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You Missed the American Orient Express?

Updated on April 20, 2009

Perhaps one of the most famous dinner trains in the states was The American Orient Express. Bankruptcy brought about its demise, but there are still several dinner trains operating throughout North America. All aboard! Explore the perks of rail travel with three of the most popular dinner trains.

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, Bardstown, Kentucky

Enjoy fine dining in vintage 1940s era dining cars. The dinner menu features a four course meal with your choice of entrees, including Basil Cream Chicken, Parmesan CrustedTilapia , Signature My Old Kentucky Dinner Train Prime Rib and Roast Loin of Pork. For lunch, you might enjoy a traditional Kentucky Hot Brown. This Kentucky favorite is made with toasted bread topped with sugar cured ham and turkey breast, homemade cheese sauce and bacon and tomato, then baked until it is bubbly and golden brown before serving.Sit back, relax, return to a time when life was slower, travel was by train, and train travel, luxury style was the only way to go. Children under five years of age cannot be accommodated for safety reasons.

The Old Road Dinner Train, Two Locations: Blissfield and Charlotte, Michigan

Board this historic train for an evening of fine dining and entertainment, rated a 5 star experience every year since 2003. The Old Road Dinner Train has the distinction of being the longest operating dinner train in North America.

The Blissfield Train makes a 12 mile journey through the scenic Michigan countryside while you enjoy a five course meal. Entree selections vary with the seasons. The winter menu offers prime rib, seared salmon, chicken breast with tarragon mustard sauce, and wild mushroom linguine.

As the Charlotte Train takes a leisurely, two to two and a half hour trip around town, you will enjoy a five course meal while being entertained by a troupe of actors performing a murder mystery/comedy. The menu selections include prime rib, grilled tuna with sesame seeds andponzu sauce and chicken breast with tarragon mustard sauce.

Both trains feature a cash bar.

Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa, California

Travel one of the nation's only active, historic, passenger railroads as you enjoy an exquisite dining experience, and hard to find, regional wines. The Napa Valley Wine Train has been voted The Best Place to Take Visitors. The train features a lounge car, as well restored, historic dining cars, on board wine tasting and meals prepared by locally famous Chef Kelly Macdonald . Enjoy the freshest seasonal ingredients and earth friendly produce, humanely raised meats, and line caught or responsibly farmed fish, prepared to your specifications. The on-board wine tasting bar serves more than 100 wines.

Several options await you. The Gourmet Express, in 1915-1917 Pullman Cars, offers a three or four course meal and dessert served either in the dining car or lounge car. The Vista Dome Dinner is served in 1947 Pullman domed rail car, features sparkling wine and a four course dinner of your choice. TheSilverado car, an open air, a la carte dining experience. Daily wine tours and special events, including seasonal wine tastings, lunch excursions with a local Napa vintner, and a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.

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