Experience southern hospitality on this Kentucky dinner train

Feb 20 2020, 7:12 pm

Why dine in a run-of-the-mill restaurant when you could experience the authentic charm of southern American fare in the comfort of a vintage train?

All aboard My Old Kentucky Dinner Train!


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This fine dining experience allows passengers to partake in delectably tasty menu items while admiring the expansive Kentucky countryside as it passes by.

Passengers will climb aboard one of two fully outfitted and stunningly restored 1940s vintage dining cars, which are pulled by two 1950s F-united locomotives.

Throughout the two-and-a-half-hour journey departing from the quaint Bardstown, guests are provided with a gourmet meal surrounded by glamorous 1940s decor that feels as though you have been transported back in time.


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According to the website, the Bardstown railroad was initially constructed in 1860 and used as a freight and passenger depot until 1953.

The cars of the dinner train were constructed in the late 1940s after World War II.

Following the war, trains were used to travel long distances. For longer trips, it became necessary for companies to provide dining services. Thus, the dining car became an industry standard for meal services.


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My Old Kentucky Dinner Train provides lunch and dinner menus, whose items vary by season.

“During your excursion through the beautiful Kentucky countryside you will be served a delicious meal prepared while in route, by our executive chef in our kitchen car,” the company’s Facebook page explains.

“The traditional tables of four are perfect for conversation yet cozy enough for privacy.”


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Other activities on the train include Murder Mystery excursions and exclusive bourbon tastings.

If you would like to experience the good old-fashioned southern charm for yourself, you can find more information regarding booking, prices, and menu items by visiting the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train website.

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