• Fan trips and other special services

  • General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.
General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.

Moderators: Miketherailfan, rob216

  by Myrtone
 
Fan trips were or are special charter trains not run for the general public. Have those ever been a regular occurrence in North America? Also, how about other special services with onboard catering and maybe side tours as well?
  by eolesen
 
They were, until the cost of insurance became prohibitive. Friends of the 261 still run these up in Minnesota because they have a railroad willing to allow them. Most of the other railroads do not want the liability.

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  by Myrtone
 
Do you mean fan trips were a regular when insurance was cheaper? How about other special services, like those tours including a special train service (with onboard catering) and side tours?

Did any fan trips and do any current special services cross state borders (in the US) and province/territory borders (in Canada)?

Have any fan trips or any other special services in North America ever even crossed country borders, like the US-Canadian border?
  by Myrtone
 
Those other special services would be other charters or would be tours? Are there a lot of those in North America. It seems that less than half the railroads in both the U.S and Canada see scheduled passenger service, this could make North America quite an ample ground for charter and tour services?
Do sleeper train tours exist in either country?
  by Myrtone
 
Fan trips were or are charters; There were chartered by special interest groups with their own plans. Other special services are organised by some other kind of group, usually a preservation group, which decides where and when.

Other special services, while not scheduled services, do not count as charters.