Posts Tagged ‘Rocky Mountaineer’

Excursion Trains Draw Some Opposition From Union

March 19, 2021

A proposal by tour train operator Rocky Mountaineer to launch service between Denver and Moab, Utah, has drawn opposition from a railroad labor union.

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen told the U.S. Surface Transportation Board it opposes some aspects of the service.

In particular, the union is disputing Rocky Mountaineer’s request for an exemption “from virtually the entirety of the Interstate Commerce Act as amended by the ICC Termination Act.”

Although the union acknowledged that some exemptions are appropriate it said those sections dealing with safety, efficiency, and fair wages and safe and suitable working conditions remain relevant, and the company should not be exempted from them.

 “The board has a duty to ensure that [American Rocky Mountaineer’s ]operations are safe, that ARM does not negatively impact safe and efficient operations of [Union Pacific, which will host the trains], and that ARM’s operations are not detrimental to public health and safety,” the filing states. “… ARM should only be exempted from specific provisions that truly do not apply to its operations, and where ARM is truly different from other carriers,” the union said in its filing.

Rocky Mountaineer Delays Canadian Season Start

March 13, 2021

Rocky Mountaineer will delay the start of its Canadian season until June 1, while adding four weeks to its planned inaugural season in Colorado and Utah.

The founder and CEO of the luxury rail service, Peter Armstrong, said the delay in launching the 2021 season in Canada reflects continued uncertainty over when the Canadian and provincial governments will lift travel restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Rocky Mountaineer service between Denver and Moab, Utah, is scheduled to begin Aug. 15 and will now operate through Nov. 19.

That is an additional 16 departure dates with other additional dates possible as more railcars are added to the service.

Rocky Mountaineer Planning U.S. Route in 2021

November 27, 2020

Amtrak will be getting competition over part of its route of the California Zephyr.

Tour train operator Rocky Mountaineer recently announced plans to launch a two-day service between Denver and Moab, Utah, that will begin operating next summer.

Plans are to have 40 departures over 10 weeks between Aug. 15 to Oct. 23.

Passengers will spend the night in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Rocky Mountaineer currently has three rail routes in Western Canada although that service was suspended earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canadian routes link Vancouver with Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper.  

“The work to find a new route has been underway for several years as we needed to find a special location with many of the same features we have in western Canada — incredible scenery, iconic destinations and the option for an all daytime, multiday journey that is best experienced by train,” said Rocky Mountaineer President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Sammut said in a news release.

The U.S. service will be named Rockies to the Red Rocks. Prices for the U.S. excursions will start at $1,250 per person plus tax.

More information is available at the Rocky Mountaineer website.

Rocky Mountaineer has been in business for 30 years.

Rocky Mountaineer Cancels 2020 Season

July 23, 2020

A tour operator in Western Canada has canceled its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rocky Mountaineer, a luxury tour train operator, said it will not attempt to operate this year due to the pandemic.

“Despite the challenging environment, we remained hopeful we would be able to operate our trains at some point this season,” said Steve Sammut, president and CEO, said in a news release. “However, given the continuing government travel and health restrictions, we have no choice but to postpone our rail tours until the scheduled start of our 2021 season.”

Those holding reservations are being directed to contact Rocky Mountaineer to reschedule for the 2021 or 2022 seasons.

Rocky Mountaineer Suspension Extended to July 31

May 16, 2020

Rail tour operator Rocky Mountaineer has extended the suspension of its 2020 travel season until July 31.

Those booked on a canceled trip will receive a future travel credit of 110 percent of the value of their fare.

The credit will be valid through the end of the 2022 season.

Rocky Mountaineer said it would freeze 2021 fares at the 2020 level.

Those whose 2020 trip was canceled and who rebook a similar package for next year within 14 days on either side of the original departure date anniversary will receive a guarantee that they will not pay more for the new package, including third-party hotels, tours and attractions, due to the later travel date.

Rocky Mountaineer Delays Season Until July 1

April 1, 2020

Luxury train excursion operator Rocky Mountaineer is delaying the opening of its 2020 season until July 1.

The excursion service operates between Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Canadian Rockies. Ordinarily trains would being operating on April 13.

The company said the delay was due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Passengers who have already purchased tickets will receive a future travel credit for 110 percent of the value paid, which can be applied to a new departure in the 2020, 2021 or 2022 travel seasons.

“With the Canadian borders closed to international travelers until June 30 and other global travel mandates, it has become impossible for us to operate while these restrictions are in place,” said Steve Sammut, president and chief executive officer in a statement.

The company said it has waived all fees associated with changing travel dates.