Luxury Rail Travel was founded by Russ Swinnerton to be able to combine a love of trains, travel and operating private varnish equipment both on regular Amtrak trains and on dedicated excursions.

We specialize in 4 key areas:

  • Operating special "Private Varnish" (or Private Car) trips both for businesses, organizations, and individuals in the lower 48 states. 
  • Operate excursions along rail routes in the Northeast US for the general public to share the fun and relaxation of taking a special rail journey with family and friends
  • Provide Domestic Railfan Adventures to "hot spots" around the US. This includes guided tours to destinations such as Horseshoe Curve, Tehachapi Loop, The BNSF Transcon line, Cajon Pass, just to name a few. These trips include transportation, many photo opportunities, local flavor, and behind the scenes opportunities not available to the general public.
  • Provide International Railfan Adventures to Europe, including guided tours, airfare, transportation, immersion in the local culture and behind the scenes opportunities not available to the general public. 

Our Expierience

Our President has been a part of rail excursions since the mid 1990s and leasing private railcars since 2009.

Our staff of Car Hosts, Chefs, Porters, Mechanics, Medical Professionals, and Rail Crews ensure that your trip will go off without a hitch.

All staff undergo training on the equipment to be used and is well trained to handle most any situation that may arise.

We are here to serve you and your passengers in luxury and style reminiscent of the golden age of rail travel. Our domestic and international tours are handled by our President, who is quite familiar with areas covered to insure that you can get pictures that rival those of professional photographers, experiences that most folks will never have, and make memories that last a lifetime. 

A Welsh Highland Railway Garret steam locomotive heads out of Porthmaddog station in Wales.