Tuesday, 21 July 2015
We at the Sierra DinnerTrain are very excited to announce our $3 million train renovation and track restoration project. We are passionate about preserving this piece of American history for our local communities, and wanted to share a bit about what we are doing and why it matters.
The growth of railroads was key to the industrial revolution and helped propel us to a global superpower. Yet, while automobiles and airplanes change nearly every decade, trains seem almost unchanged during the past century. As a result, Americans celebrate and take delight in the seemingly ageless nature of railroads in songs, literature, art and film.
As for the Sierra Railroad, it was launched in the late 1800s to connect the Gold Country with the rest of the world, making it the third oldest railroad in North America. More than 300 movies, commercials, and television shows would eventually be filmed on its tracks, earning it the name "The Movie Railroad."
By the 1970s, the Sierra Railroad launched the first dinner train in North America, which helped create an industry that now has nearly 90 dinner trains operating throughout the U.S. This vast history has served as a roadmap for the our current renovations.
We've enhanced the interior of the train cars, harkening back to the proud legacy of passenger rail travel by selecting timeless fabrics, tin-inspired ceilings, and wood-inspired finishes. For the exteriors, we are painting the entire stock traditionally and tinting the windows for the added comfort of our passengers. To make all of this come together, we've enlisted local design firm Lorain & May Design Associates.
Another big factor in the quality of our experience is the condition of the rail line. Our 118-year old railroad can fall into disrepair without ongoing care. This restoration is crucial to enabling everyone to experience and continue enjoying this unique, historical venue.
The renovation is expected to be completed this September and will not affect our regularly scheduled trips. For sneak peeks at our progress, check out our Facebook Page.
Your feedback has been vital to helping us make these improvements, and by riding our trains you are helping to preserve this piece of American history. We can't wait for you to see them when they are finished!