Our Partner, Pullman Rail Journeys
February 16, 2017
By Kevin R. Tam, President
At Uncommon Journeys, we are careful about who we choose as our travel partners. And one company that has passed our test time and time again is Pullman Rail Journeys who own and operate private Vista-Dome Streamliner trains to our (and their) exacting standards. But just who are they?
“Carefully brought back to service and ardently detailed to be as historically accurate as possible, classic Pullman Cars offer passengers the chance to rediscover the style, ambiance and craftsmanship of the golden age of rail travel,” they claim. “Modern conveniences such as showers, wireless Internet access and power outlets have been thoughtfully added to maximize comfort and enhance your experience. And with classic American dining, an engaging social setting and first-class, personalized Pullman service, each iconic journey takes you back to a civilized, sophisticated era when the journey was as much anticipated as the destination.”
They have invested a lot of time, effort and money into restoring the great rail cars of yesteryear. They point out that their “fully restored Pullman Rail Cars feature modern amenities to maximize comfort and sophistication and enhance every moment of your journey without compromising authenticity. Showers to keep you feeling refreshed upon your arrival. Power outlets for your convenience. Wireless Internet access to keep you connected. Updated lighting and ergonomic design to improve the flow of your environment. Every detail has been carefully considered to ensure that your experience is as pleasing and authentic as possible.
“To ensure a seamless experience, the restored Pullman cars have been updated with new heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems, along with a backup diesel generator. Window replacements uphold current federal standards. Renovations to the running gear including wheels, trucks, and couplers promote a smoother ride. And following any necessary bodywork improvements, we’ve repainted the cars to represent the Iowa Pacific color palette, with an inaugural route from Chicago-New Orleans reflecting Illinois Central’s traditional yellow and green color palette.”
The inside gets just as much attention. The “restoration of the car interiors begins by updating all of the finishes to the original Pullman design,” they explain. “To maximize comfort, we’ve refurbished the plumbing systems and installed new shower facilities. We’ve also added Wireless Internet capabilities, plush linens and designer bedding, along with upgraded mattresses, carpets, window shades and upholstery. And PA systems, emergency lighting, fire alert and suppression systems have been added to enhance passenger safety.”
Want to see what it’s like to travel with our partners at Pullman Rail Journeys? Just take a look below and note that all these lovely photos have been provided by Pullman Rail Journeys. Ready to take a ride on the rails?
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