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Upcoming Trips: Cimarron River Positioning Moves October 2018

What do you do when a sleeper car that you need for a trip originating in Los Angeles actually "lives" in St. Louis? Some people pay a guy to ride the car, empty, back and forth, but not us! We make an event of it! We fill the car with fun people and a bit of music and offer the experience up for sale at greatly reduced prices!

People who need to get to and from LA for the "big" trip have a handy way of avoiding the steerage-like quality of today's air travel, and other folks who just love a good train ride can hop on board too! Our musical hostess in both directions will be Austin's own - the delightful Betty Soo, ensuring that we are not deprived of quality music for even a second!

Ride with us on The Cimarron River at a fraction of the normal charter rate as we travel on a positioning move for the October 2018 West of the West train! We're offering individual trip segments from St. Louis to Los Angeles, 10/4/18 - 10/6/18, then Los Angeles to St. Louis, 10/18/18 - 10/20/18.

Our car is a private sleeper, Cimarron River, built in 1948 for the St. Louis- San Francisco Railway, the "Frisco." It has a mix of private single person cabins ("roomettes") and two-person cabins ("double bedrooms"). Each has roomy seating by day and comfortable beds by night. All bedding and towels are provided.

There are less than a dozen spaces available, and they’ll be sold at $772 per person, each direction.

This year, we’ll be departing from and returning to St. Louis, and the car owner has graciously offered the option, for anyone who wishes, to sleep on the car in St. Louis on the pre-departure (10/3) and post-return (10/20) nights, saving you the expense and hassle of finding hotel accommodations on either end.

Those of us on board provide our own food and beverages. In past trips, 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 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, small fridge, toaster, coffee maker, two general toilets and one shower. Each solo-traveler roomette has folding sink and sofa; bed folds out of the 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....

Here’s the schedule:


Thursday, October 4: Cimarron River depart St. Louis at 9:15 AM on the rear of Amtrak #311. You are welcome to arrive the night before and sleep on board the train.
- Arrive Kansas City Thursday afternoon at 2:55 PM.
- Afternoon and evening on your own in KC. We'll be parked at Union Station, with great food and beverage options nearby.
- Depart Kansas City Thursday evening, Oct 4 at 10:45 PM on rear of Amtrak #3.
- Overnight through Kansas.
Friday, October 5: Climb Raton Pass between Colorado and New Mexico. Brief stop in Albuquerque on Friday afternoon. Overnight across the Arizona desert.
Saturday, October 6: Arrive Los Angeles at 8:15 AM. If you're not continuing on the West of the West trip and wish to take advantage of our group rate at the fabulous Millenium Biltmore, let us know and we can set it up for you.


Thursday October 18: Cimarron River departs Los Angeles at 6:10 PM on rear of Amtrak #4.
- Overnight across Arizona desert.
Friday, October 19:  Brief stop in Albuquerque, and the climb up Raton Pass.
- Friday night across Kansas.
Saturday, October 20: Arrive Kansas City at 7:24 AM
- Day on your own in Kansas City.
- Depart Kansas City Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM on rear of Amtrak #316.
- Arrive St Louis Saturday evening at 9:40 PM. You are welcome to spend Saturday night on the train after our arrival in St Louis.

Truly, this is the way to travel.
If you have questions, please contact us at 866-484-3669 or

To purchase space, click here:
WESTBOUND, OCT. 4-6, 2018. $772.00 per person
EASTBOUND, OCT. 18-20, 2018. $772.00 per person
If you'd prefer to pay a $300 deposit, then set up a payment schedule, please contact Sarah directly at or 802-258-1397, and she'll be happy to set that up for you. With advance notice, you are welcome to join us or leave at any intermediate stop.

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.