Clewiston, FL – With U.S. Sugar’s 92nd annual sugarcane harvest set to begin this fall, Sugar Express, South Central Florida’s newest tourist attraction, has announced several new events with historic steam locomotive No. 148. Scheduled for October and January, these excursions will provide guests and railroad enthusiasts a variety of opportunities to experience train rides on U.S. Sugar’s railroad with both steam and diesel locomotives.
On October 1st, steam locomotive 148 will pull the Start of Harvest train for the general public in the Clewiston region, and later operate the Lake Placid Limited, a day-long outing to Lake Placid, Florida with a two-hour layover in town. Tickets are $148.00 per person and sales start on September 16th at Noon.
“Last year Sugar Express welcomed a record number of passengers to Clewiston, where they were treated to scenic rides through our farmlands while learning more about agriculture throughout South Florida,” said Scott Ogle, Operations Manager for Sugar Express. “We are looking forward to building on our success and hosting even more people on America’s Sweetest Railroad in the coming year.”
In January, a rare opportunity to tour the entire South Central Florida Express (SCFE) railroad will mark the first public passenger train of 2023 for Sugar Express. This multi-trip, three-day event will operate Friday, January 20th, Saturday the 21st, and Sunday the 22nd. Trips will feature day-long train rides and many outstanding photo opportunities.
Three-day packages will be available for $400.00 beginning October 5th. For ticketing information and a detailed itinerary, click here.
“Events like these draw passengers from around the world, and these train experiences provide us a unique opportunity to welcome guests who otherwise may not visit South Central Florida,” continued Ogle. “These seasonal trains will cover nearly every mile of our line while showcasing our agricultural community, and we look forward to announcing more events in the near future.”
In addition to the railroad’s vintage dining car, Palmdale and open-air car Miami Locks, train excursions this year also will feature traditional coach seating in recently restored historic railcars.
Additional dates and events are under consideration. All tickets will be sold online at sugarexpress.com.
About Sugar Express
Sugar Express is U.S. Sugar’s public excursion railroad. Powered by a historic steam engine, The Sugar Express welcomes passengers to experience South Florida’s farming communities by rail. The excursion train experience helps educate passengers on modern-day, sustainable farming practices while also providing passenger service to exciting destinations near U.S. Sugar’s short rail line throughout South Florida. To date, Sugar Express has welcomed riders from 15 states and throughout Florida.
About U.S. Sugar
U.S. Sugar is a farming company that grows sugarcane, citrus, sweet corn, and other winter and spring vegetables in South Florida. The company was founded in 1931 by Charles Stewart Mott, a visionary leader who hailed from a long line of farmers. Since the beginning, the company’s success has been rooted in traditional farming values and respect for the land.