Others Are Saying
Here are some selections from a few familiar
publications that have mentioned our rail carriages and their unique travel experiences.
Featured excerpts are taken directly from publications like Sunset Magazine,
Country Inns & New York Newsday.
"A 1928 beauty with hand-rubbed Honduran Mahogany
paneling, is an excellent choice for longer routes. The car boasts the largest bedroom
suite of any car. Each of the four sleeping compartments contains an original sterling
silver pull- down sink. Terrycloth bathrobes and fancy soaps are standard amenities.
Service, reminiscent of the golden age of railroad barons, is gracious and special
requests are expected and met. The car has been host to many of Hollywood's leading film
stars, politicians and industrial tycoons".
The Houston Post,
November 4, 1990
"Uncommon Journeys offer the most luxurious (and
expensive) trips. Four cars run throughout the US on tours or on your own custom schedule.
Cars are from the 1920's; interiors include mahogany paneling, silk shades and Hepplewhite
Sunset Magazine, March 1991
"A 1928 jewel with white lacquer decor, has three
sleeping compartments, two containing double beds. Terrycloth bathrobes and fancy soaps
are standard amenities. In the 1940's and 1950's, Hollywood leading film stars, plus
politicians and industrial tycoons, were among this car's passengers"
St. Petersburg Times,
November 4, 1990
"...HOUSTON offers a more understated elegance.
Throughout the HOUSTON, walls glow with the warmth of hand-rubbed Honduran mahogany. The
rich patina adds depth and continuity of the interior of this 1928 Pullman. The car
retains all of its original fixtures and furnishings-making it a true time capsule of
1920's train travel. The HOUSTON also boasts the largest bedroom of any railcar in the
country. In the HOUSTON dining room, elegant gourmet meals are served on the original,
circa 1934 Southern Pacific Railroad settings of bone-colored china with the gilt 'SP'
logo. The intricately carved antique Hepplewhite chairs echo the room's mahogany
Country Inns Magazine,
"...this 1928 built Pullman- Standard car once
hosted the rich and famous, the who's who of industry and other dignitaries. It was the
train car Robert Kennedy used while stomping the campaign train. Newly restored to its
original pre-war decor, the car boasts carved 1930's-style moldings, crystal light
fixtures, fresh cut flowers, mahogany appointments and big picture windows. The 'Los
Angeles' sleeps seven, comes complete with a formal dining room, observation lounge,
staterooms, and the onboard services of a master chef, steward and concierge. The chefs
are trained by the acclaimed Regina Charboneau, and they use the finest ingredients to
prepare the likes of cream biscuits, delicate oyster soup, seared venison and chocolate
November 1, 1991
The HOUSTON, A 1928 beauty with hand rubbed Honduran-
mahogany paneling, is an excellent choice for longer routes. Each of the four sleeping
compartments contains an original sterling-silver pull down sink. Service, reminiscent of
the golden days of the railroad barons, is gracious and special requests are expected and
met. The car has been host to politicians and Hollywood's leading film stars.
New York Newsday,
October 4, 1992
'LOS ANGELES' is named for its home base and exemplifies
the brighter, more contemporary style of Hollywood. In fact, Douglas Fairbanks, Ginger
Rogers and Noel Coward enjoyed the car during its heyday. Although it is the same size as
the HOUSTON, the LOS ANGELES features a larger lounge area and its four bedrooms sleeps
seven guests comfortably. Couples will appreciate the double beds in the two master
bedrooms, a rare find on a train.... The dining room chairs, like the side chairs in the
lounge, were obtained from a luxurious French Ocean Liner. The place settings, again
monogrammed with the Southern Pacific logo, are the same as those once used by movie stars
in the 1930's and 1940's. Standard operating procedure includes impeccable white jacketed
butlers and complete silver service. Drinks are delivered on silver trays. Rolls and
pastries, baked fresh on board and served piping hot and wrapped in linen napkins, also
arrive on gleaming platters. Even after-dinner mints are formally presented. And it would
be unthinkable to bother a guest with the signing of a check.
Country Inns Magazine,
"....I was not to be disappointed aboard the 1928
San Francisco- based private varnish, the HOUSTON. Particular about providing impeccable
service, tour operator Christopher Kyte offer guests bouquets of fresh flowers, terrycloth
bathrobes, scented soaps, evening turn down, room service summoned by the ring of a bell
and gourmet dining. The HOUSTON is one of the private railroad cars whose original design
has not been altered. The dark rubbed Honduran mahogany paneling and built-in cabinets are
original. Brass light fixtures with frosted glass shades are reproductions of the early
1900 Pullman style fixtures. Each of the four sleeping compartments contains a toilet and
the original, gleaming sterling silver sink. The car boasts the largest bedroom suite of
any car in the United States-measuring eight by seventeen feet.
'....Later we chatted over cocktails in the lounge then
proceeded to the dining room for dinner. China, crystal, white linen and a centerpiece of
fragrant yellow roses provided the perfect setting for a formal, candlelight repast. The
amiable young steward served courses of Caesar salad, Veal Milanese with fresh vegetable
bought from a produce stand along the route, and for dessert, poached pears drenched In
raspberry sauce. An excellent bottle of wine accompanied the delicious, freshly prepared
meal. Coffee, liqueurs and a leisurely conversation followed as we watched distant city
lights twinkle past the windows in the darkness.
Innsider Magazine, March 1990