Reed Travel Features
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- When the Florida Fun-Train inaugurates daily
service on Oct. 2 between Hollywood (near Fort Lauderdale) and
Orlando, arriving passengers will be only 3.5 miles southwest of
A temporary train station facility has been established one
block southwest of Poinciana Boulevard and Old Tampa Highway. For
an additional charge, at each station there will be public
transportation to area hotels and attractions as well as rental car
According to the Aurora, Colo.-based Fun-Train reservations
office, negotiations for these services were under way in early
Agents booking travelers into Kissimmee and Orlando hotels
should ask whether courtesy or paid transfers will be available for
rail passengers. The same question should be asked of
Each station will offer self parking, valet parking and a ticket
office next to the boarding platform. The 200-mile, nonstop trip
takes about four hours and 20 minutes. Trains will leave Hollywood
(I-95 and Sheridan Street) at 10 a.m. Mondays to Thursdays; 8 a.m.
and 7:40 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. Saturdays, and 1:50 p.m. Sundays.
From Orlando, trains leave at 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays;
1:50 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. Saturdays, and 8 a.m. and 7:40 p.m.
The train will have up to eight glass-domed passenger cars and
four double-decker entertainment cars. There will be live
entertainment provided as well as a video arcade.
A 1950s-style diner and two bars will be available as well.
The train is operated by First American Railways, which also
runs the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in
For information, call (888) 889-8011; fax (888) 889-8022.