Trips & Trends

Wild West Train

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Courtesy: Strasburg Rail Road

Courtesy: Strasburg Rail Road

You don’t have to rent a movie to be transported back to the Wild, Wild West. You can actually experience it for real.

For some  thrills n’ chills, take a ride on the historic Strasburg Rail Road in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. On certain days, a gang of robbers is expected to come aboard.  Unsuspecting passengers will be given “loot” to carry on the train, only to have it taken from them during the ride. Law enforcement will be on hand to keep the peace and see that justice is served.

Not to worry: The thieves are really actors, and the trip promises to be a lot of fun. Passengers are encouraged to hand extra loot over to the robbers for a good cause — helping to fight childhood cancer at  Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

There are two opportunities to catch this wild ride: July 25 at 5pm, and  October 23 at 4 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults, $10  for children 3-11,  and $3 for children under 3.

Lancaster County is about an hour from Philadelphia.

Information: www.StrasburgRailRoad.com or 717-687-7522.

Courtesy: Grand Canyon Railway

Courtesy: Grand Canyon Railway

A vintage train can also take you through the real West — to the fabled Grand Canyon in Arizona.

The Grand Canyon Railway has been chugging between the town of Williams, Arizona, and the southern edge of the canyon almost continuously since 1901. The two-and-a-half hour trip covers 65 miles of track through classic Old West territory. Not only is it an old-fashioned way to get to the Grand Canyon, it has also reduced car traffic in the area.

Guests ride in vintage cars in one of four classes of service. Here, too, even the most-pampered passengers are at the mercy of pretend train robbers, and are caught in the middle of a staged shootout. Again, all in good fun.

Roundtrip rates range from $70  for adults and $40 for children to luxury parlor cars for adults, at a price of $190. There is a senior citizen discount.

The train operates every day except Christmas.

Information: www.thetrain.com or 800-THE-TRAIN (843-8724).

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