Rail Rangers & Ales on June 16, 2018: Milwaukee Food and City Tours Dome Car Trips on the Hiawatha Service

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!

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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.

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Update on Summer & Fall 2017 APRHF Rail Rangers Private Rail Trips

It’s been a few months since you have heard from us at the APRHF Rail Rangers, but that is only because we been so busy working behind-the-scenes on the upcoming 2017 season.

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Unfortunately, a lot of our private rail trips for 2017 have SOLD OUT months in advance — so your opportunities to ride along with us are going to be a little limited this summer and fall. This is why it’s important to act fast when our private rail partners begin their ticket sales. SOLD OUT excursions currently include the June 24, 2017 dome car trip between Chicago and Galesburg/Quincy (with motorcoach extension to the Mark Twain sites in Hannibal, MO); the August 19-22, 2017 dome car trip to La Plata, MO for the solar eclipse weekend; and the October 13-15, 2017 double dome car fall colors trip to St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN.  Don’t miss out again in the future… head over to our website (www.railrangers.org) and sign up for our E-newsletter. Those on our E-newsletter list are among the first to hear about new trips and usually have an early chance to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

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We do have limited seating still available for this weekend’s (June 24, 2017) dome car trip, but only from Galesburg to Quincy (with motorcoach connection to the Mark Twain sites in Hannibal, MO).  Contact Zephyr Route Tours immediately to book this round-trip now before this also sells out soon.

We also have a special last-minute offer to share with you from our wonderful partners at American Rail Excursions.  Join the APRHF Rail Rangers for narration on a historic private rail car bound for Montana and Glacier National Park!   Interpretive Guides will be aboard on the “Montana & Glacier National Park” excursion presenting four separate programs, including on July 8 between St. Louis and Chicago, July 9 between Chicago and Milwaukee/St. Paul, July 15 between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Milwaukee/Chicago, and July 16 between Chicago and St. Louis, MO. In between, you are off to see the sites of the Great Northern and Glacier Park. For a detailed itinerary, click here. As a special offer just for APRHF Rail Rangers’ supporters, American Rail Excursions is offering $200.00 off for a roomette or double bedroom (while space remains available).  To get this deal, you must contact Roger Verbeeren at American Rail Excursions at americanrail@ameritech.net.

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And last, but certainly not least, we are excited to announce that it looks like the APRHF Rail Rangers will be back on a public train route later this summer. Our organization got a lot of publicity for presenting onboard educational programs on the Hoosier State train between Lafayette, IN and Chicago. Those who maybe couldn’t afford to ride with us on private rail excursions enjoyed our presentations in the historic coach cars and dome car. Unfortunately, our partnership on this train with Iowa Pacific only lasted a few months before Amtrak re-claimed the route.  After four months now of negotiations, it looks like things are “a go” on a new public train route out of Chicago. Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 5th for our kick-off of this exciting effort.  What route?  Well, we we’re going to make you wait just a little longer until we get a new website and promotional pieces out there. Expect details to be posted on this site on July 5th. We think you will want to be a regular Rail Rangers rider on this line!  It’s got a lot of history and varied scenery a long the way for you to learn about.  Tickets begin at less than $10.