By Mary Forgione
Willie Nelson is going on the road again — with his fans. Band of Horses, Jamey Johnson, John Reilly & Friends and other performers join him on stage next month for a series of concerts from Duluth, Ga., to Oakland. Folks can ride along on seven individual legs of the Railroad Revival Tour 2012 by buying tickets that come with a sleeping berth, concert tickets and some VIP perks, too.
The private rail tour begins Oct. 19 in New Orleans and shuttles to Duluth, home of the vintage Southeastern Railway Museum (you get a private tour) and the first concert stop. Travelers get to sit in on a preshow sound check with Nelson and the bands, sip cocktails in a VIP area and watch the show before returning to New Orleans.
The last run starts in San Pedro on Oct. 27 and travels to Oakland. The package includes tickets to concerts in both venues, on-board musical performers and one-way travel to the Bay Area. Sleeping options include private bedrooms, roomettes or dorm-style cars.
When: The tour runs from Oct. 19 to 28. Passengers may book the package for concerts in Duluth, Ga. (starts and ends in New Orleans); Memphis; Oklahoma City; Old Town Spring, Texas; Tempe, Ariz; before the final run from San Pedro to Oakland.
Price: $695 to $795 per person, double or multiple occupancy. It includes concerts, sleeping berth, meals aboard the train and other extras that vary by city. Rail travel (except for New Orleans) is one way; participants make return travel plans on their own.
Contact: Railroad Revival Tour 2012