[CA] Stadler is building 10 Goldleaf carriages for Rocky Mountaineer

Stadler Rail is building 10 new double deck glass domed carriages for Canadian Rocky Mountaineer at their Berlin Reinickendorf based plant. The first newly build carriages for Rocky Mountaineer in ten years.

In May 2015, Stadler Rail received an order to develop and construct 10 luxurious custom-made double deck glass domed carriages for the Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf services. Rocky Mountaineer is a Canadian luxury rail travel company operating tourist rail services through the Canadian Rocky Mountains in 2 levels of luxury, Silverleaf and Goldleaf. The new carriages are intended for the high level Goldleaf services.

New Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf carriage under construction at Stadler Rail’s plant in Berlin-Reinickendorf – Photo: Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer currently has 16 existing Goldleaf carriages. The new carriages can be coupled to the existing fleet. With the 10 new carriages more seats can be sold as the number of passengers are growing. The steel based carriages take three months to build. As some Rocky Mountaineer routes come into Seattle (USA), the carriages must comply to both Canadian and US regulations. Commissioning is expected for 2018/2019.

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve our guest experience which is the core of our business. The care and attention that has gone into every detail of this car build is remarkable. We are focused on redefining comfort for our guests,” said Steve Sammut, president Rocky Mountaineer. 


New Goldleaf carriage in Rocky Mountaineer colours at Stadler Rail’s plant in Berlin-Reinickendorf – Photo: Rocky Mountaineer

Carriage layout

A carriage has two decks, the upper and the lower deck. The layout of the lower deck comprises the restaurant/dining room, the restaurant kitchen for the on-board culinary team, two toilets (one of which is barrier-free) and a open platform, a vestibule, very popular with the passengers for taking pictures underway. The upper deck comprises of a service bar and 72 seats under the panoramic windows. Both decks are connected by a lift and a two staircases. The carriages have a length of 27,35 m, a witdh of 3,05 m and height of 5,52 m.

Floorplan of upper & lower deck of Stadler Rail Goldleaf carriage – Picture: Stadler Rail

“We are very proud to have won this order for these high-quality coaches and would like to express our gratitude for the trust that has been placed in us. Tailor-made is one of our core business areas …..” says Peter Spuhler, CEO of  Stadler Rail.

The carriages have a pneumatic suspension. Together with the Swiss made bogies they ensure a smooth ride. The carriages are designed for a maximum speed of 177 km/h, nominally drive 100 km/h, but often slide at a lower speed of 45 km/h through the spectacular and scenic landscape of Western Canada. They can be used in temperatures from –25°C to +50°C.

Impressive-dimensions (5,52 m high) for the Goldleaf carriages – Photo: Rocky Mountaineer

Goldleaf carriage interior

The overall interior design is the same as the existing carriages, so guests will get the same luxurious experience. The leather seats on the upper deck can be adjusted electronically. The upper deck of the double-decker carriage features large, electrically lightening or darkening panoramic windows to offer passengers the ultimate in luxury and make travelling through the breathtaking scenery an unforgettable experience. The carriages have a sophisticated heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

Further technical features include:

  • a diesel generator at the lower deck for generating electricity;
  • a drinking water supply system in the kitchen an the bar;
  • an entertainment system;
  • an ambient lighting system;
  • an extensive data monitoring system;
  • accessibility for the underfloor components from the side.

Future working environment for the new Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf carriages

The Stadler Rail Goldleaf carriages will accompany the existing rolling stock on the Rocky Mountaineer routes in the Canadian provinces British Colombia and Alberta. Most routes start/end in Vancouver an roll to/from Jasper or Banff, both situated in the Canadian Rockies. Although without Stadler Rail carriages, we couldn’t keep these magnificent photos from you.

The Rocky Mountaineer pulled by locomotives 8012 & 8019 along Seton Lake, Canada – Photo: Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountaineer crossing Frasier Bridge, Canada – Photo: Rocky Mountaineer
TheRocky Mountaineer passes Morant’s Curve, a famous spot along the Canadian Pacific Railway near Banff, Canada – Photo: Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer along Stoney Creek, Canada – Photo: Rocky Mountaineer