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Passenger Equipment

Spotlight: Patron Tequilla Express

Number 50 was built in 1927 as Gulf Mobile & Ohio #50, the executive business car for Rebel Route presidents and officials. It was later sold to Eureka Springs & North Arkansas as their #50 and then sold again to John Paul DeJoria in 1992. DeJoria rebuilt the car interior in Rococo style as Patron Tequila Express #50. The Amtrak certified number is #800539.

Private jets are all well and good, but as I step aboard the private railcar at Union Station in downtown Chicago for an overnight run to Denver, I think, Now, this conveys. A private railcar says you're earthbound and rock-solid. Most of all, it says that you own your time. People will wait for you. The biggest luxury isn't shrinking time to fit your life; it's letting your life expand to fill the time it needs. "Rail travel for me is the most relaxing, most scenic way to see the country," says DeJoria, who bought car 50 in 1996. "I wanted to do my part to help preserve that golden age of travel ... I step aboard The Patron Tequila Express railcar, and I go back in time to the days when a long journey was something fun and very special."

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Portland, Or / Jun 2016 / RWH

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Portland, Or / Jun 2016 / RWH

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Portland, Or / Jun 2016 / RWH

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Portland, Or / Jun 2016 / RWH

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Portland, Or / Jun 2016 / RWH

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June 2016

What a thrill to step off the westbound Empire Builder, terminated in the beautiful Portland Union Station, to round the corner and spot a luxury private railcar docked near the depot, only then to realize that it must be former Gulf Mobile & Ohio presidential car #50. The lines were unmistakable, and the sublettering and decal work applied to the renovated observation confirmed the hunch. She was a long way from Mobile, Alabama, and her days carrying Rebel Route railroad officers. You just never know what you'll find in this hobby: a little GM&O nostalgia ... in Oregon.

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