Polar Smith Express 2018

Announcing a Winter Snow Spectacular Tour February 2018 – Save Your Seat!


Join Lowell & Barb February 1-6, 2018 for this Charter Rail Adventure


Take in the view of California’s Donner Pass, Utah’s Soldier Summit, and cross the Continental Divide high in the Colorado Rockies, all in the heart of winter!  Gaze at the spectacular Glenwood Canyon, Gore Canyon and Byers Canyon from your own private railcar. Experience ‘Winter on the Railroad’ as few ever get to, in our own California Zephyr Vista Dome! 


In Denver, relax and take it in, or, ride over Mike Danneman’s Moffat Road where there is always guaranteed snowfall!


As in all our past trips, there will be amazing food, as well as plenty of hot chocolate and hot coffee!

Our private Zephyr cars have been run will in the minus degrees so this is not a ‘test run’. 

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How to Get On Board

Add your name to the ‘interested list’ in the form below.

This does NOT assure you a space on the trip. But your name is added in the order of response.

Once there are enough interested in this trip, plus extra for stand-by to fill our private ’Polar Smith Express’ train, you will be sent a ‘followup to confirm’ email to the address you used.

That email you will need to reply to quickly, to confirm your place.

At that point, when enough are confirmed,  a deposit will be required.  This deposit is fully refundable up to 120 days prior to the trip. After that, it is refundable when a person from the stand-by list occupies your place should you need to cancel.

All seats will be reserved. Everybody gets a seat in the Vista Dome!

Fare includes Private Car first-class round trip rail travel, all food onboard, charter bus tour to Mike Danneman’s Moffat Road, a world class N scale model railroad. Bring your own ‘private car’ to tour his line!

FARE – $2,800

One Way? If there are enough folks that can only make it one direction, just say so and we will see if we can match east/west bound riders to make it work out for you. A One Way Fare is estimated at this time to be $1700 and still includes the Denver charter to Danneman’s Moffat Road. No guarantees unless we can match O.W. trips with other travelers.

I believe there could be enough interest in this trip to take four cars. Two dome cars, two sleeper cars. Your name will be added to the passenger list in the order of your response. You will be notified where you are on the list after the dust settles so you can have a sense of commitment, or if you are on the second cars stand-by list. EVERYBODY gets a dome seat and private bedroom!

Tell your friends and family! Come enjoy this ‘trip-of-a-lifetime’!


Thursday, February 1, 2018

9:10 a.m.(est) Depart Emeryville, CA (Oakland)

Our private cars are pulled by the California Zephyr to Denver.

Arrive at Denver 2/2/18

Spend 2 nights and 2 days in Denver

depart Denver Monday, February 5, 2018

Return to Emeryville, CA Tuesday 2/6/18