The NYC Hickory Creek Rides Again!
October 20-21: New York City to Saratoga Springs, Lake George, Vermont
October 20: New York City to Albany/Rensselaer
The Hickory Creek of New York Central Railroad "Twentieth Century Limited" fame returns to home rails for spectacularly scenic railway travel. Newly restored to its original splendor, the Hickory Creek parlor-observation sleeping car again offers luxurious accommodations for your travel pleasure. The unique round-end "Lookout Lounge" is stylishly furnished with overstuffed sofas and huge picture windows. Each bedroom has complete Pullman amenities. Delicious meals are prepared onboard and served restaurant style.
We're rolling out the red carpet to welcome you aboard the gleaming "Hickory Creek" parlor/observation/sleeping car....resplendent in all its former glory. An extensive seven year restoration project has completely recreated the famous "Lookout Lounge" with its comfy sofas and huge picture window. Its a glamorous journey as our guests travel in style aboard the actual tail-end observation car from the famous New York Central "Twentieth Century Limited" train....originally christened by Dwight Eisenhower in 1948.
Relax on a cozy armchair or sofa and enjoy ever-changing up-close views of scenic upstate New York through oversize picture windows. Delight-in gourmet cuisine prepared fresh onboard by our award-winning chef. [view example menu] Socialize with new friends during our traditional afternoon tea service. Gentle motion and soothing music enhance your experience. Live entertainment is featured on selected journeys for you added enjoyment.
A guest on many of our trips, Charlie has traveled every continent to over 80 countries! He writes about a 2005 trip with us.....I joined a trip billed as a "Niagara Weekender Deluxe railway Journey".....Properly attired for a Private Varnish trip in Jacket and Tie I waited on the platform at Pennsylvania Station....I was startled to see "Hickory Creek" an ex-TWENTIETH CENTURY LIMITED round-end observation car appear. Under restoration for seven years it is back virtually to "as built" condition and this was the maiden voyage under new management. Its twin car "Sandy Creek" now runs on the American Orient Express deluxe tour train as their "New York". The "Hickory Creek" consists of a raised floor observation lounge section with its signature extra-large windows. This is accompanied by a cocktail lounge seating eight. In front are four double bedrooms and a complete galley. Externally it is completely "as built" carrying the classic Pullman nameboard and blue-lit drumhead sign re-created on the tail end. A word on private railcar travel for those poor unfortunates who have never experienced it: Gourmet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served and the Bar (if you are so inclined?!) is open nearly continuously. You recline on couches and watch the scenery slide by at 100mph and enjoy the amazed, envious stares of those "Peasants" who peer in from the platform at every station stop! For me it was particularly nostalgic as my very first job ever took me to Chicago and I "commuted" back and forth on the century, riding on this very car. Of course the beauty of the NYC "Water Level Route" up the Hudson River to Albany then along the Mohawk River and Erie Canal need hardly be retold........
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