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Page Title: Rocky Mountaineer Fact Sheet
Page Synopsis: Rocky Mountaineer Fact Sheet. Rail tours through the Canadian Rocky Mountains.



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Rocky Mountaineer Fact Sheet

WHAT: Rocky Mountaineer Railtours two-day, all daylight rail journey follows the historic train route constructed over 100 years ago through Canada's West and the Canadian Rockies. The entire trip takes place during daylight hours to ensure travellers enjoy all the scenery. Guests overnight midway in accommodation in historic Kamloops, British Columbia. Built around the two-day train trip are more than 60 package tours which explore the breathtaking scenery of British Columbia and Alberta by land, sea and rail.
WHERE: Travelling eastbound and westbound between coastal city of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Jasper or Banff and Calgary, Alberta, the Rocky Mountaineer retraces the legendary western Canadian routes of the first transcontinental railway.
WHEN: Rocky Mountaineer Railtours operates from mid-April to mid-October and features a special festive holiday season train with four departures in December.
In 2004, the year-round non-rail “Canadian Discoveries and Experiences” packages were introduced.
HOW: Rocky Mountaineer offers two choices of service:

RedLeaf Service provides guests with assigned, spacious, comfortable reclining seats, large picture windows, and at-your-seat meal service, in a non-smoking, air-conditioned traditional rail coach environment. The trip is highlighted by the individual attention and colourful, interpretative, commentary provided by an Onboard Attendant. Open-air vestibules are available at the end of all coaches.

GoldLeaf Service guests enjoy reserved seating in bi-level glass domed coaches, featuring panoramic views on the upper level and an elegant dining room on the main level where a la carte breakfasts and lunches are served. The spectacular sights are only outdone by the outstanding service and informative commentary provided by the four Onboard Attendants assigned to each coach.
SIGHTS: Breathtaking views of the majestic, snow-covered Canadian Rockies, rugged canyons and seemingly endless rivers and valleys are only interrupted by sightings of Big Horn Sheep, moose, deer and elk.
ROLLING STOCK:

75 pieces of equipment including 35 RedLeaf coaches, 12 GoldLeaf bi-level dome coaches and five locomotives.

Rocky Mountaineer Railtours' five locomotives purchased in 2001 were originally used by Canadian National Rail. They are GP40-2 models built by General motors.

The 35 RedLeaf coaches are classically styled railcars built in 1954 in Montreal by Canadian Car and Foundry and have been upgraded a number of times since. The two styles operated by Rocky Mountaineer Railtours are the 5700 and 3200 series. Some of the coaches in the 5700 series were originally built as roomette sleeping cars before being converted for daytime use in 1972.

Rocky Mountaineer Railtours also operates a total of 12 GoldLeaf dome coaches, which were custom-built for the company by Colorado Railcar in Fort Lupton, Colorado. The first dome coach was introduced in 1995 with the most recent addition to the fleet beginning service in 2004.

The company has four power generating units, which supply power for lighting and air conditioning the coaches. In addition, there are two baggage cars, two lounge cars and four supply/staff cars, all of which were constructed in the 1950's for Canadian National. Each is 26 metres/86.5 ft long and weighs approximately 63 metric tonnes/70,000 lbs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Michelle Dunn
Manager, Communications
Tel: 604-606-7324
Email:
mdunn@rockymountaineer.com

WEB SITES:

www.rockymountaineer.com
www.WinterRailtours.com
www.spectacularmeetings.com

TOLL FREE # RESERVATIONS (Canada/US):

1-800-665-7245





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