There has been no regular, luxury vacation train service in the
United states and none that provided en-route on board layovers.
America’s Trains is filling this void.
Click on respective Car types at the bottom of this page for related car information.
By the early 1970s airline service and modern highways had replaced railroads as a primary way to travel in the United States. Amtrak assumed responsibility for passenger train operations. Amtrak’s normal objective is to move people between stations as quickly as possible, stopping just long enough for maintenance and to let passengers get on and off the trains. There has been no regular train service designed to provide vacations, no luxury passenger railroads, and none that allow passengers to stay on board during extended stops so that they can enjoy activities at en-route destinations.
America’s Trains fills this void with Journeys by Rail on luxurious rebuilt rail cars that travel as part of Amtrak or other trains with extended en-route layovers at intriguing en-route destinations, where Cars are parked on sidings, allowing passengers to enjoy a wide variety of activities while staying on board their luxurious resort on tracks. Cars are dropped off by one and picked up by another train.
Older passenger cars are repaired to exceed Amtrak mechanical specifications. Interiors are rebuilt to provide ultimate passenger comfort and service.
In addition to Amtrak and other technical designations, America’s Trains’ cars are identified by their individual names; which are the names of State flowers. The following examples depict the Bluebonnet sleeping car with six Master Suite bedrooms and a crew room, and the Rose dome having three Master Suites, lounges and dining.
From two to several Cars travel together providing luxurious sleeping, lounge and dining facilities (a “Train Set”). A typical full Train Set may include two sleeping Cars each with six bedrooms, a sleeping-lounge Car with five Master Suites, a dining-lounge Car having two and a Dome Car with three Master Suites; a total of 22 deluxe bedrooms for 44 double occupancy passengers (there are some some single and rooms that can accommodate a third passenger).
A self sufficient Private Car with two or three bedrooms may travel as part of a Train Set, or can operate alone to provide very exclusive vacations for small groups and families.
America’s Trains is introducing several Train Sets, and a growing number of Private Cars. Additional activity cars with special event capabilities or that are configured for business use as traveling displays and for presentations will travel with Train Sets.
Individual Journeys by Rail are sold on Train Sets, and shared Private Cars.
Train’Shares are sold on Train Sets and shared Private Cars.
Fractional Interest (shared) ownership of Private Cars is sold.
Bedrooms include: A limited number of Grand Suites, about 129 ft2 (12.0 m2) with a king bed, about 130 Master Suites, about 103 ft2 (9.6 m2) with a large bed, full bathroom (with shower), and a convertible lounge chair/bed; Deluxe Doubles, similar to a Master Suite but smaller, about 95 ft2 (8.8 m2), without a convertible lounge chair/bed; Classic Doubles, about 85 ft2 (7.8 m2) with an upper and lower twin bed, and a full bathroom; and, Duplex Suites on some Private Cars, which are two bedrooms each having a large or two lower twin beds and private toilets, sinks, with a shared connecting shower. All bedrooms have deluxe amenities, televisions and other appropriate amenities.
As their improvements are completed, about 60 cars of all configurations will be introduced with five years.
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Images may be examples