Facts & Details
In Operation since:
1997 (all cars date from 1948 - 1960, completely restored starting in 1988)
Number of Trains:
Number of Cars:
2 restaurant dining cars
1 grand glass dome two-story viewing car
1 observation lounge car
1 lounge car
7 guest sleeper cars
Passenger Cabins:
6- 10 cabins per sleeping car
Total Passengers:
Total Crew:
about 30
average speed: 50 mph / 80.47 kmh
Cabin Sizes:
* Grand Suite: 9.5 ft * 7 ft / 2.89 m * 2.13 m = 66.5 sqft / 6.18 sqm
* Classic Presidential Suite: 12 ft * 7 ft / 3.66 m * 2.13 m = 84 sqft / 7.8 sqm
* Parlor Suite: 9 ft * 7 ft / 2.74 m * 2.13 m = 63 sqft / 5.85 sqm
* Vintage Pullman: 7 ft * 7 ft / 2.13 m * 2.13 m = 49 sqft / 4.55 sqm
* Single Sleeper: 6 ft * 7 ft / 1.83 m * 2.13 m = 42 sqft / 3.9 sqm
In-Room Amenities:
* Grand Suite: larger cabin, 2 lower beds in an "L" configuration, converted full-size couch and single sofa seat, pull-out table
* Classic Presidential Suite: double-sized cabin, 2 lower beds, "L" shaped configuration, 2 converted single sofa seats or converted couch
* Parlor Suite: large cabin,  2 lower beds, full couch and seat
* Vintage Pullman: upper and lower beds, converted full-size couch,
* Single Sleeper: lower bed, converted single sofa seat
* all cabins are equipped with a private sink and water closet
* Classic Presidential, Grand Suites and Parlor Suites feature a private shower
* each sleeping car offers a comfortable shower room located at the end of the hall (shower time can be scheduled with the porter), each shower room is equipped with clean towels, fresh soap, shampoo and rinse, shower slipper recommended
* large picture windows
* terry cloth robes provided
* 4 in / 10 cm hanging storage with hangers, shelves (one overhead storage with less than one foot clearance), drawers; no off-site storage (pack light, recommended is one medium-sized checked bag 10 in * 16 in * 24 in / 25.4 cm * 40.6 cm * 61 cm and a carry on)
* bottled water (water in the train´s onboard system meets FDA standards and is safe but it is not recommended for drinking)
* complete set of toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion)
* en-train telephone service
* porter call pager
* Souvenir Sales
* Dining Cars
* 2 level Dome Car with lounge and passenger service office on the lower level
* Observation Lounge Car with full lounge service with a raised rear-car viewing lounge and full bar service
* Lounge Car with full bar service and baby grand piano entertainment
* Library in the Dome Car
* Game and Card area
* no on-train laundry service, depending on the intinerary of the train laundry or dry cleaning service will be offered on very limited availability
* telephone for outgoing calls in the Dome Car (AT&T, MCI, Sprint or other phone cards can be used as well as MC or AE), fax machine is available for emergencies only in the Passengers Services Office
* Intercom system in the Dining Cars, Dome Car, Lounge Cars, hallways of sleeping cars and cabins for announcements of all kinds
* pianist
* guest performers on special theme departures
* tour lecturers and guides
* audio portions and lectures can be braodcast throughout the train with the sound system
* daily program placed in your cabin
* detailed route guide available in your cabin
* Children 8 and older are welcome on the train, children, ages 8 - 12, will receive a 50 % discount off the published fares, when sharing a cabin with 2 full paying adults (25 % with 1 full paying adult)
* no special kids´ activities
* kids younger than 16 years have to be accompanied by an adult all time
Food & Beverages:
* First class dining, menue reflecting the ethnic and cultural influences of the visited area, seasonal and regional specialties
* full-service breakfast in the dining car, full American breakfast
* optional continental breakfast in the lounge car
* coffee and orange juice for breakfast as in-room-service available
* 3 course lunch with a choice of 2 entrées and 3 desserts in the dining car
* light lunch in the lounge car (sandwiches, snacks)
* 5 course dinner (open seating) with appetizer, soup, salat, choice of 3 - 4 entrées and 3 desserts and coffee
* free non-alcoholic beverages
* selection of complimentary wine for dinner
* Afternoon tea with petit fours, sandwiches, pastries on cruising days
* Welcome aboard and Farewell Champagne Receptions
* no private liquor allowed
casual (comfortable clothes and walking shoes, jackets and dresses are not required for dinner, although some passengers prefer to dress up for dinner, one dressier outfit for special evenings)
* included as decribed in the itinerary
* optional tours available
Special Cruises:
8 regional itineraries:
* Copper Canyon & Colonial Mexico (El Paso roundtrip)
* Antebellum South (New Orleans - Washington, D.C.  and return)
* Coastal Culinary Adventure (Los Angeles - Seattle and return)
* National Parks of the West (Los Angeles - Salt Lake City and return)
* The Great Northwest & Rockies (Salt Lake City - Seattle and return)
* Rockies & Sierras (Oakland - Denver and return)
* Great Transcontinental Rail Journey (Washington D.C. - Los Angeles)
* American Southwest (Los Angeles - El Paso and return)
Cruise Length:
3 to 9 nights
* Golden Rail Club (discounts on future bookings and on souvenier purchase)
Amenities for physically challenged passengers:
The train was refurbished before the American Disabilities Act and therefore it does not comply with ADA standards. Certain safety regulations affecting the design of the train may cause difficulty for persons with limited mobility. The carriages cannot accomodate wheelchairs and most walkers. The hallways in the sleeping carriages are 23 inches / 58 cm wide, and the doorways leading into the cabins are 18 inches / 45 cm wide.
Single Travellers:
* Single travellers cabins available
Pooled Gratuities, $ 15 per day per passenger (can be settled on your onboard account); additional gratuities for off-train excursions
Fellow Travellers:
Average age is 50+
110 V, US plug-ins
Climate Control:
individual air condition and heating
Currency / Credit Cards:
USD, most major credit cards
American Orient Express
5100 Main Street, Suite 300
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone (630)  663-4550
Toll Free 1-800-320-4206