September 17, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A group hoping to start running an adults-only "party train" service between Southern California and the Las Vegas area has announced some bad news.
Las Vegas Railway Express had planned to shuttle partiers from Fullerton, Calif. - home to an Amtrak station - to the heart of Sin City.
A year-old agreement with Union Pacific was to allow the company to use a rail line that's currently limited to freight trains and hasn't served passengers since Amtrak discontinued its Desert Wind service in 1997 due to low ridership.
But in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week, Railway Express officials disclosed that the Union Pacific deal had fallen apart, and Union Pacific would be keeping the company's $600,000 deposit.
Railway Express CEO Michael Barron declined comment through a spokeswoman.