Having not ridden an actual train since I was about 12, this was really neat and we rode in a coach that was built in 1927. Very comfortable. It was really cool to watch the scenery - like my husband said, "we saw what everyone had in their backyards and behind their barns" :) A different view of a trip we had made several times before in the car. Went across 3 large (and high) trestles and thru a 1700 ft long tunnel which was dug in 1882. We rode coach and the view was fine and I don't think first class (for the price difference) was much better. You get to spend about 3 hours in Van Buren. Not as much shopping there as it sounded like in the brochure, but you can spend 3 hours looking and having lunch. I would definitely recommend this interesting one day trip.