The Rail Heritage of North America
North America's railways have come
a long way since the days of the 'iron horses' that traversed the
old Wild West. Modern, comfortable and fast railways create a
network that reaches almost anywhere on the continent that a
traveller might wish to visit.
Carrying upwards of 100,000
passengers a year, the Rocky Mountaineer has earned a well-deserved
reputation for offering the most comfortable and pleasureable means
of viewing Canada's famous and spectacular Rocky Mountains.
Passengers can relax and enjoy
spacious reclining seats, air conditioning, an at-seat service of
complimentary drinks and snacks and an on-board commentary, as they
are treated to some of the most magnificent scenery on earth from
their window. An open-air viewing platform at the rear of the train
brings the spectacle even closer and is the ideal spot from which
to take photos.
The Grand Canyon
One of the USA's most famous and
celebrated natural phenomena, the Grand Canyon needs no
introduction. Its namesake railway, which makes the sixty-four mile
journey from the town of Williams, Arizona to the canyon's southern
rim, was inaugurated in 1901.
Abandoned and in disrepair by the 1960s the railway was
eventually rescued and lovingly restored as a heritage line. As the
train's beautiful vintage locomotive and carriages pass through
Arizona's breath-taking landscapes, passengers are entertained by
singers and also witness an attempted train robbery and shoot out
performed by actors.
The name Pullman is synonymous with luxury train travel. Based
in Chicago, the Pullman Rail Company was established in 1897 and
became famous for its lavish Art Deco-styled trains and impeccable
standards of service. Although the Pullman Company went out of
business in the 1980s its legacy lives on courtesy of the
authentically restored American Pullman train that runs between
Chicago and New Orleans. Returned to its former glory in every
detail, this exquisitely furnished and decorated train offers
passengers a nostalgic journey back to America's golden era of
luxury rail travel.