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Steel City Limited - Last Minute Tickets available!


  • Amtrak 30th St Station 15 North 30th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)
Photo courtesy Morristown & Erie Railway

Photo courtesy Morristown & Erie Railway

 

Luxury Rail Travel on behalf of the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association are proud to present "The Steel City Limited", a private chartered car on Amtrak's Pennsylvanian from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, PA

Ride along through the last of the fall colors as The American Steam Railroad Preservation Association charters the private car Alexander Hamilton to travel between Philadelphia, PA and Pittsburgh, PA behind Amtrak's Pennsylvanian.

This overnight trip leaves Philadelphia's 30th St Station on Saturday October 29th and whisks you through the meadows and woods of Central Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh.

Known as the Steel City, Pittsburgh will welcome us with one of her finest hotels, the Marriott Center City,  and bid us farewell on Sunday for the return trip to Philadelphia.

Along the way we'll pass several landmarks, most noteworthy are Harrisburg's Rockville Bridge (The longest stone-arch railroad bridge in the world) and Horseshoe Curve (a world famous railroad landmark).

Onboard Service

Onboard, you'll enjoy a welcome luncheon of meats and cheeses served buffet style along with drinks and snacks. Dinner will be served in three seatings in the lounge end of the car with the food prepared and cooked onboard. The menu features:

Baked Rosemary Chicken - Red Potatos - Vegetables - Rolls - Garden Salad - Dessert

Soda - Water - Wine - Coffee - Tea

Sunday morning, we'll re-board the Hamilton and head back for Philadelphia. A hot breakfast will be served in three seatings and again will be prepared and cooked onboard the car and will feature:

Sausage - Bacon - French Toast - Donuts - Fresh Fruit

Coffee - Tea - Orange Juice - Apple Juice - Water

As we get closer to Philadelphia we will offer a compliment of hors d'oeuvres, including some Central Pennsylvania specialties. 

About the "Alexander Hamilton"

The Alexander Hamilton was built in 1952 as Pennsylvania Railroad observation lounge car #7129. The car served on the PRR’s famous Congressional trains through its transfer to the Penn Central Transportation Company in 1968.

In 1971, the car was sold to Amtrak, and was later resold to Southern Pacific as a business car. Arcadia Rail then acquired the car for excursion service.

The Morristown & Erie Railway acquired the car in 2004, and it was used in first class service on the Maine Eastern Railroad from 2007 to 2013.

The Alexander Hamilton is now owned by the Morristown & Erie Railway and based at the railroad’s private car storage facility in Whippany, NJ. The car is laid out with half the car set up to be coach seating and the other half a magnificent lounge where our meals will be served.

Courtesy Morristown & Erie Railway

Courtesy Morristown & Erie Railway

In Pittsburgh

Once we arrive in Pittsburgh, You'll be taken to the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center for the night. This four-star hotel in downtown Pittsburgh is one of the most highly rated hotels in the Steel City and will let you sleep in comfort in rooms that feature either single king sized or double queen sized beds, which you will be booking with our travel professionals.

Our shuttle will take you from the train to the hotel and back and is included in your ticket price, or if you prefer, we can take your bags and you can enjoy a 20 min stroll through Pittsburgh.

The Route

The route we will be taking is the former Pennsylvania Railroad "Broadway" between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Between Philadelphia and Harrisburg the railroad belongs to Amtrak and is known as the "Keystone Line". This high speed line whisks us through urban western Philly suburbs that quickly fade into the Amish country of Lancaster County.

The bucolic fields and meadows of the Lancaster area become suburbs again as we approach Harrisburg, the state capitol.

Leaving Harrisburg, we'll pass over the world famous Rockville Bridge, which is the world's longest stone arch railroad bridge. From there, the line winds through the small towns, villages and farms of central Pennsylvania to Altoona.

At Altoona, we'll leave the relatively flat river grade and being our assault on the Allegheny Mountains. As we climb the eastern front of the mountains, we'll go around the Horseshoe Curve, and National Historic Landmark.

After passing the top of the mountain, we'll drift down grade for a brief stop in Johnstown, PA, site of the Johnstown Flood.

After leaving Johnstown, we'll wind through the mountains until we arrive in Pittsburgh.

Sunday, we'll head back along the same line to Philadelphia to give you a second view of the splendor of Pennsylvania in fall. 

Ticketing

Tickets are all inclusive and are as follows:

Single Adult w/ King size bed - $749

2 Adults w/ King bed or two double beds - $1399 - SOLD OUT

Included in the trip price is all food and drink, hotel room, and a trip guide. Money raised from the trip will go towards the restoration of Reading Railroad steam engine #2100, which is in the care of The American Steam Railroad Preservation Association and is being restored to operation. To order tickets, click the button below or call (740) 326-4668