AMERICA’S TRAINS’ CARS
The first car is a self sufficient high (two) level car. Passenger areas on the lower level include about 2/3rds of the car with a full upper level (the length of the car); there is a total of about 1,400 square feet of passenger space. Following cars include domes with an upper level about 30% the length of the car, and single level lounge and dining cars that include some bedrooms. Cars that will be introduced within several years include up to 42 passenger cars that can travel together as a train set (from one to 5 cars together), about 7 additional self sufficient private cars with 2 or 3 bedrooms that can travel alone or with a train set, about 7 activity cars that travel with trains sets to provide special entertainment, and about 4 display cars that provide display/presentation space.
Cars have common interior characteristics, but each has unique features. They are named after flowers. Passenger facilities and amenities are second to none.
Routes, related car capacities and train set configurations consider recent Amtrak operating and contractual changes.
Initial cars and their current status is described below. Sequential introduction of cars is based on individual Car improvement requirements and consumer demand.
SUNFLOWER, two level transition car
The Sunflower is the original operational car. It is a self sufficient high (two) level car with four bedrooms, one of each category (Grande Suite, Master Suite, Deluxe Double, Classic Double), all having full private bathrooms. Total capacity is up to eight passengers, double occupancy.
The Sunflower is a transition car that allows passengers to walk between high level cars at one end and single level cars at the other.
When operated in conjunction with a second high level car (Magnolia), it will become the dining Car and the Magnolia will provide lounges, along with bedrooms and other amenities.
HIBISCUS, typical dome Car
When Hibiscus mechanical repairs and interior refurbishing is completed, it will have: one Master Suite; one Deluxe Double bedroom; one Classic Double bedroom; a lower and dome lounge; a bar; full service kitchen; crew quarters; and, storage areas.
Additional, similar dome cars will provide expanding service.
VIOLET, typical sleeping car
The Violet requires mechanical improvements to meet Amtrak requirements and interior improvement to provide: two Master Suites; a Deluxe Double bedroom; a Classic Double bedroom; and, a small lounge.
Additional, similar sleeping cars will provide expanding service.
MAGNOLIA, high level car, both ends couple with other high level cars
The Magnolia requires mechanical improvements to meet Amtrak requirements and interior improvement to provide: two Grande Suites; a Master Suite, a Deluxe Double bedroom; a Classic Double bedroom; bar and lounges.
In addition to High Level and Dome cars that provide full dining services, single level dining cars that also have some bedrooms will provide expanding service.
AMERICA’S TRAINS, OPERATING OVERVIEW
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.
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 while traveling by railroad.
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 boarding, disembarking and intriguing en-route destinations, where Cars park and allow passengers to enjoy a wide variety of off car activities while living on board their luxurious resort on tracks. Cars are dropped off by one and picked up by another train at en-route destinations.
Older passenger cars are repaired to exceed Amtrak mechanical specifications. Interiors are rebuilt to provide ultimate passenger comfort and service.
Up to five Cars travel together (a “Train Set”) providing luxurious sleeping, lounge and dining facilities with up to 22 deluxe bedrooms for 44 double occupancy passengers. There are some bedrooms available for single passengers.
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 (single) 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 with full private bathrooms include: A limited number of Grand Suites, about 120 ft2 (11.15 m2) with a very large bed; Master Suites, about 96 ft2 (8.92 m2) with large beds; Deluxe Doubles, similar to a Master Suite but smaller, about 85 ft2 (7.89 m2) with large beds; Classic Doubles, about 68 ft2 (6.32 m2) with a lower double and an upper twin bed, for two or single passengers; 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.
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