VANCOUVER and SAN FRANCISCO, March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Rocky Mountaineer announced a strategic partnership with Alstom to rejuvenate the luxury tourist rail company's fleet of domed SilverLeaf rail cars. The project requires Rocky Mountaineer cars to be stripped to their frame and trucks and entirely re-engineered; producing newly refurbished train cars that will be added to the Rocky Mountaineer fleet.
The engineering and design process was completed in 2015 and resulted in a complete interior renovation to upgrade the cars in terms of technology, comfort and aesthetic. The cars are custom built by Alstom with the signature oversized windows, luxurious seating and state of the art mechanical systems.
"We underwent extensive research to understand what our guests require to be completely comfortable and have every amenity available at their seat," said Gord Miller, VP of rail operations and asset development, Rocky Mountaineer. "Alstom is a leader in train car builds and often at the helm of new developments in engineering. After much consideration and evaluation of prospective partners, Alstom had the expertise to produce the best possible SilverLeaf cars."
"Alstom has a strong history providing services to rail customers and we are delighted to be working with Rocky Mountaineer on this project," said Bernd Burgstahler, Managing Director, Services, North America for Alstom. "Rebuilding Rocky Mountaineer's cars will allow them to continue to provide the unique and luxurious experience and service their guests have come to expect."
An open house event for trade partners and media will be held at the Alstom facility in Vallejo, CA on Friday, March 18, 2016 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. before the rail cars make their way to Vancouver in time for Rocky Mountaineer's season launch in April. Alstom has completed three rail cars and will have finished six rail cars by the start of the 2017 season.
About Rocky Mountaineer
Since 1990, Rocky Mountaineer, the world's largest privately owned luxury tourist train, has welcomed over 1.7 million guests to inhale the mountain air and let nature take their breath away. An unparalleled experience onboard the all dome-fleet offers rich, historic storytelling, World Class cuisine and a first-hand look at the vast and untouched wild beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies. With over 65 vacation packages, guests can chose from four unique rail routes, including the company's second three day rail route, Rainforest to Gold Rush, and travel through iconic destinations such as Seattle, WA, Vancouver, BC, and the majestic Canadian Rockies in Alberta.
Vancouver-based Rocky Mountaineer was recently named one of Deloitte Canada's Best Managed Companies for their customer-centric strategy and investment mindset and won Media Corp's award for Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers in 2015. With offices located globally, Rocky Mountaineer continues to expand the business through innovation and strategic growth while focusing on creating life changing experiences for guests.
As a promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom develops and markets systems, equipment and services for the railway sector. Alstom manages the widest range of solutions in the market – from high-speed trains to metros and tramways – and associated maintenance, modernisation, infrastructure and signalling solutions. Alstom is a world leader in integrated railway systems. It recorded sales of €6.2 billion and booked €10 billion of orders in the 2014/15 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 32,000 people today.
SOURCE Rocky Mountaineer