Roundhouse Newsletter Edition #20 — New Private Car Trip Alert — March 1, 2020


Hollywood Beach Private Car Operating Galesburg/Quincy Day Trip Roundtrip on Saturday, June 27, 2020

If you’re looking to feel like a true ‘Rail Baron’ of yesteryear while the cornfields and farms

of Illinois zip by outside your window, then the Midwest Rail Rangers have a trip for you!

The Midwest Rail Rangers is proud to announce that we will once again be partnering with Keith White, owner of the Hollywood Beach private car for a special round-trip rail journey from Chicago Union Station to Galesburg and Quincy, Illinois on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

The trip departs Chicago Union Station at 7:37 a.m. Passengers will be guaranteed a seat
in “Hollywood Beach”; this unique sun lounge-sleeper car was built in 1956 by Pullman Standard for Seaboard’s Silver Meteor service between New York City and Florida. The car was also subsequently used by the Seaboard Coast Line and Amtrak. The luxurious lounge section features oversize windows that curve into the roof-line, and the remainder of the car contains of five double bedrooms.

Passengers may also board the car at La Grange Road at 7:56 a.m., Naperville at 8:12 a.m., Plano at 8:35 a.m., Mendota at 9:02 a.m., or Princeton at 9:23 a.m.

Travelers aboard the car have the option of de-training from the private car at Galesburg (10:20 a.m. arrival) and spending the day on their own attending the 43rd Annual Galesburg Railroad Days. The private car will return back to Galesburg at 6:55 p.m. the same evening and make all eastbound stops, arriving back into Chicago at 9:51 p.m.

Travelers looking for an even longer train ride aboard “Hollywood Beach” also have the option of riding to the end-of-the-line at Quincy, Illinois (11:59 a.m. arrival, 5:30 p.m. same-day departure) and exploring the scenic town situated on the eastern banks of the Mississippi River.

Midwest Rail Rangers President Robert Tabern explains, “It’s not so much the destination here — it’s the journey. The chance to ride in a luxurious railcar that was running in the 1950’s is becoming less and less of an opportunity for today’s passengers. I recommend people ride now before trips like this become too expensive for car owners to offer to the general public. Who doesn’t want to feel like a rail king for a day?”

For more information about the trip including pricing details and to purchase your tickets, contact Keith White at or call (708) 446-1269.

Since there will be VERY LIMITED private car trips offered out of Chicago this year, tickets are expected to fill up very fast for this excursion aboard “Hollywood Beach”. It is highly recommended you call and make reservations before the end of this week to ensure that your seat is confirmed.

Onboard educational guides rotating programs for passengers will be Midwest Rail Rangers Vice President Robert Neil and Midwest Rail Rangers Treasurer Dave Poole.

A portion of each ticket sold goes to support the Midwest Rail Rangers, which will be providing on-going commentary for passengers on this trip about many of the trackside towns along the old CB&Q Route between Chicago and Quincy. The Midwest Rail Rangers are also a regular fixture on the South Shore Line, providing commentary to passengers between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana two to three weekends per month year-round. Plus, volunteers from the group present educational programs aboard the Sky Parlour at the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad in Trego, Wisconsin. Details about the group can be found at