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FOR RELEASE: Monday, October 14, 2013

Still in its first year, L.A. based American Railway Explorer has lived up to its name

Ten miles west of Green River, Utah.  An American Railway Explorer railcar, “The Kansas,”  recently journeyed from L.A. to Denver.

Ten miles west of Green River, Utah. An American Railway Explorer railcar, “The Kansas,” recently journeyed from L.A. to Denver.

Not limited just to day charters out of L.A., these luxury private railcars are traveling countrywide

LOS ANGELES –As its name conveys, the Los Angeles-based American Railway Explorer, which marked its first anniversary of operation in September, has truly been exploring America – carrying adventurous charter passengers from “from sea to shining sea” in elegant private railcars attached to scheduled Amtrak trains.

The American Railway Explorer is a collection of three private charter railcars that recall the luxury of a bygone era. The railcars – a salon car, a dome car and a rear open-platform car – were built in the 1950s and redesigned in 1987 by Orient Express architect James Park. They were extensively refurbished and refitted from the wheels up in 2012. The collection is owned and operated by Ansco, a unit of the Denver-based Anschutz Corporation. 

Most American Railway Explorer charters are corporate single-day, round-trip special event charters between L.A. and San Diego or Santa Barbara. However, for a fortunate few, the railcars have been chartered for long-distance travel to other parts of the country, even as far as the eastern seaboard. For example: 

  • A Seattle-based entrepreneur recently celebrated his birthday by chartering two cars to transport friends and family from Seattle to Los Angeles. 
  • A Denver industrialist chartered a railcar for a trip that began in Los Angeles and took him and his wife on a 14-day, 7,500-mile tour of America, including stops in Seattle, Washington D.C. and New Orleans.
  • A San Francisco family chartered all three cars for a family reunion that took them from Los Angeles to Oakland and Salt Lake City.
  • Not married to tradition, a couple chartered two cars and held their wedding ceremony on the train en route from Los Angeles to Denver.

The company’s president and CEO, Jim Bain, says that while charters with regional and national itineraries have highlighted the operation’s inaugural year, the company is targeting special-event travel markets, including daytrips for customer appreciation events, corporate functions, sports events, festivals, alumni group outings, sales incentive travel, and special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions. 

The daily charter rate is $5,000 for one railcar and less per car if two or three cars are chartered together.  Costs are less for non-occupied transport of cars to starting points other than L.A. Catering costs vary.

The company’s website address is www.AmericanRailwayExplorer.com. For charter information and arrangements, Jim Bain can be reached at 720-635-2002 or by e-mail at jbain@aretrain.com.

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FOR RELEASE:  September 18, 2013

A different train of thought for company holiday parties: chartering private railcars

American Railway Explorer railcars combine parties with daytrips to San Diego or Santa Barbara

LOS ANGELES – Right now in companies everywhere those charged with planning the annual company holiday party are booking the usual event venues – restaurant party spaces or hotel banquet rooms. 

Meanwhile, parked at Los Angeles Union Station, there are three plush American Railway Explore private railcars, designed by James Park, the architect of the Venice Simplon Orient Express, that promise to transform a mundane holiday party into a “moving experience” – in both senses of the word – with a daytrip to San Diego or Santa Barbara.

The three plush private charter railcars of the American Railway Explorer collection – a salon party car, a dome car and an open platform car – can be chartered for coastal holiday party trips hitched to the back of a scheduled Amtrak train. The company takes care of all the details, including catering and arrangements with Amtrak. 

The company’s president and CEO, Jim Bain, says, “When you are in a private railcar that’s traveling along the coast, there’s a shared experience and intimate atmosphere that generates camaraderie.”

Amtrak has more than 20 trips daily from Los Angeles Union Station, providing many itinerary options.  Take, for example, a daytrip to San Diego. Linked to an Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train, your chartered railcar departs Los Angeles at 8:30 a.m. En route, your guests are treated to breakfast and coast-hugging views of the Pacific.   

The train drops your guests off in San Diego three hours later. There historic buildings mix with many visitor attractions on the site of California’s first Spanish settlement. The train departs San Diego at 2:40 p.m. and arrives back at Los Angeles Union Station at 5:40 p.m.  En route, guests enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

The charter cost is $5,000 per day for the first car, with a lesser rate for a second or third car.  Catering and Amtrak charges are additional. Car capacities range from 12 to 30.  The total daytrip capacity for all three cars is 64.

American Railway Explorer is owned by Ansco, a unit of the Denver-based Anschutz Corporation. The cars were designed in 1987; they were refurbished in 2012.

The company’s website is www.AmericanRailwayExplorer.com. Bain can be reached at 720-635-2002 or by e-mail at jbain@aretrain.com.


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FOR RELEASE: Thursday, September 13, 2012

American Railway Explorer debuts at L.A. Union Station on Thursday

Luxury charter railcars were designed by architect of the Orient Express

LOS ANGELES The American Railway Explorer, a collection of three locally based, luxury charter railcars hearkening to the “Golden Age of Travel,” debuted Thursday (September 13) at a “First-Look” VIP open house at Los Angeles Union Station. The railcars, designed in 1987 by Orient Express architect James Park, are owned and operated by Ansco, a unit of the Denver-based Anschutz Corporation. 

The railcars previously were chartered in connection with the Ski Train that once ran between Denver and the mountain resort at Winter Park, CO. They were recently extensively renovated and moved to Los Angeles. They are available for daytrips and multi-day charter from travel points in California and throughout America.

The company is targeting special-event travel markets, including customer appreciation events, corporate functions, sports events, festivals, alumni group outings, sales incentive travel, and special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions.

The daily charter rate per railcar is $5,000 for one railcar and significantly less per car if two or three cars are chartered together. Catering costs vary. Wolfgang Puck is the operation’s exclusive caterer.

The operation’s president and general manager, Jim Bain, said, “We’re not modest about it. We feel these are the finest railcars in America. For special events, chartering these railcars sure beats holding a gathering at a hotel meeting room or a restaurant.”

He said that the company expects that special-event excursions linked to Amtrak trains to San Diego and Santa Barbara will be the most popular itineraries. “With more than 20 Amtrak trains passing through Los Angeles each day, our charter clients have a lot of options.”

The company’s website is www.AmericanRailwayExplorer.com. Bain can be reached at 720-635-2002 or by e-mail at jbain@aretrain.com.

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Media contact: Dan Christopherson, mobile 303-521-4172.