Travel With the Washington DC Chapter, National Railway Historical Society This Spring

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The Washington DC Chapter, National Railway Historical Society is proud to announce the start of the 2006 rail travel season with several trips taking guests to floral beauties, historical attractions and railroad interests. Additional events will be announced in coming weeks.

The Washington DC Chapter, National Railway Historical Society has several great tours lined up for our guests enjoyment, including a weekend brunch in Richmond, a return of our popular one-day trips to Williamsburg and Newport News, and a four-day fun filled rail fan trip to North Carolina. Many of these trips will take place on our restored classic American sleeper-lounge-buffet railroad car which is the only heavy weight Pullman revenue passenger car still operating in unrestricted train service on the main lines of America. The car, which was built in 1923, is beautifully restored to its authentic 1930's appearance and meets all current mechanical and safety requirements.    

RITZY RICHMOND!, April 22-23, 2006

The Dover Harbor kicks off the 2006 tour calendar whisking guests south on Saturday morning in the lap of luxury to Richmond, the capital of Virginia, for a Saturday night stay there at the splendiferous The Jefferson Hotel. This fabled, historic hotel, "the hub of Richmond society", has hosted many notables, and early in the last century, its residents included alligators in the spectacular Palm Court marble fountain. It is one of a very few which have been awarded both the Mobil five star and an AAA Five Diamond rating. The weekend visit includes a tour of historic Richmond, planned visits to the Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond's former Broad Street Station), and the Museum and White House of the Confederacy plus time for some individual exploration. And, the centerpiece of the trip; savoring the fabulous Sunday brunch at the Jefferson Hotel while their very own Jazz pianist entertains. The Dover Harbor will return everyone to Washington concluding the weekend in pampered style on Sunday evening. All of this luxury is available for just $579 per person, double occupancy (other rate plans are available).

A WASHINGTON JUNKET, April 22-23, 2006

Enjoy a rare opportunity to ride Dover Harbor, not from, but to Washington, DC. This two-day trip allows guests to sample the luxury of private railcar travel on a scenic routing departing from Newport News, Williamsburg or Richmond. Enjoy a sumptuous three-course dinner served at white linen clothed tables while enroute to an evening arrival at Alexandria and Washington for an overnight getaway in our Nation’s Capital. Then, the next morning, settle in for a relaxing ride back home, complete with hot breakfast, snacks and beverages served at table. This elegant comfortable trip will have guests musing as they step off the train about how nice it was to be a part of a Washington Junket! Round trip fares are just $149 per person.

TIDEWATER TRAVELER: Williamsburg and Newport News, VA April 29 & 30, 2006

Our popular one-day luxury outings aboard the Dover Harbor to Williamsburg and Newport News make a return appearance in time for the blossoms of spring on Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th. Enjoy breakfast served at table, as Amtrak's Regional train #67 takes us southward over the trestles spanning scenic tributaries of the Potomac River and through the historic cities of Fredericksburg and Richmond to Williamsburg and Newport News The Dover Harbor will depart from Newport News in late afternoon with Amtrak's Regional train #66, stopping at Williamsburg on the way. A delicious supper will be served while enroute to Alexandria and Washington. Take advantage of these affordably priced trips at just $159 per person to enjoy all of the comforts and charm of travel aboard the Chapter's classic Pullman car.

TARHEEL TREK, May 11-14, 2006

In early May, join us for a train packed, four day, three night motor-coach tour to the Great Smokies and back. This chock full tour through the Blue Ridge mountains region will take guests to the North Carolina Transportation History Museum (Spencer Shops) and the Virginia Museum of Transportation (home of steam locomotives 611 and 1218!); a ride into the splendid mountain scenery on the Tweetsie Railroad and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad; and a stop at historic Old Salem. Your $449 double occupancy package fare includes admission to all rail attractions/rides plus three nights hotel lodging and round trip transportation from Washington DC and return - a great value.

Additional travel opportunities in 2006 are currently being planned and will be announced shortly. For more information, check Washington DC Chapter, National Railway Historical Society WEB Site. To make reservations on these great trips, contact Mike Martin, the trip reservations agent.

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