Monday, May 21, 2007

Passenger train was just heading south

On Friday afternoon, April 27, I noticed a long passenger train departing Colorado Springs. The coaches had no railroad name on them. They were all the same color of blue and ivory. There haven’t been any passenger trains here in many years
- L.O.

ANSWER: It was just passing through. It was a luxurious private train, GrandLuxe Rail Journeys, formerly called the American Orient Express.Tamra Hoppes of GrandLuxe said it was the line’s empty GrandLuxe Express going from Denver to Albuquerque, where it will start its first trip of the season, “National Parks of the West,” to Jackson Hole, Wyo. The trains travel through the Western United States, the Rockies and Sierras, the national parks and into Canada — but don’t stop here.Some trips include visits to Colorado Railcar Manufacturing in Fort Lupton, where luxury cars, self-propelled commuter railcars and “Ultra Domes” are built.For more information, visit americanorientexpress.com. Trip costs start at about $5,000.

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5:52 PM, July 28, 2007  
Blogger brknhrt said...

My husband and I took this trip in May and it was a very bad experience. The train was very expensive (more than $12,000)and it was certainly not a luxury experience. The air conditioning did not work in most of the cars and it was very hot especially while traveling across the Mojave Desert. Our railcar suite was dirty and smelled. It was awful and I would not recommend this trip to anyone.

5:55 PM, July 28, 2007  

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