747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4029 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1513 times:
I see on you tube, that Union Pacific Rail Road company still charters passenger trains, with last car having a giant rear window. These trains are mostly pulled by ether UP last operational DDA40X, ( worlds biggest and most powerful locomotive) or an E9 set. So how can I get a ride on these UP trains?
falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6350 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1460 times:
You can work for the railroad, or be shipper or supplier. The best way is to buy a ticket when they offer public trips. I have taken trips with the 844, 3985, and E9s on public trips in the 1990s. I did one behind the 844, two behind the 3985, and two behind the E9s.
You will find fan trips and other excursions advertised in the classified section of Trains Magazine. At one time various chapters of the NRHS would sponsor trips. I would think that many still do.
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1211 times:
Very few Class One railroads offer much in the form of excursions. On the UP and NS trips, only about 25% of the trip seats are made available for the general public. On the UP, you cannot buy tickets as none are sold by the railroad. The group that is given the block seating may solicit donations with the seats as an incentive.
Most of the NRHS sponsored trips were with the old NS excursion program. The NS 21st Century Steam Program will not be anything like the old one. No rented cars and no 22 car long trains. Trips will be far fewer and (like UP) few (if any) seats will be available for the public. UP will be bringing the 844 or 3985 to New Mexico and Arizona to celebrate the state centennials-no seats are being made available for any members of the general public.
"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."