R.J. Corman's Lexington-to-Versailles lunch and dinner train gets rolling

Aug 15, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Lexington Herald-Leader

With a slight jolt, the shiny red R.J. Corman engine pulled out of the station behind Rupp Arena and the Lexington Dinner Train was on its way.

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gottano

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I wish the price didn't have to be so expensive; it puts it out of reach for a number of people. I would love to take my mother but it would cost me over $200.00 for just us two. Also, I wish the food could be a little more average and not so foo foo! I look at the menu and there's nothing that I really like. It would be an expensive ride and not care that much for the food. I just wish there could be some more down-to-earth choices for the luncheon and some cheaper prices. I really think it is a neat experience for people and I hope it goes over really well.
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gottano wrote:
I wish the price didn't have to be so expensive; it puts it out of reach for a number of people. I would love to take my mother but it would cost me over $200.00 for just us two. Also, I wish the food could be a little more average and not so foo foo! I look at the menu and there's nothing that I really like. It would be an expensive ride and not care that much for the food. I just wish there could be some more down-to-earth choices for the luncheon and some cheaper prices. I really think it is a neat experience for people and I hope it goes over really well.
I dont....I am tired of seeing his name all over town...how pompus and ego driven can you be ??

Ok...ok...ok...we get it...we know your damn name...we know you are in the rail business....we know you have money !

GET OVER YOURSELF !
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gottano wrote:
I wish the price didn't have to be so expensive; it puts it out of reach for a number of people. I would love to take my mother but it would cost me over $200.00 for just us two. Also, I wish the food could be a little more average and not so foo foo! I look at the menu and there's nothing that I really like. It would be an expensive ride and not care that much for the food. I just wish there could be some more down-to-earth choices for the luncheon and some cheaper prices. I really think it is a neat experience for people and I hope it goes over really well.
They do special runs sometimes with different food options. Christmas runs, bourbon runs, etc. You should call them and ask about it.

Also, just because it sounds "foo foo" doesn't mean it is. I had prime rib and potatoes. That's just a really good steak.:)

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Aug 15, 2013
 
There is a dinner train out of Bardstown and they also have the mystery theater train. It cost about $75 a person (I went a few years ago so it might be more)
They sit 4 at each table so if you do not have a party of 4 you might get seated with another party of 2. We were fortunate and got seated with a delightful couple that were wonderful conversationalist. The fall foliage trips are very nice!
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I agree with ego ,you can go but they might spray paint you red and stencil RJ CORMAN in big white letters on you.
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My wife and I went on the first lunch train this past Wed. We sat at a table with another couple and had a wonderful time. The price of the ride would prevent us from doing it on a regular basis but would I do it again?? YES! There were a few things that I would do differntly and when RJ calls me I'm sure he'll implement my ideas. I would recommend the dinner train venue because you go all the way to Versailles and not stop at Pisgah Pike. The scenery in Lexington was to be expected but once you got out of town, WOW. I have lived in horse country most of my life and it doesn't get any better than the views from the train.
I'll leave everyone elso to decided about red paint, egos, and his money. In the mean time I would like to thank him for doing everything he does for Midway (where I live) and providing such an economic boom for Central KY.
P.S. Because the first train riders believed and supported this endeavor, we were given vouchers to come back again for free. Which is it, big ego or smart businessman. How about a nice guy. That's my take on it. Enjoy the ride folks. You won't regret it.
gottano

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Aug 16, 2013
 
How much did the ride cost?
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Maybe they will take food stamps? I mean really maybe Obama will subsidize your trip.
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It would be better if it went more then 12 miles! And the scenery is the same thing you can see from your car, for much much less! I can microwave a steak for less.

Keep in mind, this is the guy that made all his money from smuggling in cocaine in the 1980s, dont believe me? Read the 'Bluegrass Conspriacy', it's well documented what he has done in his past. Also his company been banned from working in most of Indiana due to trying to under cut railroad unions.
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It would be better if it went more then 12 miles! And the scenery is the same thing you can see from your car, for much much less! I can microwave a steak for less.
Keep in mind, this is the guy that made all his money from smuggling in cocaine in the 1980s, dont believe me? Read the 'Bluegrass Conspriacy', it's well documented what he has done in his past. Also his company been banned from working in most of Indiana due to trying to under cut railroad unions.
I've read The Bluegrass Conspiracy several times and he Corman name is never mentioned. The Thornton name is mentioned numerous times, though. Why do people like you always accuse anyone who works hard and is successful of criminal activity? The man is able to enjoy and share the fruit of his labor while the best you can hope for is a microwaved steak. Just a thought, maybe the price is set to discourage a certain population...?
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My wife and I went on the first lunch train this past Wed. We sat at a table with another couple and had a wonderful time. The price of the ride would prevent us from doing it on a regular basis but would I do it again?? YES! There were a few things that I would do differntly and when RJ calls me I'm sure he'll implement my ideas. I would recommend the dinner train venue because you go all the way to Versailles and not stop at Pisgah Pike. The scenery in Lexington was to be expected but once you got out of town, WOW. I have lived in horse country most of my life and it doesn't get any better than the views from the train.
I'll leave everyone elso to decided about red paint, egos, and his money. In the mean time I would like to thank him for doing everything he does for Midway (where I live) and providing such an economic boom for Central KY.
P.S. Because the first train riders believed and supported this endeavor, we were given vouchers to come back again for free. Which is it, big ego or smart businessman. How about a nice guy. That's my take on it. Enjoy the ride folks. You won't regret it.
What a great birthday, anniversary, or Christmas gift for your parents, grandparents, special gift for special people in your life. You get what you pay for.
Regular food? Do you mean fish sticks, hotdogs, burgers or pizza? We have more than enough places for these kinds of fast foods.
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Aug 18, 2013
 
Do you not think the price is steep?$200.00/ for two people for a 12 mile ride and a meal? We are not the type of people that you would want to keep out. We are very nice middle-class folks; I just think that is a little too expensive for the average person to pay.
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Hay haterz, here is an idea! Dont root for UK basketball either. Thats right RJ brought in coach Cal! He even flew him in his plane to his airstrip. Suck it.
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Just knowing that the engine was made in China is enough to keep me off.
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Incorrect. The engines that pull the dinner train were domestically produced. What you may be thinking of is the RJ Corman-owned steam engine, known as "Old Smokey", which operated in, and was purchased and delivered from China.
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Yea wrote:
Hay haterz, here is an idea! Dont root for UK basketball either. Thats right RJ brought in coach Cal! He even flew him in his plane to his airstrip. Suck it.
So tell us more...what else do you supposedly know.....maybe RJ is Barnharts Boss?
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Just knowing that the engine was made in China is enough to keep me off.
That is not the engine they are using
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went to church with him and his family. One year he gave our family of 8 tickets for the dinner train. It was my parents anniversary. Very nice trip and very nice of him.
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It's great to hear from the white trash bitching about something they can't afford. What a great county we live in.
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Bald Headed Grampaw wrote:
Just knowing that the engine was made in China is enough to keep me off.
The only reason he purchased a Chinese steam engine is because the three Kentucky Native American built engines that could have been restored are own by greedy kentuckians that would rather they rot then run again. Combine that with heavy American regulation on steam engines makes for a QJ Chinese engine a more economical choice but as that engine is up for a re-certification it will likely never run again either.

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