Front Range Explorers - 2016

High Iron's Front-Range Explorers special train at Slayton, WY June 3, 2016.

2016 High Iron Travel Review

High Iron ran several “rare mileage” trips during 2016.

Our frequent “Explores” trips cover railroad freight mileage unavailable on Amtrak. This year’s “Front Range Explorers” (the 17th such Explorer trip), ran over 3,500 miles from Ft. Worth, Texas to Minneapolis exclusively on BNSF track, lines that were formerly Ft. Worth & Denver, Colorado & Southern, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, Northern Pacific and Great Northern. The entire trip, which stopped overnight in Amarillo, TX, Denver CO, Gillette, WY, Forsyth, MT and Minot, ND, was on freight-only trackage, except for a brief stretch from Snowden, MT to Minot, ND. Our seven-car train, shown below, carried 50 “Explorers” plus a crew of 16 in historic Pullman luxury. We ate our meals in an ex-New York Central dining car and had libations in the ex-Santa Fe full-length dome. The open-platform Caritas brought up the rear.

In September the Caritas participated in the annual AAPRCO convention train that ran from Denver to Spokane via Wyoming’s Wind River Canyon. The train consisted of 21 privately-owned rail cars that included business cars, sleeping cars, observation cars and domes. Two days were spent in Livingston, MT so participants could visit Yellowstone National Park. Missoula, MT was another layover day to tour the local rail interests. At the end of the Spokane meeting, the participating cars went home on scheduled Amtrak trains.

Travel in 1940's Pullman style and comfort aboard the Caritas or one of our other fine cars on a first class excursion.

High Iron Travel specializes in unique tours by rail, and features first-class service

For over 25 years, High Iron’s special trains have visited the far corners and out-of-the-way places of North America. From the tall timbers of Oregon, to the wilds of the Yucatan, to the stately peaks of the Canadian Rockies, the Caritas and accompanying Pullman and Dome Cars have delighted adventurous travelers and railway enthusiasts.

Join us on one of our scheduled tours, or let us create a special tour for your group

Click on the Schedule page to see what’s in store in the near future. We always look forward to our next trip and you can too, by getting on our mailing list (just click here). But we can also develop a special trip for you and your group, using our fine railcars in a special train, or as a separate section of an Amtrak train. Either way, you will travel and sleep in Pullman safety and comfort, and you’ll enjoy fresh food prepared on board, continuing a long tradition of railroad dining experiences.


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Phone: (608) 285-5489

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Waunakee, WI 53597

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Current Happenings

Boston Trip, April 13

Photo courtesy: Andrew Wirth


New additions to the fleet, qualified for up to 110 mph and fully Amtrak certified:

Sky View DomeSCENIC VIEW and SKY VIEW are former Santa Fe full-length dome cars, and feature unsurpassed viewing for 66 guests from the upper level with a full kitchen table seating for 22 on the lower level. Both cars are available for 2012 trips and charters.

is a former Illinois Central parlor/club car which has been upgraded with a master room, two double bedrooms, and a full kitchen.