40th Annual Convention Burlington, Vermont
September 8-27, 2017
Los Angeles, Chicago, & Burlington, Vermont
AAPRCO’s fortieth annual convention will be held in Burlington, Vermont on Monday afternoon September 18th through Friday morning September 22nd, 2017.
LA Rail’s Pacific Sands and Tioga Pass will participate, traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago to join the convention train.
In cooperation with Amtrak and the Vermont Rail System, our convention special train, The Green Mountain Flyer, will offer travel over scenic routes in The Empire State and The Green Mountain State on its journey from Albany-Rensselaer NY to Burlington VT and return. Our current plan has the train originating at Albany-Rensselaer NY on September 14th, and terminating there on September 22nd.
Our traditional convention activities will be conducted in Burlington. The Burlington Hilton located at 60 Battery Street in downtown Burlington will be our convention hotel. The Green Mountain Flyer will be parked in the Vermont Rail System yard right next to Lake Champlain, a short distance from the hotel. Our activities will include car parties, technical seminars, vendor activities, the car owners meeting, the associate members meeting, the annual meeting, and the board of directors meeting.
While we are at Burlington, there will be two excursions ashore and one afloat. On the night of our arrival, we will have an evening cruise on Lake Champlain in the Spirit of Ethan Allen. The first excursion will be to the Shelburne Museum at the Historic Shelburne Village complex overlooking Lake Champlain seven miles south of Burlington, and the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. The second excursion will be to the Town of Stowe for a ride to the top of Mount Mansfield (the hightest peak in Vermont) on the Stowe Gondola. We will then go to the Trapp Family Lodge for a lunch in the their new brew pub. Lunch will be followed by a history tour at the lodge led by a Trapp Family grandchild. The Trapp family was made famous by the Sound of Music play and movie.
LA Rail will return to Los Angeles, departing Chicago September 25th on the Southwest Chief.
Here is the schedule:
Depart Los Angeles: Sept. 8 – Southwest Chief.
Arrive Chicago: Sept 10
Depart Chicago: Sept 11 – Lakeshore Ltd.
Arrive Albany: Sept 12
AAPRCO Special: Sept 14-23
Depart Albany: Sept 23 – Lakeshore Ltd
Arrive Chicago: Sept 24
Depart Chicago: Sept 25 – Southwest Chief
Arrive Los Angeles: Sept 27
Here are prices and segments available:
Full trip, LA-LA $7900
AAPRCO Chicago – Chicago $5900
Los Angeles-Chicago: $1350
(Depart on arrival in Chicago)
Chicago-Los Angeles: $1350
Los Angeles-Albany: $1850
Albany-Los Angeles: $1850