VANCOUVER -- Rocky Mountaineer Railtours spent more than $5 million
for two new GoldLeaf Service dome coaches.
The coaches are scheduled to make their debut in April.
The addition of the two coaches will bring the company's total
fleet of dome cars to 10 for the 2001 tourist season.
The upper levels of the specially designed, double-deck coaches
feature domed-shaped glass ceilings and picture windows that afford
The 70 upholstered seats on each coach recline and rotate 90
degrees to accommodate groups of four.
A spiral staircase descends to the lower level of the cars where
breakfasts and lunches are served in a 36-seat dining room.
A rear observation platform is also on this level.
On-board attendants serve refreshments and provide commentary on
historical and scenic highlights.
"Bringing two more GoldLeaf dome coaches on line for this season
will help us meet the demand for this product," said James Terry,
senior vice president and chief operating officer of Rocky
In August 1999, the company had four GoldLeaf dome coaches. By
the next month it had six coaches, all of which were used on its
southern route between Vancouver and Banff/Calgary.
In April 2000, as Rocky Mountaineer kicked off its 11th season,
it added two more GoldLeaf domes, this time to the more northern
route to Jasper, Alberta.
"Having doubled our GoldLeaf capacity in just six months, we
still had to work hard to keep up with the demand for this
service," said Terry.
According to the company, in 2000 it hosted more than 75,000
"Rocky Mountaineer Railtours has experienced double- digit
growth every season since 1990 when the company was founded," said
Terry said the popularity of GoldLeaf Service is due in part to
the fact that the coaches were designed by previous guests.
"Guests told us they wanted a dome, they told us they wanted
gourmet dining, and they told us they wanted an open-air
observation deck," said Terry. "Our GoldLeaf dome coaches were
specifically designed with all of these features."
Rocky Mountaineer offers two-day excursions between British
Columbia (Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler) and destinations in the
Canadian Rockies, including Banff, Calgary and Jasper in
For more information, call (800) 665-7245, (604) 606-7200 or
visit the Web at www.rockymountaineer.com.