Roundhouse Newsletter Edition #3: Midwest Rail Rangers Teams with Zephyr Route to Present Narrated Dome Car Ride in October 2019

Want to ride more than 800 miles in a vintage 1950’s dome car? Tickets going QUICK!

The Midwest Rail Rangers is excited to partner with Zephyr Route tours once again in 2019 for an exciting dome car ride through Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

As you probably already know… private car trips on heritage equipment have become a lot more rare since Amtrak increased costs and put many new restrictions on private car owners. Despite this, Zephyr Route tours is proud to announce it will be organizing a dome car trip between Chicago-Union Station and St. Paul-Union Depot this fall. You can ride more than 800 miles in a former Great Northern full-length dome car.


This trip departs Chicago at 2:15PM CT on October 4, 2019. Passengers may also board at Glenview, Milwaukee, or the other Central Wisconsin stops by special arrangement. Arrive in St. Paul just after 10:00PM the same evening… but not before enjoying a dinner prepared freshly aboard the train. You can explore the Twin Cities on your own or take a city tour of St. Paul for a nominal additional charge on Saturday, October 5, 2019. You will re-board the dome car around 7:30AM CT on Sunday, October 6th and ride back to your starting location.

This will be a VERY RARE opportunity in 2019 to ride about a private rail excursion… so don’t miss out… book sooner than later… as this trip often fills up months in advance.


Volunteer Interpretive Guides with the Midwest Rail Rangers will be providing an onboard educational program for passengers on this excursion. Learn about the urban corridor between Chicago and Milwaukee… the very scenic “driftless region” of South Central Wisconsin… and lots of Mississippi River ‘lore as we travel the banks of the Mighty Mississippi during peak fall color season. There are a lot of stories you will enjoy hearing from the Midwest Rail Rangers in the 400+ miles between Chicago and St. Paul.

For more information, click here.

All ticket sales and trip logistics is handled by Zephyr Route Tours. The Midwest Rail Rangers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides onboard educational programs, but does not handle the sales of tickets for excursions.


We hope to see you aboard. Again, please book soon. Given this is one of the few private rail excursions out of Chicago in 2019 — tickets will go very fast. We want those on our Midwest Rail Rangers E-Newsletter “Round House” List to get the premium seats/spots.

Zephyr Route, headed by private car owner Mike Abernethy, is one of the charter partners with the Midwest Rail Rangers… and has used our services since our creation in July 2015. We value and thank Mike for all he does to keep private rail excursions alive! Midwest Rail Rangers have provided guides for Zephyr Route’s trips every year for the past five years now. One of our most popular trips was in August 2017 to see the total solar eclipse at a private horse farm in Booneville, MO.