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Due to the many factors involved in planning a private rail car trip, it helps to find a private rail car operator who is knowledgeable about the type of trip you desire. Many private car owners operate their own trips, while some depend on other operators who can provide all the services to guarantee a successful trip. You may wish to ask prospective car owners and operators for details of past trips in order to assure the best match with your desires. Our on-line charter guide will introduce you to the many private rail cars that are available. If you prefer, we also have a printed charter guide available. In addition, many owner's cars have been featured in our magazine, Private Varnish.
A variety of car types are available. Choose one best suited for the type of trip which you propose. For example, while individual business cars are ideal for small intimate groups, they are inappropriate for large groups. Glass-topped dome cars offer breathtaking vistas along the way, but are restricted from operation in a few areas of the USA, such as Amtrak's Northeast Corridor between Washington DC, New York NY and Boston MA, as well as the Hudson River line between Albany-Rensselaer NY and New York NY, due to clearance restrictions. A private car owner or operator can be very helpful in working with you to choose the ideal car for your trip.
Borden Black, the Executive Director at our national office, or Patrick Henry can also help you in finding out more information. You can reach them as noted below. Before you charter a car, here are some things you should know, and our charter request form.
Ms. Borden Black
Executive Director, AAPRCO
P.O. Box 6307
Columbus, Georgia 31917
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