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TOURIST/RAILFAN/RARE MILEAGE TOUR

EASTBOUND VIA FEATHER RIVER CANYON JANUARY 31, 2018

WESTBOUND VIA DONNER PASS FEBRUARY 4, 2018

 

EXCURSION TRAIN

to the

34TH NATIONAL COWBOY POETRY GATHERING

ELKO, NEVADA

 

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS OFFERED UNTIL JUNE 30, 2017

 

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2018 THEME

BASQUES AND BUCKAROOS

 

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The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is six days of poetry, music, dancing, workshops, exhibits, conversations, food and fellowship, rooted in tradition but focused on today’s rural West. The Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering began 33 years ago as a place where Western ranchers and cowboys could come together to share poems about their lives working cattle. From the beginning, it was clear these men and women had found their tribe, an artistic community that few knew existed. Three decades later, the tribe has grown to a small nation of Western poets, musicians and storytellers, performing across the country, sharing their stories of hard work, heartbreak and hilarity, and what it means to make your way in the rangeland West. The Elko Gathering was renamed the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering thanks to an act of Congress. Known simply as Elko to many, the Gathering embraces its role as a pilgrimage destination for thousands of ranch folk and others who love the West and come to learn and experience art that grows from a connection to the rhythms of earth and sky. Join us in Elko to celebrate the arts and cultures of the American West.

 

As improbable as it sounds, cowboys love poetry almost as much as they love their horses (which also means there are a lot of poems about horses). Long rides, wide open plains—combined with a lot of alone time for reflection and a love of storytelling—has turned roughnecks into a surprisingly sensitive group of heartfelt artists. Much like other poets, they write poems as a tribute to what they love or have lost. And thousands of cowboy poets gather in Elko, Nevada every year at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to listen to and recite poems of the West. But it’s not limited to poetry: fine art and musical performances as well as open mikes and workshops for aspiring cowboy poets are available all week long for ticket holders. It’s the artsiest group of cowboys you might ever imagine—friendly folk, too.

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The Cowboy Poetry Gathering began in January 1985, when a small group of folklorists and poets congregated to share their work. It’s evolved into an internationally-renowned event regarded as the “most honest and open-hearted festival in America.” You get the real deal at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering: cowboys (and cowgirls) who live the life and have the verses to tell it. Over the course of the week, you’ll find pickers ’n’ grinners, bluegrass orchestras and good ol’ fashioned storytellers holed up in every available square inch of Elko. There’s something for everyone, and when you’re ready to explore beyond the bounds of the gathering, Elko offers plenty of simple, unadorned frontier beauty. Whether you’re honing your chops or just eager to learn more, there’s an abundance of workshops available every day (like the popular yodeling class, barbecue cooking class and two-step dancing lessons). In the evenings, you can attend a multitude of readings and performances. During the week of the gathering, many businesses in Elko sponsor cowboy-themed events, open mikes, or post-parties for attendees. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and introduce yourself. Everyone is there to share and have a good time. You will be pleasantly surprised by the down-home hospitality, and if you play an instrument, even better. Bring your guitar, fiddle, dinner triangle or what-have-you on down to the saloon and make some friends in a spontaneous cowboy jam and be prepared to drink some whiskey. It’s a great opportunity to delve into the cowboy lifestyle through those who do it for real. What you’ll notice, however, is that even “real” cowboys are hopeless romantics, seeking a life as thrilling as the one we imagine cowboys living.

 

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We invite you and your family to travel with us by private charter train from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento region and Reno/Carson City areas to Elko, Nevada to enjoy the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Why fight the icy and snowy roads over Donner Pass and across the Nevada desert when you could ride in comfort onboard our Cowboy Express made up of private rail cars dating from the late 1940’s and early 1950’s during America’s classic streamline era for passenger trains. Each passenger car has been refurbisht to it’s original condition. Step back in time and enjoy our classic train which includes coaches, lounges, domes and Pullman cars for your exciting train riding experience.

 

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VIEW OF THE RUBY MOUNTAINS NEAR ELKO

 

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WHILE IN ELKO ENJOY MUSUEM DISPLAYS SHOWING THE HISTORY OF THE

COWBOY AND IMPORTANT EVENTS FOR THE ELKO REGION OF NEVADA

 

THE PLANNED TRAIN CONSIST

 

SILVER PEAKBAGGAGE CAR

PACIFIC TRAILCOACH

OVERLAND TRAILLOUNGE CAR

ACOMALOUNGE CAR

ROYAL GORGELOUNGE CAR

OCEAN VIEWFULL DOME CAR

SUMMIT VIEWFULL DOME CAR

PRAIRIE VIEWFULL DOME CAR

SILVER RAPIDSSLEEPER (For staff)

COLONIAL CRAFTSPULLMAN SLEEPER & LOUNGE

PLAZA SANTA FEPLEASURE DOME & LOUNGE

SILVER LARIATVISTA DOME & LOUNGE CAR

SILVER SOLARIUMVISTA DOME-SLEEPER-LOUNGE-REAR END OBSERVATION

 

Disclaimer: We reserve the right to substitute passenger car equipment

 

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THE ITINERARY

 

JANUARY 31, 2018

EASTBOUND

 

Emeryville7:00AM

Martinez7:44AM

Davis8:27AM

Sacramento8:51AM 9:05AM

***Via Feather River Canyon***

Portola2:55PM 3:30PM

**Bus departs Reno 12:30PM**

**Bus arrives Portola 1:30PM**

**Bus departs Portola 3:30PM**

**Bus arrives Reno 4:30PM**

elko9:45PM

 

FEBRUARY 4, 2018

WESTBOUND

 

elko8:00AM

reno1:30PM

***Via Donner Pass***

Sacramento7:15PM 7:30PM

Davis8:00PM

Martinez8:40PM

Emeryville9:10PM

 

note:

**The Cowboy Express will stop to pick-up or drop-off passengers at all stations listed above**

**It might be necessary to run our train on to Salt Lake City for servicing and if this happens we will allow any passengers that would like to ride with us to stay onboard for an extra fare**

 

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OUR CHARTER TRAINS IN THE FEATHER RIVER CANYON

 

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OVER DONNER PASS FROM THE VISTA DOME

 

BOOK YOUR SEAT THAT INCLUDES FULL MEAL SERVICE AND RECEIVE A LUXURY

ONBOARD FIRST CLASS EXPERIENCE. ENJOY FRESHLY PREPARED MEALS ONBOARD

BY OUR CHEF AND SERVED BY OUR UNIFORMED PROFESSIONAL STAFF.

 

all prices per person

 

BOOK YOUR SEATS BY JUNE 30 FOR A 15% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

 

round trip

 

COACHPACIFIC TRAIL - (Box Meals)$695 

ECOMONY COACHSUMMIT VIEW LOWER - (Box Meals)$595 

ECOMONY COACHPRAIRIE VIEW LOWER - (Box Meals)$595 

PREMIUM COACHSILVER LARIAT - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$845 

LOUNGEOVERLAND TRAIL - (Box Meals)$795 

LOUNGEACOMA - (Box Meals)$795 

LOUNGEROYAL GORGE - (Box Meals)$795 

LOUNGECOLONIAL CRAFTS - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$945 

LOUNGEPLAZA SANTA FE - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$945 

FULL DOMEOCEAN VIEW - (Box Meals)$975 

FULL DOMESUMMIT VIEW - (Box Meals)$975 

FULL DOMEPRAIRIE VIEW - (Box Meals)$975 

PLEASURE DOMEPLAZA SANTA FE - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$,1095 

VISTA DOMESILVER LARIAT - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$1,095 

VISTA DOMESILVER SOLARIUM - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$1,195 

BEDROOM/LOUNGECOLONIAL CRAFTS - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$1,795 

BEDROOM/DOMESILVER SOLARIUM - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$2,495 

DRAWING RM/DOMESILVER SOLARIUM - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$2,595 

STATEROOM/DOMESILVER SOLARIUM - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$2,695 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

1. Fares for Reno/Portola are 70% of the fares posted above and includes bus transfers Reno/Portola/Reno

 

2. Fares are subject to change if deemed necessary once final Amtrak charter rates are received

 

3. Full payment due at time of booking

 

4. Elko has 32 hotels/motels totalling 2,400 room

 

5. Elko has 64 restaurants

 

6. Elko has three rental car agencies: Avis, Hertz, and Enterprise.

 

7. Elko has one taxi company

 

8. Elko has public bus transportation

 

 

ONE WAY EITHER DIRECTION

 

COACHPACIFIC TRAIL - (Box Meals)$395 

PREMIUM COACHSILVER LARIAT - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$695 

ECOMONY COACHSUMMIT VIEW LOWER - (Box Meals)$345 

ECONOMYPRAIRIE VIEW LOWER - (Box Meals)$345 

LOUNGEOVERLAND TRAIL - (Box Meals)$475 

LOUNGEACOMA - (Box Meals)$475 

LOUNGEROYAL GORGE - (Box Meals)$475 

LOUNGECOLONIAL CRAFTS - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$565 

LOUNGEPLAZA SANTA FE - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$565 

FULL DOMEOCEAN VIEW - (Box Meals)$585 

FULL DOMESUMMIT VIEW - (Box Meals)$585 

FULL DOMEPRAIRIE VIEW - (Box Meals)$585 

PLEASURE DOMEPLAZA SANTA FE - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$655 

VISTA DOMESILVER LARIAT - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$655 

VISTA DOMESILVER SOLARIUM - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$715 

BEDROOM/LOUNGECOLONIAL CRAFTS - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$1,075 

BEDROOM/DOMESILVER SOLARIUM - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$1,495 

DRAWING RM/DOMESILVER SOLARIUM - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$n/a 

STATEROOM/DOMESILVER SOLARIUM - (Full Meal Service & Bar)$n/a 

 

TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2017 **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**

Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% convenance fee will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

1. Fares for Reno/Portola are 70% of the fares posted above and includes bus transfers Reno/Portola/Reno

 

2. Fares are subject to change if deemed necessary once final Amtrak charter rates are received

 

3. Full payment due at time of booking

 

4. Elko has 32 hotels/motels totalling 2,400 room

 

5. Elko has 64 restaurants

 

6. Elko has three rental car agencies: Avis, Hertz, and Enterprise.

 

7. Elko has one taxi company

 

8. Elko has public bus transportation

 

 

PHOTOS OF THE PRIVATE RAIL CARS

 

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PACIFIC TRAIL COACH

 

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OVERLAND TRAIL LOUNGE

 

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SILVER LARIAT LOWER LEVEL COACH

 

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ACOMA LOUNGE

 

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ROYAL GORGE LOUNGE

 

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COLONIAL CRAFTS LOUNGE

 

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PLAZA SANTA FE LOUNGE

 

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OCEAN VIEW FULL DOME

 

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SUMMIT VIEW FULL DOME

 

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PRAIRIE VIEW FULL DOME

 

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PLAZA SANTA FE PLEASURE DOME

 

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SILVER LARIAT VISTA DOME

 

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SILVER SOLARIUM VISTA DOME

 

MUSEUMS AND POINTS OF INTEREST

TO SEE WHILE IN ELKO

 

WESTERN FOLK-LIFE CENTER

SPONSORS OF THE

COWBOY POETRY GATHERING

 

Western Folk-Life

 

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THE HISTORIC PIONEER SALOON IS PART OF THE WESTERN FOLK-LIFE CENTER

 

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NORTHEASTERN NEVADA MUSUEM

 

Elko Museum

 

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G. S. GARCIA / J.M. CAPRIOLA

COWBOY MUSEUM

EVERYTHING COWBOY

CUSTOM SADDLE MAKER

 

Capriolas.com

 

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CALIFORNIA TRAIL INTERPRETIVE CENTER

 

California trail Center

 

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SHERMAN STATION VISITOR’S CENTER

 

Explore Elko

 

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WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD DISPLAY

 

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THE RUBY MOUNTAINS

 

Ruby Mountains Travel Nevada

 

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ELKO HONORY MAYOR BING CROSBY

 

Mayor Bing Crosby

Elko, Nevada (1948-1977)

 

A famous photograph of Bing Crosby and Elko Mayor Dave Dotta appeared in newspapers and magazines world wide in 1948. Dotta is supervising Crosby while the singer/actor sweeps the street in front of the Ranch Inn at Ninth and Idaho streets.

 

Crosby bought several ranches in the North Fork area and spent summers there to get away from his hectic schedule. His first family, wife Dixie, and four sons Gary, Philip, Lindsay and Dennis shared those times with Bing. He frequently came to town where he was treated just like one of the locals. In fact, he was so comfortable in Elko he didn't wear his hair piece. He became one of "us," not one of "them." It was a place where he could literally let his hair down and he sincerely appreciated his acceptance by the townspeople.

 

Crosby, in his book, "Call Me Lucky", said he wasn't asked for an autograph, to give to a charity, do a benefit appearance, or to do anything but "mind my own business." Bing fit right in. He loved the town and the town loved "Der Bingle." As a publicity stunt, but an appropriately serious one, Bing was asked to be Honorary Mayor of Elko and he accepted.  February 7, 1948 was the big day. Ceremonies were held at the Ranch Inn and the Commercial Hotel. Mayor Dotta read the declaration: "In humble recognition of your outstanding contributions to high standards of American citizenship, sportsmanship, clean living, parenthood, et. al.; and finally your substantial additions to community life in the City and County of Elko, I am privileged and proud to herewith appoint you by official proclamation, Honorary Mayor of Elko, Nevada to serve ad infinitum. We are grateful that you have seen fit to accept this honor."