Rocky Mountaineer is always a favorite travel experience for this style of travel, and they have now announced that seven newly built GoldLeaf Service rail cars will be offered on its Western Canadian rail routes for the 2019 season. Now, you have yet another reason to plan your own Rocky Mountaineer getaway! The world’s largest privately owned luxury train company will add four rail cars to its fleet this month, with three additional cars coming later in the season. The bi-level rail cars feature oversized glass-dome windows and a separate dining area for guests traveling through the Canadian Rockies.

About Rocky Mountaineer

Since 1990, Rocky Mountaineer has welcomed more than two million guests, and provided an intimate and luxurious escape into nature. Guests choose from more than 50 vacation packages and four unique rail routes, which travel through iconic destinations such as Seattle, WA, Vancouver, B.C., and the majestic Canadian Rockies in Alberta. The unparalleled experience onboard the all domed fleet offers rich, historic storytelling, world-class cuisine, and a first-hand look at the vast and untouched wild beauty of Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The level of service from start to finish is priceless, and simply a must-experience in your lifetime!

The New Additions

To meet the growing demand from travelers worldwide, Rocky Mountaineer partnered with the Swiss rail car company Stadler to engineer and then build the new equipment at its facilities in Germany, keeping guest comfort and experience at the forefront throughout. This project marked the largest capital investment in Rocky Mountaineer’s history. The remaining three cars will join the fleet in 2020, bringing the company’s total to 26 bi-level GoldLeaf rail cars and 16 single-level SilverLeaf rail cars to mark Rocky Mountaineer’s 30th anniversary as a luxury tourist company.

“These new GoldLeaf rail cars will allow us to welcome even more guests on board our trains and offer increased availability across our most popular dates and routes,” said Steve Sammut, president and chief executive officer, Rocky Mountaineer. “We were intentional in designing these new cars to offer the same exemplary guest comfort across the entire fleet, while also making numerous engineering enhancements behind the scenes that reflect our goal of constantly enhancing both the experience and efficiency of our service.”

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The New GoldLeaf Rail Cars Features

Each GoldLeaf rail car seats 72 guests. The new cars will be added to the trains traveling on two of Rocky Mountaineer’s routes: First Passage to the West, a two-day rail journey between Vancouver and Lake Louise or Banff; and Journey through the Clouds, a two-day rail journey between Vancouver and Jasper.

  • Dimmable domed windows: The upper level windows use a suspended particle device layer, which can be dimmed to moderate the intensity of incoming sunlight. This is similar technology to what is used in luxury yachts and business jets.
  • Redesigned galley kitchens: The galleys feature upgraded ovens and stovetops, electrical grills, eco-friendly dishwashers, and optimal preparation spaces for meal preparation.
  • Custom-designed seats: The heated composite-leather seats recline without impacting the guest seated behind and can spin 180 degrees to create more social seating.
  • Enhanced ride quality: The cars feature other technical features that enhance the overall guest experience, including improved suspension design.

Our Favorite 2019 Rocky Mountaineer Journeys

Rockies and Vancouver Island Circle (10 Days): Travel past ethereal lakes, jagged mountain peaks and raging rivers as you travel towards the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley and Vancouver’s sparkling coastline. From Vancouver, you’ll travel by ferry to the beautiful island city of Victoria for an overnight excursion in British Columbia’s capital city.

Journey Through The Clouds Outdoor Adventures (11 Days): Experience the natural beauty of Western Canada and get out and about. In addition to relaxing sightseeing journeys, you’ll enjoy guided hiking in Jasper, rafting on the Bow River, canoeing on Lake Louise, and more!

Golden Circle via Whistler (12 Days): Experience the ultimate rail journey through the Canadian Rockies. Stay overnight in Whistler before journeying to Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff, where there will be plenty of time to shop, explore and max out your camera’s memory card.