Luxury train. No, that’s not an oxymoron.
We’re talking about a special, one-of-a-kind train made up of privately owned railcars. The railcars are beautifully restored, vintage cars originally built in the mid-1900s by the famed Pullman Company for America’s finest trains.
Climb aboard the Great Western Limited and you’re treated to sleeper cars with private compartments—many with private bathrooms.
Even better is the “Scenic View” full-length dome car. It’s here you’ll spend your day, dining on freshly prepared dishes, meeting fellow travelers and taking in the passing view of mountains, valleys and vineyards.
The train, operated by Uncommon Journeys, is the highlight of the California company’s selection of national park tours. Other high points include nights at top hotels in the parks, fine dining and, often, a week sailing on a premium cruise ship.
Dome car dining
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, your windowside table comes with a magnificent view of the countryside. En route between the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, for example, breakfast includes visions of the Cascade Mountains. Seeing Mount Shasta, in particular, makes getting out of bed early worth the effort. Of course, you could simply push up the shade in your sleeping compartment and ring your porter for a cup of coffee.
At every meal in the dome car, the menu offers a wide choice of delicious dishes. Wine? Beer? Cocktails? They’re all included in your fare. Did I mention white tablecloths and fresh flowers? Remember, this is a luxury train.