2021 – Hickory Creek (800733)

Tail car of the 20th Century Limited Source: URHS
The Hickory Creek in Englewood, Ill. in 1962 (Photo: Bob Krone)

The New York Central’s 20th Century Limited was billed for years, as “The Most Famous Train in the World.” The railroad’s fabled train sped along the 958-mile “Water Level Route” between New York, averaging 60 MPH, for sixty-five years – making the trip in just sixteen hours. The train was exclusive and sophisticated; boarding passengers walked along a crimson red carpet. In 1948, General Dwight D. Eisenhower ceremoniously inaugurated a new set of cars for the New York Central’s most famous train. Among them was the Hickory Creek, an observation sleeper lounge. The car was acquired by URHS in 1991, and has been meticulously restored to its historic appearance.

Hickory Creek Floor Plan Source: URHS
A 1948 advertisement for the brand-new 20th Century Limited

Now is your chance to ride this beautiful car. We’ll have only 24 seats available per day, offering you unparalleled service in our Chairman’s Class. Enjoy chef-prepared food, beverage service, all while enjoying the scenery of West Virginia’s New River Gorge from the elevated Lookout Lounge at the back of the car. Book your seats now for a historical, unforgettable ride aboard the Hickory Creek!

2021 – Frank Thomson (800110)

Built in 1949 for the Pennsylvania Railroad for use on the famous Broadway Limited train between New York and Chicago, this beautiful observation car is one of our three Chairman’s Class cars, bringing up the markers on the 2021 Autumn Colors Express.

The Frank Thomson’s stunning interior
The “Frank Thomson,” one of two 2019 Chairman’s Class cars on the Autumn Colors Express

Seating

The Frank Thompson will not operate with reserved seating. Chairman passengers in the Frank Thompson will pick seats within the lounge upon arrival.

2021 – Cedar Rapids (800040)

Photo: Friends of the 261

Designed by famed industrial designer Brooks Stevens and built by the Milwaukee Road in 1948 in its own Milwaukee Shops for service on the Twin Cities Hiawathas, the Cedar Rapids is one of only four Skytop observation parlor lounges ever built and the only one that still rides the rails today.

With 24 large comfortable, reclining, rotating parlor chairs, which make for the smoothest ride you will ever have. Additional seating for 12 more in the Skytop Solarium, offers a full view of the tracks rolling out from behind, as well as the sky above. This car also retains all its original woodwork, upholstery and wool carpeting throughout.

Photo: Friends of the 261

Seating

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2021 – Super Dome #53 (800862)

Truly a one-of-a-kind car, this former Milwaukee full-length dome is part of our Chairman’s Class, paired with the Cedar Rapids on the 2020 Autumn Colors Express. Featuring a full-length dome with a large bar, it also sports a kitchen- which will produce the freshly prepared meals emblematic of this class of service.

The luxurious seating of Super Dome
Superdome, after dark – Photo: Nick Benson/jettip.net

Seating

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