(Image source: Railway Track & Structure)

BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR LAUREN GORES

What happens in Vegas starts in California? What do we mean? KHOU and WJLA explain.

“A Nevada company announced it signed an agreement with Union Pacific for the so-called X Train. It will feature a lounge, tvs for watching sports, and private cars suitable for bachelor parties.”

“Now this pact allows the Las Vegas railway express, that’s what it’s called, to use the tracks between San Bernardino county in California and Las Vegas … the tickets will cost $99 each way.”

The so-called “nightclub on wheels” will make the roughly five hour trip four times per week.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the train will be the first passenger activity on the existing track since the demise of the Desert Wind line in 1997 due to low ridership.

But this isn’t the first time someone has proposed a rail line linking SoCal with Sin City. Fox Business says what makes the X Train stand out is the cost.

“The cost is estimated at $100 million, just a fraction of the government’s super trains that they want to build.”

The “super train” he’s referring to is the government-backed XpressWest project - which would link Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Denver with a high-speed rail line. But critics point to XpressWest as a multi-billion dollar project that would require new tracks, and it starts in Victorville - roughly 100 miles outside of L-A.

The X Train would, instead, run on existing track owned by Union Pacific and would involve renovating older trains, instead of purchasing new ones. Officials hope to make the party train’s first voyage on New Years Eve, 2013.

Proposed Party Train to Link Vegas, California in 2013

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Nov 23, 2012

Proposed Party Train to Link Vegas, California in 2013

 

(Image source: Railway Track & Structure)

BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR LAUREN GORES

What happens in Vegas starts in California? What do we mean? KHOU and WJLA explain.

“A Nevada company announced it signed an agreement with Union Pacific for the so-called X Train. It will feature a lounge, tvs for watching sports, and private cars suitable for bachelor parties.”

“Now this pact allows the Las Vegas railway express, that’s what it’s called, to use the tracks between San Bernardino county in California and Las Vegas … the tickets will cost $99 each way.”

The so-called “nightclub on wheels” will make the roughly five hour trip four times per week.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the train will be the first passenger activity on the existing track since the demise of the Desert Wind line in 1997 due to low ridership.

But this isn’t the first time someone has proposed a rail line linking SoCal with Sin City. Fox Business says what makes the X Train stand out is the cost.

“The cost is estimated at $100 million, just a fraction of the government’s super trains that they want to build.”

The “super train” he’s referring to is the government-backed XpressWest project - which would link Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Denver with a high-speed rail line. But critics point to XpressWest as a multi-billion dollar project that would require new tracks, and it starts in Victorville - roughly 100 miles outside of L-A.

The X Train would, instead, run on existing track owned by Union Pacific and would involve renovating older trains, instead of purchasing new ones. Officials hope to make the party train’s first voyage on New Years Eve, 2013.

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