|Accommodations – Bedrooms include private bathrooms with shower, daily linen changes, fresh blankets/bed covers, beds turned down as desired, a full length mirror, superior bath and beauty amenities, hairdryers, mini-bar, safe (although there is no known related risk), television and Wifi (within geographic and topographic limitations), a DVD player (select from an on board movie library), 24 hour food, beverage and other room services, adequate in room storage, and there is normally additional storage space.
Food and beverage – Menus are based on seasonal supplies, regional selections, and pre Journey passenger input. Open seating for meals is normal, but dining reservations can be made. Meal service includes full or light breakfasts, delightful lunches, an afternoon tea (or coffee) time with pastries, fine evening dinners, a bedtime aperitif, take-away picnic snacks, personalized event meals and in-room service. Many Journeys include an off-train restaurant dinner featuring regional/local cuisine, alone or as part of a provided tour. Most Journeys with extended en-route travel times include an elegant on board white glove evening meal (formal attire for passengers is not necessary). Alcoholic beverages are complimentary with on-board meals and at frequent social events. Special menus and beverages are available for individual passengers, if requested at least 21 days before departure; they may be included in all-inclusive fares but there could be a nominal surcharge for some. If no special requests are received, efforts are made to cater to specific passenger dietary requirements by preparing suitable meals if ingredients and provisions are reasonably available. Regretfully, on normal but not special Journeys, capabilities may not include preparation of meals in accordance with strict religious requirements.
On board activities and services – Varying services are based on routes, seasons and Journey objectives. They include, but aren’t limited to, photo opportunities and contests, just for fun after off-train group activity and award events, music, dancing, a welcome on board gathering, cards, scheduled and other private social events, cuisine experiences, experts speaking about en-route experiences, table games and competitions, television and Wifi, fashion shows, karaoke, readily available electrical outlets, baggage assistance and extra storage for large items, special events (weddings, celebrations, meetings, etc) if requested a suitable period of time before departure for which there may be a reasonable surcharge, etc.
On-route destination layover activities – Passengers are able to experience off-Car attractions and things to do while living on parked Cars during layovers at various en-route destinations, and at departure and final arrival locations, without the inconvenience and cost of moving to and from hotels. They include exclusive Tracks to Adventure tours. Cars are dropped off at en-route destinations by one train, where they park on railroad sidings and spurs, and are picked up by another subsequent train. Parking locations may vary between wonderful and okay. Some off Car activities may or may not be included in all-inclusive Journey fares, and/or passengers can select and pay for their preferred things to do. Off Car activities can be reserved in advance and during a Journey, or can be arranged on an impromptu basis at layover locations. Passengers may experience some unique aspects of railroading while living on parked Cars, with full on board services.
Ground transportation during layovers – Ground shuttle service transportation between parked rail Cars and primary attractions/locations during layovers is included in all-inclusive Journey services. Additional optional transportation is available.
Travel to/from Journey by Rail trains – Airline: Connecting airline travel arrangements are available through selected independent travel agents, and others, but are not included as part of Journey by Rail prices unless specifically described in travel documents. – Amtrak: Although not normally included in Journey by Rail fares, travel by Amtrak train to and from Journey boarding and/or disembarking locations may offer desirable convenience, with easy transfers to and from Journey by Rail Cars. – Ground transfers: Transportation arrangements to Journey boarding and from Journey final destination locations and airports may, or may not, be provided as part of all-inclusive fares, or may be made available but paid for by passengers. If any, related information is described in travel documents.
Security at layovers – When rail Cars are parked during layovers, additional security exists as may be necessary to adequately secure Cars, passengers and property.
Pre and post Journey accommodations – Pre and post Journey hotel and resort accommodations are available near initial boarding and final disembarking locations, at preferred rates. In some instances pre and post Journey stays on board rail Cars are offered, for a reasonable additional charge.
Private Car – Exclusive, Private Car Journeys by Rail for up to 8 passengers may be available; traveling with a Train Set on a scheduled route, or alone on an itinerary selected by passengers.
Travel Insurance – Travel insurance is available from selected agencies; it is strongly recommended.
Gratuities – Tips are not necessary but can be given if desired.
Laundry – No regular laundry service is available on board. The crew will make reasonable efforts to provide emergency laundry service; including use of off Car facilities at en-route destinations; there may be a reasonable charge.
Gifts – Journey related gifts are available on board or on the Internet by going to Choo Choo Store. Toothbrushes, razors and other basic personal items are available at no cost if required.
Special Occasions – We would like to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions with passengers that list them on the Pre Journey Questionnaire.
Children – There are no children’s facilities or specific activities for children on board.Electricity – Readily available 110v electrical outlets are standard; if not, passengers will be advised when making reservations.
Air Conditioning – Each bedroom has air-conditioning with individual cool/heat temperature controls.
Journey Terms and Conditions – Journey services are subject to change. For details governing the purchase and use of Journeys by Rail go to Terms and Conditions. In the event that any of the above services conflict with the Terms and Conditions, the Terms and Conditions prevail.