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American Orient Express

The American Orient Express operated from 1989 to 2008. It was formerly American European Express and briefly operated as GrandLuxe Rail Journeys before the bankruptcy and sale of the train in 2008. The American Orient Express operated a single luxury passenger train set providing top class rail excursions throughout North America. Click here for more information from Wikipedia.

TrainWeb staff and volunteer correspondents were able to take a number of trips on the luxury trainset courtesy of the American Orient Express. Their rail travelogues along with hundres of photos over the years are posted below. Please click on each report below to enjoy the reports and photos.

    The last reports posted below feature:
  1. A history of the American Orient Express by Ted & Sylvia Blishak
  2. Car Roster with exterior and interior photos and details about every car
  3. TrainMaster interview and retired trainset final photos by Carl Morrison
Please click on each of those reports below to learn more about the history of the train and to view an extensive set of photos including some of the final photos of the trainset.

If you have additional information of what has become of these passenger rail cars, including photos, please send email to: steve @ trainweb.com

July 3, 2002 - American Orient Expess Travelogue & Photos by Ray Burns Great Northwest & Rockiets Tour on the American Orient Express: Rail travelogue including dozens of photos. Read More>>

July 3, 2002 - American Orient Expess Travelogue & Photos by Bob Burns Summer 2002 on the American Orient Express: Rail travelogue including dozens of photos. Read More>>

March 15, 2005 - American Orient Express Travelogue & Photos by Lorraine Symons The Great Transcontinental Rail Journey: Rail travelogue and hundreds of photos! Read More>>

March 15, 2005 - American Orient Express Travelogue & Photos by Darlene Banning Cruising on the Amerian Orient Express: Rail travelogue and dozens of photos! Read More>>

March 30, 2006 - American Orient Express: Travelogue & Photos by Carl Morrison Antebellum South - Historic Homes & Gardens Tour: Rail Travelogue including many photos. Read More>>

America's Luxury Train: Will It Ever Run Again? Part One What happened to America's Private Luxury Train? A report by Ted & Sylvia Blishak: Part One... Read More>>

America's Luxury Train: Will It Ever Run Again? Part Two What happened to America's Private Luxury Train? A report by Ted & Sylvia Blishak: Part Two... Read More>>

December 3, 2008 - Sale Of The Train: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison A visit to the For Sale GrandLuxe (formerly American Orient Express) Train in Napa Valley including interior photos and an interview with the TrainMaster. Read More>>

American Orient Express / Grandluxe Rail Journeys Car Roster Extensive photos and notes about every car in the American Orient Express train. Read More>>


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