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THE ELEGANT EXPRESS

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Lee E. Brenner Car Per Couple (Age 21+)
$300
Henry K. Long Car Per Couple (Age 21+)
$350

Sophisticated Dining Experience at the Strasburg Rail Road

Rich Edwardian elegance comes alive at America’s oldest continuously operating railroad. This unique dining experience is designed to give you an elegant and sophisticated dining experience for you and your significant other.

Enjoy a sophisticated and romantic dining experience on either the Henry K. Long or Lee E. Brenner Dining Cars. You and your significant other will indulge in a select menu prepared by the Executive Chef and Sous Chef of Café 1832 and personally presented by a member of the Café’s Executive Team.

Reserve your spot at one of Lancaster County’s most unique dining experiences!

February 11 – 12
March 11 – 12
April 7 – 8

Inclusions:

  • A sophisticated dining experience aboard the historic Lee E. Brenner Dining Car
  • A 45-minute train ride through the picturesque Amish Country with time after the train ride to savor the flavors of your meal.
  • A select menu prepared by Café 1832 (see the menu offering below) with a personal First Class attendant
  • Two (2) complimentary glasses of wine (or non-alcoholic drink), per person. Wine is provided by Waltz Vineyards. Additional alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase.

Menu:

Starters
– Assorted local cheeses, cured meats, smoked pork belly, fresh fruit, and crackers
– Shrimp cocktail

Entrées (choice of):
All main entrées are served with the Chef’s choice of starch and vegetable.

  • Beef Wellington – seared filet of beef topped with mushroom duxelles wrapped in puff pastry and served with a burgundy wine demi. Cooked to medium/medium rare. (Make it “surf and turf” and add a Chesapeake Bay Style Lump Crab Cake for $20.)
  • Lobster Raviolifresh pasta pillows stuffed with cold water lobster and ricotta in a lobster cream sauce finished with freshly shaved Locatelli parm.
  • Chicken Marsalalightly floured chicken breast with sauteed Kennett Square mushrooms in a buttery marsala wine sauce. 
  • Vegetable Lasagnafreshly pressed pasta sheets layered with garden root vegetables with a creamy alfredo sauce finished with blistered tomato.

Add a Chesapeake Bay Style Lump Crab Cake to any entrée for $20.

Sweets (choice of):

  • Cheesecake Basque
  • Molten Chocolate Cake
  • Crème Brulé

Style of Dining:

Henry K. Long, Car No. 75: Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and/or desserts in the large, plush lounge-style captains chairs and the entrée portion of your meal at the dining tables with inlaid wood.
Lee E. Brenner, Car No. 93: Enjoy the dining experience aboard the historic dining car.

Dress Code:  Smart Casual, Business, or Semi-Formal

Cars:

The Henry K. Long Lounge/Dining Car:

Strasburg Rail Road’s First Class Lounge Car No. 75 is among the most popular cars in our fleet. It serves as both a lounge and dining car with one side configured with large, green captain’s chairs and the second half with tables for a private dining experience. Just like Strasburg’s Marian, the Henry K. Long, car #75 originally ran on the Boston & Main Railroad until 1972. After it was retired from service on the B&M Railroad, it was sold to the Strasburg Rail Road where two years later, the car entered service on the Strasburg and as the Henry K. Long, named in honor of the first president of the revived Strasburg Rail Road Company, Henry Keiper Long.

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The Lee E. Brenner Dining Car:

The Lee E. Brenner Dining Car — America’s oldest operating all-wood dining railcar — recreates the traditional dining experience you would have experienced aboard an early 20th-century railroad. During the Edwardian era, dining on the rails was quite sophisticated. What now serves as Strasburg Rail Road’s dining car was built by the Laconia Car Company in 1926 and ran on the Boston & Maine Railroad until 1972. After its retirement in 1972, it arrived at the Strasburg Rail Road. It was rebuilt in 1993 and renamed for Strasburg’s second president, Lee E. Brenner.

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Please note that all Elegant Express passengers must be age 21 or older with a proper photo ID to board the train. Each guest will be carded pursuant to state law. In addition, in accordance with Pennsylvania law, alcohol can only be served during the train ride. Alcoholic drinks must be consumed before exiting the train; alcohol is not permitted off the train. Strasburg Rail Road is not permitted to serve alcoholic drinks while the train is berthed in the Station.