Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23, 2012
The Illinois Railway Museum, in cooperation with Amtrak and BNSF Railway, will operate the Nebraska Zephyr, powered by CB&Q 9911A "Silver Pilot", on an excursion between Chicago and Quincy, Illinois on September 22nd and 23rd.
On each day, the Nebraska Zephyr will depart Chicago Union Station at 9:00AM and travel on BNSF's Mendota subdivision 162 miles to Galesburg, Illinois, arriving at 11:40AM. The Zephyr will depart Galesburg at 12:00PM for another 96 miles to Quincy, Illinois, turn on the wye at West Quincy and arrive back at Galesburg at 4:00PM. The Zephyr will then depart Galesburg at 4:20PM and arrive back at Chicago Union Station at 7:00PM, a total round trip of over 500 miles.
Ticket orders will be mailed out within 5 to 7 days. Please read the information sheet that is included. Excursion ticket orders received after Friday, September 14th will be held for pickup at Chicago Union Station or Galesburg, whichever is the first segment of your order.
The Excursion will be split up into three ticketed segments:
|Chicago to Galesburg||162||$129||$229|
|Galesburg to Quincy and return to Galesburg||200||$139||$239|
|Galesburg to Chicago||162||$129||$229|
You will be able to purchase tickets for a single segment, any combination, or all three segments. This will provide many options including taking the first and third segments and visiting the City of Galesburg for the afternoon. Also, there are options to take Amtrak service to or from Galesburg one way and ride this excursion the other way. To ride the Nebraska Zephyr from Chicago all the way to Quincy and return to Chicago, three tickets would be needed, one for each segment.
Each segment will have two classes of service, Coach and Parlor. Both classes will include a meal service. Seating is very limited, so do not delay when tickets go on sale. Please check back often for updates.
All proceeds benefit the continued restoration of the Nebraska Zephyr.
All schedules and times subject to change without notice and there may be delays due to other rail traffic.