Train travel between Milwaukee and Chicago gets retro touch

Published on : Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Retro travel between Milwaukee and ChicagoThe train travel between Chicago and Milwaukee is an incredibly fast journey at 70 miles per hour, passing through Interstate 94. Passengers even ride the Megabus or the Amtrak in order to travel between the two cities of Milwaukee and Chicago.


Last weekend, that is on the 16th July, a non-profit organization known as The American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation Rail Rangers portrayed the bygone era of train travel to numerous passengers.


This organization has joined hands with the owners of a doomed lounge rail-car to offer public rides between Milwaukee and Chicago last Saturday. The unique dome shaped car was attached to the trains of Amrak’s Hiawatha lines. And, it made three trips that were initiated at Union Station of Chicago. The train ride would enable passengers to travel through the stations of Oak Creek, Sturtevant, Somers and Mount Pleasant.


The unique rail trip would offer passengers breathtaking views of Rocky Mountains and also the Great Plains.


Robert Tabern, executive director, American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation said that one could avail of the trips for $179 to $599. He added that this train trip would offer travellers a wonderful opportunity to attain the rare experience of travelling in a train during the 1950’s and 1960’s.


He said that dome-shaped railway cars were quite common for the first-class passengers of the bygone era. Also, the curved windows offered a beautiful view of the surrounding scenery to the passengers.


The special dome-car that was utilized on Saturday was known as the ‘Stampede Pass’. It is actually a Northern Pacific Railway car. Gradually, with the passage of time, dome railway cars started disappearing as people started driving in other kinds of public transportation systems, as discussed by Tabern.


Gourmet snacks as well as beverages were offered to passengers on 16th July as part of the retro trips. The docents of APRHF also narrated about events during the trips.


The remnants of a 100-year-old carriage road, Mount Pleasant’s Kraut Road and the Ferris Buellet water tower.


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