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When did the American Orient Express begin its operations?

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The Orient Express is the name of a long-distance passenger train originally operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. Its route has changed many times, and several routes have in the past concurrently used the name (or slight variants thereof). Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name has become synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel. The two city names most intimately associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Istanbul, the original endpoints of the service. The current Orient Express does not serve Paris or Istanbul. Its immediate predecessor, a through overnight service from Paris to Vienna ran for the very last time from Paris on Friday, June 8, 2007. Since then, the route, still called the "Orient Express", has been shortened to start from Strasbourg instead,[1] occasioned by the inauguration of the LGV Est which affords much faster travel times from Paris to Strasbourg. The new curtailed service ... more
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It was advertised as a sort of combination of a cruise ship and a five-star hotel. After several years of operation it was sold in 2007 to new owners and its name was changed to GrandLuxe Rail Journeys. In late August 2008, GrandLuxe Rail Journeys abruptly ceased operations. The entire set of luxury train cars was put up for sale in September 2008. In June 2009, it was reported that 25 trains cars had been purchased by Xanterra Parks and Resorts, and would be used to "enhance the national parks experience". http://www.trainweb.com/aoe.html GrandLuxe Rail Journeys (formerly American Orient Express) The GrandLuxe ceased operations and the train set was sold in 2008. Prior to being renamed to GrandLuxe the trainsets and the service was known as the American Orient Express. Below you will find links to travelogues and photos from both TrainWeb correspondents, TrainWeb sponsors, and others. The very top link below is to a repot b more

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