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Rocky Mountaineer Revitalizing SilverLeaf Fleet

Car Rental & Rail | Rocky Mountaineer | Monica Poling | March 17, 2016

Rocky Mountaineer Revitalizing SilverLeaf Fleet

Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer / Alstom

Rocky Mountaineer’s famed SilverLeaf rail cars are getting a complete overhaul thanks to a new partnership with French rail provider, Alstom. As part of the agreement, Rocky Mountaineer is totally stripping its SilverLeaf cars down to their frames and trucks, after which the cars are being completely re-engineered by Alstom.

"We underwent extensive research to understand what our guests require to be completely comfortable and have every amenity available at their seat," said Gord Miller, VP of rail operations and asset development, Rocky Mountaineer. "Alstom is a leader in train car builds and often at the helm of new developments in engineering. After much consideration and evaluation of prospective partners, Alstom had the expertise to produce the best possible SilverLeaf cars."

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The design process was completed last year, resulting in a totally upgraded interior. Three cars have already been completed by Alstom and now feature new state-of-the-art-mechanical systems and luxurious seating, as well as SilverLeaf’s signature oversized windows.

"Alstom has a strong history providing services to rail customers and we are delighted to be working with Rocky Mountaineer on this project," said Bernd Burgstahler, managing director, services, North America for Alstom. "Rebuilding Rocky Mountaineer's cars will allow them to continue to provide the unique and luxurious experience and service their guests have come to expect."

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The first rail cars will make their way from Alstom's Vallejo, Calif. facility to Vancouver later this month just in time for the start of Rocky Mountaineer's 2016 season which begins in April. Alstom will complete the transformation of three additional rail cars by the start of the 2017 season.

Alstom already has an established footprint in North America. It has been operating its signalling business from Rochester, New York for more than 110 years and its Hornell, New York.facility is the largest passenger rail manufacturing facility in North America. In Canada it is supplying the City of Ottawa with 34 North American-made rail cars for the city’s new light rail system which is expected to begin operations in 2018.

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