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 Post subject: Excursion Philadelphia to Pittsburgh on PRR 120 Oct 18-20
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Fall Foliage Excursion to Pittsburgh with the
Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society – October 18-20

The ELDCPS, in association with the Juniata Terminal Company are pleased to announce a special fund raising trip from Philadelphia (with connecting service from New York and Newark) to Pittsburgh. Our transportation will be the Pennsylvania Railroad business car number 120 and Juniata Terminal lounge Warrior Ridge. These cars will be at the rear of Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian for the exclusive use of our ELDCPS group.

Pennsylvania Railroad business car 120 and its history makes the trip a unique experience in its own right. Built for Pennsylvania Railroad officials in 1928, every U.S. president from Herbert Hoover to Lyndon Johnson was welcomed aboard. Pennsylvania 120 carried John Kennedy to Army-Navy football games and his brother Robert's coffin from New York to burial in Washington, D.C. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Peter Lawford once chartered the car for a New York to Chicago jaunt. More recently the car hosted Prince Charles on a Philadelphia to New York jaunt.

Our trip will depart Philadelphia on Saturday, October 18th at 12:42 pm (passengers can arrange to ride the regular section of the Pennsylvanian from New York departing at 10:50 am or Newark at 11:07 am). Lunch and dinner will be served enroute along with continuous snack and beverage service. We arrive in Pittsburgh at 8:05 pm.

Our accommodations are at:
Courtyard Marriott
Pittsburgh Downtown
945 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

Transportation provided to and from hotel

Tours and Meals are on your own for Sunday October 19th

Breakfast is available at a nominal fee: Ala Carte Breakfast $8.95 per person plus tax
Breakfast Buffet $10.95per person plus tax

Sunday, October 19th is on your own in Pittsburgh. We can help arrange the following tour options:

STATION SQUARE 52 Acre Playground of Historical Proportions: Brochures and Coupons available

The Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines offers a panoramic view of the city of Pittsburgh from a historic cable car up the mountain from Station Square to incline museums and overlook platforms.

Just Ducky Tours offers a fun-filled trip through Pittsburgh in a vintage World War II amphibious vehicle, able to drive from land into water.

Grand Concourse Restaurant Brunch or Dinner : Reservations are requested. Restaurant is set in the Edwardian splendor of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Terminal built in 1901. Cards are available to present to host upon arrival for Free Chef's Appetizer or Dessert Selection of the day. Located at One West Station Square.
Phone 412-261-1717

A selection of other restaurants are also featured at Station Square- Brochures available.

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER: Minimum group of fifteen (15) $6.00 per person . Includes general admission to the Science Center and the behind the scenes tour of the miniature railroad and village. This one of a kind miniature railroad features the geography and buildings of southwestern Pennsylvania at the turn of the century and is renowned for it's hand built models.

Lidia's Pittsburgh for those who crave Italian Cuisine is a must. Reservations are recommended, Located at 1400 Smallman Street in the Strip District . Phone 412-552-0150.

On Monday, October 20th we will be transferred back to the station for a 7:20 am departure. We will travel over Horseshoe Curve during the mid morning hours. A light breakfast and full lunch will be served before our arrival in Philadelphia at 2:50 pm (passengers can continue on Amtrak to arrive in Newark at 4:32 pm and New York at 4:54 pm).

In order to allow our passengers maximum comfort and “platform time” on the 120, space will be extremely limited. The fare for this trip is $785 per person, double occupancy, and includes transportation between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, all meals, snacks and beverages on board, transportation to and from the train station and the hotel in Pittsburgh, and 2 nights at the hotel. Single supplement is available.

Please email or call us as soon as possible to reserve your space for this trip. As always all proceeds go towards our restoration of Erie Lackawanna dining car 741, Lackawanna dining car 470, and Nickel Plate Road sleeping car City of Lima. If you have any questions please contact our Executive Director, Barb Colangelo, at 570-575-9202 or email at

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