by Karl Zimmermann
Published by Indiana University Press, October 2007
This lavish book invites readers aboard the glamorous renovated cars of the GrandLuxe railway train. In 1989, the American-European Express, a stylish train created in emulation of Europe’s Orient Express, commenced operation between Washington and Chicago. Forced to close down two years later, it was reborn in 1994 as the American Orient Express. The AOE, as this luxury streamliner was often known, matured under the tutelage of various owners until 2006, when under new ownership it acquired a new name, the GrandLuxe Express.Trackside, the train gleamed as a classic American streamliner. Aboard, travelers enjoy old-fashioned, wood-paneled elegance that harkens back to the 1920s and Europe’s posh Wagons-Lits sleepers and restaurant cars.
A writer, photographer, and lecturer, Karl Zimmermann is the author or co-author of twenty-three books. He has been published in newspaper travel sections many hundreds of times, and in magazines nearly as often. While trains and rail travel have been his most usual subjects, he has also written frequently about steamboats, ships, and cruises; about baseball, particularly the minor leagues; and about remnants of vanished industries and ways of life.
" ...The GrandLuxe Express is a breath of fresh air."
-- George M. Smerk, series editor, Railroads Past and Present