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Luxury Train Travel in a Private Passenger Car

Experience luxury train travel at its finest when you ride on the Redwood Empire. Based in Oakland, our Amtrak-certified private car carries passengers from around the globe. Learn more about our floor plan or the fine onboard dining available during your trip.

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Yacht on the Rails

Over the past hundred years, a few privileged individuals purchased former business cars and used them as their personal "rail yachts" to travel the nation. Other cars, similar in design and layout, were specially built for personal use. Private owners often customized the cars to meet their personal preferences or professional needs. Some of the remodeling was stunning. Other attempts were ill advised, to say the least, and destroyed the character of the car. The Redwood Empire has never been remodeled, except for adding modern features such as thermopane safety windows, retention toilets, a restaurant-quality kitchen, internet connectivity, and air conditioning. This means the Redwood Empire is one of America's few Amtrak-certified private railcars that retain the look, feel, and high level of personal service that once was the hallmark of American railroading.

Certified for Amtrak

Like most American and Canadian railway passenger cars, at 80 feet in length, the Redwood Empire is compatible with all North America standard gauge railroads. It is annually certified by Amtrak for speeds up to 110 mph. The Redwood Empire is only accessible from the open platform, not from the rest of the Amtrak train, ensuring total privacy. The operational and emergency communication with the train's conductor is via the radio situated in Redwood Empire's observation lounge.