Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Design on a Train - The Greenbrier

All aboard!  Choo choo! The Greenbrier in White Sulpher Springs, WV announced plans to offer a luxury train route starting in July 2012 between the West Virginia resort and Washington, D.C.

Illustration: The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier Presidential Express is recalling the streamlined 20th Century Limited express train of 1938, and service to Union Station in Washington for the new line, according to spokespersons for the resort.

This is too cool for school! The train's guests will board for a 6-hour, non-stop trip to White Sulpher Springs, with the 15-car train accommodating up to 240 passengers and featuring a boardroom car, salon car, and an open-air car.

Carlton Varney and New York-based Dorothy Draper & Company, Inc. has been commissioned to design and decorate the train cars. The antique Pullman cars will be reconditioned in every way.

Illustration: The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier's signature Dorothy Draper decor is being applied to interiors and exteriors of 15 railroad cars for the Greenbrier Presidential Express, with restoration work being done in Pottstown, PA.

Carlton Varney stated in a recent article of the Palm Beach Daily News that there will be some Ascot greens in the design of the interiors, as well as some Thomas Jefferson blue, along with some rhododendron flower tones. After all, he says, the rhododendron is the state flower of West Virginia. He summarizes the decor as "timeless glamour".

This is one train ticket I wouldn't mind standing in line for. How about you?

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