The Rocky Mountaineer

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The Rocky Mountaineer is the largest privately run passenger railroad in North America. It has been in operation since 1990 and has a sustainable business model that runs luxury tourist trains a couple of times a week seasonally (May through September) on three different two-day, all daylight routes through the Rocky Mountains along the tracks of CN and CP. These trains all have overnight stays (in Kamloops or Quesnel) with a hotel room included in the train fares (that start at $911 for the 2012 season) en-route. Passengers must travel the full route (except for detraining in Banff on Calgary-bound trains, or the reverse), intermediate travel is prohibited. Trains run three different classes of service: RedLeaf gives a seat in a traditional rail car with included cold breakfast and lunch service, and an open window in the vestibule to allow for open air viewing. SilverLeaf upgrades the rail car to a single-level car with dome like windows (similar to a SuperLiner Sightseer Lounge). GoldLeaf is one of the most luxurious coach seating rail services in the world. It provides seating in a double-decker Colorado Railcar Ultra Dome with two-by-two seating in the upper level beneath an almost fully wrap-around dome that even puts the aisle seat under glass, only the aisle itself doesn't have glass above it. Downstairs is a kitchen and dining area that provides gourmet breakfast and lunch (all included even liqueur) along with about a ten-foot-by-ten-foot open air platform (the back porch) that allows fresh air to be taken in and reflection free photography. The train unfortunately does allow passengers to change and go to another car so each becomes its own little micro-community complete with from 1 (in Red Leaf) to 4 plus a culinary team (in Gold Leaf) assigned to the car that provides a running commentary of the scenery and all of the included meals and beverage services. The Rocky Mountaineer does sell one-way tickets but most passengers go on one of their longer package rail journeys. All of my coverage is from going on the last of the 2011 season Golden Circle via Whistler Vacation Package. On this trip I visited and photographed every station used except Calgary. The Rocky Mountaineer's Marketing department in 2010 rebranded all of the routes (the old ones are in parenthesis).

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Rocky Mountaineer

Last Updated: 16 January, 2010
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