More details are emerging on the X Train party choo-choo that will offer train service between Southern California and Vegas for the first time in more than 15 years (it's set to start service in a year). The 576-passenger train will take off from the Fullerton Transportation Center in OC--connecting to Metrolink and Amtrak--and run on Union Pacific tracks, traverse Joshua tree, and drop passengers off in downtown Vegas five and a half hours later. The people behind the publicly-traded X Train venture have a year to build out a new station behind the Plaza Hotel and Casino, Vegas Inc. reports. "[X Train president Michael] Barron said his company will build a 50-foot strip along the back of the Plaza, and Union Pacific will install a switch and stub track along the length of the area to serve as a station platform."
Before passengers arrive, they can wander around the train's 16 cars, which include two food service cars, two lounges, and 12 first-class passenger compartments with 48 seats and a small bar (the one-way $100 tickets include food and drinks, but not "exotic cocktails"). The cars will be tricked out soon, but there're still more railway agreements and double-tracking required before service begins.Schedules also have to be finalized, but Barron is planning up-and-back trips on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays--with the trains leaving Fullerton in the early afternoon so passengers arrive in the early evening.
· X Train Aims to Make Party of SoCal-Vegas Trip [Vegas Inc.]