Rail Rangers & Ales on June 16, 2018: Milwaukee Food and City Tours Dome Car Trips on the Hiawatha Service

 

Step right up and get you tickets now for Rails & Ales!  The American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation’s Rail Rangers program is proud to announce that it is partnering with Milwaukee Food & City Tours and Paxrail for three round-trip dome car rides on the Hiawatha  between Chicago Union Station and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Amtrak very rarely approves private cars to be added to Hiawatha Service trains, so this is a special experience that you won’t soon forget. Whether you are looking to celebrate Father’s Day weekend…. or simply searching for a unique way to learn about some new favorite places, this trip is for you!

 

Join us aboard dome car Stampede Pass on June 16, 2018 for three round-trips on the Hiawatha Service

 

Travelers will have three different options to choose from on Saturday, June 16th:

Group #1 departs Chicago Union Station at 8:25am CT and rides vintage dome car “Stampede Pass” 85 miles north to Milwaukee on the Hiawatha Service. Interpretive Guide Dave Poole will be aboard the dome car to provide narration and will also sell route guide books written by our organization for those who want a more in-depth knowledge of the route. Arrive at Milwaukee Intermodal Station at 9:39am. During our time in Downtown Milwaukee, we’ll enjoy a sit-down lunch and draft beer at Mader’s Restaurant, then head to two of Milwaukee’s newest craft breweries to hear about the masterminds behind these operations. We’ll visit Third Space Brewing for a choice of pint, and then Urban Harvest Brewery Company for a flight of craft beers.  Return to Chicago in style on “Stampede Pass”, departing Milwaukee at 3:00pm and arriving back in Chicago at 4:30pm.  Interpretive Guide Dave Poole will also be on the southbound trip to present more trivia and interesting facts about Illinois and Wisconsin.

(THIS TRIP IS SOLD OUT!)  Group #2 departs Milwaukee Intermodal Station at 11:00am and rides vintage dome car “Stampede Pass” 85 miles south to Chicago on the Hiawatha Service. Interpretive Guide Dave Poole will be aboard the dome car on the southbound trip to provide narration and will also sell route guide books written by our organization for those who want a more in-depth knowledge of the route. Arrive at Chicago Union Station at 12:29pm. During our time in the Loop, we’ll enjoy a sit-down lunch and choice of draft beer at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, then head to two of Chicago’s most beer centric bars. We’ll stop for a flight of beers showcasing some of the 100+ drafts on tap at First Draft, and then enjoy choice of pint at Kasey’s Tavern. Kasey’s Tavern is Chicago’s second oldest tavern and second oldest liquor license in the city. We’ll then head back to Chicago Union Station for a 5:08pm departure of the “Stampede Pass” for our trip home to Milwaukee. Robert Tabern (Executive Director & Founder of the APRHF Rail Rangers) and Kandace Tabern (Chicago Coordinator & Founder of the APRHF Rail Rangers) will provide additional stories to passengers on the northbound leg of the group. We’ll arrive back in MIlwaukee around 6:40pm.

Group #3 departs Chicago Union Station at 1:05pm CT and rides vintage dome car “Stampede Pass” 85 miles north to Milwaukee on the Hiawatha Service. Interpretive Guide Dave Poole will be aboard the dome car to provide narration and will also sell route guide books written by our organization for those who want a more in-depth knowledge of the route. Arrive at Milwaukee Intermodal Station at 2:34pm. During our time in Downtown Milwaukee, we’ll enjoy a sit-down lunch and draft beer at Mader’s Restaurant, then head to two of Milwaukee’s newest craft breweries to hear about the masterminds behind these operations. We’ll visit Third Space Brewing for a choice of pint, and then Urban Harvest Brewery Company for a flight of craft beers.  Return to Chicago in style on “Stampede Pass”, departing Milwaukee at 7:35pm and arriving back in Chicago just after 9:00pm.  Robert Tabern (Executive Director & Founder of the APRHF Rail Rangers) and Kandace Tabern (Chicago Coordinator & Founder of the APRHF Rail Rangers) will host a quick meet-and-greet with passengers between Downtown Milwaukee and Milwaukee Airport on the southbound trip.

 

See the amazing views of Illinois and Wisconsin from the dome car of the Stampede Pass while enjoying live narration and route guide sheets and books from the APRHF Rail Rangers

 

The Stampede Pass features dome seating for 24 passengers, as well as seating in six four-top tables for formal dining in the dome, 8 booth seats and 10 leather seats in the cherry paneled long lounge, and a full galley.  The car can accommodate six overnight guests as well as one staff member. Master bedroom A features a queen size bed, full-size shower, toilet and vanity. It is currently owned by Paxrail and has been used on previous Rail Rangers excursions in 2016 and 2017.

COST:
$225 per ticket (dome seating)
$200 per ticket (lower long lounge seating) – we have saved a few spots in the Dome so that those in the lower lounge will all have an opportunity to go into the Dome for a portion of the trip to experience the view!

WHAT’S INCLUDED?
– Train transportation to city of choice; gratuities for train staff and Rail Rangers Guides

– Narration from the APRHF Rail Rangers

– Coach bus transportation in city of choice; gratuities for bus driver

– Sit-down lunch and beers as noted above

– Narrated tour while in each city; gratuities for tour guide

Seating is limited and will sell out! Please note that each trip is limited to 40 guests (20 dome seats and 20 lower long lounge seats). If the Dome seating is sold out, know that we have saved a few spots in the Dome so that those in the Lower Lounge will all have an opportunity to go into the Dome for a portion of the trip to experience the view! You will be asked to select your seating preference during the purchase process.

The Stampede Pass will be part of the regular Amtrak Hiawatha service. Amtrak reserves the right to change the schedule or equipment due to delays.

Tickets for all three trips are ONLY being sold through Milwaukee Food and City Tours. Please do not contact the APRHF Rail Rangers or Paxrail for tickets.  However, when purchasing your tickets… please mention that you heard about this trip through the APRHF Rail Rangers – as we will receive a small donation from Milwaukee Food and City Tours for each person who mentions they heard about this trip through the Rail Rangers.

To purchase tickets, call 262-853-5239 or click on this link.

APRHF Rail Rangers Executive Director Robert Tabern says, “We at the APRHF Rail Rangers are really proud to partner with Milwaukee Food and City Tours for this special rail trip on June 16th. We have actually been in talks with the owner of the company for over a year now to partner up and do something like this. Milwaukee Food and City Tours has been in business for over a decade and always gets outstanding reviews from its clients. It’s great they are expanding their tours to include a train. The Rail Rangers are honored to be the ‘step-on guides’ for their maiden rail voyage…. and look forward to entertaining their passengers while they are riding to fun activities either up in Milwaukee or down in Chicago. We’ll have route guide handout sheets, do live narration, and even have our route guide books available for purchase. I can’t say enough about Milwaukee Food and City Tours!  The owner, Theresa Nemetz, has been great to work with. We’ll handle the entertainment on the train. Theresa will handle the excellent food and transportation off the train. It’s going to be great… we hope to see everyone out there. We hope this will be a success and something we can do again with Milwaukee Food and City Tours… and Paxrail.

 

Join our Interpretive Guides on June 16, 2018 – tickets are going quick!

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