Aug 31st 2008 12:28AM As a founding member of the executive team of the American Orient Express I am deeply saddened to see this most unique operation of the American rail and travel landscape come to its last run after 13 years. Independent rail operators of passenger service have always had a tough go due to heavy operating expenses; most have not lasted this long. I am sure that the rough economy took away the slim margins that were available.
Hopefully a new day will dawn on our economy with a change in the America Presidency and a change in the priorites of the government and business will help bring about new prosperity so that someone will revive this fleet and put it back into service before it is sold off piecemeal. It is truly a grand train.