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Luxury Train to Ply the Rails in Canada and New England

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March 31, 2002|Jane Engle

A new luxury railway company using vintage cars will begin tours of New England and Eastern Canada on June 7.

The Acadian Railway Co., based in Houston, is the brainchild of Texan J.R. Parten, whose Train Collection Inc. has marketed fall and winter train tours of Mexico's Copper Canyon since 1993.

Cars from the Mexican operation are being renovated and transferred north for the summer-to-fall New England and Canada tours. One train, the Acadian, will have 11 rebuilt stainless-steel cars from the 1940s and '50s, including a domed dining car. A second train, the Lake Champlain, will consist of up to three vintage cars attached to Amtrak's Adirondack train.

A range of train tours, from two to eight nights, will depart Boston; New York; Portland, Maine; Montreal; and Halifax in Canada's Nova Scotia province. Some include travel on routes operated by Amtrak, Canada's VIA Rail and Conway Scenic Railway in New Hampshire. There also will be trips lasting up to 11 nights that combine rail travel with coastal cruises by the Carnival, Regal, Holland America and Scotia Prince lines.

Prices begin at $799 a person, double occupancy, for two-night trips. Call (800) 659-7602, www.acadianrailway.com.

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