CLASSES OF SERVICE

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SEATING CLASSES ON THE RIO GRANDE SCENIC RAILROAD

The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad has several classes of seating to fit any budget or taste. To answer the most important questions first: Yes, restrooms are available on all of our trains, as well as food and beverage options.

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OPEN STANDARD

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 60s and 70s. Take in the fresh mountain air, stick your camera out the window (but not too far; be careful) and get a nice, clear angle you can’t get from behind a window. Listen to the perfect pitch of the train whistle, totally unobstructed. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase.

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STANDARD CLASS

Just like the scenes in old time movies, conversation is easy across the aisles, or you can 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 en route to attend our concerts at Fir Station.

Snacks and beverages are available.

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FIRST CLASS

Our retro dome cars have table seating on two levels with a glass sunlit dome top to take in all the beautiful scenery as you travel 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. First class seating is also available in our vintage club car on select trips. Brunch is included on select rides.

Note: weekday excursion rides in first class include access to the club car lounge and bar.

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DIAMOND CLASS

mardi gras carOur premier seating option, Diamond Class passengers ride in the historic the Mardi Gras club car, which was brought into our fleet after being restored by hand to its original beauty. This car previously 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 are instantly transported back in time as you imagine yourself playing cards for pennies while porters attend to your needs. It is truly a unique experience.

On weekend concert trains, live music entertainment is 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. Brunch, non-alcoholic drinks (alcoholic available for purchase), and gift bag are all included with the ticket price.