Trip #4 - Chicago - Grand Rapids Trip

September 18-19, 2021

with private cars FRANK THOMSON & BERLIN

This 2 day weekend overnight trip is designed as an introduction to private rail travel at an affordable price point. Experience sleeping on a Pullman car!  Enjoy the pleasing scenery and fine dining on a route not often traveled by private cars.

TRIP ITINERARY

 

DAY 1 - SATURDAY  SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

5:30PM  (Approx):   Amtrak train #370, The PERE MARQUETTE (with our private railcars Frank Thomson and Berlin) is repositioned from Amtrak’s 14th St. coach yard, to Chicago Union Station, 225 S. Canal St. Chicago, IL 60606

5:30PM: (Approx):  Guests should already be at the beautiful and bustling Chicago Union Station, 225 S. Canal St. Chicago, IL 60606. We will meet just under the escalator by the fountain adjacent to the former Amtrak Ticket Counter. Our on-board service manager welcomes our travelers and their luggage. We’ll meet up with our guests and escort them and their luggage directly to our private cars.  We’ll pre-board our private rail cars Frank Thomson (800110) and Berlin (800255) which should be located at the end of today’s Chicago, IL departing Amtrak Pere Marquette Train #370. Upon boarding, after a review of the guest’s accommodations, amenities, and safety instructions, we invite all to enjoy a bon voyage toast of champagne or sparkling juice in Frank Thomson lounge. 

6:30PM:  Depart:  Chicago on Amtrak Pere Marquette Train 370.  Let's toast to a fun and safe trip.

Bon Voyage!

7:00PM:  Relax and enjoy the scenery as our train passes through America’s Heartland.  Premium beverage and snack service continues in the Frank Thomson lounge until 11:00PM local time. 

11:39PM:  Arrive in Grand Rapids, MI.  Our train will be turned in preparation for the next day's departure to Chicago.

Evening:  When you feel the time is right, you can retire to the comfort of your private bedroom and enjoy a good night's sleep. Overnight on-board the railcars at Grand Rapids Station.

 

DAY 2 - SUNDAY  SEPTEMBER 19, 2021

5:30AM:  Wake up coffee available in the Frank Thomson lounge.

6:00AM:  Our train, the Pere Marquette, Train #371 departs Grand Rapids, MI right on time.  You can choose to get up early, or simply stay in bed to experience the gentle rocking of a Pullman in motion as you watch the scenery go by.

7:00-8:30AM: (approx): Breakfast served on board, en-route in the Frank Thomson lounge.

8:45AM:  Passengers prepare for de-boarding prior to our arrival in Chicago.

9:11AM:  Arrive:  Chicago Union Station, 225 S. Canal Street, Chicago, IL 60606.  Upon arrival into Chicago Union Station, our on board staff will assist passengers and their overnight luggage detrain to pre-arranged ground transportation or hotel transfers.  This marks the end of on board services.               We give a big THANK YOU for riding with us!

Please Note: Usually within an hour or so of our arrival in Chicago Union Station, Frank Thomson (800110) and Berlin (800255) will be moved from Chicago Union Station with Amtrak train #4’s consist to Amtrak’s Chicago Coach yard, 1400 Lumber Street, for necessary post trip inspections and servicing. During this time, which usually takes several hours, there will be periods of no electricity, air conditioning and services and no way to get on/off the train. Please plan accordingly!

 

FARE: $899 / person, double occupancy & proof of full COVID vaccination

SOLO TRAVELER FARE: $1,750 / person, single occupancy & proof of full COVID vacination

NOTE: We are keeping a list of Solo Travelers that would be willing to room with another Solo Traveler (of same gender) to keep the price point lower than traveling alone.  Please contact us if this is of interest to you.

For reservations or questions contact:  Kevin Moore 

kmoore.dmd@comcast.net  or  814-229-6354

 

This two day trip also includes all meals en route and all overnight accommodations.

Fare does not include crew gratuities.

 

NOTE: All proceeds go toward the restoration and maintenance of the Frank Thomson and Berllin rail cars.

 

 

TRAVEL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  - updated January 1, 2021

TOUR PRICES:  Tour prices are subject to change without notice, however Deep River Rail Ventures, LLC will make every effort to advise changes within a reasonable period of time.

ITINERARY CHANGES:  Deep River Rail Ventures reserves the right to change train routing, substitute equipment, alter or modify the tour components if any unexpected and unforeseen conditions occur beyond our control. In the railroad industry last minute changes DO occur.

DEPOSITS AND FINAL PAYMENTS:  If reservations are made more than 90 days before departure date, a non refundable $150 deposit is required to secure space. At 90 days before departure date, a 50% deposit of entire trip fare is required to secure space. The deposit payment(s) can be made by sending a personal or bank check and must reach Deep River Rail Ventures, LLC within 7 days after reserving. Final payment must be received by 30 days before departure date. If reservations are made less than 30 days before departure date, a 50% deposit of entire fare is required and must reach Deep River Rail Ventures, LLC by a time limit date to be arrangeure date: 100% refund is available minus the $150 non refundable deposit. 89 to 45 days before departure date: 50% refund of entire trip fare. 44 days to departure date: NO REFUND is available. If we have to cancel the trip, then we will provide you with a full refund of your deposit and payment(s). The two most likely causes of us having to cancel a trip would be a mechanical problem that could not be resolved in time for the trip, or a decision by any of the host railroads not to approve the planned travel itinerary.

TRAVEL INSURANCE IS ENCOURAGED:  To protect investment in travel, Deep River Rail Ventures encourages and can arrange travel insurance at additional cost. Some bank cards also have a travel insurance provision which passengers should consult their card company for details. If travel insurance is desired, consult www.travelguard.com website. Then call them directly to get insurance coverage information that will be specific to you and your trip.

IRESPONSIBILITY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:  Deep River Rail Ventures assumes no responsibility for injury, sickness, loss, additional expenses, accidental delay or irregularities which may be caused through willful or negligent acts or omissions of the part of companies providing or engaging in transportation, accommodation of services related to the accomplishment of the tour. We have no control of the timing of our charter trains. Indeed passenger trains and charters do often run late quite often. Nor do we assume responsibility for natural disaster, social or political upheaval, acts of terrorism or acts of nature. We reserve the right to substitute hotels, tour leaders, equipment, motive power, trains, and routes.

RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE:  Deep River Rail Ventures reserves the right to refuse service to anyone we deem necessary in order to insure that all of our clients will have the best possible tour.

PREDEPARTURE TOUR BULLETINS:  Tour bulletins will be e-mailed or U.S. mailed to passengers who have reserved a specific tour as needed.

TICKETS AND BOARDING PASSES:  Deep River Rail Ventures will either e-mail or U.S. mail tickets, documents, and boarding passes usually 10 days to 2 weeks before departure day. A set of instructions and expectations will also accompany these items.

ACCESSIBILITY:  It must be understood that passengers should be able to walk and negotiate steps on their own or with some minor assistance from Deep River Rail Ventures attendants. Restored vintage railcars do not in some cases have complete handicap accessibility. Wheelchairs are not accessible. Red Cap service is available at some major stations.

ALTITUDE:  Some Deep River Rail Ventures tours have time spent in higher altitudes. It is important that passengers know their limits and consult their physician to be sure altitude will not be a problem.

NO SMOKING:  For the health and safety of our passengers and crew, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the railcar(s).  This policy applies to all Amtrak trains.  For those who must "light up", Amtrak provides occasional "Smoke Stops", where passengers can disembark to smoke.

Contact Us

Berlin Sleeping Car

(814) 229-6354
167 Cobblestone Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15237