In April, representatives of Las Vegas Railway Express Inc. announced plans to develop the X Train, a conventional project using existing railroad tracks to carry passengers between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The trip, primarily on Union Pacific Railroad tracks, would deliver passengers in 5-5 1/2 hours, five days a week for $99 round-trip. While the X Train wouldn’t make the trip across the desert any faster — the proposed route would actually take longer than driving, the rail would have a distinct focus on giving passengers a taste of Vegas before they ever hit the Strip.
In the X Train’s renderings, specialty cars appear to contain casino-style gaming, full bars and sports bars. X Train that is scheduled to launch in 2011 will be ideal for those who can’t wait to get to Vegas or for those who are returning and are keen to recover their investment.