The 20th Century Limited train, which premiered in 1948 and was once known as “The Most Famous Train in the World,” is returning to NYC this fall!
That’s right, you’ll have the chance to ride on a stunning, historic train up through New York at the upcoming Hudson River Rail Excursion. Hosted by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey, Inc. (URHS), this rare journey will allow all foodies, day trippers and history buffs to experience a unique excursion on vintage locomotives more than 80 years old.
First, some background. The 20th Century Limited train was first christened into service by General Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1948, in our own Grand Central Terminal! Known for its mid-century modern design and luxury services, it was reserved for the elite, with guests from Marilyn Monroe to Walt Disney, to travel from NYC Chicago.
The Hickory Creek, the last remaining restored passenger car from the iconic train, will travel from New York City once again on October 2, 3, 9 & 10, this time going just a few hours upstate.
The trip (on either the Hickory Creek or Tavern-Lounge No.43, both historic cars) departs from Penn Station’s brand new Moynihan Train Hall, offering guests exclusive access to Amtrak’s brand new Metropolitan Lounge. The train will leave the station at 11:20 a.m., embarking on a two-and-a-half hour trip up to the state capital of Albany. Lunch and drinks will even be served on board! And, of course, there will be truly one-of-a-kind views of the Hudson River.
After a two hour layover, when you can explore the city if you wish or wait at the station, hop on the 4:30 train ride home to arrive in NYC by 7 p.m. (Yes, that means you’ll be heading home just in time for sunset views on the river!) For the tail end of the trip, the rail cars will be traveling the same tracks that the 20th Century Limited did from 1902 to 1967.
Here are the main differences between the two train cars:
Hickory Creek ($300)
- 4-course meal cooked by chef in the Hickory Creek’s on-board kitchen
- Beer and wine throughout the trip
- Breathtaking rear view from the Hickory Creek (was the rear-most and most exclusive car)
Tavern-Lounge No.43 ($150)
- Catered sandwiches and sides, served buffet-style
- Option to tour the Hickory Creek on the return trip
Tickets go on sale August 20; and guests will be required to show proof of vaccination before boarding. Find out more on their website here!