2012 TRIPS RETROSPECTIVE
2012 was an outstanding year for our rare mileage collectors, covering thousands of miles of non-Amtrak routes.
We started out in January with a special train from Chicago to the RPCA annual meeting in Indianapolis and return; covering the former IC Effingham-Indianapolis line now operated by the Indiana Railroad. Our special was powered by an Iowa-Pacific E8 locomotive in Illinois Central livery.
In late April our 6-car Southwest Explorers travelled from St. Louis to Tulsa and Ft. Worth over former Frisco RR trackage; continuing on to El Paso over the ex-Texas & Pacific main line (with a side trip to Hobbs, NM on the Texas-New Mexico RR). North from El Paso we took the route of the Golden State Rocket back to Kansas City. This was a first for us in running at track speed, often 70mph, over main line routes for days at a time.
We participated in the 10-car AAPRCO Kootenay Limited in late May that took us from Spokane to Nelson, BC on the Spokane International (UP) and Canadian Pacific. We returned to the US over CP and BNSF via Cranbrook (home of the spectacular CP museum) and crossed the border at Sweetgrass, MT.
In August we joined up with other private cars for a week trip to Petoskey, MI.
Then in September we ran the Iowa Rail Ramble; travelling for four days and covering almost 1,000 miles of branch and main lines in Iowa and Minnesota. The rather convoluted routing took us over many “fallen flags:” CGW, M&StL, CStPM&O, C&NW and CRI&P, now all Union Pacific. There had not been a passenger train on most of the route in some 60 years.
Our final major trip of the year was on AAPRCO’s 26-car Special from Washington, DC to the convention site in Chattanooga. The trip covered two diverse routings on Norfolk Southern.
Travel in 1940's Pullman style and comfort aboard the Caritas or one of our other fine cars on a first class excursion.
High Iron Travel specializes in unique tours by rail, and features first-class service
For over 25 years, High Iron’s special trains have visited the far corners and out-of-the-way places of North America. From the tall timbers of Oregon, to the wilds of the Yucatan, to the stately peaks of the Canadian Rockies, the Caritas and accompanying Pullman and Dome Cars have delighted adventurous travelers and railway enthusiasts.
Join us on one of our scheduled tours, or let us create a special tour for your group
Click on the Schedule page to see what’s in store in the near future. We always look forward to our next trip and you can too, by getting on our mailing list (just click here). But we can also develop a special trip for you and your group, using our fine railcars in a special train, or as a separate section of an Amtrak train. Either way, you will travel and sleep in Pullman safety and comfort, and you’ll enjoy fresh food prepared on board, continuing a long tradition of railroad dining experiences.
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Phone: (608) 285-5489
HIGH IRON TRAVEL CORP.
P.O. Box 337
Waunakee, WI 53597
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New additions to the fleet, qualified for up to 110 mph and fully Amtrak certified:
GOLDEN MISSION is a Pullman sleeping car formerly assigned to the Rock Island-Southern Pacific train “The Golden State” which ran between Chicago and Los Angeles. Golden Mission now features six sleeping rooms and a dining/lounge area, and will be along on High Iron trips in 2012.
SCENIC VIEW and SKY VIEW are former Santa Fe full-length dome cars, and feature unsurpassed viewing for 66 guests from the upper level with a full kitchen table seating for 22 on the lower level. Both cars are available for 2012 trips and charters.
PONTCHARTRAIN CLUB is a former Illinois Central parlor/club car which has been upgraded with a master room, two double bedrooms, and a full kitchen.