news letter no. 64 July 15, 2014
WE OFFER EXCITING TRAIN TOURS WORLDWIDE
Welcome to the exciting world of railroads and train travel. We have been offering train tours, train trips, train vacations, and luxury private rail car trips since 1984. Here at Trains and Travel International we love traveling by train and will jump at the opportunity to travel by train or take our vacations by rail. Our staff is made up of professional railroaders both active and retired and railfans that has a passion for railroads and the excitement of an upcoming train trip. Taking a relaxing train tour is very popular.
Our tour director is a retired conductor from the Western Pacific/Union Pacific. We feel it is very important to have active and retired railroaders running our trips by train. It takes a railroader to understand railroad management and how they think and do business.
In the past 30 years we have now offered train tours worldwide in 45 countries. This includes train tours in South America, Russia, Europe, Africa, China, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Mexico, Central America and of course the USA. We have chartered hundreds and hundreds of private trains and rail cars in these countries.
One of our most popular tours is train trips out west using the private rail cars. Private railroad cars now allow travelers the option to step back in time and recapture that romantic era of train travel that Amtrak cannot provide. Once upon a time rail barons and wealthy socialites traveled the country on luxurious private railroad cars, dining on fine china and crystal and being pampered by the onboard staff. This form of luxury USA train travel is being offering to everyone at a very reasonable prices.
A small number of folks have purchased and refurbished private rail cars familiar to the first half of the 20th century. This was the golden age of passenger rail travel. These people have spent around a million dollars on each private rail car to bring back this golden age of travel. Passengers can sip on cocktails and nibble on hors d' oeuvres while sinking into deep leather sofas in lounges and vista domes and relax by the rhythm of the train wheels rolling down the track. All meals are prepared fresh onboard and made to order by the onboard gourmet chefs. These private luxury rail cars are coupled onto the rear of scheduled Amtrak passenger trains all over the country. We can run these private rail cars just about every where that Amtrak has trains. This makes up our luxury train tours in the USA. Our first class passengers are separated from the Amtrak passengers by locked doors. We provide our own onboard staff including our chef and make up our own gourmet menus for all meals. All drinks and food is included in the ticket price from the time you step onboard until you detrain. Everything is first class with every detail included. This is USA train tours at it's finest.
We invite you to come take a train tour with us and see just how relaxing and fun Train travel can be. Also be sure and check out our Merchandise page. We sell railroad DVD's, railroad videos, railroad photos, timetables and other railroad collectables.
LUXURY ON THE RAILS
We invite you to click on the You Tube link below and view our video program "Luxury on the Rails" which will give you information and a very good idea of the high class of service and comfort our private rail cars can provide. These rail cars are also available for private charter work and can run almost anywhere in the country where Amtrak trains travel and on many freight only railroads. If you have an idea for your own charter please feel free to give us a call for a quote.
DOME CAR TRIP DOWN THE COASTLINE
Types Of Tours We Offer
These tours cater to the dedicated railfans and railroad photographers and are NOT suitable for the general tourist.
railfan / tourist
These tours will cater to the railfans and tourist with a great mix of rail photography, train riding, scenic locations and sightseeing.
These tours will cater to the general tourist and their families.
Private Rail Cars
These tours are suitable for everyone and include riding on private rail cars.
FEATURE TOUR OF THE YEAR!
we had a great time on our feather river express
here are some of the letters and comments that we are receiving
August 20, 2014
Hi Chris I wanted to let you know how much Ray and I enjoyed our trip down the Feather River Canyon. It was a visual treat and a very relaxing day. I'll watch for more of your trips. Thanks again.
August 17, 2014
Hi Chris Judith and I wanted you to know that we certainly enjoyed your Excursion from Sacramento to Portola via the Feather River Canyon ! The " Food " was excellent also ! The A/C on the Palm Leaf Pullman Sleeper also was excellent, we've had Amtrack Sleepers that were not as good ! PLEASE let us know if and when you have another trip.
Sincerely Don M
AUGUST 1O, 2014
Chris, I never met you to tell you this in person. I had a thoroughly enjoyable time on the trains Saturday and Sunday. Besides the rare treat to ride those tracks for only the third time in my life (first time for Kedde Wye), I enjoyed the other passengers, volunteers, and owners. Your missing car and also running behind schedule probably was a nuisance for you but certainly did not reduce my enjoyment at all. Great job. and thanks much!
AUGUST 11, 2014
My wife Dot and I really enjoyed the Feather River Express trip last weekend. This was the first train trip with a high percentage of Railfans and I sure learned a lot as some seemed to know everything about this route including every tunnel, trestle and loop. I was really impressed with everything. I collect train songs for volunteer radio work in the Bay Area and thought I would attach one that you probably have not heard in awhile. It was made popular by Al Collins on the radio and its called "The Bear Missed the Train" by the Smith Street Society Jazz Band. Hope you like it.
Jim M – BAGRS/KKUP Community Radio
AUGUST 11, 2014
Chris: Wow, what a fantastic excursion. We had a wonderful time onboard the Feather River Express from the Bay Area to Portola and return. So many details and work to put together something like this. It must take you many months of planning to make it all happen. Sorry about the Tolani being taken off the train by Amtrak in Oakland and of course some of the A/C issues on Friday, but these two problems were very minor when we take a look at the entire experience. It was worth every dollar and we are ready to do it again. Our hats are off to you and your staff for a job well done!
Tim & Sherry P
AUGUST 12, 2014
Chris – Thanks for organizing Saturday's excursion and having seats for us in Plaza Santa Fe. The food was wonderful, the PSF was even better than I recalled, and the ride went really well. I doubt my buddy Lars can go on any more trips, which made this weekend's run especially sweet. There's always unexpected stuff, but really most of it isn't a big deal when all is said and done. Hope I can participate in some more of your trips in future – would love to see Ecuador again. Anyway, thanks again! Cheers,
AUGUST 12, 2014
Chris - Just wanted to say thanks for the wonderful experience on the Feather River Express ! This was our first trip on a private railcar, and really we now feel like there is no better way to travel. So many nice people, and the service staff was top notch, all really great folks. We will continue to watch your site and others for interesting trips, so we will be seeing you in the future. Thanks for accommodating our crazy tandem bicycle, I know it was tough, but your staff along with Conductor Bill from the Overland Trail really handled the whole situation very professionally and friendly. If you have live music on board any of these trains, I would be happy to offer my services for trains in the bay area. Thanks!
Adrian & Maureen Schwinn Tandem Couple
Keddie flyer & keddie dinner train
AUGUST 8-10, 2014
THROUGH THE FEATHER RIVER CANYON
NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS!
Tour Booking Conditions
Tour Price: All tour prices are corrected to December 1, 2013 and are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary.
Prices do not include:Personal items, meals not listed in the itinerary, laundry, phone calls, excess baggage charges, rental cars, side tours, insurance, passport fees including visas, vaccinations, gratuities, medical costs, tips to train or motor coach staff, extra tour costs due to unanticipated changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond our control, including weather, travel conditions, or cancellations, government intervention, sickness, political disputes, and failure of transportation or other causes beyond our control.
TRAVEL AND HEALTH DOCUMENTS:A valid passport is required for our international tours. In some cases a visa is also needed. Consult your health professional for the recommended immunizations and documents. Trains and Travel International , here on referred to as TTI, assumes no other responsibility if a client is refused entry into a country. Cost and cancellation fees will be paid by the client in the event they do not have valid documents.
CHANGE OF ITINERARY:We reserve the right to substitute, alter or modify the tour if any unexpected and unforeseen conditions beyond our control preventing the completion of such. Conditions can include weather, train schedules, equipment, motive power, revision of train consist, train delays, labor strikes, political disputes, derailments, closure of a rail line, break down of railroad or motive power equipment, railroads not honoring contracts and bus equipment problems. We will always endeavor, in each case, to provide substitutes, if any changes take place. TTI is not responsible for canceled trains, delays, hotel rooms, route changes or missed connections, for any reason whatsoever. We will not give refunds if such conditions or cancellations take place.
TRAVEL INSURANCE:Insurance will cover and give tour members many benefits and protection. Benefits include baggage loss, accident, life, trip cancellation, sickness, bankruptcy, strike, weather conditions, employer termination or layoff effecting you or a person sharing the room with you, terrorist incident in your departure city or city of destination, jury duty, you are subpoenaed, hijacked, or quarantined, your residence or traveling companion residence is rendered uninhabitable, emergency military duty, traffic accident, single supplement upgrade when your traveling companion cancels their trip, trip interruption, trip delay, missed connections, itinerary change,emergency medical benefits, medical evacuation, pre-existing medical conditions if enrollment is within 21days of your invoice date, assault of you or your traveling companion before departure, burglary of you or your companion before departure 24 hour hotline emergency assistance, emergency cash transfer and more.
RESPONSIBILITY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:Accepting your payment represents an agreement that you understand all the conditions, to be a member of our tours. TTI gives notice that they are acting agents for the owners, contractors and suppliers, providing the transportation and all related travel services and assume no responsibility for injury, sickness, damage, loss, additional expenses accidental delay or irregularities which may be caused through willful or negligent acts or omissions on the part of the companies providing or engage in transportation, accommodations or services related to the accomplishment of the tour. Nor do we assume responsibility for natural disasters, social or political upheaval, acts of terrorism or acts of nature. TTI reserves the right to substitute hotels, tour leaders, equipment, motive power, trains, onboard accommodations, routes and to alter the itinerary when deemed necessary without notice. The right is also reserved to cancel any trip or train prior to departure for any reason . TTI is not responsible for expenses incurred by tour members in preparing for the tour, including non-refundable airline tickets, visa fees, planning, phone calls, or any other expenses. TTI reserves the right to decline to accept, or ask to leave a tour, any person whose actions impede the daily operations of a tour, welfare or enjoyment of other tour members. TTI cannot give any refunds for any unused services. The terms contained herein shall serve as a waiver of liability to TTI. Assumption of risk on behalf of the client, their heirs, executor, administrators, successors, and assigns for any and all known persons injuries.
RESERVATIONS: A deposit is due in our office within 14 days after you make your bookings. Full payment is due 90 days before departure. You will receive an invoice, reservation form and current tour bulletins with your confirmation and travel insurance forms. No notice for final payment will be sent to you. It is your responsible to make the final payment on-time.
CANCELLATIONS:TTI does not accept cancellations on the phone. Cancellations must be received by postal mail, email or fax before any refunds will be considered. Allow enough time if sending your written notice by US mail postal system. When a written cancellation is received in the Trains and Travel office this will be the effective date of the cancellation. Please take note that it can take up to 60 days to to process some refunds. Cancellation refund rules: 100 days prior to the start of any tour you will receive a full refund less a $100 per person administration fee. 99 to 61 days before the departure of any tour there will be a 80% cancellation penalty based on the full cost of the tour. Cancellations received 60 or less days before the start of any tour will not receive any refund. GW Travel Ltd has their own cancellation rules and these will apply. If booking on GW Travel Ltd ask for cancellation rules.
PRE-DEPARTURE TOUR BULLETINS:Tour bulletins will be sent to clients that have booked on tours operated by TTI. Bulletins include travel info related to the tour. Final documents will be sent out about two to three weeks before a tour begins. We offer tours operated by other companies and they may or may not send out tour bulletins and updates and most send out final documents only one to two weeks prior to the start of their tours.
PAYMENTS: Payments can be made with personal check drawn on a U.S. Dollar account, money order for U.S. Dollars, bank wire transfer, or credit card. We accept Visa, Master Card or Discover. Final payment for all tours is due 90 days prior to departure. If final payment has not been received 7 days after the due date, a late fee of $50 per week will apply.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:All prices are based on double room occupancy. We will try and match you with a roommate if one is available. If not, you may be charged the single room supplement listed for the tour you are booked on. Single rooms may not be available in some remote locations and on some trains.
TOUR REFUNDS:If for any reason tour members amend or delete any arrangements during travel, and leave the tour on their own, we cannot give any refunds on unused portions of the tour. If buses and trains are cancelled by the carrier or there is a labor strike or they go out of business, we cannot be held responsible and we cannot give refunds. Travel insurance will protect you for any of these reasons. If TTI needs to cancel any tour everyone will receive a full refund. Please take note that in some cases refunds can take up to 60 days to process.
PARTIAL TOURS:We will allow passengers to join or leave a tour at certain points. It will all depend on the tour and the conditions. Give us a call and we will try and work up a custom option for you.
MILEAGE COLLECTORS:Mileage collectors please take note that TTI does not cater just to mileage collectors. We cater to all folks that enjoy trains and Rail journeys. We give strong warning that itinerary and route changes do happen and this is totally beyond our control when it does. If the only reason that you would want to book a tour is to collect the rare mileage, you need to understand that possible route changes do happen.