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CANADA’S Rocky Moun­taineer rail op­er­a­tor has or­dered ten brand new cus­tom-made Goldleaf rail­cars, with the rolling stock “com­pletely re-en­gi­neered with ef­fi­ciency and guest com­fort in mind”. The new bi-level glass-domed car­riages are the first to be added in more than a decade, with Rocky Moun­taineer pres­i­dent Steve Sam­mut say­ing “we are con­stantly look­ing for ways to im­prove our guest ex­pe­ri­ence, which is the core of our busi­ness. The care and at­ten­tion that has gone into ev­ery de­tail of this car build is re­mark­able…we are fo­cused on re­defin­ing com­fort for our guests”. The new rail­cars will be con­structed in Switzer­land and Ger­many by the Stadler Rail Group, with the or­der be­ing part of a ma­jor in­vest­ment pro­gram which is see­ing Rocky Moun­taineer re­vi­talise its en­tire fleet of Goldleaf and Sil­ver­leaf rail­cars. Ear­lier this year the com­pany also an­nounced a part­ner­ship with French man­u­fac­turer Al­stom which will see a full re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Sil­ver­leaf fleet, re­quir­ing the Rocky Moun­taineer rail­cars to be stripped to the frame and com­pletely re-en­gi­neered. The up­graded car­riages will be cus­tom built by Al­stom with “sig­na­ture over­sized win­dows, lux­u­ri­ous seat­ing and state-of-the-art me­chan­i­cal sys­tems”. So far three of the Sil­ver­leaf car­riages have been up­graded, with six sched­uled for com­ple­tion by the com­mence­ment of the 2017 sea­son.

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