Monday, August 5, 2013

Corman to start Lexington-Versailles dinner train Aug. 14

R.J. Corman Railroad Group formally announced today what the Midway Messenger reported in March, that the company will operate a dinner train from Lexington to Versailles rather than its original plan of a train to Midway and perhaps Frankfort.

The train will run Wednesday through Saturday, with a lunch excursion from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and a dinner excursion from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The first trip will be Aug. 14, the 25th anniversary of the original My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, which Corman operates from Bardstown to the Jim Beam distillery at Clermont. The Versailles train will start at the new Corman station behind Rupp Arena and go through horse farms such as Ashview and Calumet, past Keeneland Race Course and through the Pisgah community, behind The Castle.

"The Lexington Dinner Train continues the tradition of reinvigorating classical train dining for a modern audience," Corman said in a press release. "Along the 15-mile trek from Lexington to Versailles, passengers will enjoy seasonal entrees prepared by renowned chef Gil Logan as well as a scenic tour of locally and historically significant locations." Logan said, "We take some of the freshest foods in Kentucky and put a classical continental twist on them." Tickets are available at www.kydinnertrain.com or at 1-866-801-3463 (number corrected from previous version).

Corman's plans for a train to Midway fell through because the company leases that track from CSX Corp., which did not want passengers on the line, Mayor Tom Bozarth told the Messenger in March.

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