Rip Van Winkle Flyer
Passengers embarking on the Rip Van Winkle Flyer are transported on a journey back to the sophisticated atmosphere of the early days of railroading.
The crème of the fleet at the Delaware & Ulster Railroad, the Rip Van Winkle Flyer harkens visitors to a period when life’s pace was more measured and good conversation was cherished entertainment.
A genuine “period piece,” the Rip Van Winkle Flyer lets visitors to experience an elegant portion of railroad history on what many experts consider to be the finest collection of train cars on the East Coast.
The art deco railcars, with their trademark curves and attention to detail, pay testimony to the heyday of passenger train travel. Topping off a voyage on these lovingly restored cars, Rip Van Winkle Flyer trips are accompanied by a midday gourmet meal.
The menu, based on seasonal availability, features a fresh salad accompanied by entrees such as Chicken Marsala or Beef Burgundy. Rounding out the dining choices are sides like roasted new potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Spring water, coffee and tea are the beverages offered. Patrons may bring their own wine. The meal is followed by equally delectable desserts such as carrot cake or chocolate ganache.
Passengers have the option of riding aboard The Olive Branch, a 1949 luxury streamlined Tavern Car, a Dining Car, the Observation Car or the Dome Car. Seating is arranged at tables of two or four to encourage old-fashioned camaraderie between passengers.
Trips on the Rip Van Winkle Flyer are scheduled in addition to the regular D&U schedule. Because of the necessity of meal planning, the Rip Van Winkle Flyer is only available to groups of 25 or more with advance reservations.
Excursions on the Flyer nearly always run during midweek periods. The cars have a capacity of 125 riders. In the event a group does not fill the entire train on a scheduled run, seats are made available to the public.
If you are not part of group, but would like to experience a trip on the Flyer, follow this link for dates of planned excursions. Call ahead to determine anticipated vacancies on these trips. Better yet, gather your co-workers, family or friends and book a memorable private party on the Rip Van Winkle Flyer.
Please call (800) 225-4132 or (845) 586-DURR to begin planning your trip back into the Golden Age of Railroading aboard the graceful Rip Van Winkle Flyer.
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