Cross-country clubbing: ‘Party train’ from California to Las Vegas to open in 2013

A view of the 'Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas' neon sign is seen before Earth Hour in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 27, 2010.(Reuters / Richard Brian)
A view of the ‘Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas’ neon sign is seen before Earth Hour in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 27, 2010.(Reuters / Richard Brian)

The X-Men superheroes would have definitely liked the idea of taking the comfortable X-train from California to Las Vegas. This one-off “party train” – boasting big screen TVs, recliners and lounges – will soon hit the tracks.

The one-stop entertainment vehicle, announced with the name ‘X Train,’ is a $100 million venture by a Nevada entrepreneur hoping to launch then debut voyage on New Year’s Eve 2013.

“The whole idea is when you get on a train, you feel like you’re in Las Vegas,”  Las Vegas Railway Express president and CEO Michael Barron told AP. “It’s essentially a nightclub on wheels.”

The X Train proposal reportedly involves an Amtrak crew aboard a 576-passenger train running at standard speeds on traditional tracks. The train, which would set out in Fullerton, California, and end its trip in downtown Las Vegas, could also appeal to tourists weary of weekend traffic.

Meanwhile, the sixteen train cars that Baron’s company has purchased need to be renovated, and a station in downtown Vegas needs to be completed.

A conditional agreement with rail company Union Pacific, approved earlier this month, will allow the Barron’s company to use a rail line currently restricted to freight trains. The line hasn’t served passenger trains since Amtrak discontinued its Desert Wind service in 1997 due to low ridership, AP reported.

Tickets for the adults-only train would cost $99 each way. The price includes a meal and beverage, with more alcohol available for purchase onboard. To keep ticket prices from going up, the company expects that much of its profits will come from booking Las Vegas hotels and entertainment for passengers.

“We’re four years and $12 million into it. It’s a lot of infrastructure building,” Barron said.“This is a simple concept in discussion, but it’s complicated to do.”

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