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Nov 28

All Aboard for a Holiday Train Ride on a Vintage Private Rail Car

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 10:36 AM by Communications Department

Colonial Crafts, the last remaining operational Pennsylvania Railroad sleeper/lounge, is coming to town. Built in 1949, the car was used initially on long distance trains from New York to St. Louis and later in its career on New York to Washington, DC premium trains. train 1
The beautifully furnished Crafts carries three attendants who provide Pullman style service to guests. The vintage car can seat up to 32 passengers and the onboard staff are available with refreshing drinks including coffee, hot tea, cocoa, soft drinks, juices, water and a snack tray with delicious treats.
The Crafts car will glide past the historic Lee Hall Depot decorated for the holidays. Upon debarking at the quaint Williamsburg station, enjoy a stroll along Duke of Gloucester Street or a tavern meal before returning. Don't forget, the Grand Illumination is on December 3 from 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
In conjunction with Ashland, VA’s Santa Train, the Crafts will be operating on the back of Amtrak trains 65 and 66. Riders have a choice of the following trips on Sunday, December 3 and Saturday, December 9.
  • Morning Excursions on December 3 & 9 – Leaving Newport News at 8:30 a.m. on Amtrak’s regional train and arriving in Williamsburg at 8:52 a.m. Leaving Williamsburg at 10:38 a.m. on the Colonial Crafts,  returning to Newport News at 11:15 a.m.
  • Evening Excursions on December 3 & 9 – Leaving Newport News at 5:20 pm on the Colonial Crafts Arriving in Williamsburg at 5:41 p.m. Leaving Williamsburg at 8:31 p.m. on Amtrak’s regional train and arriving in Newport News at 9:06 p.m.
Round trip fare is $38. Tickets are available online.  For more information call 757–525-7372.
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