Pullman Rail Journeys

Authentic. Restored. Experience the revival of a true American rail icon.

Board an original, 1950’s vintage Pullman rail car and return to a more carefree time when the journey was just as important as the destination. Relax and let us cater to your dining, lounging and slumber experience aboard Pullman Rail Journeys. Each classic Pullman sleeping car has been restored as historically accurate as possible upholding the Pullman tradition of streamline-moderne style, safety and comfort. Power outlets and wireless internet access have been added for modern convenience.

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From the moment you board, our attentive crew of Pullman Porters is dedicated to providing the highest level of service.  Classic American dining based on original Illinois Central Railroad menus of the period and engaging social settings are essential elements of your journey. From spirits and snacks in the Club Car available throughout the trip to freshly prepared meals in the Dining Car, we provide attentive, competent 24-hour service included in the price of your Pullman ticket.

Choose from a variety of sleeping accommodations aboard our streamliner cars.  We offer Master Bedrooms with a full sized bed, Bedrooms with berths for one or two guests, and Roomettes ideal for one traveler.   Having been manufactured to the standards of the original railroad on which they served, the features of the rooms vary with the character of each car; all guests have access to showers.

Pullman Rail Journeys offers once-weekly one-way or roundtrip service between Chicago and New Orleans.  Enjoy Chicago’s world-class shopping along the Magnificent Mile, cultural attractions, ethnic neighborhoods and cuisine.  Views of the Chicago skyline and rivers transform to pastoral farmland and the mighty Mississippi River.  Gaze at Lake Pontchartrain before arrival in New Orleans, a mélange of French and Spanish culture unique to the American South.  Renowned for Garden District architecture and festivities of the Vieux Care, Cajun and Creole cuisine, and riverboats on the Mississippi; it is a magnetic destination.



Race for the Roses

29-Derby 08-by dan DRYThe longest running annual horse race in the United States and the granddaddy of them all, the Kentucky Derby has run since 1872 and transcended sports to become an American Icon.  A global “Bucket List” event, you are within reach of attending this 2016 exclusive experience including a roundtrip aboard a special departure of Pullman Rail Journeys.

Your Exclusive Roundtrip Itinerary
Travel in style to the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Depart Chicago and travel on Pullman’s luxury rail cars directly into Downtown Louisville, Kentucky, home of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. Your trip begins by checking in with your Pullman Host on board before departure.

Louisville Visitors Center on 4th Street - Moberly PhotographyIn Louisville
Named after King Louis XVI of France and one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountains, upon arrival in Louisville, you will tour the local sites of Louisville with a local guide. Stops include admission to the Louisville Slugger Factory Tour & Museum and the award winning Muhammad Ali Museum. In the afternoon, we will also wet your whistle with a tasting of local and famous Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. In the afternoon, the Pegasus Parade begins at 5:00 pm. This Parade is a long standing tradition that kicks off the racing weekend.

On Friday and Saturday, you will have tickets and PRIVATE transportation included to both the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby races. Along with your admission, you will have one-time access to the VIP Citation Lounge located just a short distance from your seats. The lounge will have a cash bar with betting kiosks and closed circuit television.

Louisville Accommodations
Hotel availability and proximity to the Derby is no concern as your sleeping accommodations while in Louisville will be on board the train. While on board, your Pullman host will serve drinks and cocktails nightly until 10:00 pm. Dining while stationed in Louisville will be on your own providing you the flexibility to enjoy local restaurants and night spots as you please.