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

The 2018 Steel City Limited

A First Class Private Railcar Trip & "Farewell to Fall Color" from New York or Philadelphia to Pittsburgh

Nov 2 - Nov 4, 2018

Luxury Rail Travel, on behalf of the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association, are proud to present "The 2018 Steel City Limited".

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 Philadelphia, PA and Pittsburgh, PA behind Amtrak's Pennsylvanian.

The 3 day trip leaves either New York's Penn Station or Philadelphia's 30th St Station on Friday November 2nd 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. You will have a full day in Pittsburgh to explore the city: check out the Golden Triangle, The Strip District or enjoy some shopping in downtown. 

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). We'll also pass though the Amish country of Lancaster County, PA and cross over the Alleghaney Mountains west of Altoona, PA

Several different types of tickets are available for purchase. You can purchase a one-way ticket in either direction, a round trip ticket without hotel included to allow you to choose your own hotel, or book 2 tickets w/ hotel package to take care of your entire trip with one easy option. See below for pricing and options. 

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


Onboard, you'll enjoy a welcome luncheon of meats and cheeses served buffet style along with drinks and snacks.

Dinner will be served in two seatings in the Passiac River with the food prepared and cooked onboard.

Sunday morning, we'll re-board the cars and head back for Philadelphia. A hot breakfast will be served in the Passiac River and again will be prepared and cooked onboard the car.

As we get closer to Philadelphia we will offer a buffet luncheon. 

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

About the Cars


Alexander Hamilton

This former Pennsylvania Railroad Parlor car graces the end of our train. 


Passiac River

This former Santa Fe Diner Lounge is where you'll watch the scenery fly while enjoying excellent food and drink.



Once we arrive in Pittsburgh, You'll be taken to the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center for 2 nights. 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 King size beds or 2 Queen beds, which you'll choose when you book your tickets.

Our shuttle will take you from the train to the trip 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. If you choose the option of booking your own hotel, you will need to arrange transportation from the station to your hotel. Taxis are available or use ride sharing services like Uber or Lyft.

During your stay in Pittsburgh, you'll have a free day to visit some of the sights the area has to offer. Take a stroll down to Point State Park where the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers meet. Shop, eat and drink in Center City or the Strip District. The Hotel staff can assist you with Taxis and Uber, Public Transportation, or many sites are just a short walk from the hotel.

When you book your tickets, you'll receive a Pittsburgh Visitors Guide to help you plan your day in The Steel City


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 begin 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. 

Watch this short video from Ed Kapuscinski from the 2016 trip

Highlight video from Luxury Rail Travel's Steel City Limited on October 29 & 30 2016. It includes notable scenes from the trip, including riding across Rockville Bridge, meets on the NS Pittsburgh Line, riding around Horseshoe Curve and through the Gallitzin tunnels and multiple station stops along the way.


When you book, you will be sent an email to let us know your boarding and hotel preferences. Prices listed are for departure from New York or Philadelphia.

Your ticket onboard the Steel City Limited includes:

--Round Trip Rail Travel from New York or Philadelphia to Pittsburgh

--Meals onboard the train

--Two nights in the Pittsburgh Marriott Center City Hotel*

--Ground Transportation to and from the hotel*

--Information on what to do in Pittsburgh during our stay

--Drinks onboard the train


Get all this along with beautiful fall foliage for only:

One Way (either direction) - $ 549

Round Trip with No Hotel - $999

Single Round Trip with Hotel Room - $1399

2 Person Round Trip with Hotel Room - $2299

*Hotel and Shuttle not available for one way or "no hotel" tickets

Scroll Down to order tickets via the web

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 the 2016 & 2017 trips sold out in a few 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