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The GrandLuxe Express
Karl Zimmermann
Indiana U Press
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2007-11-07 09:15:31
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The GrandLuxe Express

Traveling in High Style

By Karl Zimmermann.

Cloth with dust jacket, 8.5x11", 168 pages, 10 b&w photos, 107 color photos, bibliography, index.

"This lavish book brings readers abroad America's glamorous cruise train.

"In the turmoil of Amtrak's problems with a wishy-washy Congress and administration fumbling on national transportation policy and on the issue of passenger rail service, The GrandLuxe Express is a breath of fresh air." —George M. Smerk, series editor, Railroads Past and Present

"This lavish book invites readers aboard the glamorous renovated cars of the GrandLuxe railway train. In 1989, the American-European Express, a stylish train created in emulation of Europe's Orient Express, commenced operation between Washington and Chicago. Forced to close down two years later, it was reborn in 1994 as the American Orient Express. The AOE, as this luxury streamliner was often known, matured under the tutelage of various owners until 2006, when under new ownership it acquired a new name, the GrandLuxe Express.Trackside, the train gleamed as a classic American streamliner. Aboard, travelers enjoy old-fashioned, wood-paneled elegance that harkens back to the 1920s and Europe's posh Wagons-Lits sleepers and restaurant cars.

"Karl Zimmermann is the author and co-author of 20 books, including Burlington's Zephyrs, available here, CZ: The Story of the California Zephyr; Santa Fe Streamliners: The Chiefs and Their Tribesmen; and Magnetic North: Canadian Steam in Twilight. An accomplished writer and photographer whose love of trains has sparked a lifetime of travel worldwide, Zimmermann has been a frequent contributor to the travel sections of newspapers across the country, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, while his stories and photographs have been published in various magazines. He lives in Oradell, New Jersey."