The American Steam Railroad Preservation Association and Luxury Rail Travel are proud to Present:

The 2018 Niagara Express

A First Class Private Railcar Fall Color Trip from New York City to Niagara Falls

Oct 12th - Oct 14th, 2018

Luxury Rail Travel, on behalf of the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association, are proud to present "The 2018 Niagara Falls Express".

Ride along through the fall colors as The American Steam Railroad Preservation Association charters the private cars Alexander Hamilton and Passiac River to travel between New York City and Niagara Falls, New York behind Amtrak's Empire Service.

You can board this 3 day trip at either New York's Penn Station or at the Amtrak / Metro North station in Poughkeepsie, NY on Friday October 12th. Once aboard, you'll be taken up the shores of the Hudson River to Albany where we'll turn west across the beautiful Upstate New York countryside and through the towns of Utica, Rome, Syracuse and on to Buffalo and finally Niagara Falls Station. Along the way, you'll be served drinks as well as lunch and dinner prepared fresh in our kitchen. After dinner, Niagara Falls, New York will welcome us  and a shuttle will be available to take you to your hotel.  

Saturday in Niagara Falls is yours to explore the town and of course, the falls themselves. The United States side of the falls offers beautiful views of one of Mother Nature's most beautiful scenic wonders and there's no shortage of things to do there. You can ride the Maid of the Mist boat cruise and see the Falls close up, or perhaps visit the Nikola Tesla museum and learn about the father of modern AC power. You can also take a stroll in Niagara Falls State Park for some amazing vistas or another great choice would be to cross the Niagara River to Canada and view the falls from the Canadian side.

Sunday we reboard the train to head back to your station and along the way, you'll get more views of beautiful Upstate New York as the leaves begin to turn colors and we'll have you home in time to get a good night's sleep in your own bed after your adventure. Breakfast and lunch will be served on the return trip, and drinks and snacks will be available all day.

The crew is wonderful and they’ve taken really good care of us...
— Tom H, Former Amtrak Engineer


Onboard the outbound trip, a cooked lunch will be offered along with all day snacks and drinks. In the evening, dinner will be served aboard the Diner / Lounge car Passiac River as we finish the final miles to Niagara Falls.

Sunday morning, we'll re-board the cars and head back for the New York City area. Breakfast will be available immediately upon boading and will feature fresh cooked hot breakfast items as well as juice, tea, coffee and more. 

Lunch will also be served aboard the cars as we roll down the Hudson Valley 

Drinks and snacks will be available throughout the trip and include Coke products, locally sourced wine and beer, juices, tea and coffee.

Come for the view, stay for the service.

The view from the rear of the "Alexander Hamilton" leaving Harrisburg, PA as taken by passenger Jean Leathery. The "Hamilton" provides a spacious lounge area to enjoy and look out the rear of the train as you sip locally sourced drinks and watch the tracks fly by.

About the Cars


"Alexander Hamilton"

The Hamilton is a former Pennsylvania Railroad Parlor car and features coach seating as well as a spacious lounge.

"Passiac River"

Passiac River is a former Santa Fe dining car that has been upgraded inside to serve you better. It also has a lounge for your comfort and enjoyment.


In Niagara Falls

Once we arrive in Niagara Falls, you'll have a choice of either our shuttle to the trip hotel, or the ability to make your own arrangements for lodging (shuttle service is available within a limited distance at no charge). Just because we're in to town around 8 doesn't mean there's nothing to do! Find a local establishment for a drink or perhaps head to the falls to experience them lit up at night. 

Saturday is your day to take in the natural splendor of the falls, but there's so much more to do in the area. Perhaps a ride on the "Maid of the Mist" boats to the base of the falls or maybe a stroll around Niagara Falls State Park. There are also historical sites nearby that tell the story of the harnessing of the falls for electricity and the history of Nikola Tesla who is considered the father of AC electrical power.

Once you're done at the falls, grab a taxi or Uber car and take a ride to the town of Niagara Falls, NY for some shopping and dining options. Niagara Fashion Outlets is nearby as are several malls and boutique stores. Upstate New York is famous for it's wines and craft brewing, so perhaps a visit to a winery or micro-brewery are in order. If you have a passport, you can also cross the Niagara River to the Canadian side for more views of the falls and more things to do.

When you book your tickets, you'll receive in the mail information from the Niagara Falls Tourism Bureau so that you can plan your trip and make sure you get to see what you want when you are in town. You will also get information on getting to Penn Station in New York to begin your adventure and some hotels in the area of Penn Station so that you can board the train rested and relaxed. 


The route we'll take is that of the New York Central Railroad's "20th Century Limited", one of the most famous trains in the United States during it's tenure. We'll depart from New York City and ride up the banks of the Hudson River towards Albany, the State Capital. Along the way, we'll pass from the urban sprawl of New York City into the suburbs. Soon though the suburbs give way to a more scenic semi-rural river valley with woods, small towns and spectacular views of the river named for explorer Henry Hudson. We'll also pass through the towns of Tarrytown, NY where the new Tappan Zee Bridge is under construction, Poughkeepsie, NY where the Vanderbilt Mansion overlooks the tracks, through the Livingston State Forrest near Catskill, NY and finally arriving in Albany where we'll make a brief stop to change crews before turning west toward Buffalo. 

After Albany, the route becomes much more rural with farms and sleepy towns broken only by the smaller cities of Upstate New York. Saratoga Springs comes first and was the destination for those looking to escape the foul air of New York City during the early 20th Century then Fort Edward, NY, known for paper production. Utica, Rome, Syracuse and Rochester dot the landscape as we continue west spaced out by large tracts of farm land and the lakes of the Finger Lakes Region. 

As evening falls, we'll roll into Buffalo, NY and past the now abandoned Buffalo Central Terminal, the art-deco station that once was a major hub for rail travel between New York and Chicago. Finally, we'll arrive in Niagara Falls, NY where we'll disembark and our shuttle van will take you to your evening accommodation.

On Sunday, we'll run this route again as we head back east towards Albany and New York City giving you a second chance to view all the wonderful scenery that New York State has to offer.  


Your ticket onboard the Niagara Express includes:

--Round Trip Rail Travel from New York City or Poughkeepsie to Niagara Falls. 

--2 Full Meals and 2 Light Fare Meals onboard the train

--Two nights in the Niagara Falls at the trip hotel, or the hotel of your choice.*

--Ground Transportation to and from the hotel*

--Information on what to do in Niagara Falls during our stay

--Drinks & snacks onboard the train

Get all this along with beautiful fall foliage for only:

One Way - $ 549.00

Round Trip, Hotel not included - $957.00

Round Trip with Hotel - $ 1,398

Round Trip w/ Hotel, 2 person ticket - $2,596

(Hotel can be 1 King Bed or 2 Queen beds. We will contact you after booking)

(* Ground transportation included with hotel tickets and to hotels in 1 mile radius of the station. Canadian van service not available)


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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. Order tickets below via our ticket partner Whistletix,  or call (740) 326-4668 to order or ask questions by phone.

Don't delay! Tickets for these trips have sold out in only 14 days and due to demand, we expect a quick sellout on this trip too. Only 36 seats are available, so order today!

If you would prefer to order by phone, please call (740) 326-4668, option 3