American Rail Excursions, Inc.

Presents

“The Portland, Western & Glacier Park
Rail Tour”

St. Louis – Chicago – Minneapolis/St. Paul –
Spokane – Portland – Whitefish (Glacier Park) –
Minneapolis/St. Paul – Chicago – St Louis

Aug (31) Sept 1, 2016 – Sept 9 (10), 2016
Up to 11 Days and 10 Nights

Trip: AR-16-H-2

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Welcome Aboard!

Come join us aboard our nostalgic streamliner and experience the comfort and relaxation of private rail car travel, witnessing some of America’s most spectacular scenery, as it passes by our trains windows.  Our first-class, on-board staff will want to ensure your voyage is everything you want it to be.  Our train will transport us from the Windy City, Chicago, through Milwaukee, WI and onward through the Kettle Moraine region of Wisconsin and onward to the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  We will trace the routes of some of our country’s early settlers across the lush farmland and livestock ranches on the plains of North Dakota.  Views of wide open grandeur grace our windows as we travel through Big Sky Country of Montana.  The towering snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains will give way to the journey down the Columbia River Gorge with spectacular views of Mt Hood & Beacon Rock en-route to the City of Roses, Portland, OR.

After our visit to Portland, our train will back track a bit to the mountain town that the Great Northern Railway helped established in 1904, Whitefish, MT, a logging industry rail head.  Today Whitefish boasts Big Mountain Resort and a gateway to Glacier National Park.  Our rail tour will park in Whitefish, MT encouraging our passengers to immerse themselves in this quaint mountain town and to enjoy the grandeur of Glacier National Park.

All Aboard!

Tour Highlights

  • Convenient boarding locations in St. Louis, MO, Springfield, IL, Bloomington, IL & Chicago IL
  • Travel Westward then eastward on the railroad that the free-wheeling – big-dealing tycoon James J. Hill built,
    “The Great Northern Railway”, route of today’s Amtrak Empire Builder
  • Enjoy attentive first-class service provided by our on-board service staff
  • Travel, dine and sleep aboard our nostalgic, privately owned rail-cars
  • Experience breathtaking scenery while dining on freshly prepared meals by our on board chef
  • See the prairies, kettle moraines and Mississippi River vistas slowly give way to the rugged Rocky Mountains
    with their snowcapped peaks
  • Hotel aboard our rail-cars while parked in Portland, OR & Whitefish, MT
  • Enjoy the quaint shops, art galleries, restaurants and interesting people of Portland & Whitefish, located
    just steps away from our train.
  • Experience the beautiful City of Roses, Portland, as we tour the city.
  • Experience the adventure and spectacular beauty of Glacier National Park in an all day tour.  We will travel on
    the Going To the Sun Road and cross the Continental Divide at 6,680 feet.  And be sure to have your camera
    ready to capture that special view just around the next bend of the road.

ITINERARY:

Wednesday aUG 31, 2016

    (DAY 1, ST. LOUIS BOARDING PASSENGERS ONLY)

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.

Today the hustle and bustle around the Station is the special charm that this unique destination offers.  Take some time out and try anyone of the many exciting restaurants located around the Station.

St. Louis Amtrak Station

5:00 PM(approx): Passengers wishing to join The Portland, Western & Glacier Park 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 complementary 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 Montana & Glacier National Park Special 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.

6:30 PM:(approx) Dinner will be served on-board while en-route.

7:32: Depart: Springfield, IL.  You may join the trip here.

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

VestibuleEvening: 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.

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, aboard our Portland, Western & Glacier Park Rail Tour.

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.

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

Thursday sep 1, 2016

    (Day 2, St. Louis passengers / Day 1, Chicago boarding passengers)

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

9:30 AM (Approx) St. Louis passengers may de-train for a half-day of exploration of Chicago on your own.

Lunch: On your own at any of the fine Chicago restaurants.

1:00 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..

1:30 pm: (Approx) Board our Portland, Western & Glacier Park Rail Tour.  Our on-board staff welcomes all our Rail Tour 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!

2:15 PM DP Chicago Amtrak #7, the Empire Builder, our Portland, Western & Glacier Park Rail Tour.  As our conductor calls “All Aboard”, our train gradually glides out of the confines of Chicago’s Union Station.  The distinct Downtown Chicago skyline gradually disappears behind us.  With the city giving way to the suburbs, and the more rural surroundings now in view through the windows, the buzz of exhilaration is in the air as our passengers get acquainted.  Complimentary premium beverage and snack service continues.

Happy PassengerWhile 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.

3:52 PM DP Milwaukee

6:00 PM (Approx) Freshly prepared dinner, served on-board en-route.

Evening: Continue to enjoy the complimentary premium beverage and snack service until 11 PM local.

10:03 PM AR Minneapolis/St. Paul

10:20 PM DP Minneapolis/St. Paul

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 rail are a night-time lullaby coaxing you to retire.  Enjoy the night.  Sweet Rail Dreams!

 

Friday SEP 2, 2016 (Day 3, St. Louis,/Day 2, Chicago)

6:02 AM DP Devils Lake, ND  If you are awake, you can witness first-hand the “slow growing monster”, Devils Lake ND.  Since the 1990’s Devils Lake, the largest fresh water lake in North Dakota with over 1,000 miles of shoreline, has slowly submerged over 150,000 acres of land and 100’s of homes.  Devils LakeThe railroad roadbed that we are traveling on has been raised 8-12 feet since 2010 in an attempt to keep the line open.

7:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast served en-route.  As you awaken this morning, it’s the dawn of another day on the high-iron and promises to be one to be remembered.

8:29 AM AR Minot, ND – our train will pause here for necessary en-route serving.  You may de-train here at the attended vestibule steps and stretch your legs.  Stay close by… so you’re not left behind.

9:06 AM DP Minot, ND  As our engineer whistles off, the diesels throttle up to speed, the bobbing up and down of the gentle hillsides pass without missing a beat.

Morning: The rhythm of the rails sings its soothing song as our passengers enjoy some of the most picturesque views of the country side and small town America.

11:07 AM DP Williston, ND. Williston was in the midst of the giant oil boom. A second, new bypass was built in 2014 to re-route heavy truck traffic away from the business and residential areas of town. 1,500 to 2,000 new wells were being drilled each year until 2015.Meal Service

Noon: Luncheon: Served on-board en-route.  You’ve been so entranced by the beautiful natural scenery, wild springs, rivers and rolling hills of North Dakota that you forgot that it is time for lunch.  Well, we won’t interrupt, you’ll continue to see all the sites as can only be seen by train.  Relax; enjoy an enticing luncheon prepared by our on-board chef, just for you!

Afternoon: Complimentary premium beverage and snack service continues as the scenic vistas and distant  mountains are visible through our windows.

2:39 PM AR Havre, MT is a station, re-fueling, and service stop for the AmGN-2584trak Empire Builder. On display, next to the station, is Great Northern Railway steam locomotive #2584, a 4-8-4 S-2 “Northern” Class. Nearby is a sculpture representing “U.S. – Canada Friendship” and a statue of James J. Hill, the man for whom the Empire Builder is named and the developer of the Great Northern Railway.  You may take this last opportunity to step off as our train, at an attended vestibule, to stretch your legs and, … oh, you know the routine…

3:04 PM DP Havre, MT after train servicing is completed.

Late Afternoon: Our The Portland, Western & Glacier Park Rail Tour continues on our westward quest, tracing the Great northern Railroad passage to the west.  The mountains continue to grow as our train whistles through historic western towns, some seem frozen in time!

6:00 PM (Approx) Dinner served on-board en-route.  The sun is over the mountains and the silhouettes of the Rocky Mountains have begun to cast their shadows upon us.  The culinary talents of our on-board chef have once again been called upon to satisfy the appetites of our passengers.  Enjoy a glass of wine and friendly conversation over dinner while the scenery passes by.

Evening: We continue to wind our way up to higher elevations as daylight wanes.  Complimentary premium beverage and snack service continues through our arrival in Whitefish, MT and concludes at 11 PM local time.Izaak Walton Inn

7:41 PM DP Essex, MT (Flag stop) – Home of the famed Izaak Walton Inn built by the Great Northern Railway in 1939 to house railway workers. The Tudor Revival inn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

8:23 PM DP West Glacier, MT

8:56 PM AR Whitefish, MT Upon arrival in Whitefish MT, Amtrak’s Empire Builder will perform its station work.

9:16 PM DP Whitefish, MT

11:00 PM Complimentary premium beverage and snack service concludes.

1:40 AM AR Spokane, WA Although you should be fast asleep in your warm comfortable bed, Spokane, WA is where our train splits into two sections. One heads to Seattle, WA and our section heads to Portland, OR.

2:45 AM DP Spokane, WA Amtrak #27, the Portland section of the Empire Builder, our Portland, Western & Glacier Park Rail Tour. 

 

Columbia River 1saturday SEP 3, 2016 (Day 4/3)

7:00 – 8:30 AM: Breakfast will be served on-board en-route.

Morning: For most of this morning our train skirts the Columbia River.  As the largest river in the Pacific Northwest the Columbia River forms most of the border between the states of Washington and Oregon.  We will see some of the most dramatically scenic portions of the river from the windows of our train as it cuts through the Cascade Mountain range creating the 100 mile long, Columbia River Gorge.

10:10 AM: AR Portland, OR Amtrak #27, our Portland, Western & Glacier Park Rail Tour. As our train glides into this iconic station located at 800 Northwest Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97209 may we suggest our passengers take this opportunity to step off our train and do a little exploring on your own.  Enjoy the beautiful gentrified area around Union Station.  There are lots of shops and antique stores in the area.

Usually within an hour or sooner of our arrival in Portland our arriving private rail cars will be moved to our special parking spot at Portland’s Union Station.  Once our rail cars are situated we will remain parked until just prior to our departure on Monday, Sep 5th in the afternoon.

There are many close by attractions within walking distance of the station, or you may want to travel to Portland’s extensive and safe public transportation, Tri Met or MAX Light Rail.

About six, or so, blocks south of Union Station is Division Street.  It features quirky/offbeat family friendly eateries, popular with the locals.  From inexpensive gathering of food trucks to high-end eateries, it is all off the beaten path!  Enjoy!

Lunch: On your own while exploring the greater Portland neighborhoods.

Portland Saturday MarketAfternoon: A popular Saturday and Sunday event is the Portland Saturday market.  This open air, weekend event is located at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River features gifts, crafts, food, entertainment and more.  Located about 8 blocks southeast of the station, it is a must see, as this is the largest, continuously operated outdoor market in the United States.

With so much to see just footsteps from our train, there will be no shortage of activities, or sites to explore.

Late Afternoon: Our lounge will beckon to our passengers to stop off for your favorite premium beverage and a snack to quell your appetite prior to heading out for dinner on your own this evening.

Evening: With the sun now setting, the city lights come alive!  As the downtown Portland cityscape stands sentinel to our train, passengers return to the familiar comfortable surroundings of our train.  A night cap in our lounge is all it takes to enjoy relaxed conversation with fellow travelers.

Night: After a day exploring Portland, retire to the safety and comfort of your private accommodations.  Good Night!

sunday SEP 4, 2016 (Day 5/4)

7:30 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast: Served on-board while parked in Portland’s Union Station.

Morning & Afternoon: Currently planned is an all day tour of the Greater Portland area.  We will visit this laid-back friendly cities downtown attractions.  See Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Explore vibrant eclectic neighborhoods like Nob Hill and the Pearl District.  You will learn about Portland’s history and modern day culture.  Our touring should take us to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and the gorgeous waterfalls.  Don’t forget your camera as our tour will have time for memorable photo opportunities.

Lunch: On your own while touring today.

Late Afternoon: Returning from today’s tour you will want to stop by our lounge for a complimentary premium beverage and snack.  Our first class on-board staff will be ready to deliver your libation of choice, right to your seat.  You will have to to freshen up before heading out to dinner on your own this evening.

Dinner: Tonight is our last night in Portland.  By now you have chosen that special place for dinner on your own this evening. Bon appétit.

Evening: When you once again return to our train our staff will await your beverage order.  Complimentary premium beverages and snack service continues in our lounge until 11:00 PM local time.

Night: Occupy rail-cars overnight, parked in Portland, OR

 

monday SEP 5, 2016 (Day 6/5)

7:30 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast served on-board while parked in Portland, OR.Portland trolley

Morning and Afternoon: Today you will be able to visit the sights of Portland on your own. Enjoy most of this last day exploring the City of Roses.

Lunch: On your own while touring.

3:30 PM(Approx): The private rail cars making up our Portland, Western and Glacier Park Rail Tour should be already moved from our parking spot and made part of today’s, Portland, OR departing, Amtrak train #28, the Portland section of the Empire Builder.  Upon reboarding, complimentary premium beverages and snack service commences.

4:45 PM: DP Portland OR Amtrak #28 Portland section, Empire Builder, our Portland, Western and Glacier Park Rail Tour.

Late Afternoon: Departing Portland we will once again skirt the Columbia River and all its panoramic beauty.  Enjoy lively conversation about our last 3 day adventure with other guests as you enjoy your favorite beverage.

6:00 PM (Approx) Dinner will be served on-board en-route.  Our on-board chef has been hard at work to create a wonderful dinner for all our guests enjoyment.  Dinner service promises to have spectacular views, right from your dinner table.

Evening: Our lounge will be open for your enjoyment until 11:00 PM local time.  Complimentary premium beverages and snack service will continue as we climb the Cascade Mountains.

Night: Occupy rail cars overnight while en-route to Whitefish, MT.

 

tuesday SEP 6, 2016 (Day 7/6)

12:13 AM: AR: Spokane, WA Amtrak #28, the Portland section of the Empire Builder.  Although all should be asleep, the private rail cars making up our Portland, Western and Glacier Park Rail Tour will be combined with the Seattle section on the Empire Builder.

1:25 AM: DP Spokane Amtrak #8 the Empire Builder.

7:00 – 8:30 AM: Breakfast served hot and fresh on-board en-route to and while parked in Whitefish, MT.

7:21 AM AR Whitefish, MT, Amtrak #8 the Empire Builder, our Portland, Western and Glacier Park Rail Tour.  Although our train has arrived at our interim destination, our private rail cars will not be moved off to the Whitefish house track until after Amtrak #8 departs Whitefish.

7:41 AM DP Whitefish, MT As our train departs, we will travel about 1/2 mile to clear the Whitefish station. Amtrak will then back us in to the Whitefish house track, our home for the next 2 days.

Morning: Following breakfast and the re-location, may we suggest you take this opportunity to alight from our train and explore the quaint town of Whitefish, MT.  Stroll the streets, visit the shops and enjoy this mountain community.

Noon: After all the exploration of Whitefish, we’re sure you have picked the perfect spot for lunch on your own.  A few favorite spots are the Great Northern Bar and Grill, Bulldog Saloon & Grill, The Naked Noodle or Tupalo Grill to name a few.
Enjoy!

glacier whitefishAfternoon: You might want to venture beyond town and explore The Big Mountain Resort, seen off in the distance.  Enjoy a breathtaking  lift ride up the  mountain on your own.  While there, visit the Nature Center, a cooperative Flatland National Forest and Whitefish Mountain Resort.  The Nature Center offers a fun place to explore, with plenty of hands-on discovery, learning about the mountain environment.

Late Afternoon:  The smiling faces of American Rail’s first-class on-board staff “Welcomes you home”.  Back home again in the safety and comfort of our Portland, Western & Glacier Park Rail Tour.  Complimentary premium beverage and snack service will be available for your enjoyment until 11 PM local time.

Dinner: Time has passed much to quickly! By now you had the opportunity to find all of the out of the way, cozy local spots to enjoy dinner on your own.  Bon appétit.

Evening: This beautiful evening is yours to enjoy on your own!  The downtown streets of Whitefish are peppered with galleries which exhibit local artists that create “Big Sky” wildlife scenery, a popular local subject.  Night life entertainment abounds.  Enjoy the evening in a small mountain town.

Night: Occupy your private accommodations overnight on our Portland, Western & Glacier Park Rail Tour while parked in Whitefish, MT.

 

WednesDAY SEP 7, 2016 (Day 8/7)

7:00 – 8:30 AM: Breakfast served on-board, parked in Whitefish, MT.  The bright sunshine and crisp mountain air beckon all to yet another day of western Montana adventure.

Red busAll Day: This morning we’ll board our motorcoach to Glacier National Park.  Our travels today will take us on one of the world’s civil engineering marvels, The Going-to-the-Sun Road.  This is the only road that cuts through Glacier National Park and is regarded as one of the most scenic drives anywhere in the world!  You’ll have plenty time to see the splendor of Montana’s jewel.  From the countless glacier-covered peaks, beautiful blue lakes, wondrous  colorful wildflowers, forests, deep valleys with glistening rivers and streams just teeming with wildlife.  You’ll never forget the grandeur and beauty of this, unlike any other on earth!  At the conclusion of this day trip we’ll make our way back down to Whitefish and our train.

Dinner: On your own while in Whitefish tonight.

Evening: It’s Wednesday night in Whitefish and your last night in town.  Let’s party!  For some live entertainment, you might try either the Great Northern Bar & Grill or Craggy Range Bar & Grill.  And, if you are having well,… to much fun! We’ll leave the vestibule light on for you.  As always, our Portland, Western & Glacier Park Rail Tour lounge will be open for our returning passengers.  Complimentary premium beverage and snack service will be available until 11 PM local time.

Night: Occupy rail-cars overnight while parked in Whitefish, MT.

 

ThursDAY SEP 8, 2016 (Day 9/8)

signalEarly Morning: Although you may be fast asleep in your comfortable bed, our Portland, Western & Glacier Park Rail Tour will be readied for departure this morning.

7:26 AM Train #8, Empire Builder, arrives Whitefish. Our private cars will be attached to Train #8.

7:30 – 9:30 AM Breakfast served on-board while parked in Whitefish and en-route.

7:41 AM DP Whitefish, MT – private cars have been attached to Amtrak #8, the Empire Builder and we are on our return journey back home. Today we’ll be traveling eastward through Montana and into North Dakota.

Morning: As our Glacier Park experience wanes, your able to see, new, different and exciting views from our train that were obscured by darkness on our westward leg.  Enjoy this breathtaking scenery from the comfort of our train.

Little MissouriNoon: Lunch server on-board en-route.  With the rugged mountain peaks slipping away, we once again gather together to enjoy a freshly prepared luncheon.

Afternoon: Complimentary premium beverage and snack service is available once more in the lounge.  It’s been a wondrously busy week.  If you feel like a nap, go ahead and sneak off to someplace quite and comfortable for a nap.  You deserve it, after-all, you are on vacation.

6:00 PM (approx) Dinner served on-board en-route.  With the ever changing landscape just outside our windows the rolling hills of North Dakota race past your windows.  Enjoy the fun and fellowship of your new travel friends over a delicious, freshly prepared, dinner.

Evening: Complimentary premium beverage and snack service is available in the lounge until 11 PM this evening.  Conversations abound about our western adventure.

Night: Sleep in safety and comfort as your private accommodations convey you eastward.  For our Chicago bound travelers, this will be your last night to enjoy the sweet rhythm of the rails.  Sleep well.

 

FriDAY SEP 9, 2016 (Day 10/9)

7:43 AM: AR: Minneapolis, MN.  We’ll pause here to add a coach to the Amtrak consist.

7:30 – 9:30 AM: Breakfast served on-board en route.  From your breakfast table Granite-Falls-Wisconsinyou’ll enjoy the headwaters and upper Mississippi River as we travel southward through Minnesota.

8:00 AM DP Minneapolis, MN

Morning: Enjoy our last day all together as the Wisconsin rivers and forests fill our windows.

Noon: As has become somewhat of a tradition on the train a freshly prepared luncheon is ready to satisfy your hunger.

Afternoon: Complimentary premium beverage and snack service is available in the lounge until our arrival in Chicago.

2:07 PM: DP: Milwaukee, WI. With the brewery of Milwaukee disappearing quickly our train high-steps on the fast-iron on our quest for “the Windy City”, Chicago.

3:55 PM: AR: Chicago Union Station.  With the Wooossshhh of the air-breaks our rail adventure for Chicago bound passengers has come to a close.  Farewells are said as our first-class on-board staff assists de-training passengers with their luggage.

St. Louis passengers: You will take this opportunity to step off our arriving train while it dwells in Chicago’s Union Station and enjoy the “City that works”, Chicago.

Note: Within an hour or so of our arrival our train will be moved to Amtrak’s
coach yard.  There it will receive a post-trip inspection.
During this time the train will be inaccessible and unavailable for occupancy
for several hours while the equipment is being serviced and inspected.
Please plan accordingly.

Dinner: On your own while touring greater downtown Chicago.  May we suggest some all-time favorites; The Weber Grill, Lowry’s Prime Rib, Morton’s Steak House, Uno’s, Ed Debevic’s or Don Pedro’s.  The choices abound and all are just a short cab ride away!  Enjoy

Evening: Usually after 8 PM our rail-cars are available, our on-board service manager will advise you for re-boarding in the station.  Complimentary premium beverage and snack service will be available until 11 PM local time.

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

 

SaturDAY SEP 10, 2016 (Day 11)

Pet_14a7:00 – 9:00 AM:Breakfast served on-board.  The tantalizing aroma of fresh hot coffee, coupled with our on-board chef’s special creation this morning beckons all to breakfast.

9:25: Depart: Chicago IL.  Our St. Louis passengers will be returning home on today’s departing Amtrak #303.

Morning: Behind us we leave the bustling city and sprawling suburbs of Chicago we will enjoy the newest “high speed” line in Illinois as we travel at speeds up to 110 MPH.  This unprecedented view can only be seen from the windows of our train.

11:39: Depart: Bloomington, IL.  You may depart the trip here.

12:00 Noon(approx) A light luncheon will be served on-board en-route.

12:50: Depart: Springfield, IL.  You may depart the trip here.

3:00 PM: Arrive: St. Louis  As the Gateway Arch comes in to view, we will be arriving at our final destination, St. Louis, MO.  Upon arrival, our first-class on-board staff bids everyone a fond farewell and thanks for wonderful journey!

 

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Thank You

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Why you should participate in this Unique Excursion
This is the comfortable, hassle-free way to see the scenic west 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. Excellent service provided by a friendly crew. We make it simple and pleasant for you.

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What’s Included:

  • 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, single occupancy aboard our private
    rail-cars (per your reservation).
  • Complimentary baggage transfer at St Louis Gateway Transportation Center or Chicago Union Station
    to our private rail-cars.
  • Up to 11 days and 10 nights lodging and transportation accommodations aboard our private rail-cars
    based on your itinerary.
  • Up to nine breakfasts, four lunches and five 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.
  • Included tour of Portland, OR.
  • Included tour of Glacier National Park.

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

    St. Louis boarding: $4,799.00 per person double occupancy, double bedroom.

    Chicago boarding:  $4,699.00 per person double occupancy, double bedroom.

Double Bedroom, Single Occupancy:

    St. Louis boarding: $9,299.00 per person single occupancy, double bedroom.

    Chicago boarding:  $9,199.00 per person single occupancy, double bedroom.

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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: En-suited two Double Bedrooms, Double Occupancy:

2 people, 2 rooms en-suited, one lower bed at night in each bedroom

    St Louis boarding:  $9,299.00 per person double occupancy, en-suited bedroom.

   Chicago boarding:  $9,199.00 per person double occupancy, en-suited bedroom.

 

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 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
 Fluffy Denver Scramble
 Tender Sausage links
 Crisp Bacon
 Assorted Fresh Fruit
 Assorted Cold Cereal
 Assorted Breakfast Pastries
 Bagels with Cream Cheese
 English Muffins or
 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
 Crisp 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
 Milk
 Domestic and Imported Beers, or Wine
 Your Favorite Mixed Drink from the Bar

 Sample Dinner Menu
 Tender mixed greens salad, served with gorgonzola cheese, crasins, plum tomatoes and topped with balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
 Medallions of Beef Tenderloin
 Baked Idaho Potato with Sour Cream & fresh chives
 Fresh Seasonal Vegetables
 Artisan Breads
 Baked Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
 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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A 50% deposit per person is due at time of booking.
Full open balance due by 8/5/16.
Please contact us about availability after 7/29/16.
No refund unless trip is canceled.
Tickets are transferable to another person with prior approval.

Please reserve your space before 7/29/16.

The Portland, Western & Glacier Park
Rail Tour

(Aug 31) Sep 1, 2016 – Sep 9(10), 2016
Trip #AR-16-H-2

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
23600 Marshall St.
Dearborn, MI 48124-1431
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 and
rogerv@gatewayrailservices.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 investment.

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