AAPRCO’s 2020 American Autumn Explorer
43rd Annual Convention
September 22-October 1, 2020
After this long period of self isolation and quarantine we are delighted to operate a scenic private car train
through the northeast to relish the fall foliage. Please make plans to join AAPRCO on this fabulous scenic
adventure. Unlike previous years, each car will be self quarantined until the pandemic is resolved. Except
for operating personnel, there will be no passage between cars.
APPRCO in cooperation with Amtrak and the Vermont Rail System is proud to announce plans for the
first American Autumn Explorer annual special train. We have received preliminary approval from Amtrak
and final approval from VRS for the American Autumn Explorer. This train will require use of discreet PV
generators for two days due to the absence of HEP on VRS.
Moonlight Dome & Birch Grove will depart on Amtrak’s Lake Shore limited on Friday, September 25th at
9:30 PM. (Welcome aboard!, cocktails/snacks, safety meeting) Travel overnight through Indiana, Ohio
In the morning on Saturday, September 26th passengers will be dining on breakfast as they pass the
historic Buffalo terminal and proceed east traveling through scenic upstate New York arriving in
Albany-Rensselaer, NY in the afternoon. (Lunch at noon will be provided if arriving beyond 1pm)
Passengers can explore Albany, the Capitol of the Empire State while our special train is assembled and
cars are serviced. We will remain parked overnight.
Early Sunday, September 27th we depart Albany-Rensselaer as an Amtrak special train and travel north
to Whitehall, NY and then proceed east into Vermont arriving in Rutland, Vermont in the morning
(breakfast provided). At Rutland we will drop the Amtrak locomotives and operate south on the Vermont
Rail System as their special train. Passengers in business cars for the first time in several years can
enjoy sitting on platforms and everyone can enjoy some fresh Vermont mountain air in open window
vestibules. The fall colors should be in full bloom as we travel south all the way to Hoosic Junction. We
will reverse direction and travel back to the scenic community of North Bennington, Vermont where we
will tie down overnight (lunch provided – dinner provided if arrival is expected beyond 6pm).
On Monday mid morning, September 28th we depart North Bennington, VT and travel north through the
Scenic Vermont countryside passing through Manchester and Rutland, VT. (breakfast provided)
Passengers in business cars can again enjoy sitting on platforms and enjoy open window vestibules. The
fall colors should be in full bloom as we travel north to our convention destination, Burlington, Vermont, in the afternoon. We will be parked in downtown Burlington within easy walking distance to hotels and restaurants. (lunch to be provided.)
On Tuesday, September 29th AAPRCO will hold our annual meetings. Social distancing and video
conferencing will be embraced. (breakfast provided)
On Wednesday, September 30th Convention attendees are free to explore Burlington and surrounding
attractions on their own. (breakfast provided) A probable bon voyage cruise on the Ethan Allen Lake
Champlain cruiser is planned.
On Thursday, October 1st we will depart Burlington in the morning and head back to Rutland where will
be pick up the Amtrak Locomotives and return to Albany-Rensselaer, NY where the trip will terminate.
(breakfast, lunch provided)
On Friday, October 2nd Moonlight Dome & Birch Grove will depart Albany behind Amtrak’s Lake Shore
Limited #49 train at 7:05pm. (breakfast, dinner provided)
On Saturday, October 3rd we will arrive back into Chicago’s Union Station approximately 9:45am if the
train is on time. (Breakfast provided)
Please save the dates and plan to join us on this scenic journey through New York and Vermont.
There’s nothing like seeing America from a DOME!
Pricing begins at $4,500 per person single accommodation. This trip will sell out quickly, so don’t wait too long before booking your reservation with us.
Your bedroom serves as your rolling hotel for the entire trip. All meals and beverages included while the train is moving. Off car excursions, meals, and gratuity for your onboard staff are not included in pricing.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for full itinerary and pricing. Call 513-791-7245 and ask for Vicky to book your room!