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Track-Side Lodging | Dinner Trains | Rail Travel | Recommended Reading | Rail Organizations


Track-Side Lodging

Original accommodations that will appeal to both the discriminating train buff and the entire family.  You found them at Rail Merchants!

Depot Inn and Suites

Depot Inn & Suites - Themed after an 1800s Railroad Depot, our hotel is landscaped with many railroad-related antiques including authentic luggage carts, a handcar, and a motor car.

Within a short distance of the hotel is an excellent lookout for watching trains, the "Chris Guenzler Millionth Mile Lookout Point". See details at the Silver Rails Resort website.

Click here to see webcams mounted nearby which look up and down the BNSF tracks.

1245 North Brown Street
LaPlata, MO 63549
660.332.4669 or toll-free at 888.814.3669




The Catawissa Railroad Company - If You Are Looking For Something That's Apart From The Rest! And you been working very long hours for a very long time, get away from it all, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, away from phones and faxes. You've come to the right place!

(570) 356-2345




Caboose Junction Resort - Nestled right in the heart of the Ozarks on the shores of beautiful Tablerock Lake, accommodations consist of six original and unique 1907 Santa Fe railroad cabooses that have been completely remodeled inside and out to provide all the modern conveniences of home while still maintaining a touch of the old historic look and feel of the original railroad.

(417) 779-4250






Izaak Walton Inn - Built in 1939 to accommodate train crews servicing the Great Northern Railway, the Inn is a railfans haven. Fifty feet from our front door is a working rail yard. Snuggled in between Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness, our surroundings also provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy nature in its natural form.

P.O. Box 653
Essex, Montana 59916
(406) 888-5700




Maplelag Resort - The Home of the Cabooses! We now have two cabooses "up and running", the Great Northern X-85 and the Milwaukee Road 02118. They are most comfortable with a complete shower equipped bathroom, electric heat, and a double bed. The Great Northern caboose also has a double bed "up the ladder" in the cupola. The Switch Master plans to move five more cabooses in: a Northern Pacific, a Soo Line, and three more Milwaukee cabooses. Make reservations early as these cabooses go quickly!

30501 Maplelag Road
Callaway, MN 56521-9643




Train Station Inn - A unique country inn along Nova Scotia's Sunrise Trail. At the Train Station Inn you'll step back in time to the romantic era of steam engines. You can actually sleep in one of our railway cabooses!

21 Station Road
P.O. Box 67
Tatamagouche, NS
1-888-Railbed (1-888-724-5233)




Dinner Trains

Satisfy your appetite with a unique rail expedition. A true dining experience combined with breathtaking scenery. There are about 91 dinner trains in the United States, and more around the world. You can find a list on the dinnertrains.com website, hosted by TrainWeb, Inc.

Just one example, in Iowa, is the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad Dinner Train.

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad Dinner Train




Rail Travel

All aboard!  Plan and book your personal rail excursion.
Discover the romance of rail travel for the first time or all over again.  You found it at Rail Merchants!

Allow Rail Merchants International to assist you in planning and booking your next rail expedition.  Put our vast experience and extensive contacts to work for you. Choose from one of our private cars or a vintage private train, the American Orient Express.  Fulfill your dream of rail travel today.

Our private cars are at your command.  See the country side as it was meant to be seen, at "see level," through oversize windows or from an open platform.  Your every desire perfectly catered to by an experienced chef and attendant.  The perfect choice for an unforgettable vacation or honeymoon.

Caritas Caritas

The American Orient Express returns you to the romantic days of deluxe rail travel aboard America's most beautiful private train.  Its vintage rail cars from the streamliner era once again glisten with mahogany and brass.  Passengers are pampered with gracious service, gourmet meals and a congenial, club-like atmosphere.

Orient Express Orient Express

Contact us today for a personalized consultation designed to answer your rail needs.




Recommended Reading and Viewing

The location for information and entertainment for the whole family.  You found it at Rail Merchants


Amazon.Com - Suppling the rail-related books and videos you're looking for at a savings.  Watch for our up-coming book reviews.

Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine - An award-winning site for children, Thomas the Tank Engine will delight your family.  Tune in for fun and games with Thomas, Sir Topham Hatt, and their friends.




Railroad Related Organizations

From historic societies to private railcar owner associations, you're sure to find a common interest within.  You found it at Rail Merchants!

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National Railway Historical Society- North America's Leader in Rail History, Preservation and Enjoyment.  Photographing or preserving locomotives...riding or running trains...reading or researching history...there's something for you in the National Railway Historical Society.




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Railroad & Locomotive Historical Society - Our mission is to preserve and disseminate railroad history.  In addition to gathering railroad rolling stock for preservation, the Society maintains an extensive archival collection, containing over 500,000 photographs, engravings, timetables, broadslides, lithographs and other related material.




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Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums (ATRRM) - ATRRM fosters the development and operation of these unique preservation efforts through education, research, and the free exchange of information among members.





Trains Online - The power, history, and drama of North America's railroads come alive in TRAINS Magazine.  Great writing and exciting photographs take you to trackside for a front-row view of all the action.



American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners - In years gone by, first-class service aboard the fine trains of North America was a given, included with the purchase of your ticket.  Those trains of yesteryear are just fond memories now, but you can find out more about the luxurious world of "Private Varnish" through AAPRCO.