The Slowest Way to Get to Vegas Will Also Be the Drunkest
If Atlantic City can have the direct ACES train from NYC to the east coast's gambling mecca, than why can't Las Vegas get itself a similar direct train service from LA? Well, the quick answers to that is to point out that flights between LA and LV are affordable and quick, and many more people in LA have cars to drive themselves, unlike the population of New York City.
Still, a couple companies (like DesertXPress) out there are looking to venture into the a Vegas direct train, and the flashiest idea comes from X Train. The X train will renovate railcars and use existing right-of-ways on the tracks to launch their service in 2011, with the goal of enveloping riders in Vegas before they even reach Vegas. Think railcars outfitted as bars, sports lounges, gaming rooms and private salons.
The whole trip will take 5.5 hours, versus the 50 minutes it takes to just fly between the cities. But unlike flying or driving yourself, your whole bachelor party or whatever can get really piss-drunk onboard the XTrain. We'd probably be sick of Vegas before even stepping off of the train, but since we're not sure that this train will even happen, we'll reserve our judgment.
Would you consider taking a train like this to Vegas?
· XTrain [Official Site]
· Could You Soon be Training It to Las Vegas from California? [VegasChatter]
· Vegas Train War! Another LA-to-Vegas Train will Get Gamblers There Slower, But Drunker [FastCompany]
· The Maharaja's Express: $2,500 a Day for a Train Through India [Jaunted]
· Train Travel [Jaunted]
[Photo: Fast Company/Carpenter Sellers del Gatto]