The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia plans to revive the luxury train in America, by launching The Greenbrier Presidential Express into service in July 2012.
In a move which aims to recapture the glamor of the unveiling of the streamlined 20th Century Limited express train in 1938, The Greenbrier Presidential Express will bring the resort’s own décor and service to Washington, D.C.’s Union Station.
Guests will board The Greenbrier Presidential Express at Union Station for a six-hour, non-stop trip to White Sulphur Springs. The 15-car train will accommodate up to 240 passengers and will feature a boardroom car, a salon car and even an open-air car for sightseeing and photography.
“We want to bring back the glamour of rail travel,” says Jim Justice, chairman and owner of The Greenbrier. “Everything from the décor to the food will make you feel as if you are already at the resort.”
The resort’s decorator and curator Carleton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper & Company, and his associate Brinsley Matthews, have taken The Greenbrier’s Dorothy Draper décor and applied it to the train’s interiors and exterior. A team of 40 craftsmen in Pottstown, Pennsylvania is refurbishing all 15 cars with the finest woods and fabrics. The cars, originally built in the 1950s, served as long-distance trains for the Union Pacific and Santa Fe railroads.
“I am thrilled that The Greenbrier Presidential Express will soon bring people directly to West Virginia to see our beautiful state, meet our wonderful people, and enjoy the place we all call home,” says West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III.
The project is being designed, built and operated by a new West Virginia company, The Greenbrier Express Company, Inc., co-founded by Jim Justice, Paul Nichini and Ross Rowland.
Located in White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778.
Known as “America’s Resort”, The Greenbrier encompasses 6,500 acres of undulating countryside that includes four golf courses, The Greenbrier Clinic (specializing in executive health), a 40,000-square-foot spa, a mélange of sporting activities, shops, private homes and a guests-only casino.
The heart of the resort is a vast and imposing 710-room hotel. Purchased in 2009 by West Virginia entrepreneur James Justice II, The Greenbrier has undergone a $250-plus million restoration with public spaces and guest rooms re-imagined by Carleton Varney.
For more information about The Greenbrier, visit www.greenbrier.com.