PLEASANT LAKE, Ind. — The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and Fort Wayne cigar and wine store Rudy’s Shop have announced plans for Rudy’s Rolling Smoke, a Cigar Train experience aboard vintage rail equipment to be offered on July 1. Tickets, starting at $199, are now on sale at the Cigar Train page of the Indiana Rail Experience website.
“There is nothing else like this in the Midwest,” Kelly Lynch,” Kelly Linch, vice president of the historical society, said in a press release. “Our cigar car had become the most popular car on our wine and whiskey trains, which lead us to create an entire train ride dedicated to enjoying cigars, spirits, and the passing countryside aboard a historic passenger train. We’ve taken what we love about our favorite lounges and cigar bar, and put it on rails.”
The diesel-powered train will depart Pleasant Lake, Ind., just north of Fort Wayne and 30 minutes south of the Interstate 80/90 toll roads, and operate to Hillsdale, Mich., for a layover and lunch at the Hillsdale Brewing Co. Tickets include cigar packages, spirits, refreshments, lunch, and snacks. Those onboard will have the chance to enjoy complimentary Espinosa Cigars and meet Erik Espinosa.
A variety of coach and VIP seating packages are available in cars outfitted for cigar smoking, including an executive Pullman with a smoking platform for VIP passengers, an open-air baggage car and bar, and other traditional seating for both cigar smokers and non-smokers.