AMERICA’S TRAINS’ CARS
Within several years the America’s Trains fleet of cars will grow to include about 29 standard passenger cars that travel as part of different train sets with from 1 up to 5 cars, plus several self sufficient private cars with 2 or 3 bedrooms that can travel alone or with a train set, and a few activity cars that travel with trains sets to provide special entertainment and events.
Cars have common interior characteristics, but each has unique, luxurious features. They are named after flowers.
Sequential introduction of cars is based on individual car improvement requirements and consumer demand.
The first car is a self sufficient high level car, the Sunflower. 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 1,300 square feet of passenger space.
Necessary improvements have been completed as required to be and the Sunflower is Amtrak certified.
Sunflower accommodations include 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). It is a transition car that allows it to be joined to high level cars at one end and single level cars at the other.
The Magnolia, a second high level car, will join the Sunflower when improvements are completed. It has two Grande Suites, a Master Suite, a Deluxe Double bedroom, a Classic Double bedroom, bar and lounges. The Sunflower will be the dining Car with a lounge, and the Magnolia will provide lounges and other amenities.
Dome cars have 2 Master Suites or 3 Deluxe Double bedrooms, a full kitchen, a dining area and lounges that include an upper level which is about 30% the length of the car. When improvements are complete on the first dome car, the Hibiscus, it will operate alone until the next sleeping car is ready for service.
Single Level Cars
Single level sleeping cars have 2 Master Suites, 3 Deluxe Double bedrooms and 1 Classic Double bedroom. The first sleeping car is the Violet.
Single level dining cars will include 2 Master Suites, full dining and a bar.
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Bedrooms have full private bathrooms, a safe, minibar, wifi, television and other deluxe amenities. There are four bedroom categories:
Grand Suites, about 120 ft2 (11.15 m2) with a king bed; on the lower level of two level cars.
Master Suites, about 96 ft2 (8.92 m2) with queen or king beds.
Deluxe Doubles, similar to but smaller than a Master Suite, about 88 ft2 (8.16 m2) with queen beds.
Classic Doubles, about 68 ft2 (6.32 m2) with a lower double and an upper twin bed, for two or single passengers.
Duplex Suites on some private cars, which are two bedrooms each having a large or two lower twin beds, private toilets and sinks, with a shared connecting shower.
Crew cabins may be infrequently used to accommodate single or extra passengers. Crew may infrequently sleep in Amtrak car bedrooms.
AMERICA’S TRAINS, OPERATING OVERVIEW
By the 1970s airline service and improved highways had replaced railroads as a primary way to travel in the United States; Amtrak assumed responsibility for passenger train operations. This led to the disappearance of and there has been no ongoing regular, luxury vacation train service in the United states and none that provided en-route on board layovers.
Amtrak’s normal objective is to move people between stations as quickly as possible, stopping just long enough for light 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 off-car activities while traveling by train.
America’s Trains fills this void with Journeys by Rail on luxurious rebuilt railroad 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 traveling together as a train set provide luxurious sleeping, lounge and dining facilities with from 4 to 22 deluxe double occupancy bedrooms. There are some bedrooms available for single passengers.
Self sufficient private cars 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.
A few activity cars with special event capabilities or that are configured for use as traveling displays, for presentations or meetings will travel with Train Sets.