Excursion train

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A steam powered excursion train stops at the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Passenger Station in Iowa City, Iowa in 2006

An excursion train is a chartered train run for a special event or purpose. Examples of excursion trains are: a train to a major sporting event; a train run for railfans or tourism; a chartered train such as the Reno Fun Train that runs to the casinos in the winter on weekends;[1] a special train operated by the railway for employees and prominent customers.

United Kingdom[edit]

A number of excursion trains are run in the United Kingdom and some examples are pictured below.

Tour operators in the UK include Steam Dreams,[2] Torbay Express,[3] Orient-Express,[4] UK Railtours.[5] Further details can be found on the Main Line Steam Tours index page.[6]

United States[edit]

Preserved China Railways QJ class locomotives 6988 and 7081 operating a triple-headed excursion train with Milwaukee Road 261 on the Iowa Interstate Railroad in 2006.

The Pennsylvania Railroad ran special excursion trains from New York City and Washington, D.C. to the Army–Navy Game in years when the game was held in Philadelphia at Municipal Stadium (1936–1941, 1945–1975).[7] The special Pennsylvania trains were discontinued as the railroad, then known as Penn Central was on the brink of declaring bankruptcy, with the last trains running for the 1975 game. The tradition of running excursion trains to the Army-Navy college football game was resurrected in 2005 when philanthropists Bennett and Vivian Levin chartered a special train composed of their own locomotives and some donated passenger cars[8] to take recuperating wounded veterans from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland to the game in Philadelphia.[9][10][11][12] The Army-Navy Game trains ran in 2005–2008, were suspended in 2009 due to a death in the sponsors' family, and again in 2010.[9] The Army-Navy football game is a big enough event in Philadelphia that the local rail transit company SEPTA also runs extra trains on game day.[13]

Since 1908 an excursion train has carried travelers between Denver, Colorado's Union Station and the Cheyenne Depot Museum to attend the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo event.[14]

Other countries[edit]

Pictures of excursion trains in various countries.

Seasonal trains[edit]

Seasonal trains tend to run on a schedule at certain times of the year. Examples are:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reno Fun Train". Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.steamdreams.co.uk/
  3. ^ "Torbay Express Home Page - Torbay Express Limited". Torbayexpress.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  4. ^ "An iconic travel collection - luxury hotels, resorts, trains, restaurants, riverboats - experience a journey like no other". Orient-Express. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to UK Railtours". UKRailtours.com. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  6. ^ "Mainline steam tours index". UKsteam.info. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  7. ^ Brattli, Thomas (13 March 2007). "The Pennsylvania Railroad GG1: Army-Navy Day Specials". Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "High Iron Travel". Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Mayes, Alex (13 December 2010). "Army-Navy game train 'Liberty Limited' returns to the rails". Trains. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Buccolo, Dave (17 December 2010). "Re: Army - Navy game ... The rest of the story!". Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Polaneczky, Ronnie (22 December 2005). "Here's a Yule story that ought to be a movie". Philadelphia Daily News. 
  12. ^ Mikkelson, Barbara and David P. (4 January 2006). "Army-Navy Train". snopes.com. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "SEPTA beefs up schedule for Army-Navy game in Philadelphia". Gloucester County Times. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days Train". Retrieved 3 November 2011.