Zephyr Route has scheduled a round trip in a day from Princeton to historic Hannibal, Mo., on April 16. Dome car seating will be provided for the entire trip.
Passengers will leave Princeton at 9:21 a.m. and enjoy a hearty continental breakfast served the traditional dining car way — linen, fresh flowers, silverware, glassware and chinaware.
A motorcoach will transfer passengers from Quincy to Hannibal, boyhood home of author Mark Twain. There is an optional riverboat tour for one hour. Twain’s Boyhood Home and Museum plus unique shops and cafes will provide a lovely afternoon.
After returning to the train, a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception will be served, then followed by a light dining car supper before arriving back in Princeton at 7:53 p.m.
The cost is $200 per person. The optional riverboat ride is an additional $14 per person.
Reservations and more details are provided by calling 630-542-3607 daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or online at www.zephyrroute.com.
Zephyr Route is a St. Charles, Ill., rail tour company operated by Mike Abernethy, a former employee of The Burlington Route and retired elementary teacher. His love of the Burlington Route, rail travel, and history inspired him to operate this tour and others to provide the kind of high quality rail service people experienced in the 1940s to 1960s.