NOSTALGIC RAILROAD HISTORY
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
We have included three different train excursions on this delightful vacation .
Operates: Jul 17 2015
Tour Length: 3 Days, 2 Nights
Departs From: Columbiana, OH - Salem, OH - Alliance, OH – Canton, OH – Akron, OH
Single Room - $609.00
Double Room - $509.00
Triple Room - $509.00
We have included three wonderful and different train excursions on this delightful vacation including the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, the Potomac Eagle and the historic, Steam into History Train. Along the way we will enjoy countryside and nostalgic railroad history which make each an experience as we travel through Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
July 17 – We will depart early this morning and arrive in Cumberland, Maryland to board the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad for a rail trip to Frostburg through the Allegheny Mountains. A tasty box lunch will be included to take on the train with you today to enjoy as you wish. Originating from downtown Cumberland, this trip is an exciting mix of mountain scenery and rich transportation history. There will be lots of wonderful sights along the way including the Bridge in the Narrows, Helmstetter’s Horse Shoe Curve, Bone Cave and Brush Tunnel. This cut in the Allegheny Forest was America’s first Gateway to the West. Leaving the Narrows, the train crosses the National Road before heading north past Wills Mountain toward Mount Savage. A favorite photo spot for train buffs is Helmstetter’s Curve which is a half mile arc that sweeps across Cash Valley, looking very much as it did in the hey-day of steam railroading. A hairpin turn and an increase in grade are sure signs that you have arrived at Woodcock Hollow, rarely seen until the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad opened in 1989. We will arrive at the Frostburg Depot which was built in 1891 and is the only survivor among 12 built along the line, which carried coal from Georges Creek to points east. Upon arrival in Frostburg there will be some free time allowed to enjoy the shops by the Depot or the Thrasher Carriage Museum. Or, you may walk up to Frostburg’s Main Street for additional downtown shops and eateries if you wish. We will then continue on by motorcoach into the West Virginia mountains for a lovely sightseeing stop at the beautiful Blackwater Falls State Park before arriving at Canaan Valley Resort where will spend the night. (We have been in 3 different states today) Enjoy an included welcome dinner tonight at the resort. (L, D)
July 18 – Breakfast is included this morning as we enjoy a leisure morning before checking out. We will then travel on to our next adventure and head to Romney with arrival early this afternoon for boarding on the Potomac Eagle Train - "where the eagles fly". This magnificent train trip is a beautiful three hour ride along the south branch of the Potomac River. You will enjoy a leisurely ride through the countryside and into a scenic river valley called the "Trough", where you may view bald eagles in their natural habitat. In reference to the train’s name, there are multiple bald eagle sightings on 90% of their excursions! (Bring your cameras). During your excursion, we have arranged for a special catered box lunch which will be served to you on the train by the train caterer. We will arrive back at the station later this afternoon and then head for our last overnight at Hagerstown, MD. For those interested, we plan to stop at the Hagerstown Premium Outlets where you can enjoy some leg-stretching and browsing and have dinner on your own at the food court. (If available, special coupons will be provided for the outlet shopping) (B, L)
July 19 – Breakfast is included at your hotel this morning. We will head in to Pennsylvania and then it’s all aboard the historic, "Steam Into History Train" near York, PA. This 2-hour train excursion takes you along the same rails that carried President Lincoln from Washington to Gettysburg to deliver one of the greatest speeches in American History – The Gettysburg Address. Some say that Lincoln worked on the speech on the train and used his silk top hat as an improvised desk on which to write. What is certain is what become known as Lincoln’s "Gettysburg Address", is one of the many exciting and intriguing York County connections to the Civil War that "Steam Into History" train will bring to life. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the rolling countryside, much as it was in the late 1860’s as you relive Civil War railroad history. A box lunch is included aboard the train to enjoy on your ride through history today. After our excursion, we will head towards home by motorcoach with evening arrival back in our home towns. (B, L)
THIS TOUR IS HOSTED BY BUTLER MOTOR TOURS
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- 2 Nights Hotel Accommodations
- 3 Separate Train Excursions
- 6 Meals:
- 2 Breakfasts
- 3 Lunches
- 1 Resort Dinner
- Touring Mentioned Above
- Luggage Handling and Taxes
This is a Gold Card Program Tour, which can earn you $100 in Free Travel.
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For overnight tours, the deposit is based on the cost of the tour as follows:
- Overnight Tours Under $150 > $25 Deposit
- Overnight Tours $150-$800 > $75 Deposit
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- Overnight Tours over $1,501 > $250 Deposit
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All of our tours are by late-model, deluxe wide-body motorcoach. They are equipped with air-conditioning, reclining seats, public address system, VCR, and emergency restrooms. Our intent is for all overnight tours to be professionally escorted for your convenience. Upon occasion, in order to avoid canceling a trip with a low passenger count, our driver may serve both positions of driver and escort, and all are professionally trained to do so. Also, on air trips with low passenger counts, we may not be able to provide an escort from our company. However, we will provide airport transportation*, plus a guide from our connecting company will meet you upon arrival at your destination and be with you throughout the entire tour. (*If only a few are going on a given air tour, we will pay your airport parking fee in lieu of using the coach.)
Your lodging is included on all overnight tours. All hotels are AAA rated. We never use second-rate hotels, restaurants, or activities on any tour, to the best of our ability to make that determination. Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the customer.
One suitcase per person is included in the price of your tour. You are also permitted a carry-on, which is your responsibility. Additional luggage may be transported at the cost of $5.00 per bag, per day. It is wise to travel light. Luggage tags are provided and required for hotel identification, and are sent with the final letter with the phone numbers of your hotels.
TAXES AND GRATUITIES:
All taxes and gratuities for included meals and activities are included, unless otherwise mentioned by the Escort. Driver and Escort gratuities are not included in the price of the tour, and are optional. However, the suggested gratuity as posted by the American Bus Assoc. for a job well done is $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the tour escort, and $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the driver. We request that you express this on an individual basis, and let the quality of service received be your guide.
On all overnight tours, we use a daily seat rotation. The first day of a trip, we allow you to choose your seat when you get on, and rotate from there. We feel this is fair to all involved. If the coach is not full, a less formal rotation may be used at escort’s discretion.
We make regular stops for restrooms and for the convenience of smokers; however, we have a NO SMOKING policy aboard all coaches. This policy also applies to e-cigarettes.
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