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."