ALAMOSA, Colo., July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad today announced the addition of a classic 1948 dining car from the New York Central line to its collection of historic trains. Until Labor Day, Rio Grande Scenic Railroad customers can ride this stylish rail car on all excursion and Mountain Rails Live Summer Concert trains leaving from Alamosa.
Beginning July 13th, passengers departing from Alamosa on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad will be treated to a truly classic collection of cars pulled by a steam engine that just celebrated its 100th birthday. The addition of the New York Central Dining Car will give all guests in any seating class the opportunity to enjoy an expertly prepared meal on a stylish dining car like ones seen in movies like Hitchcock's "North by Northwest" starring Cary Grant.
"Having the New York Central Dining Car here in Alamosa for the rest of this season is really exciting," said Ryan Weeks, Passenger Service Manager of the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. "Being able to offer passengers a classic train dining experience on an Old Hollywood dining car will give us the chance to showcase the exceptional talents of our chef and service staff."
The New York Central Dining Car joins several others on the Alamosa departures over LaVeta Pass: a roomy and comfortable vintage coach car, an open-air car for fresh air and unbeatable photo-ops, and an authentic club car from the City of New Orleans train where passengers can enjoy live music, cocktails and complimentary breakfast and lunch.
The menu aboard the Dining Car includes lunch selections such as: elk burgers with applewood smoked bacon and avocado, the LaVeta Philly sandwich with hand sliced beef and melted Swiss cheese and an award-winning Asian Quinoa Salad with almonds, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and a delicious Asian dressing. All dishes on the menu are $10 or under, making the meals an affordable addition to the train ticket.
Seats are not sold directly into the dining car, so those wishing to experience this rare opportunity are encouraged to purchase any class of seating departing from Alamosa. Tickets can be purchased at www.coloradotrain.com
About the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad conducts fun, nostalgic and entertainment-filled train excursions through one of the most beautiful and historic areas of the Rocky Mountain region. Founded in 1878 as the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, it played a critical role in the region's development for decades and today provides memorable trips from Alamosa to the Spanish Peaks and the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad will host numerous special events during 2012, including a summer concert series onboard the trains, the Rails & Ales Brewfest, special steam trains to Antonito and Monte Vista, Saturday evening dinner trains, a Photo Spectacular excursion, and much more. The Rio Grande's sister railways include the Mount Hood Railroad in the Columbia River Gorge, the Copper Spike Train in Arizona, the Saratoga and North Creek Railroad in New York State and the West Texas Polar Express(TM) and charter excursions with High Iron Travel. For more information, visit www.coloradotrain.com.
SOURCE Rio Grande Scenic Railroad