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Dinner train lives on as part of Corman's legacy


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - R.J. Corman's Last major rail project was the Lexington dinner train. Friday, passengers left Rupp Arena's parking lot and headed down the tracks to Versailles, when they got the news Corman died.

Passengers say they love the train ride. "It was wonderful. The food was lovely. Very smooth ride. Really, really lovely."

The refurbished 1940's dining car makes a two hour round trip down the tracks from Lexington to Versailles.

Passengers get a wide selection for lunch from lobster to chicken to fine wine.

Friday, the train took the scenic route.

Claire Schuster says, "The view of all the farms was very nice."

The dining car was also historic, having transported the body of President Dwight D. Einsenhower on his funeral.

During today's trip the owner of the train, R.J. Corman, lost his battle with cancer.

Sharon Smith says, "We talked about him on the train. He was a nice person and contributed a lot to Lexington and Kentucky."

The 58-year-old had a railroad empire, was in charge of a thousand employees across 20 states and did it all with a high school education.

"It doesn't matter if you have a high school education or degree. He took what he had and made a success out of it. As long as they believe in themselves and they have that driving force and ambition like he did that's what matters."

The dinner car was Corman's last major project, and will live on, with his legacy, forever stamped on the railroad industry.

R.J. Corman has another dinner train in Bardstown that's been in operation for more than 20 years.


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