New Orleans Fall Farewell – 2017
To: New Orleans, LA

St. Louis-Chicago-New Orleans

Departs: St. Louis, MO Wednesday September 13, 2017 5:30 PM
Departs: Chicago, IL Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:05 PM
Arrives: New Orleans, LA Friday, September 15, 2017 3:32 PM

An Economical Fun Filled Private Car trip
with one-way travel to New Orleans, our
last public trip of the 2017 travel season.

Up to 5 days and 4 nights based on your itinerary

Trip# AR-7-I-1

New Orleans is described by one word “Unique”!  New Orleans is America’s unique place…with it’s cool jazz, hot n’ spicy Cajun food and lively Zydeco entertainment that continues until the wee hours of the morning, New Orleans is still truly one of this country’s most exciting and entertaining cities to visit.

Our New Orleans bound travelers are going to do as the native New Orleanians do; indulge, savor and celebrate!

Indulge your senses… savor New Orleans’ rich heritage… and celebrate… even after 200 years of great achievements and steep challenges, the ‘Big Easy’, New Orleans has many perennial attractions.  The French Quarter  Bourbon Street, spontaneous jazz concerts on the street corner, the architecture, sidewalk cafes and the artists that surround them, horse drawn carriages, the St. Charles Street Car line through the Garden District and of course… the might Mississippi River!

Come join us on this nostalgic economical private railcar adventure.  We’ll travel from the “Gateway of the West”, St. Louis, MO or the “Windy City”, Chicago, IL aboard our nostalgic stream-liner, down the main street of mid-America by private rail-car on the train they call The City of New Orleans.

Enjoy our vintage train and your own private sleeping compartments.

Your explorations of the many sensory extravagances that continue to endure in the unique city of New Orleans begin upon boarding our New Orleans Fall Farewell in either St. Louis or Chicago.  Enjoy the journey!

Here are the Highlights

Y’all take some time and enjoy some good ole southern hospitality!  Our onboard staff will pamper all the while you are traveling aboard our stream-liner as it transports us down the “Main Street of mid-America” aboard the train they call The City of New Orleans.  Enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks.

Enjoy the unparalleled views, camaraderie, fun and fellowship as the rhythm of the rails sing their song all the while our train conveys us to our destination, The Crescent City, New Orleans!

While in New Orleans you can explore the storied streets of the “Big Easy” from the dynamic Mississippi River to the serene courtyards. Discover everything from the colonial history to the Creole culture, from piracy to architectural masterpieces, The French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral  Jackson Square, Pirates Alley, The Garden District and of course… Bourbon Street.

We’ll whet your appetite for exploration, … try a multi-day streetcar pass that will make getting around simple.  With the newly opened terminus at New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal getting around the city is a breeze.

Come join us for this spectacular rail tour to the “Big Easy”, New Orleans, and enjoy “good ole’ Southern Hospitality”.  And of course… all that Jazz.

Thank You! American Rail Excursions, Inc.

Welcome Aboard!

WednesDAY, September 13, 2017

    (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 convention, shopping and dining destination offers.  Take some time out and try  anyone of the many exciting restaurants located in and around the Station. Please enjoy dinner on your own prior to boarding.
St. Louis Union Station

5:00 PM(approx): Passengers wishing to join our New Orleans Fall Farewell 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 onboard 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 you have read the on-board information packet, feel free to step down to our lounge and enjoy complementary beverages and a 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 New Orleans Fall Farewell eases out of the station and we begin by crossing the Mississippi River.  Peering through the windows of train, the gateway Arch gradually disappears behind us as we pick up speed for the journey to Chicago.  The rolling hills, forest and occasional small town create the ever-changing scenery along with the train’s gentle sway, the rhythm of the rails sing their song.

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

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

Evening: Enjoy a complimentary beverage and snack in the lounge while enjoying the sights from the comfort of your own chair. Meanwhile, our on-board staff has transformed your accommodations from it’s daytime configuration to one set for sweet slumber tonight.  When you decide… retire to the overnight comfort of your own private room.  Complimentary 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 Crescent City“, New Orleans.

Night: Occupy rail-cars overnight parked in Chicago.

thursDAY, September 14, 2017

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

7:30 AM: Wake up coffee is available in the lounge.

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Continental breakfast available on-board while parked in Chicago.Chicago-Union-Station

A “Good Morning” to all the travelers who arrived with us from St. Louis last night.   As you rise this morning, the enticing aroma of freshly brewed coffee greets you.   A cup of coffee and a refreshing hot shower is all it takes to “get up and at ’em!”

Morning and Afternoon: After enjoying a continental breakfast, may we suggest you take this opportunity to step off the rail-cars and begin your free day in Chicago!  Today is yours to enjoy the “Windy City” on your own.  Why not try the nearby Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) where a trip to the “Sky Deck ” will give you a bird’s-eye view of Chicago.  If you like to shop try the famous State Street “that Great Street” with many famous stores such as Macy’s.  If that’s not enough, a walk along the Magnificent Mile, a visit to Water Tower Place or Navy Pier will provide the proverbial “shop ’til you drop” experience.

The day is yours to enjoy the many offerings that Chicago has to provide.  Lunch and dinner are on your own while you tour the city.  Our departure time is scheduled for 8:05 PM tonight.You will rejoin out train  at Union Station, 225 S. canal St., Chicago, IL.

*NOTE – due to re-positioning movements, our private rail-cars may not be
readily accessible during the course of the day.  Please plan accordingly.

Chicago coarch yard

* Note to all embarking passengers – Our guests should enjoy dinner on your own at any one of Chicago’s finest eateries such as The Berghoff, Ruth Christ’s, The Weber Grill, Greek Town (South Halsted St.) or any other fine downtown restaurants before boarding.

Chicago Passengers – Welcome Aboard

7:00 PM: 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 former 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.

7:15 PM: As soon as all passengers are checked in, we will pre-board our private rail-cars located at the rear of this evening’s Chicago departing Amtrak #59, the City of New Orleans, our New Orleans Fall Farewell.  After receiving instructions on the amenities of your on-board accommodations, let the party begin!  You may take this opportunity to head to our lounge and get acquainted with other travelers over complimentary and snacks.

8:05 PM: Depart Chicago: Amtrak #59, The City of New Orleans (Our New Orleans Fall Farewell)
The conductor yells “All ‘board” as our group of rail adventurers settle in.  The gentle sway of our private rail-cars indicate that we are on the move.  If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to join us in the lounge while we watch Chicago’s bright lights and moonlit skyline vanish in the distance.  A complimentary beverage and snack will complement the festive atmosphere.

As the big city lights fade away, we’ll make a quick stop in a quaint Chicago suburb of Homewood.  As the diesels roar and the whistle blows the Illinois Central’s Main Street of Mid-America rail-line will carry us through many a small town in our southbound quest to reach that Crescent City, New Orleans.

Late Evening: As you enjoying lively conversation, camaraderie and maybe a little reveling, our service staff will have your room ready for you when you are ready for some sweet slumber.  In the solitude and darkness of your room, you tune into the rhythmic beat of the rails.  As you gaze out your window, the darkened sky illuminated by hundreds of starts and the occasional light from a passing farm reminds you that you are still in Illinois.  The gentle sway and music of the rails are too much… you fall asleep in safety and comfort of your own private room.

Night: Occupy rail-cars overnight while en-route to our destination, New Orleans.

Friday, September 15, 2017

    (Day 3, St. Louis /Day 2, Chicago)

6:30 AM: Wake up coffee available in the lounge.

6:27 AM: Arrive Memphis, TN

6:50 AM: Depart Memphis, TN

7:30-8:30 AM: Continental breakfast available on-board en-route to our destination, New Orleans. The excitement of our trip has made you stir early this morning.  As you raise the shade and peer out the window this new day, you rub your eyes in disbelief!  A PYRAMID?!?  What the… Now, if you saw Elvis, then there may be cause for concern!  Yes… it is Memphis.  If you look hard, you can catch a glimpse of Beale Street, home of the Blues.  Memphis is also home of Sun Records and of course, Elvis’ Graceland estate.  Our train will pause here at the beautiful new station for about 25 minutes.  With the aroma of freshly brewed coffee teasing you, it is time to satisfy that appetite.  We’ll have a continental breakfast for your enjoyment this morning.

Morning: As we continue our southward trek, our train will almost turn-back-time.  We’ll travel through small towns rich in history and virtually untouched, hearkening back to the days when cotton was king.  Some stately colonial mansions can be seen through the trees.  Lumber is the other prevalent commodity harvested along this route.

12:00 Noon: (Approx) Light lunch served on-board en-route: We’ll have an array of cold-cuts, bread and condiments for your enjoyment. You’ve been so busy peering out the window that lunchtime has almost slipped by.  Not to worry though, our attentive on-board service attendant reminds you that it is noon and that lunch will be served shortly.  As you enjoy a light lunch and peek through your window to the world, the first vestiges of French influence can be detected in the curlicue and trellis-work adorning the homes.

Afternoon: The catfish ponds and pecan groves of the Mississippi Delta country slowly transform into the bayou  country.  Lake Pontchartrain is now visible… New Orleans is just ahead.  Complimentary beverage and snack service continues.

3:32 PM Arrive: New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal As our New Orleans Fall Farewell glides into the station, you’ll notice a huge landmark, the Louisiana Superdome, just adjacent to our final stop.  Our private rail-cars will remain parked here for the next three nights.  Our passengers will be able to stay aboard, using our cars as your hotel on the rails.  A Continental Breakfast will be served daily.  Lunch and dinner will be on your own while visiting New Orleans except as part of the Natchez Riverboat cruise.  Our lounge will open at 5:30 PM daily and remain open throughout the evening for your enjoyment.  Service concludes at 11 PM local time nightly.

Late Afternoon and Evening: We suggest for the remainder of this afternoon and evening you experience the culture and cuisine New Orleans has to offer.  May we suggest you dine on your own tonight at any one of the finer establishments. New Orleans has many of the greatest restaurants in the country.  With dining seen as a passion by locals, the dishes prepared by world renown and award winning chefs will make your visit to New Orleans an unforgettable event.  Restaurants such as the legendary Brennen’s, Broussards, Arnaud’s or Antonio’s are all located in the French Quarter.  These are just a few that have been around since the late 1800’s.  Bon appétit!

Transportation from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is a cinch!  The New Orleans Loyola/UPT streetcar terminus is just out the front door of the station and can deliver you to Canal St., Bourbon St. or the French Quarter with connections to the Canal St. & Riverfront streetcar lines.  Taxi cabs are also available to whisk you to that special destination in the Crescent City, New Orleans.

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You may want to try a self-guided tour on the New Orleans streetcar line, after all it does stop right outside the Station.  You could travel on top of the levee along the Mississippi River past the French Quarter or enjoy a picturesque streetcar ride on the St. Charles line.  You may even want to get off for a closer look as you stroll past many of the stately mansions, bed and breakfasts, and delightful restaurants.

Late Evening: After an enjoyable dinner, let’s not forget Bourbon Street for some late night entertainment.  From Jazz to contemporary rock, Bourbon Street has something for everyone!  Don’t worry… we’ll leave the vestibule light on for you tonight.

Night: Occupy rail-cars overnight while parked in New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

    (DAY 4/3)

7:00 AM: Wake up coffee is available in our lounge.

7:30-9:00 AM Continental breakfast available on-board while parked in New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal.

Morning: New Orleans French Quarter: there is so much to see beyond Bourbon Street.  This is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans.  After being founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the city developed around the French Quarter.  Today, horse-drawn carriages traverse this unique area with its beautiful architecture, art galleries, museums and street-side cafe’s. Among other attractions are the New Orleans French Market, the oldest public open-air market founded in 1791.  It features uniquely New Orleans shopping, dining and musical traditions, very reminiscent of old world European markets.

While you are visiting the French Quarter, be sure to stroll along Royal Street, our railroad cars’s namesake. Only one block from the raucousness of Bourbon St., is the elegant epicenter of the local artistic culture.  Royal Street is an eye-pleasing mix of classy antique shops, boutiques, fine jewelry stores, colorful art galleries and world class restaurants.  You’ll not want to miss out out on viewing some of the most frequently photographed buildings which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Lunch: On your own while enjoying the sites.

Afternoon: This afternoon, depending on your individuals’ preferences, you might continue to absorb the sights and sounds of the world famous French Quarter and historic Jackson Square, home of the Cabildo and Presbytere Museums. Visit one of the historic cemeteries, referred to as “Cities of the Dead”, and learn about this unique, above ground, burial system. Marvel at stories of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John, the water-way used by Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates, as we make our way to the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. View the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Or follow the path of the St Charles Avenue streetcar line, the oldest continuously operating passenger railway system in the world, past the homes of former Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras, stately mansions and the world famous, exclusive Garden District. View Tulane and Loyola Universities across from Audubon Park, home to one of the top five zoos in the nation, The Audubon Zoo.

Of course the Mississippi River is an attraction all its own in New Orleans.  The Riverfront has many unique attractions.  One that you won’t want to miss is the historic Steamboat Natchez, one of six authentic Steamboats left on the Mississippi River. Enjoy a Steam Calliope Concert daily. Tap your feet to live Jazz (seasonal) on every cruise. This two hour day cruise takes you back to a time when cotton as king and life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi River. Enjoy the captain’s narration of the highlights of one of the world’s busiest ports. Tour the Historic Steam Engine Room and learn how steam powers the engine to turn the Paddle-wheel and provide the energy for the delightful tunes from the calliope Cruise past the Chalmette Battlefield, where Jean Lafitte and his buccaneers joined forces with Andrew Jackson to defeat the British in the Battle of New Orleans.

This afternoon you may also wish to visit the spectacular National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St, 1 block east of Lee Circle.  The museum depicts the lives of American man and women who took part in WWII.  Their story is told via artifacts, letters, posters, cigarette packs and showcases larger artifacts from D-Day Normandy and the Pacific fronts.  A 4D theater shows the exclusive Tom Hanks production Beyond All Boundaries.

Our private railcars will remain parked for your convenience at New Orleans Union Passenger Depot.

Late Afternoon: After a great day exploring New Orleans stop by our lounge for a “tall cool one”!  Complimentary beverage and snack service is in full swing. Catch up on the days past events before heading out on the town tonight.

Evening: Whether it is Mulate’s Cajun Restaurant with it’s casual N’awlins Cajun food and music to Brennan’s, a New Orleans legend in dining experience, the choices abound!  Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.

Late Evening: Enjoy the comfort of your own private lounge setting on the train. Complimentary beverage and snack service continues in our lounge until 11 PM local time.

Night: Occupy rail cars overnight while parked in New Orleans.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

    (DAY 5/4)

7:00 AM: Wake up coffee is available in our lounge.

7:30-9:00 AM Continental breakfast available on-board while parked in New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal.

This morning all services and our New Orleans Fall Farewell trip concludes here in New Orleans after breakfast.  Your continued sightseeing and your return trip to your point of origin is on your own!  We hope you enjoyed both the rail trip and your hotel on the rails.  Please vacate our rail cars by 10:00 AM(checkout time).

Trip and all services conclude.


May your rails be silver and your rail journey memories be golden.

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What’s Included:
 • Attentive service provided by our American rail Excursion, Inc. staff.
 • One-way rail and accommodations charges aboard our private rail-cars for this trip based upon
your reservations.
 • Double Bedroom, Single or double occupancy aboard our private rail-cars (per your reservation).
 • Roomette, 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 five days and four nights lodging and transportation accommodations aboard our private rail-cars
based on your itinerary.
 • Up to four continental breakfasts and one light luncheon, all served on-board while en-route or while parked,
based upon your itinerary.
 • Complimentary beverage and snack service throughout our entire trip.

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About Your Accommodations:

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

   St. Louis boarding: 899.00 per person single occupancy in a Roomette.

   Chicago boarding:  $799.00 per person single occupancy in a Roomette.

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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. 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: 899.00 per person double occupancy, double bedroom.

   Chicago boarding:  $799.00 per person double occupancy, double bedroom.

Double Bedroom, Single Occupancy:

   St. Louis boarding: $1,499.00 per person single occupancy, double bedroom.

   Chicago boarding:  $1,399.00 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.

Costs: En-suited two Double Bedrooms, Double Occupancy:

1-2 people, 2 rooms en-suited, one lower bed at night in each bedroom

   St. Louis boarding:  $2,799.00 per en-suited bedroom.

   Chicago boarding:  $2,598.00 per en-suited bedroom.   

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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.  The combination of food, on-board service and awe inspiring scenery set the stage for a most memorable trip. Bon appétit!

The following is a sample of cuisine,  aboard our rail cars for this trip.

Our sample menus include:

Sample Continental Breakfast Menu

 Assorted Fresh Fruit
 Assorted Cold Cereal
 Assorted Yogurts
Breakfast Pastries
Chilled Juice
 Freshly Brewed Coffee, (Regular or decaffeinated)
 Assorted Hot Teas
 Milk
 Complimentary Eye-opener from our bar

Sample Light Luncheon Menu

 Assorted Deli meats and cheeses
 White, wheat or Rye breads
 Pickle Spears
Cookies
 Freshly Brewed Coffee (Regular or Decaffeinated)
 Assorted Teas
 Soft Drinks
 Milk
 Domestic and Imported Beers, or Wine

Complimentary Beverage Service Includes:

 Miller Lite and Heineken beers
 Chardonnay, Merlot, and White Zinfandel wines
 Soft Drinks including Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite
 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 Amtrak trains, 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 9/5/17
No refund unless trip is canceled.
Tickets are transferable to another person with prior approval.

Please reserve your space by 9/5/17

New Orleans Fall Farewell

September (13)14 – September 17, 2017

Trip #AR-17-I-1

Click here for printable reservation form

Thank You!

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, Pacific Union Sleeping Car Co. L.L.C., Powhatan Rail Services, Inc. dba American Rail Excursions or IFE Leasing, Inc. 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 in vestibules between cars and 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.