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Upcoming Trips: Cimarron River Deadhead Moves, August 2017

August 10-12, 2017 • Chicago to Los Angeles with musical guest BettySoo

August 26-28, 2017 • Los Angeles to Chicago with musical guest TBA

Ride with us on The Cimarron River at a fraction of the normal charter rate as we travel on a 'deadhead' positioning move for the August West of the West train. Join Charlie, Dan, and the sound gear on a very exclusive little journey.

There are just a dozen spaces available. The first eight spots will be sold at $889 each either direction, or $1,749 per person round trip; after that the price raises $100 per person, to $989 each way, or $1,949 round trip per person for the remaining six slots.

Westbound.... Our musical guest will be BettySoo.
Depart Chicago 3 pm Thursday, August 10, travel across the Mississippi, through Kansas City, Dodge City, a wee corner of Colorado, over Raton Pass and into Albuquerque. Past Grants, NM - home of Gojira - and the awesome La Posada. Through Flagstaff (where Dave Alvin faced Taco Tuesday) and through the high desert, then down to the sea... to arrive in Los Angeles on the morning of Saturday, August 12.

Eastbound.... Depart Los Angeles at 6:10 pm Saturday, 26 August, travel over the mighty Cajon Pass, along Route 66 to Albuquerque, through New Mexico, over Raton Pass, across Kansas and over the Mississippi to arrive in Chicago at 3:15 in the afternoon (if on time) Monday, August 28.

Those of us on board provide our own food and beverages. In 2016, we were amazed at how easy and effortless it all turned out to be. We're holding Bedrooms A&B as a communal suite for music, hanging out and socializing. We will have a fine vestibule, perfect for watching the great panorama of the west roll by. There's no great suite of amenities.... it's just a sleeping car. But it is our sleeping car. On the very rear of Amtrak's Southwest Chief.

There's a microwave and small fridge, two general toilets and one shower. Each solo-traveler roomette has folding sink and sofa; bed folds out of wall. Bedrooms -for two- have bunk-type beds that fold out of wall; sofa by day, with sink and toilet in annex. Lie in bed and watch the world go by, dream and read, sip a beverage of your choice - make this journey your own....

Truly, this is the way to travel.

If you have questions, please contact us at 866-484-3669 or

To purchase space, click here.

This trip is refundable up to 60 days prior to start of event, less 3% credit card fee.

Charge will appear as FLYING UNDER RADAR, LLC, Bellows Falls, VT.