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Tour #1 Kentucky Railway Museum - Bourbon Trail Tour

DATE: Friday May 19, 2017
TIME: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
PRICE: $65
Our Kentucky Railway Museum - Bourbon Trail Tour starts at 8:00 am Friday May 19 at the Galt House Hotel when we board a fifty passenger luxury coach bus and proceed South down Interstate 65.

We will exit I-65 at the Bernheim exit and continue across State and country roads past the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, KY., one of the largest bourbon distilleries in the world.

Our first stop will be in Bardstown, KY at the R.J. Corman Old Kentucky Dinner Train for a opportunity to take some photos. The dinner train is a 1940's dining experience aboard a passenger train pulled by a FP7A diesel locomotive. We hope our brief stop will spark your desire to return someday for one of their excursions.

As we leave our photo op, we will travel down Hwy 31 to the square in Bardstown where we will circle the Nelson County Courthouse.

As we circle the courthouse and start to leave the circle, look out the left side of the bus and you will see the Old Talbot Tavern, an establishment that has been in operation since 1779 and still serves some very good food. Guests that have stayed there include Washington Irving, Henry Clay, Stephen Foster, John James Audubon and Jesse James. Some guests who have stayed there claim the tavern to be haunted. Some say they have seen Jesse climb the stairs and a little colonial girl playing on the landing. Who are we to say?

Our next stop will be in New Haven, KY at the Kentucky Railway Museum, home of the 4-6-2 Light Pacific #512. This locomotive was built by the Rogers Works of New Jersey in October 1905 and donated to the KRM by the L&N in 1954. It was restored and put back in service in 1985.

It was taken back out of service in 2014 for cleaning and refurbishing of its boiler system. The museum hopes to have the work completed and the engine back in service in a few years. Therefore, our train ride will be behind one of the museum's diesels; perhaps one of their Union Pacific diesels or maybe a Monon BL2.

We will board the train for a 22 mile trip to Boston, KY through farmlands, behind distilleries, across many country roads and over the Rolling Fork River.

A brief rest in Boston while the locomotive makes a runaround, and we will re-board for the trip back to New Haven.

The ride will take about an hour.

Upon your return to New Haven, you will enjoy a box lunch on the museum grounds and then be able to tour the museum, including the new addition which houses the recently completed model train layout. The layout replaces those that were destroyed in the flood of 2013.

Also, don't forget to tour the train sheds which house many 1:1 artifacts that are awaiting restoration, including Chesapeake and Ohio #2716, a 2-8-4 Kanawha.

Once again we will board the bus for a short ride to Loretto, KY where we will tour the Maker's Mark Distillery.

Maker's Mark is attaining a worldwide reputation as the best single barrel Bourbon whisky in Kentucky.

Production of Maker's Mark started in 1954, after its originator, T. William "Bill" Samuels Sr., purchased the distillery known as "Burks' Distillery" in Loretto, Kentucky for $35,000 on October 1, 1953.

The Maker's Mark logo was designed by "Bill" Samuels' wife. The star stands for Star Hill Farm, the family farm. The "S" is for the family name Samuels. The IV is to designate Bill Samuels is the fourth generation of distillers. After the logo was registered, Bill's son did some research and found Bill is actually the sixth generation distiller.

The first bottle of Maker's Mark was bottled in 1958. It was 4/5 quart and sold for $6.79. Compare that price to a bottle of Maker's Mark today.

After the tour we will return to the gift shop where you can hand dip your own bottle in the Red "Wax" and purchase it.

We will board the bus one final time and return to the convention hotel arriving back at 5:00 pm.

Tour #2 Dinner in the Diner

DATE: Saturday May 20, 2017
TIME: 7:30 am to 1:00 pm
PRICE: $45
Our tour begins at 7:30am when we board the bus in front of the Galt House and travel across the Ohio River on the brand new Abraham Lincoln Bridge to the Louisville & Indiana Railroad Shops and Yard where we will tour the control room.

The L&I has 47 employees, serves the Port of Jeffersonville, Ind, and operates over 106 miles of track between Jeffersonville, Ind and Indianapolis, Ind. It connects with the CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Paducah and Louisville railroads and has an annual volume of 20,000 carloads.

We will depart the L&IRR at 9:30am and travel back across the Ohio River via the completely refurbished John F Kennedy Bridge.

Once back in Kentucky, we will pick up I-71 and travel to LaGrange, KY, the little town where the train runs down the middle of Main Street .

Because the train runs down the middle of Main Street and the train has the right-of-way, there is only one traffic light in downtown LaGrange and it is on a side street.

We will stop at the LaGrange Railroad Museum in the old L&N railroad depot at the end of Main Street. Here you can enjoy the many railroad artifacts and memorabilia on display throughout the museum.

CSX 7384 pulls a mixed string of cars past the rear observation area to Cincinnati.

A box lunch will be served in a fully restored and functional dining car.

If you prefer, you can watch CSX trains run by the property from the rear observation area.

After lunch you may go through the caboose, tank engine, Jitney, and flat car.

You may want to watch the operations of the model trains on the three professionally built operating model train layouts.

There is also a gift shop that features both prototype and model railroad artifacts for sale

Those who feel up to it may walk three blocks to downtown where they can observe the trains run down the middle of the street or they can shop ion the many shop in the many stores and boutiques that line the street

Finally we will board the bus for the return trip back to the Galt House where we will arrive at 1:00pm

NonRail Tours

Tour #1 Schimpff’s Confectionery, Howard Steam Boat Museum, and Louisville Stoneware Tour DATE: Friday May 19, 2017
TIME: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
PRICE: $35

We start in Southern Indiana and visit these sites

Schimpff’s Confectionery founded in Jeffersonville in 1891 is famous for its hand-made candy along with candy making memorabilia spanning over 10Q years of candy-making history.

The Howard Steamboat Museum ls not only a museum with artifacts from the Great Steamboat Era, but also is a beautiful home built in 1894 featuring original furnishings along with 15 types of wood throughout the home and a 3-story black walnut staircase. Definitely a worthwhile stop on our tour.

We will break for Lunch. Then we continue to the Louisville Area and visit these sites

M.A. Hadley Pottery has been producing iconic pottery in Louisville, KY for nearly 70 years. This pottery is hand-crafted and hand-painted. You will be able to purchase items at the factory outlet we will visit.

Louisville Stoneware is now 200 years old and is one of the oldest stoneware manufacturers in U.S. We will be able to tour the factory to enjoy following the steps of skilled artisans take raw clay form to the completed piece.

Ending our tour back at the Hotel around 5:00 PM
Tour #2 Old LouisvilleTour
DATE: Saturday May 20, 2017
TIME: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
PRICE: $30

Guided Architectural 'Tour of Old Louisville A guided tour of homes in Old Louisville will be given by architect and author Steve Wiser. The tour will include a visit to the Conrad-Caldwell house Along with possibly a bed and breakfast home.