America would not be what it is today if it wasn't for the railroad. As the first large means of transportation from one side of the country to the other, trains have always had an important part in American society. It boosted the industrial revolution in the early 1800s, sped up the mail service astronomically, and in the 1940s, was the main transportation method for sending WWII soldiers to the coasts to fight in the Pacific Theater and European Theater.
Once the war ended, train companies saw their passenger count plummet. More people were using their own automobiles to explore the country as well as take vacations to far off places using airplanes. According to American Railroads, passenger traffic declined from 770 million to 298 million in only a few years after the war.
While the railroad industry has changed significantly in the past few decades, some train companies are bringing back the thrill of riding on a luxurious train. For over 30 years, the R.J. Corman Railroad Company has been serving up bourbon and dinner in a stylish 1940s railcar.
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train
Step back in time on My Old Kentucky Dinner Train. Located in Bardstown, the bourbon capital of the world, My Old Kentucky Dinner Train brings guests back to the time when train travel was leisurely and train riders would dress for dinner in the dining cars.
Once aboard, sit at one of the lush dining tables and watch the Kentucky countryside. Pass through the Bernheim Forest, over a wooden trestle bridge, and even take a peek at the Four Roses and Jim Beam distilleries out your large window.
Passengers experience a fine dining experience like no other during this 2 1/2 hour train ride. The menu changes with the seasons, making each ride unique. The train offers both a lunch and dinner service, with a three-course lunch and a four-course meal at dinner.
During lunch, passengers can begin their meal with the Golden Spike Salad, the train's house salad served with mixed greens, grape tomatoes, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, banana peppers, and golden spike dressing. Lunch entrees include the famous Kentucky HotBrown and Shrimp and Grits. And for dessert try the apple dumpling served with a homemade cinnamon sauce or the Derby Pie.
There's plenty of dinner entrées to choose from. Passengers can order Prime Rib, Honey Glazed Chicken, Hazelnut Brandied Pork, Pan Seared Scallops or Vegetarian Chicken as their main entree. During both dining times, guests may also add-on a Shrimp Cocktail, Warm Kentucky Beer Cheese, Fresh Tomato Bruschetta or a Cheese Board as an appetizer. And make sure to leave room for their famous Chocolate Choo-Choo dessert which features a Ruth Hunt milk chocolate train filled with chocolate mousse and chantilly cream. Diners can also request an addition of ice cream to any dessert.
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The Bourbon Excursion features a bourbon tasting hosted by a master distiller and a souvenir rocks glass. It's the perfect way to experience bourbon country. Tickets start at $109 and can be purchased at http://www.kydinnertrain.com or by calling 502-348-7300.
So what are you waiting for? Hop aboard this Southern train and get ready to discover some of the best bourbon in the country.
This post was originally published on May 6th, 2019.