Tourist Railroads Expect Robust 2022 Season

Tourist and heritage railroads can look forward to robust business this summer, an analysis published on the website of Trains magazine concluded.

The analysis cited projections from various tourist organizations of increased travel this year with Americans expected to spend $726 billion on leisure travel, which is near pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.

Tourist railroad and private railroad car association officials interviewed by Trains said advance ticket sales for this year have been strong with some trips sold out months in advance.

However, one official said it will take years to recoup revenue lost during the pandemic when some tourist railroads had to shut down or operate at reduced capacity.

Ray Kammer Jr., president of the Cincinnati Railway Company and the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad expects it will take two or three years before his organization recovers from the revenue loss it suffered in 2020.

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