The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad has several classes of seating to fit any budget or taste. Many of these cars have been fully restored, specifically our City of New Orleans Club Cars which comprise our Diamond Class of service. And to answer the most important questions first, yes, restrooms are available on all of our trains as well as food and beverage options.
Our premier seating option, Diamond Class car is the historic the Mardi Gras club car which was brought into our fleet after being restored by hand to their original beauty when they ran on the Illinois Central line from Chicago to New Orleans. Steve Goodman wrote his famous song “The City of New Orleans” on this train and you will instantly be transported back in time imagining yourself playing cards for pennies while porters attend to your needs. It is truly a unique experience.
On weekend concert trains, live music entertainment will be provided on the ride back from the Mountain Rails Live Concert Series stage at the Fir station stop. Lively sing-alongs, toe-tapping good times and new friends await you on board the Club Cars. A light breakfast, drinks and dessert and gift bag are all included with ticket price.
Our retro dome cars have table seating on two levels with a glass sunlit dome top to take in all the beautiful scenery traveling over La Veta Pass. Our on board service can take food and beverage orders to be delivered right to your table. Grab a front row seat to the Rocky Mountain show on the Dome Cars.
Note: weekdays excursion rides in first class include access to the Club Car lounge and bar.
Just like the scenes in old time movies, conversation is easy across the aisles or reverse your seats to make a cozy foursome in traditional railroad seating. Our comfortable coach cars are an affordably priced way to gather up the family and board an historic train route to attend our concerts at Fir. Snacks and beverages are available.
Referred to as “Lookout Mountain”, this open air car offers just that! It is a historic rail car, from the Southern Railway steam excursion program in the 60’s and 70’s. Take in the fresh mountain air, stick your camera out the window (but be careful, not TOO far) and get a nice, clear angle you won’t get from behind a window and listen to the perfect pitch of the train whistle, totally unobstructed. Snacks and beverages are available.
Priced just right for an inexpensive weekend getaway or the opportunities to introduce the next generation to train travel; translation, it’s family friendly and won’t break the bank.
For departures out of Alamosa, experience double the seating options with dual level cars with big windows to take in the panoramic views. Air-conditioning and food and beverage center make this class a comfortable choice.
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