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  • The majority of the cars on the Napa Valley Wine Train’s Consist were built in 1915 by the Pullman Standard Company as first­ class coaches for the Northern Pacific Railway for use on their premiere trains: the North Coast Limited and the Northern Pacific Atlantic Express. They were the height of technological advancement of their time and were built entirely out of steel. An all steel car provided significant improvements in safety to rail travelers. Other amenities of the newly built cars included electric lights, steam heat, and arched windows. The steel cars, also known as heavyweights, were significantly heavier than their wood predecessors each weighing about 141,000 pounds or 70.5 tons and were around 83 feet long.

    In 1960, the Denver Rio Grande Western Railroad bought several of these Northern Pacific cars for its Ski Train service from Denver to Winter Park. They remained in service on the Denver Ski Train until they were purchased by The Napa Valley Wine Train in 1987. After acquiring them, the Wine Train began an extensive restoration project to restore and re­imagine the cars. The cars were furnished with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions, and velveteen fabric armchairs. Great effort was exerted to ensure that the interior of the railcars evoked the spirit of opulent rail travel at the beginning of the twentieth century.

    • Cabernet Sauvignon Lounge Car
    • Zinfandel Lounge Car
    • Grappa
      Power Car
    • Champagne Vista Dome
    • Le Petite Gourmet Dining Car
    • Le Chef De Cuisine Kitchen Car
    • Le Gourmet Express Dining Car
    • Silverado Car
    • Merlot Lounge Car
    • Chardonnay Lounge Car
    • Locomotives
    • Locomotive 73

    Cabernet Sauvignon Lounge Car

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    The Cabernet Sauvignon Lounge Car is one of the 1915 Pullmans that came from the Denver Rio Grande, originally built for the Northern Pacific Railway. This was one of the four cars on the first Wine Train that ran through the Napa Valley on September 16th, 1989. The red glass windows in this car are original, uncovered during the Wine Train’s restoration. Dating back from 1915, they boast their original owner’s logo: the Northern Pacific Yin-Yang. This car has an observation deck for guests to enjoy the beautiful Napa Valley weather.

     

    Zinfandel Lounge Car

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    The Zinfandel Lounge Car is one of the 1915 Pullmans that came from the Denver Rio Grande, originally built for the Northern Pacific Railway. It was added to the consist in 1991, the Wine Train’s third year of operation.

    Grappa Power Car

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    Originally an abandoned boxcar, the newest addition to the Wine Train’s consist was renovated in the Wine Train’s train yard in Napa over an 8 month period and joined the daily runs in June 2013. The Power Car ensures constant power supply for the Train, operating lights, air conditioning, fans, and the kitchen, even when the engines do their turnaround in St. Helena. It is believed to be the only power car in existence that passengers can enter and walk through while in operation. It is aptly named after the strongest alcoholic beverage made from grapes.

     

    Champagne Vista Dome

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    The Champagne Vista Dome is a two story rail car that was built in 1952 and was one of the first ten full dome cars constructed by Pullman Standard. It originally seated 68 people on the upper level and the lower level was a cafe that sat 28. It weighed 224,000 pounds and has 625 square feet of glass. The Wine Train’s Dome Car was originally Number 52 and went into service on the Olympia Hiawatha in 1952. It was dubbed “The Columbia” when sold to Canadian National in 1965 and in 1978 was sold again to Via and remained in service on the Super Continental. Tour Alaska purchased the car in 1983 and renamed it “Mt. McKinley.” In 1989 the car went to California for the Sun Express and in 1990 was sold to Amtrak and numbered 9311. In 1995, it was bought by Wine Train and named the “Champagne Vista Dome.” Its exterior was refurbished at the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus train yard and joined the line in 1997. Today, the Champagne Vista Dome offers exclusive luxury dining upstairs and a state of the art kitchen downstairs.

     

    Le Petite Gourmet Dining Car

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    The Petite Gourmet Dining Car is one of the 1915 Pullmans that came from the Denver Rio Grande, originally built for the Northern Pacific Railway. It was added to the consist in 1990, the Wine Train’s second year of operation, and boasts the largest capacity at 72. Today, this car is one of the two main dining cars for our Gourmet Express Dining Journey, with tables for four along both sides of the car.

     

    Le Chef de Cuisine Kitchen Car

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    The main kitchen car, called Le Chef de Cuisine, is also a 1915 Pullman, but this car was originally built for the Southern Pacific Railroad. The Wine Train acquired it from the South Carolina Railroad Museum and converted it to the Kitchen Car. It has a mahogany passageway with windows that allows guests to come and view the chefs in action, preparing all of the meals fresh and to order on board. This was one of the four cars on the first Wine Train that ran through the Napa Valley on September 16th, 1989.

    Le Gourmet Express Dining Car

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    The Gourmet Express Dining Car was built in 1917 and was originally a reclined seating coach. It was purchased by the Wine Train in the late 1980s from a private citizen. This was one of the four cars on the first Wine Train that ran through the Napa Valley on September 16th, 1989. Today, it is one of our two main dining cars for our Gourmet Express Dining Journey, with tables for two on one side and tables for four along the other.

    Silverado Car

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    The Silverado Trail Car is also one of the 1915 Pullmans that came from the Denver Rio Grande, originally built for the Northern Pacific Railway. It has been restored with a Western theme and offers guests a California grill menu. It is the only dining car with open windows. Seated seasonally, May through October, the Silverado Car is an excellent way to enjoy the Napa Valley summers and harvests.

    Merlot Lounge Car

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    The Merlot Lounge Car is one of the 1915 Pullmans that came from the Denver Rio Grande, originally built for the Northern Pacific Railway. It was added to the consist in 1990, the Wine Train’s second year of operation. Today, this car offers a lounge atmosphere with dessert and coffee service.

    Chardonnay Lounge Car

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    The Chardonnay Lounge Car is one of the 1915 Pullmans that came from the Denver Rio Grande, originally built for the Northern Pacific Railway. This was one of the four cars on the first Wine Train that ran through the Napa Valley on September 16th, 1989. The red glass windows in this car are original, uncovered during the Wine Train’s restoration. Dating back from 1915, they boast their original owner’s logo: the Northern Pacific Yin-Yang. This car has an observation deck for guests to enjoy the beautiful Napa Valley weather.

    FPA-4 Diesel Locomotives

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    Our locomotives were built in Montreal Canada at Montreal Locomotive Works, the Canadian equivalent to the American Locomotive Company (ALCO). NVR70 was built in 1958 and 71,72 & 73 were built in 1959. Geared to operate at more than 90 mph, they were originally equipped with steam generators for heating passenger cars. The steam was replaced by our Head End Power (HEP) units that provided electricity for the passenger cars until the addition of our Grappa power car in 2013.

    Locomotive 73

    Having been acquired in such disrepair that it was inoperable, the Napa Valley Wine Train started a program for the experimental conversion of ALCO Locomotive 73 to 60% natural gas and 40% diesel fuel mixture. In 1999 the conversion became permanent. A total conversion of Locomotive 73 was completed and it was put into service using 100% Compressed Natural Gas on May 14, 2003. Since the full conversion, the clean air locomotive has saved more than 225,000 gallons of diesel. It is the only passenger locomotive to operate on CNG and was one of the first locomotives to convert.

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