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Dec 7th 2013
Each Saturday in December, Alki Tours, located in West Seattle, operates the ONLY day-trip train that goes from Seattle to the winter wonderland of Leavenworth to see the annual Tree Lighting Festival. On each departure, eight hundred passengers board the train to enjoy a catered continental breakfast, onboard entertainment including strolling musicians, magicians and of course Santa. Near the 4000 foot summit, the train will transit Cascade Tunnel-the second longest in North America. At approximately 12:30pm, the train will roll to a stop in Leavenworth.
There is no place like Leavenworth during the Christmas season. The town is dressed to the hilt for Christmas with chestnuts roasting on an open fire, carolers strolling the streets, food booths, sleigh rides, local crafts, outdoor entertainment and more! At dusk, everyone gathers to sing "Silent Night" and witness the lighting of the village as it is transformed into a magical sea of lights. After, we'll reboard the train for a cozy trip home. A catered dinner is served on the return trip and the entertainment will continue.
Please read the following information before booking your Snow Train excursion.
We would like to thank both Amtrak and Burlington Northern for allowing this special opportunity to run a daylight train to Leavenworth during the Christmas Season.
The Snow Train is not your ordinary excursion train. We operate on heavily used Burlington Northern tracks between Seattle and Chicago and are subject to Burlington Northern dispatch. The following information is to help orientate you on how the Snow Train operates. While we try to cover most of the major information and questions, you can be certain the following information cannot possible cover all the circumstances that may arise.
If you have any other questions please submit them after you have read the following information.
Dec 7th 2013
Dome and Premium Seats will either be at tables in the Silver Lariat, or tables or cocktail style seats in the Amtrak full dome car Premium Seats are in the Silver Lariat or Cafe Cars. Silver Lariat - www.calzephyrrailcar.com
Also available for private parties "The Silver Solarium" The Silver Solarium consists of lounge & Dome seating Maximum Occupancy 45 **- www.calzephyrrailcar.com *
*Must be reserved well in advance - Call for details *
*Train car configuration and cars are subject to change*
******Sample Snow Train Documents, subject to change******
Dear Guest, It is a pleasure to welcome you aboard the "Snow Train" to Leavenworth featuring some of the most spectacular scenery in the state. The following are answers to many questions regarding the "Snow Train". Please note that the following information is subject to change without notice.
What to wear...
Your Carry-On Items...
Your Tour Director...
Beverages and Snacks...
Dinner - ***Sample Menu - Subject to Change***|
A chilled gourmet dinner will be served to you in your seat tonight after we clear the 7.8 mile long Cascade tunnel. Your dinner will include: Asian Chicken Salad, hearty wheat roll, fresh-cut fruit cup, beverage, and Gretchen's fabulous desert. Vegetarian meals must be requested at time of booking your trip departure. We are sorry we cannot guarantee any other special meal requests.
Meals on your own...
Inside the station, there is no need to "check in" or stand in line. Boarding announcements will be made prior to the trip departure. As you approach the train, notice that the cars are labeled alphabetically. Proceed to the car designated on your boarding pass. At the train side, an Alki Tours representative will check you and your traveling companions in and seat you. This will be your seat assignment for the entire trip. (Please note: single and odd numbered parties will be required to share seating and may need to be re-seated). ******Physically challenged people, please call our office for additional information****** If you fail to board the train at your designated station you may not be able to be seated with your traveling companions. Parties boarding at different location may not be able to be seated together.
Please note Train doors will close 10 minutes prior to departure. Actual departure time is subject to clearance by Burlington Northern Dispatch
OTHER IMPORTANT SNOW TRAIN INFORMATION
Snow Train tickets are not refundable for any reason unless ALKI TOURS cancels the departure. Please do not listen to any news reports or other sources of information regarding trains. If you have any questions as to whether the Snow Train is operating please show up at the station and send someone into the station before you pay for parking to verify the train is operating. In the event of a mudslide we will mostly likely be able to operate buses from Seattle/Edmonds to Everett to begin our journey If the Snow Train departs the station no refunds, partial refunds or credits of any kind will be given regardless whether the train makes it to Leavenworth or not. While this has never happened...Please consider this before paying for your reservation.
Traveling by Washington State Ferry to the train station?
Some common questions
For these questions there are too many different answers to list. Sometimes we are not informed why we have been stopped as situations may change on the tracks. We are subject to Burlington Northern dispatch and they are trying to keep us on schedule. Each train car has a car attendant equipped with a radio. If you have a question please contact you car attendant and they can radio the conductor to find out if the answer if available.
We have a high percentage of repeat Snow Train riders, We hope you enjoy your Snow Train trip and will do everything we can to make your trip enjoyable and return for years to come.
If you have any questions or comments please submit them here.
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