Upcoming Events

May 3, 2014 – May 4, 2014

The Commodore Vanderbilt, May 3rd & 4th

The Commodore Vanderbilt
MAY 3rd & 4th

This employee appreciation special will operate between Elkhart, Indiana and Bryan, Ohio. These trips are operated for the employees of Norfolk Southern and not open to the public. Departure times will be added when possible.

Start: May 3, 2014
End: May 4, 2014

May 10, 2014 – May 11, 2014

Nickel Plate Limited, May 10th & 11th

The Nickel Plate Limited

This employee appreciation special will operate between Calumet, Illinois and Argos, Indiana. These trips are operated for the employees of Norfolk Southern and not open to the public. Departure times will be added when possible.

Start: May 10, 2014
End: May 11, 2014

June 20, 2014 – June 22, 2014

Train Expo 2014

Expo Posters

Venues for trains, vintage aircraft, and automobiles. Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 765 will be attending and will operate one half-day excursion each day to Alma, pulling the 8AM departure on Friday and Sunday and the 2PM. departure on Saturday. These 4 hour trips will include photo runbys. Additionally, the 765 will be appearing in several night photo sessions during the event.

The 765 will operate trips on Friday, June 20th at 8AM, Saturday June 21st and 2PM and Sunday, June 22nd at 8AM. Open window cars, coach, lounge, first class, and luxury class tickets are available.

To purchase tickets call (989)399-7589 or click http://michigansteamtrain.com/expo-landing/


Start: June 20, 2014
End: June 22, 2014
Venue: Steam Railroading Institute
405 South Washington St,, Owosso, Michigan, 48867

July 5, 2014 – July 6, 2014

The Mercury Express, July 5th & 6th

The Mercury Express
JULY 5th & 6th

This employee appreciation special will operate between Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio. These trips are operated for the employees of Norfolk Southern and not open to the public. Departure times will be added when possible.

Start: July 5, 2014
End: July 6, 2014

July 12, 2014 – July 13, 2014

The Detroit Arrow, July 12th & 13th

21st Century Steam - Detroit Arrow

Tickets will be available with our new online ticketing system at this page or by calling 1-888-718-4253.
Ticketing will be available by phone from 9AM – 9PM EST each day.

The Detroit Arrow
JULY 12th & 13th



This summer, steam locomotive no. 765 will operate round-trips each day between Detroit (4200 Allen Road, Allen Park) and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Departing Allen Park at 8AM, passengers will arrive in downtown Fort Wayne at noon to experience the city’s Three Rivers Festival, Indiana’s second largest festival. After disembarking at the elevated railroad station, passengers can enjoy Art in the Park and Crafter’s Market at Freimann Square, downtown midway, food alley, historic Old Fort, and Headwaters Park during the layover.

These 282-mile round-trip excursions will feature seating options aboard a fleet of restored coach, deluxe coach, dome car, and first class passenger cars.

Built in 1944, steam locomotive no. 765 was one of thousands of steam locomotives that sped the country to victory during World War II. Today, it’s a supercharged good-will ambassador, bringing to life a dramatic era of innovation to thousands each year since being restored in 1979 by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society.

The 765 will also be operating additional trips for Norfolk Southern. Click here for information about other trips.

OVER THE PHONE :1-888-718-4253

Click here to order online or scroll down for more information.


The train will layover at the elevated station for approximately four hours. During this time, passengers can visit the festival and nearby amenities for lunch. For passengers with disabilities or who prefer to stay onboard during the layover, a limited number boxed lunches will be available for $10 on board.


Children ages 3-16 are eligible for child pricing in Standard Coach only. Children ages 3 and younger are free if they do not occupy a seat.


Railroad historical society members with General ($30), Contributing ($50), and Sustaining ($100) Memberships are eligible for a discount for Standard Coach by entering their membership number in the “Enter Your Coupon” section during checkout. This number must correspond with your membership name or the order will be cancelled. Members can order up to 6 tickets each.

For questions about the trip, email us at ticketagent@fwrhs.org
For questions about your online order, call our ticket vendor 1-888-718-4253.


$119.00 Adults, $109 Children and Members

economy coach

Enjoy the day aboard historic passenger cars with more modern interiors and fixed seats.



Deluxe Coach Class

Enjoy the day aboard historic passenger cars with vintage interiors and adjustable seats.



Paul Revere lounge

Paul Revere, lounge

Silver Plain, first class, daylighted bedroom (approximation)

Golden Sand (approximation, actual interior may differ)

Golden Sand, lounge (approximation, actual interior may differ)

First class and lounge car style seating. Snacks and refreshments included. Available accommodations in lounge car seating in the Golden Sand and Paul Revere, with first class seating in the double bedrooms Silver Plain, and lower level of the Chengwatana.



Dome Car

Experience the countryside with amazing accommodations in the upper level of a full-length or half-length vintage dome car that will allow you to see the entire train. Snacks and refreshments included. Available dome cars include the full-length Sky View and Prairie View, and the half dome car the Chengwatana.


Frequently Asked Questions

Please expand the questions below for more information.

What should I wear?

We strongly encourage that passengers wear comfortable, closed toed walking shoes. Sandals, heels, or open toed shoes are generally prohibited.

Are there restrooms aboard?

Nearly every car has its own restroom facility. In the event that a car does not have an operational restroom, the next car ahead or behind you will.

What if I use a wheelchair or have limited mobility?

While we often make every effort to accommodate passengers with disabilities, due to the historic nature of these passenger cars, they are generally not handicap accessible and the station in Fort Wayne is elevated and accessible by steps only. Passengers may stay aboard the train during the layover. Please contact us for more information before ordering tickets.

What can I do during the layover?

There will be dozens of nearby activities and points of interest at the Three Rivers Festival. More information and a map will be forwarded in July. Passengers are encouraged to take this time to enjoy the festival, though they may return to the train or stay onboard during this time.

Is there food on board?

Snacks and refreshments will be available in the concession car, in the middle of the train. A limited number of boxed lunches will be available for $10.

Can I bring my own lunch or cooler?

You’re welcome to bring your own lunch and a reasonably sized cooler. Due to railroad policy, no alcoholic beverages are permitted. Snacks and other refreshments are also available on board.

Are there photo runbys?

In the interest of an expediency and safety, no photo runbys are planned. Injuries are most likely during the boarding and alighting process, and suitable footing and boarding locations are difficult to come by. We commonly offer photo runbys during other operations throughout the year.

Are there any open window coaches or open vestibules?

Railroad policy does not permit open windows or vestibules. We commonly offer open window coaches and vestibules during other operations throughout the year.

Are seats assigned?

No, but cars are. Car hosts will make every attempt to seat parties together. Groups riding together are encouraged to purchase their tickets and board together. Car assignments for standard and deluxe coach will be forwarded in July.

What about refunds?

Refunds are granted only in the event that waiting list exists for that ticket. Refunds are subject to a 10% service charge.

Where/when will I get my tickets?

Tickets are delivered by email after purchase..

Where can I get more information on the excursions?

We’ll be forwarding an excursion packet to all of our passengers in July.


Please do not call the railroad companies or Amtrak regarding these excursions. Their offices, call centers and employees do not have information about these trips and cannot make reservations.


Please wear sturdy, comfortable shoes – DO NOT wear flip-flops, sandals, open-toed or high-heel shoes. No separate runbys or photo stops will be made. Vestibule dutch-doors will be closed on these trips due to safety rules. Boarding and detraining sites may well have uneven footing, large heavy gravel, unusually high steps- sometimes as much as 20”, and walking is required at all locations. Passengers with limited mobility need to be aware of these limitations and should expect such situations.

The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs on the train or railroad property is strictly prohibited. Small coolers and jugs for food and drink are welcome. Large coolers (usually with two handles) are prohibited due to space limitations. Trains to run rain or shine. No smoking on board the train.


Some of the first class cars have more than one type of seating arrangements within the car. Passengers may be asked to switch seats at mid day in order for everyone to get a sampling of the different accommodations available.

Most of the passenger cars used on these trains were built in the 1940′s and 1950′s, decades before ADA handicap considerations were implemented on railroad passenger cars. These historic cars mostly have narrow hallways, narrow doorways, small restrooms and these can present many handicapped persons with insurmountable challenges.

If you are traveling in a wheelchair or other such device, you are responsible for providing any person(s) necessary to assist in loading, unloading or onboard mobility and they must have the proper ticket.

Passengers who desire to sit together must make reservations at the same time and present themselves on the train together. Reservations will be made by car name or number but not individual seats. A small percentage of tickets will be set-aside for FWRHS members. After members have been given an opportunity, the remaining tickets will be offered through the online ticket system approximately 30 days before the date of the excursions. Refunds will be issued only if there is a wait list for that particular class of ticket.

No merchandise vendors allowed on train unless specifically authorized by FWRHS in advance. Every effort will be made to operate trains as advertised but as these are special, one-time events, the FWRHS and the railroad companies cannot guarantee times and assume no consequential liability for inconvenience or expense caused by delays. Do not book other transportation or make reservations that are time sensitive.


Refunds are subject to a 10% service charge. As the car or train nears a sold out status, persons who purchase an odd number of tickets are not guaranteed a window seat and will have to be seated with another passenger in order for us to utilize all seats. Sorry but railway employee passes cannot be honored. FWRHS cannot guarantee the security of cameras and other personal property – you must keep track of your own belongings. FWRHS reserves the Right of Refusal to any passenger who refuses to obey safety rules or whose behavior has been or may be detrimental to other passengers and/or crew.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501c3 educational organization and these excursions are a major fund-raising activity for historic rail preservation projects. All FWRHS personnel you see are volunteers.


Start: July 12, 2014
End: July 13, 2014
Phone: 260-493-0765
4200 Allen Road , Allen Park MI , 48101, United States