansas city Nelson with shuttlecockLate Afternoon: Returning from today’s touring take a moment to freshen up, enjoy a complimentary premium beverage and snack before heading out to dinner and an evening of fun, all on your own.

Dinner: On your own at any of Kansas City’s favorite dining spots.

Evening: We will once again welcome our guests back aboard.  Enjoy a complimentary premium beverage and snacks in our lounge and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow passengers.

NOTE: Sometime this evening (after 9:00 PM approx.) the Kansas City Terminal RR will switch
our private cars out of the Kansas City station house track and place us on the Kansas City
Union Station, Amtrak Station Platform track (where we arrived) to add our cars to the rear
of tomorrows Kansas City departing Amtrak #314, the Missouri River Runner.  Our on-board
service manager will advise you.  Please plan accordingly.

Night: Occupy your private accommodations overnight parked in Kansas City, MO

MONday, June 6, 2016


7:00 AM: Wake up coffee available.

7:30 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast will be served while parked in Kansas City and en-route.

8:15 AM: DP: Kansas City MO, Amtrak #314, The Missouri River Runner, our River Cities Rail Tour

Morning: Passengers enjoy the scenic views of the rolling Missouri countryside. Our route will follow the original line of the Pacific Railroad. (Circa 1865). The Pacific Railroad was the first railroad completed west of the Mississippi River. Our route (of the eagles) cuts overland through Warrensburg and Sedalia. We’ll follow the Missouri River valley from Jefferson City to about Gray Summit. Upon passing through the tunnel at Gray Summit, we enter the Meramec River valley as we descend into St. Louis, MO.

12 Noon – 1:30 PM: Luncheon served aboard our rail-cars, en-route. For our St. Louis, MO bound passengers we suggest enjoying lunch early as our scheduled arrival time into St. Louis, MO is approximately 1:55 PM.

1:55: AR St. Louis, MO: With the St. Louis skyline glistening in the warm afternoon sun, the tower rising from old St. Louis Union Station welcomes us back. As our train drifts by the station, now a historic landmark, we slowly grind to a halt. Our first class on board staff bid farewell to our St. Louis departing passengers, as they alight from our train.

For passengers continuing on to Chicago, we ask you to please step off the train after arrival in St. Louis.  Chicago bound passengers will enjoy an included St. Louis City tour that covers most of the St. Louis sights including Laclede’s Landing (Historic and Entertainment District), the Mississippi River, St. Louis Arch, the Old Cathedral and Courthouse, Busch Stadium, Millionaires Row and much more.

NOTE: Due to St. Louis Amtrak switching, our rail-cars may not be located on the station
platform when you return.  Our on-board service manager will advise you.

Late Afternoon: At the conclusion of the City Tour may we suggest you enjoy areas of the greater St. Louis downtown on your own.  A great neighborhood to visit is Soulard in St. Louis.  Located just blocks away from downtown, and in the shadows of the Budweiser Brewery, Soulard is the city’s oldest neighborhood.  This area exhibits a leisurely pace and an appreciation of days gone by. The historic streets are lined with newly reclaimed red brick town homes.  Today besides having many of the structures built by early brewery workers have been turned into shops, music clubs and an array of restaurants,many of which offer outdoor dining in elaborate courtyards, might be just the place for a leisurely late afternoon cocktail and dinner.  Here are just a few of the many fine locations; Tuckers Place, McGurk’s Public House, Shellys in SoulardMollys in Soulard, Soulards Restaurant.

Dinner: On your own while exploring St. Louis.Soulard Resteraunts 01

Evening: When you once again return to our River Cities Rail Tour complimentary premium beverages and snack service continues in our lounge until 11:00 PM.  Enjoy this last night aboard our train.

Night: Occupy rail-cars overnight, parked in St. Louis.

TUESday, June 7, 2016


7:00 AM: Wake up coffee available.

7:30 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast served on-board parked in St. Louis.busch

9:15 AM (Approx): Board our ground transportation to begin today’s included Budweiser Brewery tour and (tentatively) a tour of the Museum of Transportation.

10:00 AM (approx): Our guided tour of the famed St. Louis, MO Budweiser Brewery begins.


Lunch: After the Brewery tour we’ll pause for lunch on own.

12:30 PM (Approx): TENTATIVE We will travel to the St. Louis Museum of Transportation which boasts a wide variety of vehicles including antique cars, boats, planes, railroad equipment and one of the largest collection of steam engines in the country.

3:45 PM (Approx): We will reboard our ground transportation and head back to the St. Louis, MO Gateway Transportation Center.MOT 03

5:00 PM (Approx): Re-board our River Cities Rail Tour private cars located at the rear of today’s St. Louis departing Amtrak #306, Lincoln Service to Chicago.  You will re-board at the Gateway Transportation Center, 430 S 15th St. St. Louis, MO.  Our first class on-board staff will welcome you back on our private rail-cars.  Complimentary premium beverages and snack service commences in our lounge upon boarding.

5:30 PM: DP: St. Louis, MO, Amtrak #306 “Lincoln Service” our River Cities Rail Tour.  Our train once again crosses the Mississippi River on our quest for the “Windy City”, Chicago, IL. Enjoy the picturesque scenery just outside our windows.

6:00 PM:(approx) Dinner will be served on-board while en-route to Chicago.

7:32 PM: AR Springfield, IL: With Illinois’ State Capitol building visible out the left side of our train, we once again pass through a living piece of American history.

8:36 PM: AR Bloomington/Normal: If this is your final destination, we thank you and say goodbye for now.

Evening: Peering out your window, the Illinois prairie is gently transformed into the small towns and outskirts of the cities. Our train thunders over the diamonds at Joliet signaling … Chicago is just a short sprint from here.  With our locomotive’s air horn whistling often, our train races through the suburbs bringing us closer to the “Windy City”, Chicago.  Complimentary premium beverage and snack service continues until we arrive into Chicago.

11:10 PM: AR: Chicago Union Station As our River Cities Rail Tour train enters Chicago Union Station our trip is quickly drawing to a close.  New found friends bid farewell as all step off the train.  Our trip and services end here.

Thank You


What’s Included:
  • Chicago City Tour for St. Louis passengers.
  • Trolley get acquainted tour of Kansas City, MO.
  • St. Louis City tour including the Budweiser Brewery and (tentatively) Museum of Transportation tour for
our Chicago boarding passengers.
  •  Attentive first-class service provided by our American rail Excursion, Inc. staff.
  •  Round-trip rail and accommodations charges aboard our private rail-cars for this trip based upon
your reservations.
  •  Double Bedroom, Single or double occupancy or Roomette, single occupancy aboard our private
rail-cars (per your reservation).
  •  Complimentary baggage transfer at Chicago Union Station to our private rail-cars.
  •  Up to five days and four nights lodging and transportation accommodations aboard our private rail-cars
based on your itinerary.
  •  Up to four breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners all served on-board while en-route or while parked,
based upon your itinerary.
  •  All meals prepared fresh by our on-board chef
  •  Complimentary premium beverage and snack service throughout our entire trip.


Deluxe Suite:

Accommodates two adults in lower beds with two ensuited double bedrooms.  Each deluxe suite features one large couch, a small couch, two lounge chairs and two tables for comfortable private day travel.  Each deluxe suite has two large windows.  By night, each deluxe suite has two lower beds.  The deluxe suite 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: One deluxe suite, Double Occupancy:

2 people, one deluxe suite, two lower beds at night

St. Louis boarding, detrain St. Louis: $5,798.00 double occupancy, one suite.

St. Louis boarding, detrain Chicago: Rt. $5,998.00 double occupancy, one suite.

Chicago boarding, detrain Chicago:  $5,798.00 double occupancy, one suite.


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

St. Louis boarding, detrain St. Louis: $1,599.00 per person double occupancy, double bedroom.

St. Louis boarding, detrain Chicago: Rt. $1,799.00 per person double occupancy, double bedroom.

Chicago boarding, detrain Chicago:  $1,599.00 per person double occupancy, double bedroom.

Double Bedroom, Single Occupancy:

St. Louis boarding, detrain St. Louis: $2,999.00 per person single occupancy, double bedroom.

St. Louis boarding, detrain Chicago: Rt. $3,199.00 per person single occupancy, double bedroom.

Chicago boarding, detrain Chicago:  $2,999.00 per person single occupancy, double bedroom.



Roomettes have space for one traveler. Roomettes feature a small couch, in-wall fold-down

sink, garment 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

St. Louis boarding, detrain St. Louis: $1,899.00 per person single occupancy in a Roomette.

St. Louis boarding, detrain Chicago: Rt. $2,099.00 per person single occupancy in a Roomette.

Chicago boarding, detrain Chicago:  $1,899.00 per person single occupancy in a Roomette.


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
 Old Fashioned Railroad French Toast
 Potatoes O’Brian
 Tender Sausage links
 Crisp Bacon
 Assorted Fresh Fruit
 Assorted Cold Cereal
 Assorted Breakfast Pastries
 Bagels with Cream Cheese
 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 Lunch Menu

 Tossed Caesar salad Served with homemade Croutons and freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
 Baked spaghetti or lasagna
 Garlic bread sticks
 Spumoni ice cream
 Freshly Brewed Coffee (Regular or Decaffeinated)
 Assorted Teas
 Soft Drinks
 Domestic and Imported Beers, or Wine
 Your Favorite Mixed Drink from the Bar

Sample Dinner Menu

 Soup Du Jour
 Mesclun salad, served with honey roasted walnuts, bosch pears, gorgonzola crumbles and topped with a
Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing
 Roast Prime Rib of Beef
 Chicken Marseilles sautéed in a Marseille wine sauce
 Idaho Oven-Baked Potato with butter and sour cream
 Rice Pilaf
 Medley of Seasonal Vegetables
 Assorted Dinner Rolls and Butter
 Chocolate Torte Cake
 Fresh Brewed Coffee, Regular and Decaffeinated
 Assorted Teas
 Soft Drinks
 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


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 5/21/16.
Please contact us about availability after 4/30/16.
No refund unless trip is canceled.
Tickets are transferable to another person with prior approval.

Please reserve your space before 4/30/16.

The River Cities Rail Tour

From St. Louis, June 2 – 6, 2016
From Chicago, June 3 – 7, 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

Frank Corley, Reservations Mgr
23600 Marshall St.
Dearborn, MI 48124-1431
Phone 313-300-8411
Roger J. Verbeeren Jr., Main Office
P.O. Box 9
Madison, IL 62060-0009
Phone 618-451-0100
Fax: 618-451-8934

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 for additional information for your specific situation.


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 investment.

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