Private railroading gaining in popularity as part of luxury travel
CINCINNATI - The steel exterior of The Cincinnati Railway Car is proof you should never judge a book by its cover.
"We're recreating from the 1940s when railroading was at its height,” said owner Brian Collins.
Today, there are only about 60 active private luxury railroading cars across the country. Three of them are based in Cincinnati. And they are the ultimate of luxury travel as the sleek sleepers have private beds, showers, and even a private chef.
"I usually try to find out ahead of time what they really like and I'll pick those things up along the way as we're traveling across the country,” said railway chef Bill Hoeffer.
While the experience is priceless, it comes with a price tag. Three-day trips start at about $1,500 per person. Longer journeys can run close to $10,000 per passenger.
"What that gets you is all your transportation, all your food. The only thing your spending extra is your gratuity for the staff and what you are spending when we are at a station and you are off the train,” Collins said.
There's another unique train depot around town that is family friendly and fun. Next on our list is Entertrainment Junction.
"We have an 80,000 square foot building and 25,000 feet of it is the world's largest display. It's about two miles of track. Ninety locomotives running around with over 1,000 box cars,” said Bill Ballfour, general manager of Entertrainment Junction.
A visit to this one of a kind attraction in West Chester can turn into a wonderful history lesson.
"They study history books and the scale and they apply it with all their skills working by hand from ground up to build everything you see here,” said Bill Mefford, public relations representative with Entertrainment Junction.
It takes a lot of volunteers to keep this attraction on track.
"We have volunteers that construct the mountains and the structure underneath it, the tables. We have volunteers that write the software for our computer controlled trains,” said employee and volunteer Raymond Hughes.
Admission ranges between $9.95 and $12.95 for adults and children over three.
However, admission the the Christmas at the Junction train display is free.
It runs through the end of the month.
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