Private rail travel for the discriminating traveler.
|In today's fast-paced world of one-minute managing, microwave meals and mass-marketed travel, the Francis L. Suter provides an opportunity to see the world in an environment of bygone taste and elegance. Originally built by the Pullman Company in 1914 to cater to the travel needs of Pennsylvania Railroad presidents and executives, this privately-owned business rail car is available for your family or group's exclusive conveyance wherever your dreams may take you.|
For over five decades, Pennsylvania Railroad
Business Car 7503 served PRR presidents and
vice-presidents as a rolling, 90-ton office on wheels
across the vast PRR system. Outfitted to function as an
office to the railroad official, his secretary
and crew, it also boasted all the elegant
appointments necessary to entertain visiting
shippers and dignitaries. Kept virtually intact
over the years and spared the dubious
modernization so popular in the Fifties and
Sixties, the Class Z74 car was rescued from
a neglected side rail in 1983. Suffering from
extensive rust and water damage, it has
undergone a series of structural and cosmetic
restorations, much of it lovingly performed by
hand and under the watchful eye of the
Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society. From
its original nickel-plated fixtures and Italian marble
sinks, to its working brass fireplace and porter
call box, Pennsylvania Railroad Car 7503--reborn as the
Charter your own tour.
See North America from a vantage point like no other. The Francis L. Suter can take you and your group wherever the rails travel. Charter your rail car for an evening of entertaining corporate customers, a day of sightseeing with family and friends, a weekend at a bowl game, or an extended tour of the country. A veritable hotel on wheels, the Francis L. Suter can bring you an itinerary customized to your wants and needs. With no transfers to contend with and no hassles of packing and unpacking, the Francis L. Suter can travel as short a distance as Lancaster County's scenic Strasburg-Paradise shortline or across the Amtrak system and beyond.
For Groups of 6 to 16.
Step into the Francis L. Suter, and step back in time. From the whistle-stop open platform, you'll enter a cozy parlor with comfortable sidechairs, tables and the only original working fireplace on rails in the country. Adjoining this room are the sleeping areas. All fully air-conditioned, the President's Stateroom features a full double bed, bureau, closet, shower and toilet. The Secretary's Room has facing seats with a table for daytime, converting to upper and lower berths for night. There's also a closet, drawer space, toilet and washbasin, with keyed access to the President's shower when not in use.
The dining room--a great place to congregate--boasts a full-size table and chairs. A public bathroom with toilet and washbasin is conveniently adjacent. The dining room is also equipped with two additional beds which lower from the wall, each with its own reading light and storage area.
Fine Food and Fare.
With a vintage callbell system at your fingertips, your two-person staff will be at your beck and call throughout your trip. From light refreshments to complete meals, everything will be prepared to your individual preferences. From moist breads and crisp rolls baked each day to fresh produce from local markets along the way to fine wines and other beverages, your dining experience will be a memorable part of your journey.
Your steward and chef have their own quarters, connecting with the car's kitchen. The original coal stove has been replaced with a modern range and the coal bin adapted for food and equipment storage. A full week of provisions for eight can be stored there and in the large refrigerator and freezer space.
Rekindle your romance with the rails.
Think of the Francis L. Suter as your private cruise liner. A party of six will find that it's comparably priced but promises a tapestry of scenery, memories and elegance long forgotten. Leisurely yet stylish, your custom excursion will have you and your group living in the lap of yesteryear luxury.