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Portola CA 96122

chris@traintrips.biz (Rail Tour Manager)

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Rocky Mountain Express

Tourist / Railfan Tour /Private Rail Car

MAY 15-17, 2020

 

TWO PRIVATE LUXURY RAIL CARS ATTACHED TO AMTRAK

EMERYVILLE TO CHICAGO ONEWAY

CALIFORNIA-NEVADA-UTAH-COLORADO-NEBRASKA-IOWA-ILLINOIS

 

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LUXURIOUS FIRST CLASS TRAIN

TRAVEL AT IT'S FINEST

 

We are pleased to announce the return of the Rocky Mountain Express using two of the original streamlined Union Pacific passenger cars. The Northern Sky is a dome/sleeper/lounge with four double bedrooms on the lower level plus the lounge area and 17 seats in the dome. The Berlin is a Pullman sleeper car with six double bedrooms. Both cars will be attached to the rear of Amtrak between Emeryville, California and Chicago, Illinois.

 

We invite you to come with us and enjoy luxury first class rail travel the way it was meant to be. Every passenger has a guaranteed dome seat with a fantastic view of the High Sierra in California, the Wasatch Range in Utah, Rocky Mountains in Colorado. and the farms of Iowa.

 

Private railroad cars now allow travelers the option to step back in time and recapture that romantic era of train travel that Amtrak cannot provide. Once upon a time rail barons and wealthy socialites traveled the country on luxurious private railroad cars, dining on fine china and crystal and being pampered by the onboard staff.  

 

Passengers can sip on cocktails and nibble on hors d' oeuvres while watching the passing scenery and be lulled to sleep at night in their private bedrooms by the rhythm of the train wheels rolling down the track. All meals are prepared fresh and made to order by the onboard gourmet chef.

 

These private luxury rail cars are coupled onto the rear of scheduled Amtrak passenger trains all over the country. Our first class passengers are separated from the Amtrak passengers by locked doors. We provide our own onboard staff including our chef and make up our own gourmet menus for all meals. All drinks and food are included in the ticket price from the time you step onboard until you detrain. Everything is first class with every detail included . This is passenger train travel at it's finest.

 

NORTHERN SKY HISTORY

 

Rocky Mountain Express 2020
Rocky Mountain Express 2020
Rocky Mountain Express 2020

 

Between February and April of 1955, the American Car & Foundry's St. Charles, Mo., plant near St. Louis completed a total of 15 (9000-9014) blunt-end observation-dome-lounge cars for the Union Pacific. The first five, 9000-9004, were delivered for service on the City of Los Angeles, operated over the rails of the Union Pacific and the Milwaukee Road between Los Angeles and Chicago. The City of Los Angeles, or GOLD as it was often referred to, disappeared with the startup of Amtrak on May 1, 1971. But the 9003, one of the comparatively few cars built specifically for this train, is still very much active years later.

 

Berlin HISTORY

 

The Berlin was built by Pullman Standard in 1956 (Lot 6953, Plan 4198) for the Union Pacific Railroad as an 11 double bedroom sleeper "Placid Lake" #1504 for service on various Overland Route trains.  The Placid Lake was frequently assigned to the Union Pacific Streamliner City of Los Angeles.

 

The Placid Lake became Amtrak sleeper #2263 Placid Lake, and continued in service throughout the entire Amtrak system.  Note the Platinum Mist paint scheme with “pointless arrow” window band.

 

While in Amtrak service, the Placid Lake was one of 20 cars that were involved in former President Jimmy Carter’s inaugural express train nicknamed the “Peanut Express”. The Placid Lake is the 4th car behind the locomotives.

 

Car #2263 was acquired from Amtrak by the Indiana Railroad Museum in French Lick IN, and ultimately resold to American European Express (AEE), a company that provided luxury rail tours based on the famous European Orient Express train concept.   A major interior and exterior renovation was performed by AEE to convert the car into a luxurious sleeping car with Honduran mahogany interiors and fine upholstery appointments with six double bedrooms

 

Rocky Mountain Express 2020
Rocky Mountain Express 2020

 

THE ITINERARY

 

FRIDAY MAY 15:

Depart Emeryville, California onboard our private railroad cars coupled to Amtrak's California Zephyr at 9:10AM for the run along the San Francisco Bay , across the Sacramento Valley and over Donner Pass in the High Sierra. Breakfast will be served once we depart Emeryville. Then lunch will be served as we climb into the mountains. Arrival in Reno is at 4:06PM. Passengers may board or detrain at any Amtrak station where this train makes a stop. This would be: Martinez, Davis, Sacramento, Roseville, Colfax, Truckee, and Reno. After departing Reno we speed out across the Nevada desert as you enjoy the sunset and enjoy dinner in the dome. Later in the evening you can have a night cap in the dome before retiring to your private bedroom.

 

Rocky Mountain Express 2020
Rocky Mountain Express 2020

 

SATURDAY MAY 16:

Arrival in Salt Lake City, Utah is at 3:05AM and departure is at 3:30AM. We start the climb up into the Wasatch Range of Utah just before sunrise. Wake up to the scenic splendor of this colorful mountain range with a hot cup of coffee before a full breakfast is served in the dome car. Once we reach Solder's Summit the train enters Price River Canyon and heads east into the eastern Utah desert towards Colorado. Soon we enter remote Ruby Canyon as the train runs next to the Colorado River and into the state of Colorado. As we cross over the state line if you look way up on the bright red cliffs you can view a white line with Utah on one side and Colorado on the other. As we make our way across Colorado we enter Glenwood Canyon deep in the Rockies and again following the Colorado River as lunch is served. Next the train enters the rugged and remote Gore Canyons. First it is the "Little Gore Canyon" and next the "Big Gore Canyon". At the ski resort of Winter Park we enter the 6.2 mile Moffat Tunnel and run under the massive spine of the Rockies and then start the steep decent towards Denver. Arrival in Denver is scheduled for 6:38PM. Dinner will be served after exiting the Moffat Tunnel so that you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Rockies East Face. At one point you will be we will still be over an hour out of Denver but we can see the city thousands of feet below us. At Plainview one can see over 100 miles on a clear day. We depart Denver at 7:10PM.

 

Rocky Mountain Express 2020
Rocky Mountain Express 2020
Rocky Mountain Express 2020

 

SUNDAY MAY 17:

Wake up to your hot cup of coffee as we glide through the farm lands of Iowa. Lunch will be served just as we enter Illinois with a 2:50PM arrival at Chicago Union Station.

 

PRICES ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON

 

ONEWAY FIRST CLASS SLEEPER TO CHICAGO$3,995 

ONEWAY FIRST CLASS SLEEPER TO DENVER$3,895 

ONEWAY SUITE WITH TWO LOWER BEDS TO CHICAGO OR DENVER$4,195 

ONEWAY DAY TRIP TO RENO$475 

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BOOK BY SEPTEMBER 3, 2019-$200 

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT FOR RENO BOOK SEPTEMBER 3 -$100 

DEPOSIT DUE AT TIME OF BOOKING$400 

FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY FEBRUARY 15, 2020

 

TOUR INCLUDES:

*ALL ONBOARD GOURMET MEALS

* ACCESS TO BOTH PASSENGER CARS

* FULLY STOCKED COMPLIMENTARY BAR

 

PHOTOS OF THE BEDROOMS ON THE BERLIN

 

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SUITE A-B-C ON THE BERLIN MADE UP DURING THE DAY

 

Rocky Mountain Express 2020

BEDROOMS A & B ON THE BERLIN MADE UP FOR THE NIGHT

 

Rocky Mountain Express 2020

BEDROOM C ON THE BERLIN MADE UP FOR THE NIGHT

 

Car #2263 was acquired from Amtrak by the Indiana Railroad Museum in French Lick IN, and ultimately resold to American European Express (AEE), a company that provided luxury rail tours based on the famous European Orient Express train concept.   A major interior and exterior renovation was performed by AEE to convert the car into a luxurious sleeping car with Honduran mahogany interiors and fine upholstery appointments with six double bedrooms

 

Rocky Mountain Express 2020

BEDROOMS E & F ON THE BERLIN MADE UP FOR THE NIGHT

TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2020 **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**

Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% conveyance fee will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.