Step right up and get you tickets now for Rails & Ales! The American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation’s Rail Rangers program is proud to announce that it is partnering with Milwaukee Food & City Tours and Paxrail for three round-trip dome car rides on the Hiawatha between Chicago Union Station and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Amtrak very rarely approves private cars to be added to Hiawatha Service trains, so this is a special experience that you won’t soon forget. Whether you are looking to celebrate Father’s Day weekend…. or simply searching for a unique way to learn about some new favorite places, this trip is for you!
Travelers will have three different options to choose from on Saturday, June 16th:
Group #1 departs Chicago Union Station at 8:25am CT and rides vintage dome car “Stampede Pass” 85 miles north to Milwaukee on the Hiawatha Service. Interpretive Guide Dave Poole will be aboard the dome car to provide narration and will also sell route guide books written by our organization for those who want a more in-depth knowledge of the route. Arrive at Milwaukee Intermodal Station at 9:39am. During our time in Downtown Milwaukee, we’ll enjoy a sit-down lunch and draft beer at Mader’s Restaurant, then head to two of Milwaukee’s newest craft breweries to hear about the masterminds behind these operations. We’ll visit Third Space Brewing for a choice of pint, and then Urban Harvest Brewery Company for a flight of craft beers. Return to Chicago in style on “Stampede Pass”, departing Milwaukee at 3:00pm and arriving back in Chicago at 4:30pm. Interpretive Guide Dave Poole will also be on the southbound trip to present more trivia and interesting facts about Illinois and Wisconsin.
(THIS TRIP IS SOLD OUT!) Group #2 departs Milwaukee Intermodal Station at 11:00am and rides vintage dome car “Stampede Pass” 85 miles south to Chicago on the Hiawatha Service. Interpretive Guide Dave Poole will be aboard the dome car on the southbound trip to provide narration and will also sell route guide books written by our organization for those who want a more in-depth knowledge of the route. Arrive at Chicago Union Station at 12:29pm. During our time in the Loop, we’ll enjoy a sit-down lunch and choice of draft beer at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, then head to two of Chicago’s most beer centric bars. We’ll stop for a flight of beers showcasing some of the 100+ drafts on tap at First Draft, and then enjoy choice of pint at Kasey’s Tavern. Kasey’s Tavern is Chicago’s second oldest tavern and second oldest liquor license in the city. We’ll then head back to Chicago Union Station for a 5:08pm departure of the “Stampede Pass” for our trip home to Milwaukee. Robert Tabern (Executive Director & Founder of the APRHF Rail Rangers) and Kandace Tabern (Chicago Coordinator & Founder of the APRHF Rail Rangers) will provide additional stories to passengers on the northbound leg of the group. We’ll arrive back in MIlwaukee around 6:40pm.