Travelling by private railcar is full of fun and excitement that will
never be forgotten. Consider chartering a car for a special occasion such as a wedding,
graduation, anniversary, birthday, retirement or other type of party. Private cars
vary in how many people each can accomodate, but it usually varies between 4 and
40 guests. For larger parties, multiple cars or even an entire train can be
chartered! Guests will be able to move freely from one car to the next even
when the train is in motion.
Some cars have large open lounge areas while others have several smaller
sections with separate areas for sleeping, dining and sitting. Some have
domes and others have open platforms at the rear of the train. You can
select among a variety of cars depending on whether you are seeking a car
for a large number of people on a short excursion or a smaller number people
on an overnight excursion where sleeping accommodations will be needed. Many
private cars have onboard gallies from which food can be prepared and
served during your excursion.
Generally, private cars are placed onto a regular passenger train (e.g. Amtrak, VIA)
and travel part or all of the route of that train. Ocassionally, private railcars may also
travel on 'freight' railroads and will offer a unique experience to see the
rail routes not normally served by regular passenger trains. Inquire with
a charter operator for further details.
The cost to charter a private railcar varies widely depending on the number
of guests, the length of the excursion, and the amount of services requested.
The cost can sometimes be as low as renting a large suite in a hotel for a
small gathering of friends, or can be quite a bit higher for a cross-country excursion
that includes sleeping and dining accomodations.
Many cars are available for entertaining either in motion or stationery.
The charter cost is usually much less when you rent a private car and
have your event right at the railroad yard. Larger parties can be accommodated
by such an indoor / outdoor arrangement of your event. The railcar remains
the centerpiece and sets the atmosphere of your event while your guests
are able to freely wander between the indoor and outdoor aspects of your
gathering. Catering can be provided either inside or outside of the railcar.
Visit each of the web sites from our listing for more information about the
features of each rail charter operation. These providers welcome your e-mail
inquiries about availability and costs. Please mention TrainWeb when you call
or send e-mail to any of the rail charter companies from the listing.