That’s right, you’ll have the chance to ride on a stunning, historic train up through New York on the 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 between April 27 and May 29.
The trip (on either the Hickory Creek or Tavern-Lounge No.43, both historic cars) departs from Penn Station’s Moynihan Train Hall, offering guests exclusive access to Amtrak’s brand new Metropolitan Lounge.
The train will leave the station at 11:20a.m., embarking on a two-and-a-half hour trip up to the state capital of Albany.
Wine and food offered in a tasting menu format will be served on board, allowing you to savor a series of small plates and wine pairings as you take in one-of-a-kind panoramic views of the passing Hudson River. A vegetarian option will be available.
After about a three 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 7:05 p.m.
The journey home includes another three-course meal with wine pairings as the sun sets along the Hudson.
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.
The only difference between the two cars is the seating arrangement, and passengers will be served at their seat throughout the trip on both cars. Here’s a glance at the two train cars:
Hickory Creek ($349 weekday, $379 weekend & holiday)
- “Lookout Lounge” with oversized picture windows
- Breathtaking rear view from the Hickory Creek (was the rear-most and most exclusive car)
- Seating for up to 25
Tavern-Lounge No.43 ($149 weekday, $179 weekend & holiday)
- Option of comfortable lounge chairs or cozy booth seating
Tickets for spring 2023 are currently sold out, however you can join the waitlist! This is the perfect opportunity to go on a solo adventure or share a unique experience with a partner or friend. Find out more on their website here!