High Iron 2010 Rare Mileage Trip PlannerUpdated March 19, 2010
Below are firm trips, assuming sufficient patronage!
KENTUCKY DERBY SPECIAL
LOUISVILLE, KY APRIL 28-MAY 2, 2010
APRIL 28, WEDNESDAY DEPART: CHICAGO UNION STATION AMTRAK TRAIN 850 5:45 PM
ARRIVE: INDIANAPOLIS 11:50 PM
APRIL 29, THURSDAY DEPART: INDIANAPOLIS KENTUCKY DERBY SPECIAL 1:00 AM
ARRIVE: LOUISVILLE UNION STATION 8:30 AM
APRIL 30, FRIDAYDEPART: BUS TO CHURCHILL DOWNS FOR THE OAKS RACE 10:00 AM
ARRIVE: BUS BACK TO TRAIN AFTER OAKS RACE 6:00 PM
MAY 1, SATURDAYDEPART: BUS TO CHURCHILL DOWNS FOR THE KENTUCKY DERBY 10:00AM
ARRIVE: BUS BACK TO TRAIN AFTER KENTUCKY DERBY RACE 6:30 PM
DEPART: LOUISVILLE UNION STATION DERBY SPECIAL 10:00 PM
MAY 2, SUNDAYARRIVE: INDIANAPOLIS DERBY SPECIAL 5:00 AM
DEPART: INDIANAPOLIS AMTRAK TRAIN 851 6:30 AM
ARRIVE: CHICAGO UNION STATION 10:35 AM
The cost of $2,500/person does not include Derby tickets or meals off the train in Louisville, but does include all en route meals and an open bar on board. Equipment: Caritas.
HIGH IRON TRAVEL SOUTHERN EXPLORERS TRIP MAY 26-31, 2010
The 14th High Iron Explorers’ trip schedule is now firm. The Alabama & Gulf Railroad requires 3 days to cover their line, so the dates have changed slightly. The trip is actually Meridian, MS and back to Meridian with Amtrak connections there to bring in and take out the equipment. Se the positioning move details below for additional information on connections from and to Chicago and New Orleans
MAY 26, WEDNESDAY
11AM Equipment arrives on Amtrak #20 from New Orleans. KCS picks us up and takes us to Columbus, MS. Interchange with Alabama & Gulf RR.(AGR) Park overnight. (99 miles)
MAY 27, THURSDAY
8AM. Lv. on AGR special. Travel to Fountain, AL (ex-Frisco) where we park overnight. (166 miles)
MAY 28, FRIDAY
8AM Continue to Pensacola. Lay over in Pensacola. (102 miles)
MAY 29, SATURDAY
8AM Lv. Pensacola for Linden, AL to interchange with Meridian & Bigbee RR (M&BRR). (168 miles)
MAY 30, SUNDAY
8AM Lv. Linden for Montgomery on M&BRR, run engines around train and head west to Meridian. This is ex-Louisville & Nashville and Western RR of Alabama. (263 miles). Lay over in Meridian.
MAY 31, MONDAY
Equipment goes to New Orleans on Amtrak #19 at 3:11PM. Arr. New Orleans 7:38PM.
Fares: Meridian to Meridian: $5,750 per person, double occupancy. Roomette supplement: $250. All en route meals included.
Caritas (open platform obs. car)
Cimarron River (roomettes and bedrooms)
Another sleeper, TBD
CHICAGO-PETOSKEY, MI VIA CINCINNATI JUNE 15-26
This trip operates on several short lines and regional railroads in reaching Petoskey.
JUNE 15, TUESDAY
Depart: CHICAGO UNION STATION AMTRAK #50 5:45PM
JUNE 16, WEDNESDAY
Arrive: CINCINNATI (Park at Boat House lead) 3:17AM
JUNE 17, THURSDAY
Cincinnati to Washington Court House (ex-B&O); thence ex-Detroit, Toledo & Ironton to Lima where we park overnight.
JUNE 18, FRIDAY
Continue north on ex-DT&I to Diann, thence on ex-Ann Arbor to Owasso where we park overnight.
JUNE 19, SATURDAY
Continue on AA to Cadillac where we get on the ex-PRR (Grand Rapids & Indiana) to Petoskey.
Layover in Petoskey. Trip to Mackinac Island.
JUNE 23, WEDNESDAY
Depart Petoskey for Owosso.
JUNE 24, THURSDAY
Owosso to Lima
JUNE 25, FRIDAY
Lima to Cincinnati.
JUNE 26, SATURDAY
Depart: CINCINNATI on Amtrak #51 for Chicago. 1;10AM
Arrive: CHICAGO UNION STATION 10:35AM
Equipment: Caritas and Cimarron River. Fares: $3,450 double occupancy; roomette surcharge $350.
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