Jim, don't worry, when the time is right, we'll let you know.
The only thing holding up the works is the possibility of some other short trips in 2011 that I am not free to comment on. If those other trips come to fruition, we'll have to move our trip back to 2012. I'd prefer not to wait that long, but 2 trips in one year would just me too much for us to realistically staff and plan. About a year goes into each trip and the big trip we're planning now will require the co-operation of 3 railroads, Amtrak and at least 3 private car owners. I think it'll be worth the work though! If we can get cooperation from all involved, our trip will feature:
-High speed running on the Keystone Corridor (upto 90mph!)
-Meandering country railroad (freight only!)
-River grade scenery(also freight only, but a different section)
-Special 1st class cars very rarely seen on the east coast
-A special lunch layover at a railroad related venue
I can't say any more or I'd give it away!
One thing I can promise is absolutely posativly no Septa cars. All coach tickets will be Amfleet or better. We intend to offer breakfast and dinner onboard via a pair of cafe cars for coach and catered food for 1st class. We also want to do wine/microbrew beer & cheese tasting in the 1st class section, but PA's alcohol rules will have to be consulted first. We also want to include a trip book with your tickets so we don't run out like last time. We also will be offering another t-shirt with ticket orders instead of on the train (as I have 3 cases at home still...)
Again, I run off at the mouth...
Russ Swinnerton - CRHS President
Conrail Historical Society, Inc.