Big Boy Excursion Tickets Are Available, And They Ain't Cheap

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Big Boy Excursion Tickets Are Available, And They Ain't Cheap

Postby SOO2719 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:14 pm

Article is not behind paywall:

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2019/04/12-big-boy-excursion-tickets-details-3000-for-coach-5000-for-dome

The coach seating had better be exceptional for a passenger to pony up three grand for a coach seat.
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Re: Big Boy Excursion Tickets Are Available, And They Ain't Cheap

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Re: Big Boy Excursion Tickets Are Available, And They Ain't Cheap

Postby SOO2719 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:11 pm

But what average John or Jane Q. Railfan has three grand to spare for such an excursion? I sure don't.
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Re: Big Boy Excursion Tickets Are Available, And They Ain't Cheap

Postby Mark D » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:39 am

Even if I had that kind of money I wouldn't spend it on that. Reason? Because if I were to go spend money on things like that I wouldn't have that money for very long.
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Re: Big Boy Excursion Tickets Are Available, And They Ain't Cheap

Postby Charles T. McCullough » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:48 am

I guess there is some value to riding IN a car pulled by a steam locomotive, but you can't see the locomotive from the inside of a car behind it. Steam is to be SEEN! If I had that kind of money, I'd hire a helicopter to fly me beside the engine while it was running... unfortunately, that would cause the loss of the "FEEL" of the engine running as well as ruin the photos/videos of all the other railfans that can't afford to buy a seat behind the engine.

Wonder what it would be like to run a Big-Boy at 90-MPH on a treadmill?
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Re: Big Boy Excursion Tickets Are Available, And They Ain't Cheap

Postby Millhouse » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:40 pm

I've a feeling these prices are due to it being the inaugural run. Can't prove it, though.

Let's see if they drop after May is done. Or even just start of the steam season next year. And not to say they'll still be reasonable, just more reasonable than they are now.

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Re: Big Boy Excursion Tickets Are Available, And They Ain't Cheap

Postby Charles T. McCullough » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:58 pm

I m sure the prices are what the market will bear... if they have actually sold out, then the market sure did bear it!

How many dome seats are there, anyway? How many passengers got a free seat (CEO, VP's, etc.)? What about Coach seats?
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Re: Big Boy Excursion Tickets Are Available, And They Ain't Cheap

Postby Mark D » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:15 am

I suspect the U.P. will stuff the train with customers and vendors first. Only after those seats are filled will they sell the rest to the ticket paying public. And the ticket paying public will pay through the nose to help offset the costs.

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