U.K.-based train trip specialist Great Rail Journeys has
acquired Vacations by Rail.
Great Rail Journeys said buying the Chicago company will
enhance its position in the global market and will be key to its plans for
expanding both internationally and into new product areas, such rail/river
"This acquisition is the first step of many as we look
to enhance our position as the world's leading provider of rail vacations,"
Great Rail Journeys CEO Peter Liney said in a statement.
Todd Powell, who co-founded Vacations by Rail in 2004 with
Cole Dannewitz, said, "The combination of our two companies represents a
significant opportunity to grow our footprint in the rail vacation sector
domestically and internationally, as well as accelerate into new markets."
Powell and Dannewitz will join Great Rail Journeys'
Great Rail Journeys offers nearly 400 itineraries in some 50