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Private Railcars

Information about Private Railcars. Private Railcars, especially historic passenger railcars, are often referred to as "Private Varnish". Most of the private railcars that are still in existence today were once owned by major freight railroads as either Pullman Cars, Business Cars, or other passenger sleeping cars or coach cars.

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Oct 18, 2019 - Overland Trail and Pacific Trail Trip - Los Angeles to Chicago: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. The vintage railroad passenger cars traveled to Chicago to participate in the new "Autumn Colors Express" (the old "New River Train") later in October in West Virginia... Read More>>

April 2, 2019 - Spring and Summer 2019 will no doubt be an extremely busy time for the Midwest Rail Rangers... and we are hoping that you will join us for one of our MANY events scheduled for the months ahead. Midwest Rail Rangers is partnering with Keith White, the owner of private car "Hollywood Beach", in hopes of running a special private rail excursion this... Read More>>

April 19, 2018 - An Excursion on the Patric Henry Private Railcars: Report & Photos by Steve Grande. My wife and I were one of the 3 couples that rode the Patrick Henry Private Railcars from Los Angeles, California, to Albuquerque, New Mexico. This report contains photos and text from that trip plus a couple of short video clips... Read More>>

Feb 10, 2017 - APRHF Rail Rangers Tentative 2017 Schedule: Report & Photos by Roberty & Kandace Tabern Join us for an onboard educational program on a private rail car. The APRHF is proud to announce that its' Rail Rangers program will be back for a third season of trips... Read More>>

Mar 24, 2017 - Private Rail Excursion for Solar Eclipse Planned: Report & Photos by Robert & Kandace Tabern Join us for a memorable weekend to La Plata and Northern Missouri. Tickets are now on sale (and going very quick!) for a private rail excursion to La Plata, Missouri ahead of this summer's total solar eclipse. This four-day, three-night guided journey will take... Read More>>

Aug 19-22, 2017 - APRHF Rail Rangers Private Rail Excursion - Chicago to La Plata, MO Round-trip for Solar Eclipse Weekend by APRHF Rail Rangers.. Contributions from: Robert & Kandace Tabern and Bob & Amy Cox. What better way to witness the full solar eclipse than to travel most of the way to the viewing location in a historic 1950's dome car? That is... Read More>>

Oct 5, 2016 - Private Railroad Car Trip to La Plata, MO: Report & Photos by Robert & Kandace Tabern Ever since the APRHF Rail Rangers program was founded on July 20, 2015, one of our major goals was to bring a group of passengers to La Plata, Missouri by private railcar. While the headquarters of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation is always a great place for railfans to stop off at... Read More>>

April 23, 2016 - APRHF Rail Rangers Chicago to St. Louis, MO 2016 Charter: Report & Photos by Robert & Kandace Tabern Even though we both have ridden the rail line several times before, we really hadn't done much research on this particular route. So, before the first flake of snow began to fall last winter, we... Read More>>

Nov 7, 2015 Latest Outside the Rails book includes glimpse of Galesburg The authors of "Outside the Rails," a series of informational guides about the Midwest's passenger train routes, visited The Galesburg Public Library Saturday afternoon for a presentation and book signing. Each of their books follows a specific train route, providing pictures of local attractions and factual information; their most recent edition, which follows the route from Chicago to La Plata, Missouri, includes information about Galesburg... Read More>>

If you are a private railcar owner or tourist agency that arranges private railcar trips, click here to read about how APRHF Rail Rangers can enhance the tour experience you offer.

Click on each of the below images for photos and travelogues from past American Association of Private RailCar Owners (AAPRCO) conventions and from travel on private railcars:

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