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Last Updated 7/9/14

BOARDING TIME
DEPART ALLEN PARK
ARRIVE FORT WAYNE
DEPART FORT WAYNE
ARRIVE ALLEN PARK

7:30AM
8:00AM
12:01PM
4:00PM
8:00PM

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PARKING & BOARDING AT
4200 Allen Road (Thunderbowl Lanes)
Allen Park, Michigan 48101

SOME GPS FINDERS WILL LOCATE 4200 ALLEN ROAD FURTHER SOUTH.
PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE MAP OR CLICK HERE

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FORT WAYNE STATION ADDRESS
114 E Superior St
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

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Here’s the information you’ll need to be ready for your excursion in case you haven’t received all of our email updates or want to access them outside of email. You can download these in PDF format.

PASSENGER CAR ASSIGNMENTS

DOWNLOAD THE SATURDAY, JULY 12th MANIFEST

DOWNLOAD THE SUNDAY, JULY 13th MANIFEST

UPDATES FOR PASSENGERS IN THE FOLLOWING CLASSES:

SUPERDOMES (FULL LENGTH DOMES)
We have combined superdomes. Passengers in the PRAIRIE VIEW/SCENIC VIEW are now in the SKY VIEW. This full-length “superdome” is the same design and make as the other full-length domes, so accommodations have not changed, just the name of the car.

SILVER PLAIN
The SILVER PLAIN dorm/lounge car has been substituted for the SWIFT STREAM. Your car host will assign rooms to your party when you board.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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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.
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DISCLAIMERS

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.

SAFETY

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.

ACCOMMODATIONS

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

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.