Trip #3



April 23, 24, 25 & 27, 2022

Aboard Private Railcar FRANCIS L SUTER


Rare Mileage, with Steam-pulled Excursions and

Open Platform & Open Vestibules! 

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 IT'S OFFICIAL - We're headed to Florida! Your friends at the Francis L, Suter and Berlin Sleeping Car are pleased to announce the rarest of rare mileage rail trips. The 2022 Sugarland Limited will operate in coordination with the U.S. Sugar Corporation, South Central Florida Express Railroad, Amtrak, the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, Inc, and FMW Solutions. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets while they are still available.

Our special train will operate on the South Central Florida Express Railroad powered by the Sugar Express, EX Florida East Coast 4-6-2 steam locomotive #148. The South Central Florida Express (SCFE) operates more than 150 miles of mainline, with the western portion of the network is primarily the former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and the eastern side consisting of the former Florida East Coast Railway Kissimmee Valley Branch. While on the SCFE, open platform riding and vestibule open windows will be allowed.
The last passenger train to operate the entire portion of the ACL line was in the early 1950s, and the last passenger train to operate on the FEC Kissimmee Valley Branch was in 1948. Our trip will cover as much of this railroad as possible.  


Private Passenger Car Special Train
SCHEDULE INFORMATION - subject to any unforeseen changes
Saturday, April 23
Day Rider Passengers can board at 8:00AM. The train will depart Miami, Florida at 9:00 AM, as an Amtrak special train and travel north on the former Seaboard Air Line Railroad to Sebring, Florida. We will be switched onto the SCFE Railroad where steam locomotive #148 will couple onto the consist. The train will then continue south to Lake Placid, Florida, where a luncheon reception is planned at the 1927 ACL depot. We will then continue south through the communities of Venus, Palmdale, and Moore Haven along the west side of Lake Okeechobee. The train will leave the Highlands of Florida and travel through the heart of the sugar cane fields where 10 percent of the U.S. sugarcane is grown. We will arrive in Clewiston, Florida at approximately 5:00 PM, where we will tie down overnight.  Day Rider Passengers will disembark at this time. Dinner is provided for overnight passengers.
Sunday, April 24
Day Rider Passengers can board at 8:00AM. The train will depart Clewiston at approximately 9:00 AM powered by steam Locomotive #148 and travel southeast past the U.S. Sugar Mill and back into the agricultural heart of Florida passing through sugar cane fields. At Lake Harbor, Florida, we cross the Miami Canal and enter the former FEC K line branch quickly passing through the community of South Bay. The train will turn north and pass through the communities of Belle Glade, Pahokee, and Canal Point on the east side of Lake Okeechobee. Lunch will be served en route. At Port Mayaca, the train crosses the St. Lucie canal on a vertical lift bridge. The train will then turn east and cross the former Seaboard Air Line Railroad (now CXT) diamond at Marcy. We will continue as far east as operations permit towards Fort Pierce, Florida. The train will then will reverse direction and return to Clewiston with a stop at the Bryant Yard to wye the train and water the steam engine. At Clewiston, we will tie up for the night.  Day Rider Passengers will disembark at this time. Dinner is provided for overnight passengers.
Monday, April 25

Day Rider Passengers can board at 8:00AM. We have a super rare mileage event as we depart Clewiston in the morning and proceed south through the sugar cane fields to a wye track adjacent to the Okeelanta Sugar Mill.
No passenger train has ever traveled over this line.
Lunch will be served on board. en-route. At Okeelanta the locomotive will be wyed, and we will return to Clewiston in the afternoon
Day Rider Passengers will disembark at this time. Dinner is provided for overnight passengers.   
Tuesday, April 26
Passengers enjoy tours of the area including visits to the sugar plantations and mills to see how sugar is grown and processed. Additional activities are under consideration, including a potential boat tour on Lake Okeechobee and a possible photo session.  Upon completion of the day's activities, dinner is provided for overnight passengers. 
Wednesday, April 27
Day Rider Passengers can board at 8:00AM. Our train departs Clewiston in the morning and returns to Sebring, FL. We will then return to Miami as an Amtrak special. 

All Day Rider passengers will disembark in Miami.  We Thank You, Day Riders!  
Overnight passengers can choose dinner served on board or dinner off the train (on your own).

DAY RIDER FARE: $499/person, including lunch



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Fares do not include crew or vendor gratuities.

Fare does not include the required $90 AAPRCO 1-year Membership Fee.

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*All proceeds go toward the restoration and maintenance of the Berlin & Francis L Suter rail cars.

A video of the FRANCIS L. SUTER's interior can be viewed at:
QUESTIONS?  - contact Kevin at: [email protected]



  - updated January 1, 2021

TOUR PRICES:  Tour prices are subject to change without notice, however, Deep River Rail Ventures, LLC will make every effort to advise changes within a reasonable period of time.

ITINERARY CHANGES:  Deep River Rail Ventures reserves the right to change train routing, substitute equipment, alter or modify the tour components if any unexpected and unforeseen conditions occur beyond our control. In the railroad industry, last-minute changes DO occur.

DEPOSITS AND FINAL PAYMENTS:  If reservations are made more than 90 days before departure date, a non refundable $150 deposit PER PERSON is required to secure space. At 90 days before departure date, a 50% deposit of entire trip fare is required to secure space. The deposit payment(s) can be made by sending a personal or bank check and must reach Deep River Rail Ventures, LLC within 7 days after reserving. Final payment must be received by 30 days before departure date. If reservations are made less than 30 days before departure date, a 100% deposit of entire fare is required and must reach Deep River Rail Ventures, LLC by a time limit date to be arranged. 

CANCELLATIONS:  More than 90 days before departure date: 100% refund is available minus the $150 non refundable deposit. 89 to 45 days before departure date: 50% refund of entire trip fare. 44 days to departure date: NO REFUND is available. If we have to cancel the trip, then we will provide you with a full refund of your deposit and payment(s). The two most likely causes of us having to cancel a trip would be a mechanical problem that could not be resolved in time for the trip, or a decision by any of the host railroads not to approve the planned travel itinerary.

TRAVEL INSURANCE IS ENCOURAGED:  To protect investment in travel, Deep River Rail Ventures encourages and can arrange travel insurance at additional cost. Some bank cards also have a travel insurance provision which passengers should consult their card company for details. If travel insurance is desired, consult website. Then call them directly to get insurance coverage information that will be specific to you and your trip.

IRESPONSIBILITY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:  Deep River Rail Ventures assumes no responsibility for injury, sickness, loss, additional expenses, accidental delay, or irregularities which may be caused through willful or negligent acts or omissions of the part of companies providing or engaging in transportation, accommodation of services related to the accomplishment of the tour. We have no control over the timing of our charter trains. Indeed passenger trains and charters do often run late quite often. Nor do we assume responsibility for natural disasters, social or political upheaval, acts of terrorism, or acts of nature. We reserve the right to substitute hotels, tour leaders, equipment, motive power, trains, and routes.

RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE:  Deep River Rail Ventures reserves the right to refuse service to anyone we deem necessary to ensure that all of our clients will have the best possible tour.

PREDEPARTURE TOUR BULLETINS:  Tour bulletins will be e-mailed or U.S. mailed to passengers who have reserved a specific tour as needed.

TICKETS AND BOARDING PASSES:  Deep River Rail Ventures will either e-mail or U.S. mail tickets, documents, and boarding passes usually 10 days to 2 weeks before departure day. A set of instructions and expectations will also accompany these items.

ACCESSIBILITY:  It must be understood that passengers should be able to walk and negotiate steps on their own or with some minor assistance from Deep River Rail Ventures attendants. Restored vintage railcars do not in some cases have complete handicap accessibility. Wheelchairs are not accessible. Red Cap service is available at some major stations.

ALTITUDE:  Some Deep River Rail Ventures tours have time spent in higher altitudes. It is important that passengers know their limits and consult their physician to be sure altitude will not be a problem.


NO SMOKING:  For the health and safety of our passengers and crew, smoking, vaping and e-cigarettes are not permitted anywhere on rail cars.


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