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Train ride between Chicago and Milwaukee gets a retro twist

Retro rail car
Passengers can take a trip back in time on a vintage dome rail car that will travel between Chicago and Milwaukee on July 16.
(APRHF Rail Rangers)
Chicago Tribune

Most people take the trip from Chicago to Milwaukee as quickly and mindlessly as possible, whether zipping up Interstate 94 at 70 miles an hour — or, let’s be honest, 70-plus miles an hour — or riding Amtrak or Megabus with eyes buried in an electronic device.

On July 16, the trip slows considerably.

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The American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation Rail Rangers (www.railrangers.org), a nonprofit railroad history group, is offering the chance to ride Amtrak’s Hiawatha line in a ‘50s-era dome railroad car between downtown Chicago and downtown Milwaukee. Designed to show off the broad views of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, the train car will instead take passengers past the likes of Glenview, Sturtevant, Wis., and the Milwaukee airport before reaching its destination.

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The ride will include an interpretive program and route guide for passengers to help explain the passing landmarks.

Trips depart Union Station at 8:25 a.m. (returning at 12:29 p.m.), 1:05 p.m. (returning at 4:29 p.m.) and 5:08 p.m. (returning at 9:04 p.m.). Ticket packages start at $179. For more information or tickets, contact Robert Tabern, executive director of APRHF Rail Rangers at railrangers@rtabern.com.

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