2017 Green Mountain Flyer Train Route Highlights
Moonlight Dome and Birch Grove will depart Chicago behind Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited #48 train 9:30 pm. Enjoy evening snacks and drinks while meeting the other travel guests. A brief mandatory safety meeting will be conducted.
Our scheduled arrival time into Albany, NY is 2:50 pm. Breakfast and Lunch will be served on board. Our guests boarding in Albany should plan to board the cars anytime after 5:00 pm. Enjoy dinner on your own in town.
Most likely, AAPRCO will be constructing the special train during this day. Access to and from the cars may be limited throughout the day. Enjoy your day exploring the city.
Our starting point for the AAPRCO 40th Anniversary Convention is Albany, NY. If you haven’t been there recently, the station tracks have been redone so there are now four tracks for Amtrak trains and us. Once our train is assembled, we will head west on the former New York Central for Utica, NY, and interchange with the Adirondack Scenic for an excursion to Otter Lake and BBQ lunch in Thendara. After a leisurely time for lunch and some exploration, we will return to Utica for the night. Breakfast & Dinner provided while enroute.
Day two will take us east to Schenectady, NY, where we will join the Amtrak line to head north to Saratoga Springs where we will spend two nights. While there, we will have a number of off train activities. Lake George is near, and we are trying to organize a lunch cruise with an acquaintance who pilots a beautiful classic boat. There is also a possible tour of the famous Saratoga Race Track, as well as plenty of good shopping on Main Street, which is lined with well known and famous NYC stores. A dinner train option will be offered, if available.
On day four we head north along the west shore of Lake Champlain to Plattsburg, NY. Along the way we will have dramatic views from the cliffs that overhang the lake on the former Delaware and Hudson route. We run the power around in Plattsburg and retrace our steps south to Whitehall where we join the Vermont Railway for a quick run into Vermont and our overnight stay in Rutland. This will be a quiet time, as this city in central Vermont doesn’t have an active night life. It’s a perfect evening to invite your neighbors in an adjoining car for cocktails.
Day five sees us heading north to Vermont’s largest city, Burlington, and our convention site at the Hilton Burlington on Battery Street. En route you will see something that Vermont has in abundance – rolling hills and farms with plenty of cows. (Did you know Cabot cheese and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream are made in Vermont?) Upon our arrival in Burlington, for those coming in on the train, we have included a 2 ½ hour sunset dinner cruise and reception on The Spirit of Ethan Allen along the shores of Lake Champlain. Convention attendees not arriving on the special train, may join the sunset dinner cruise on board the Spirit of Ethan Allen by registering with the AAPRCO executive director. After the cruise, there will be time to explore the city.
Day six, the first day of the convention, leads off with a keynote presentation by Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman. Moorman’s address is followed by the “Ask Amtrak” Panel and the normal mechanical, safety, and regulatory news panels we have every year. The day concludes with the first of our two car parties.
Day seven is our day to explore the area, and we have two excursions planned.
The first takes us south about seven miles to the home of the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. After you have picked up a new cuddly friend, we will be going to the Shelburne Museum, one of the nation’s most diverse museums of art, design, and Americana. It also is home to the historic Lake Champlain steamboat “Ticonderoga,” launched in 1906, as well as an 1890 railroad station and a 1914 steam locomotive. Shelburne museum has something for everyone!
The second excursion will take us to the Town of Stowe. In Stowe, we will ride up the gondola to the top of Mount Mansfield for a view of at least three states and a Canadian province. After descending, it’s off to the Trapp Family Lodge Brew Pub for lunch and a presentation and tour of the famous Trapp Family Lodge led by one of the von Trapp grandchildren. The von Trapp Family story was made famous in the movie “Sound of Music.”
After returning to Burlington, we will enjoy our second car party.
Day eight’s schedule includes the membership meetings and the annual meeting. We also expect to have a presentation by the Rutland Railroad Historical Society and the board meeting in the afternoon. For those not attending afternoon meetings, we offer a trip back to Stowe for a visit to a glass blowing gallery, the Cabot Cheese Marketplace, and lastly a tour of the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory complete with samples. The day will end with a Bon Voyage Cocktail Party.
Day nine will see us heading south to Albany. We will have a 4 hour stop in Manchester, VT, to visit Hildene, the home of Todd Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln and former President of the Pullman Company. A highlight for AAPRCO members will be the viewing of Mr. Lincoln’s private railcar that was restored for Hildene by our own Bob Willetts. After leaving Manchester we plan a photo stop at the restored Bennington station and then will be off to Albany for a late evening arrival and the end of our convention travels.
Moonlight Dome & Birch Grove will depart Albany behind Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited #49 at 7:05pm.
On time arrival into Chicago’s Union Station is
9:45 pm. All passengers must de-board at this time. We hope you enjoyed your travels with us! Correction: scheduled arrival time into Chicago is 9:45 am. Please keep in mind, Amtrak may run late. You will want to give yourself additional hours if planning to catch a flight.
Birch Grove Roomette pricing – $5,250.00 single accommodation
Birch Grove Double bedroom pricing – $10,000.00 sleeps two people
Moonlight Dome Stateroom pricing – $12,250.00 sleeps two people
Moonlight Dome Full bedroom pricing – $10,000.00 sleeps two people
Your bedroom serves as your rolling hotel for the entire 13 day trip. All meals and beverages included while the train is enroute. Off car excursions, meals, AAPRCO convention registration fees, and gratuity for your onboard staff are not included in pricing.
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