This autumn the "Friends of the 261" will sponsor two weekend of trips between the Twin Cities and Chicago featuring Milw. Road Stytop lounge observation "Cedar Rapids" business cars "Montana" "Lamberts Point and parlor car "Wisconsin Valley" On Oct. 2-3 and Oct. 16-17 2004. The first 20 passengers to order tickets will be seated in the "Cedar Rapids" but all passengers will have acess to the car. Beginning Oct. 1 the Empire Builder will no longer carry trailers or boxcars on the rear end of the train. Passengers will now be able to enjoy an unobstructed view of the fall colors. The rail fare for the Chicago Fall Color Train Tour is only $399. Boarding will begin at St. Pauls Amtrak depot approximately 1/2 hour before the scheduled 7:40 am departure. Ample free parking is available at the depot. Passengers are responsible for their own hotel accommodations but the "Friends" recommens "The W" hotel on Adams St. near Union Station where a special rate of $159.00 per night has been arranged.Please mention "Luxury Rail Travel" when you make your reservation. The train is scheduled to depart CUS on sunday at 2:10pm. Seating is limited to 60 people each week end.
Call(651)-765-9812 for reservations between 9am and 4pm. Tickets will not be available on our web site.