on Rocky Mountaineer PR Trip
Dec. 1, 2003, Rocky Mountaineer Railtours announced that they were bidding
for the rights to run passenger trains on the former BCRail line from
North Vancouver, BC to Prince George, and held a gala press conference
to unveil their ambitious plans. As part of that event, Colorado Railcar's
DMU was invited to serve as a visual representation of the vehicle that
RMR intends to use on the new service, dubbed the Whistler Mountaineer
after the famous resort town located midway along the line.
the conference, the DMU was run from Vancouver to Prince George on Canadian
National tracks via Kamloops and Tete Jaune. Reports are that it performed
A conceptual look at what Rocky Mountaineer's DMU might look like. Photo
illustration courtesy Rocky Mountaineer Railtours.
For the event, the DMU prototype was dolled up with several Rocky Mountaineer
logos. This photo also shows the DMU's new doors, which were in the
process of being applied when I toured
the plant in Nov., 2003. Photo courtesy Rocky Mountaineer Railtours.
This map gives a clearer picture of RMR's ambitious expansion service
plan. Keep in mind that RMR has not been chosen as the passenger service
carrier for the route. At least one other operator Whistler Railtours
has expressed an interest in the line, reportedly also operating
with CRM DMUs. Map courtesy Rocky Mountaineer Railtours.
Some of the RMR staffers involved in the DMU's visit. My apologies
to those pictured, but I don't have their names anymore. (So if you
or a friend are shown here, let me me know!) Photo courtesy Rocky Mountaineer
here to take a photo tour of the inside of the DMU demonstrator,
which I caught up with at Portland Union Station in July, 2003.