The National Railway Historical Society, Washington, D.C. Chapter, Inc.
presents the



Monday, September 24, 2012 to Monday, October 1, 2012

Book this rare 9-day private train adventure now. 


Please Note: For Trips and Events purchased through our on line reservations system a handling fee will be added to your order for each space reserved (in addition to the published fare). Payment may be made by VISA or MasterCard only.

Chattanooga Limited is the 2012 AAPRCO all-private car special train to their 35th annual convention, this year in Chattanooga, TN.  The 26-car Chattanooga Limited operates DC to convention and return via Amtrak over Norfolk Southern routes that are mainly freight-only. All mileage through the rural south will be covered in daylight.  The Chattanooga Limited will be parked each night, so you sleep peacefully knowing you aren’t missing any of the spectacular scenery.

Travel Dover Harbor in classic Pullman style.

Dover Harbor’s authentic Pullman lounge is a stylish 1930s hotel lobby on wheels, including comfortable Pullman armchairs, sofas, brass lamps and mahogany dining tables.  The 2-berth bedrooms are transcontinental travel at its best.  Our chef prepares your meals in our gleaming mid-car kitchen and all meals are served on Pullman’s distinctive china.   All along the way, our white-jacketed steward will serve you meals, drinks, snacks while you enjoy the camaraderie of fellow travelers and the unparalleled view.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner en route are included, meals at Chattanooga on your own. On convention days, continental breakfast will be provided each morning. 

NOTE:  All passengers must be AAPRCO members and must be registered for the convention.   See “Conditions” on reverse.

Chattanooga Limited Timetable

1369 miles, 9 days

Sunday, September 23     Dover Harbor passengers may board early evening and spend the night.  Car is parked in historic Union Station, Washington.

Monday, September 24     At 9am, Dover Harbor, in the impressive 26-car consist of the Chattanooga Limited, departs DC, following Amtrak “Crescent Route” to Spencer, NC, arriving 4pm.  Our train parks at the North Carolina Transportation Museum, ex-Southern Railway steam shops.  Late afternoon tour steam shops, cars and locomotives, and enjoy a private BBQ with your fellow travelers in the roundhouse, the largest still intact in the USA.

Tuesday, September 25     Depart Spencer, NC, 9am, over freight-only NS, following part of the route of Southern Railway’s old “Asheville Special” and “Skyland Special”, via Old Fort loops, climbing up the Appalachians, passing Andrews Geyser, arriving Asheville, NC at 2pm.  At sunset, we tour “Biltmore”, the largest house in America, the Vanderbilt’s estate.  Cocktails and private dinner at “Biltmore”.

Wednesday, September 26     Depart Asheville, NC, 7am via freight-only NS line through Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Morristown and Knoxville, TN, arriving in Chattanooga, our train parks at the Choo-Choo Hotel, ex-Chattanooga Terminal Station, at 3:30pm.  In the evening, Wick Moorman, CEO of Norfolk Southern addresses our group.

Thursday, September 27---Saturday, September 29     Dover Harbor parked in Chattanooga for AAPRCO convention.  Continental breakfast aboard Dover Harbor each morning.  Other meals on your own.

Sunday, September 30     AAPRCO convention train departs Chattanooga at 7am, via freight-only NS Bristol line, through Knoxville and Bristol.  Arrive Roanoke, VA at 7pm.  Overnight in Roanoke, parked at O. Winston Link Museum, ex-N&W station.

Monday, October 1     Explore O. Winston Link Museum and nearby Virginia Transportation Museum before afternoon departure.  Train leaves Roanoke 1pm via freight-only NS Hagerstown line (former Norfolk & Western RR Shenandoah line) passing Front Royal---end point of many SR and NS steam specials---then Manassas, there rejoining the NS Amtrak line to Washington.  Arrive Washington DC, 9:30pm.


All passengers may enjoy the comforts of Dover Harbor's lounge.  Sleeping accommodations for complete and one way package passengers on this trip are Dover Harbor's classic Pullman bedrooms, which sleep two persons in an upper and lower berth. Each bedroom has its own washbasin and toilet. There is a shower available to all overnight passengers.

PER PERSON FARES                                                     

ROUND TRIP PACKAGE, September 24-October 1, 2012:  Includes round trip travel on Dover Harbor from Washington DC to Chattanooga, TN and return, classic Pullman bedroom accommodations overnight  en route, and, meals (as listed), beverages, snacks and spirits aboard the car.

Option 1a: | This option sold out |  Round Trip Package, per person, double occupancy

                       DCNRHS Member: $3,999     Nonmember:  $4,299

Option 1b: | This option sold out | Round Trip Package, per person, single occupancy

                       DCNRHS Member: $7,998      Nonmember:  $8,598

PARLOR SEAT, ONE WAY, Includes one way travel only for the date listed on Dover Harbor with meals (as listed), beverages, snacks and spirits aboard the car.  No overnight accommodations.

Option 2a: Parlor Seat, per person, Washington to Spencer, September 24, 2012.

                   DCNRHS Member: $399          Nonmember: $499

Option 2b: Parlor Seat, per person, Spencer to Asheville, September 25, 2012:  .

                    DCNRHS Member: $399        Nonmember: $499

Option 2c: Parlor Seat, per person, Asheville to Chattanooga, September 26, 2012:

                    DCNRHS Member:  $399        Nonmember: $499

Option 2d: Parlor Seat, per person, Chattanooga to Roanoke, September 30, 2012:  

                     DCNRHS Member: $399        Nonmember: $499

Option 2e: | This option sold out | Parlor Seat, per person, Roanoke to Washington, October 1, 2012: 

                     DCNRHS Member: $399         Nonmember: $499



Or mail in the reservation form on the back of this flyer.

Please be sure to read the trip conditions below.


1.   The AAPRCO Chattanooga Limited special train is being operated by the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners (AAPRCO) as part of their annual convention and is still subject to final approval by Amtrak and the host railroads.  Passengers traveling on the special train portions of this trip must be members of AAPRCO; passengers staying aboard the car in Chattanooga must be registered for the convention (membership and convention registration is not included in the above fares).  Please contact AAPRCO for membership and convention registration information at 622 N. Reed St., Joliet IL 60435, 815-722-8877 or

2.   Passengers may be required to sign liability releases on this trip.  Making a reservation acknowledges passenger's consent to sign such releases if required.

3.   Package fares include rail transportation from Washington, DC to Chattanooga and return; double bedroom sleeping accommodations aboard Dover Harborand all events afforded the special train passengers;  and, meals, snacks, beverages, wines and spirits while en route aboard the rail car only.  Day passenger fares include rail transportation as designated; parlor seat accommodations aboard Dover Harbor; and, meals, snacks, beverages, wines and spirits while en route aboard the rail car only.  Day passengers must make their own arrangements for accommodations and ground transportation at the en route overnight stops.  A train schedule with all provided meals will be sent to passengers with their travel documents.

4.   Fares presented are based upon tariffs and rates in effect at the time of publication. The operator reserves the right to adjust the fare to reflect any changes in special train costs.

5.   Passengers must make their own arrangements for meals, activities, gratuities, personal incidental charges, and ground transportation and for all convention activities in Chattanooga.

6.   Operator has no control over transportation companies and other vendors providing services for this trip, thus it must be understood that changes can occur in the schedule, equipment, dates, routes and accommodations without notice.

7.   Reservations may be made on line at; full payment is required.  Reservations may also be made via U.S. Mail, in which case, an initial deposit of one third of the fare must accompany the reservation request. Reservations will not be guaranteed without deposit or payment.  Payment of full fare is due by July 1, 2012.  If the full payment is not received by this date, the reservation will be deemed cancelled and the deposit will be forfeited.

8.   No refund of payments will be made after July 1, 2012, other than by operator's cancellation of the trip or reselling of the space. In order to

keep passengers fares reasonable, a minimum number of tickets need to be sold. A minimum number of spaces need to be sold for this trip to operate.  In the unlikely event enough spaces are not sold, you will be notified by July 1, 2012 of the trip cancellation and your entire payment refunded without further obligation on our part.

9.   Reservations are not transferable and may not be resold without the written consent of the operator.

10. Cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing.

11. Package fares are per person, double occupancy.  Single reservations may be purchased at double occupancy fares; however, shared accommodations will be assigned at the discretion of the reservations agent.  For guaranteed sole occupancy, the single supplement is equal to the applicable per person double occupancy fare.

12. Smoking is not permitted aboard the rail car, except in the vestibule.

13. The Washington D.C. Chapter, NRHS makes every effort to accommodate the physically challenged; however, Dover Harbor as a historic railroad car, is not wheelchair accessible.  Operator requires those passengers requiring special assistance from others to travel with someone who is able to assist them.  Also, the en route stops of the special train are not train stations and are not accessible. Please contact the reservations agent by July 1, 2012 regarding your specific needs so arrangements may be made. 

14. Passengers with special dietary needs must notify the reservations agent in writing at least two weeks in advance of the trip.

15. The operator suggests that passengers independently obtain trip cancellation insurance to cover cancellations resulting from personal emergencies, illness or other similar causes.

16. The General Conditions for tours, trips, excursions and events as published on the DCNRHS web site ( apply.  By making a reservation, participants agree to be bound by both the General Conditions and these specific Conditions.

Chattanooga Limited, Sept. 24-Oct. 1, 2012

I’m ready to go! My reservation and payment are enclosed:

Name _________________________________________________________________


City, State, Zip_________________________________________________________

Telephone ¨ day   ¨ evening  _____________________________________________

Mobile Phone (during trip)  _______________________________________________

E-mail  _______________________________________________________________



____ Check payable to Washington DC Chapter, NRHS

____ Charge to my Visa/Mastercard

Card No.  ____________________________________________________________

Expiration Date ____ / ____ CID # (from back of card) ________

Signature  ___________________________________________________________


Please reserve the following spaces (check option desired):

____ Option 1a: Round Trip Package: Washington to Chattanooga & return, double occupancy, September 24-October 1, 2012

____ Option 1b: Round Trip Package: Washington to Chattanooga & return, single occupancy, September 24-October 1, 2012

____ Option 2a: Parlor Seat, one way: Washington to Spencer, September 24, 2012

____ Option 2b: Parlor Seat, one way: Spencer to Asheville, September 25, 2012

____ Option 2c: Parlor Seat, one way: Asheville to Chattanooga, September 26, 2012

____ Option 2d: Parlor Seat, one way:  Chattanooga to Roanoke, September 30, 2012

____ Option 2e: Parlor Seat, one way:  Roanoke to Washington, October 1, 2012


# ____ DCNRHS Member at $_______ = $ ______________

# ____ Nonmember at        $_______=  $ ______________

TOTAL AMOUNT:                                      $ ______________


ALL PASSENGER NAMES (required) / DCNRHS  Member No.

___________________________________________ / ____________

___________________________________________ / ____________



                             c/o Mike Martin, Reservation Agent

                             503 Mayfield Avenue

                             West Chester, PA  19380-5211


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