"Adventure class tickets are a value that can't be beat. A concert and an unforgettable ride through the most beautiful part of Colorado, all for just ten dollars," said Ryan Weeks, Passenger Services Manager of Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. "It's a great value for families on a budget or for anyone looking for a getaway that won't break the bank. There's more to love than just the price, though. The open-air car gives you a great sense of what it was like to ride the rails back in the 19th century when frills were reserved for only the wealthiest passengers. Hold onto your hats because this is authentic historic rail travel."
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad's 2011 Mountain Rails Live Summer Concert Series takes passengers to Fir Station, in the pristine Spanish Peaks, where a variety of artists perform at an amphitheater powered completely by wind and solar energy. Traditional chuck-wagon lunches are available at the concert site and food is also available on the train. The 2011 concert series includes artists ranging from contemporary Christian, western, folk to rock and roll. Some of the artists scheduled for the 2011 season include Trout Fishing in America, John McCutcheon, Michael Martin Murphey, Weavermania, The Rifters, Michael Hearne, Phil Stacey and Barry Ward, among others. A full listing of performances and opening acts is available at www.riograndescenicrailroad.com.
Passengers can also upgrade their tickets from Adventure Class to enjoy a more luxurious ride to and from the summer concerts:
Club Car passengers experience the ultimate concertgoer excursion with food, on-board musicians and a gift bag.
Dome Class passengers experience retro rides in classic dome-topped cars with all-around views, table-side food and beverage service.
Coach Class passengers experience the comfort of air-conditioning in historic passenger cars with excellent views.
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad depot is located at 610 State Ave., Alamosa, Colo. To purchase tickets or for more information call 877.726.RAIL or visit www.riograndescenicrailroad.com or on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad conducts fun, nostalgic and entertainment-filled train excursions through one of the most beautiful and historic areas of the Rocky Mountain region. Founded in 1878 as the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, it played a critical role in the region's development for decades and today provides memorable trips from Alamosa to the Spanish Peaks and the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad will host numerous special events during 2011, including a summer concert series onboard the trains, the Rails & Ales Brewfest, special steam trains to Antonito and Monte Vista, Saturday evening dinner trains, a Photo Spectacular excursion, and much more. The Rio Grande's sister railways include the Mount Hood Railroad in the Columbia River Gorge, the Copper Spike Train in Arizona, the Saratoga and North Creek Railroad in New York State and the West Texas Polar ExpressT and charter excursions with High Iron Travel. For more information, visit www.riograndescenicrailroad.com.
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