GRANDLUXE RAIL JOURNEYS AMERICAN SPIRIT - NEW ORLEANS

UPDATED WITH 8 NEW LINKS.

Originated as the American European Express this operation was renamed the American Orient Express after an ownership change in 1989.  In 2006 the operation was acquired by Colorado Railcar owner, Tom Rader, who attempted to continue the operation of the train as well as expanding it, but to no avail.  This operation shut-down in 2008.  (Also of note is that AOE also operated another tourist operation called the Americna Spirit, which became the Montana Daylight in 2001.)

All of the cars were acquired by Philip Anschutz' ANSCO Corp., owner of both the Grand Canyon Rwy. and the Denver Ski Train, with the hope of reinstating the latter.  After failing to get the Ski Train running again ANSCO attempted to revive the train as the American Railway Explorer but the idea was quickly shelved due to the poor state of the Economy. 


A number of cars were rebuilt and repainted in ARE green and buff but have since been sold.  Six cars have been sent to Grand Canyon RR. while most of the others have been sold for use on the purposed Greenbrier Express.  Cars sent to the GCRX are: Chicago, Copper Canyon, New Orleans (as ARE Yellowstone), Portland (as ARE Bryce Canyon), San Francisco and Washington.

I wish to thank Clint Chamberlin, Jody Moore, Mike Palmieri and Mark Sublette for their help with identifying the histories of the cars listed below.  I am also indebted to all for additional information that they has provided.

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 AEEX/AOEX - Grandluxe Rail Journeys
Includes listings for the American European Express and American Orient Express.
  • AEE 800310 Bay Point - (ex-AMTK 4588, exx-UP 5548, nee-UP Alpine Meadow) ACF LW club car rblt. from coach, originally 14 Sect. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • AEE 800255 Berlin - (ex-AMTK 2263, nee-UP 1504 Placid Lake) PS LW 7 bedroom - 2 Presidential Suite rblt. from 11 DBR. (R. WRIGHT)
  • AEE 800308 Chicago - (ex-ARR 5014, nee-UP 5014) ACF LW diner rblt. from cafe - lounge. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • AEE 800308 Chicago - (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • AEE 800308 Chicago - (R. WRIGHT)
  • AEE 800308 Chicago - (R. WRIGHT)
  • AEE 800297 Istanbul - (ex-AMTK 2381, nee-SP 9119) PS LW 2 Presidential suite - 2 Parlor suite - 2 bedroom rblt. from 4 DBR - 4 Comp - 2 DR. (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • AEE 800231 Monte Carlo - (ex-8404 Corp., nee-B&O 7045 Opequon) PS LW LW 2 presidential suite - 8 BR rblt. from 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AEE 800231 Monte Carlo - (R. WRIGHT)
  • AEE 800321 New York - (ex-Sandy Creek Corps. 6639, nee-NYC 10634 Sandy Creek, nee-10571) LW 5 DBR - lounge RE observation. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AEE New York - (RR - FALLEN FLAGS)
  • AEE 800298 Paris - (ex-AMTK 2382, nee-SP 9120) PS LW 2 Presidential suite - 2 Parlor suite - 4 SBR rblt. from 4 DBR - 4 Comp - 2 DR. (R. WRIGHT)
  • AEE 800311 St. Moritz - (ex-AMTK 4596, exx-UP 5556, nee-Alpine Meadow) ACF LW piano lounge rblt. from coach, originally from 14 Sect. (R. WRIGHT)
  • AEE 800109 Vienna - (ex-Trans-Rocky Mountain Tours, exx-AMTK 2269, nee-UP 1510 Placid Waters) PS LW 7 bedroom - 2 Presidential Suite rblt. from 11 DBR. (R. WRIGHT)
  • AEE 800258 Washington - (ex-C&O 2613 City of Staunton) PS LW 8 bedroom - 2 dorm room rblt. from 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (R. WRIGHT)
  • AEE 800258 Washington - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AEE 800301 Zurich - (ex-ARR 5004, nee-UP 5004) ACF LW dining car rblt. from lunch counter - lounge. (R. UNDERWOOD)
  • AEE 800301 Zurich - (R. WRIGHT)
  • AOE 700 - (ex-AT 700, nee-UP 7000) ACF LW dome - coach, never placed into operation. (NEW ENGLAND RAIL)
  • AOE 700 - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 700 - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 700 - (McCANN)
  • American Spirit 800723 - (ex-AMTK 9409, exx-9465, nee-GN 1325) Budd dome - coach. (RAIL PICTURES)
  • American Spirit 800723 - (NEW ENGLAND RAIL)
  • American Spirit Budd leg-rest coach - (ex-SP)  (History???) (ABPR)
  • AOE 800753 Bar Harbor - (ex-AMTK 4624, exx-4579, nee-UP 5539) StLCCo. LW 8 Grand Suites - 1 SBR rblt. from 44-seat leg-rest coach. (ABPR)
  • AOE 800753 Bar Harbor - (NEW ENGLAND RAIL)
  • AOE 800753 Bar Harbor - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 800753 Bar Harbor - (JIM DAVIS COLLECTION)
  • AOE 800753 Bar Harbor - (JIM DAVIS COLLECTION)
  • AOE 800753 Bar Harbor - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800753 Bar Harbor - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800753 Bar Harbor - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800753 Bar Harbor - (NORTH AMERICAN RAILS)
  • AOE 800753 Bar Harbor - (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800753 Bar Harbor - (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800310 Bay Point - (ex-AMTK 4588, exx-UP 5548, nee-UP Alpine Meadow) ACF LW club car rblt. from coach, originally 14 Sect, renamed Seattle. (CENTER FOR RR PHOTOGRAPHY & ART)
  • AOE 800255 Berlin - (ex-AEEX, exx-AMTK 2263, nee-UP 1504 Placid Lake) PS LW 7 bedroom - 2 Presidential Suite rblt. from 11 DBR. (ABPR)
  • AOE 800255 Berlin - (ABPR)
  • AOE 800255 Berlin - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 800225 Berlin - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800255 Berlin - (P. PISZCZEK)
  • AOE 800255 Berlin - (AMTRAK PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800754 Charleston - (ex-AMTK 4606, exx-4557, nee-UP 5494) StLCCo. LW 8 Grand Suites - 1 SBR rblt. from 44-seat leg-rest coach. (ABPR)
  • AOE 800754 Charleston - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800754 Charleston - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800754 Charleston - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 800754 Charleston - (NORTH AMERICAN RAILS)
  • AOE 800754 Charleston - sans lettering. (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800308 Chicago - (ex-AEEX, exx-St. Louis Car, exxx-ARR, nee-5014) LW dining car rblt. from lunch counter. (ABPR)
  • AOE 800302 Chicago - (ABPR)
  • AOE 800308 Chicago - (ABPR)
  • AOE 800308 Chicago - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 800308 Chicago - (JIM DAVIS COLLECTION)
  • AOE 800308 Chicago - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800308 Chicago - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800308 Chicago - (P. PISZCZEK)
  • AOE 800308 Chicago - (NORTH AMERICAN RAILS)
  • AOE 800308 Chicago - sans lettering. (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800308 Chicago - (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800308 Chicago - on Grand Canyon.
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (ex-AMTK 9302, ex-9365, exx-BN, nee-CB&Q 1395 River View) Budd Great Dome. (ABPR)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (NEW ENGLAND RAIL)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (NORTH EAST RAILS)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (MACGUY)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (JIM DAVIS COLLECTION)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (JIM DAVIS COLLECTION)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (RAILCAR PHOTOS)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - sans lettering. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - with GLX lettering. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (P. PISZCZEK)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (NORTH AMERICAN RAILS)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - with GLX lettering. (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (OPTIMO)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - awaiting new paint, in Denver. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - (J. WOODS)
  • AOE 800743 Copper Canyon - on Grand Canyon.
  • AOE 800740 Denver - (ex-AMTK 4619, exx-4556, nee-UP 5490) StLCCo. LW 8 Grand Suites - 1 SBR rblt. from 44-seat leg-rest coach. (ABPR)
  • AOE 800740 Denver - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 800740 Denver - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800740 Denver - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800740 Denver - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800740 Denver - (P. PISZCZEK)
  • AOE 800745 Denver - (NORTH AMERICAN RAILS)
  • AOE 800740 Denver - sans lettering. (T. STOLTE)
  • AOE 800740 Denver - (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800148 Glacier Park - (ex-PV Northern View, exx-WSOR, exxx-WSOR 9007, exxxx-AT 542, exxxxx-AT 907, nee-UP 9007) LW dome sleeper - lounge observation, rebuilt from dome - lounge, ex-dome - lounge BE observation car. (RAIL PICTURES)
  • AOE 800148 Glacier Park - (NEW ENGLAND RAIL)
  • AOE 800148 Glacier Park - (NEW ENGLAND RAIL)
  • AOE Glacier Park - in private ownership.
  • AOE 800668 Grand Canyon - (ex-AMTK 2235 Star View, exx-AMTK 2265, nee-UP 1506 Placid Scene) PS LW 11 DBR crew sleeper. (NEW ENGLAND RAIL)
  • AOE 800668 Grand Canyon - (NORTH EAST RAILS)
  • AOE 800668 Grand Canyon - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 800668 Grand Canyon - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800668 Grand Canyon - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800668 Grand Canyon - (NORTH AMERICAN RAILS)
  • AOE 800668 Grand Canyon - (AMTRAK PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800668 Grand Canyon - sans lettering. (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800668 Grand Canyon - on Grand Canyon Rwy.
  • AOE 800297 Istanbul - (ex-AEEX, exx-AMTK 2381, nee-SP 9119) PS LW 2 Presidential suite - 2 Parlor suite - 2 bedroom rblt. from 4 DBR - 4 Comp - 2 DR. (ABPR)
  • AOE 800297 Istanbul - (ABPR)
  • AOE 800297 Istanbul - (ABPR)
  • AOE 800297 Istanbul - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 800297 Istanbul - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800297 Istanbul - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800297 Istanbul - (NORTH AMERICAN RAILS)
  • AOE 800297 Istanbul - (CENTER FOR RR PHOTOGRAPHY & ART)
  • AOE 800297 Istanbul - (AMTRAK PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800297 Istanbul - (AMTRAK PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800297 Istanbul - sans AOE lettering and trucks. (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800297 Istanbul - (RAILCAR PHOTOS)
  • AOE 800765 Jasper - (ex-BCOL 1741 Strathnaver, exx-CCCR, exxx-Sunday River Dinner Train, exxxxx-Supper Chief, exxxxxx-Great Western Tours 111 Adventurer, exxxxxxx-UP 5113, nee-5106) PS LW twin-unit diner table car. (J. HILL)
  • AOE 800765 Jasper - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800765 Jasper - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 800715 Los Angeles - (ex-SP 3104) Budd laundry car rblt. from baggage - dorm. (NEW ENGLAND RAIL)
  • AOE 800715 Los Angeles - (ABPR)
  • AOE 800715 Los Angeles - (MACGUY)
  • AOE 800715 Los Angeles - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 800715 Los Angeles - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800715 Los Angeles - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800715 Los Angeles - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800715 Los Angeles - (NORTH AMERICAN RAILS)
  • AOE 800715 Los Angeles - (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800715 Los Angeles - AOEX shadow lettering. (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800715 Los Angeles - (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800231 Monte Carlo - (ex-AEEX, exx-8404 Corp., nee-B&O 7045 Opequon) PS LW LW 2 presidential suite - 8 BR rblt. from 10 Rmt - 6 DBR. (ABPR)
  • AOE 800231 Monte Carlo - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 800231 Monte Carlo - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800231 Monte Carlo - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800231 Monte Carlo - (NORTH AMERICAN RAILS)
  • AOE 800231 Monte Carlo - (AMTRAK PHOTO ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800231 Monte Carlo - sans lettering. (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800231 Monte Carlo - (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800231 Monte Carlo - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800246 Monterey - (ex-Rail Ventures, exx-GNWR 3250 Pride of the Genesee, exxx-PV San Diego Club, exxxx-AMTK 3250, exxxxx-B&O 7501 Wawasee, nee-C&O 2507 Wolverine Club) PS LW crew - lounge BE observation rblt. from 5 DBR - lounge BE observation. (ABPR)
  • AOE 800246 Monterey - (ABPR)
  • AOE 800246 Monterey - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 800246 Monterey - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800246 Monterey - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800246 Monterey - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800246 Monterey - (P. PISZCZEK)
  • AOE 800246 Monterey - sans lettering. (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800246 Monterey - (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800246 Monterey - on Western Maryland Scenic.
  • AOE 800757 Montreal - (ex-AMTK 2234, exx-AMTK 2254, exxx-UP 1705 Star Scene, nee-North Platte) PS LW 9 bedroom rblt. from 11 DBR, originally 5 DBR - buffet lounge. (ABPR)
  • AOE 800757 Montreal - (ABPR)
  • AOE 800757 Montreal - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 800757 Montreal - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800757 Montreal - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800757 Montreal - (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800757 Montreal - (P. PISZCZEK)
  • AOE 800757 Montreal - (J. SNELL)
  • AOE 800742 New Orleans - (ex-AMTK 10030, exx-9301 [2nd], exxx-9362, exxxx-BN, nee-GN 1392 Mountain View) Budd Great Dome. (NEW ENGLAND RAIL)
  • AOE 800742 New Orleans - (NEW ENGLAND RAIL)
  • AOE 800742 New Orleans - (NEW ENGLAND RAIL)
  • AOE 800742 New Orleans - (NORTH EAST RAILS)
  • AOE 800742 New Orleans - (RR PICTURE ARCHIVES)
  • AOE 800742 New Orleans - (ULTRADOMES)
  • AOE 800742 New Orleans - sans lettering. (RAILCAR PHOTOS)

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