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Train: Royal Canadian Pacific

Train Type: Luxury

Royal Canadian Pacific
IRT Photo by Bob Short

Royal Canadian Pacific
Royal Canadian Pacific dining car. IRT Photo by David Cowley.

Royal Canadian Pacific

Royal Canadian Pacific

Royal Canadian Pacific
Friendly service on the RCP. IRT Photo by Bob Short.

Journeys on this Train

Charter Only


Just 30 persons can pretend to be royalty and come aboard Royal Canadian Pacific (RCP) to sample the train’s five-star dining, open-platform observation areas, several small salons, and large compartments with private, ensuite shower, toilet and sink. The train and its superb staff combine outstanding scenery, exclusive visits and elegant musical events with the five-star service and dining. It all results in one word: “Wow!”

*News Flash*
The Royal Canadian is now operated only on a whole-train charter basis.  What does this mean for you?  It means that you don't have to worry about the train selling out before you can book your trip, because the train will run on your schedule.  And the itinerary can be identical to public tours offered in the past or customized to your requirements.  (Routes and itineraries are dependent on timing and railway operations.)

The total RCP package is matched by just a few trains in the world. Many of the cars for the RCP train were built between 1917 and 1931 and were used as business cars for the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR). Sir Winston Churchill, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh (later Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip), John and Jacqueline Kennedy, among many notables, once enjoyed the cars that make up this elegant train.

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Many of the compartments exactly match those of the Royal Scotsman, because the Scotsman’s owner at the time kindly loaned the plans to the CPR.  There are seven twins in the newly constructed Pullman cars “N.R.Crump” and “Strathcona.”  These have two lower, twin beds set at an “L” shape, desk, roomy private shower, sink and toilet and large picture window.  Finished in Circassian walnut from Russia with Bird’s Eye maple inlay and complemented by scalloped lamp fixtures, brass radiators and Turkish drapes, each car maintains the ambience of the classic era of luxury rail travel.  Five cabins with double beds are in the older, historic cars.  Five cabins are designed for single travelers.  All have plenty of storage; all are outfitted with thick white towels and lovely toiletries.  The walls gleam, most with inlaid wood and vaulted ceilings.


An à la carte breakfast is served in the newly restored dining car, the “Craigellachie.”  Tea, coffee and other beverages can be served in all the lounge areas or private rooms.  The Royal Canadian Pacific service team will provide a full bar and beverage service including customized menus while on board.  The meals are memorable––freshly prepared on board, beautifully presented and are five-star with service to match.

Lounge Cars

Choices for lounging abound: there is nothing finer than stretching out in the sunshine on the open platform of 1926 observation-lounge “Mount Stephen.”  There are also the 1926 lounge-sleeper “Royal Wentworth,” the 1927 observation-lounge-sleeper “Van Horne,” and the 1916 open-platform observation lounge-diner “Killarney.”


If you want one of the most intimate, elegant train programs in the world, this is it.  The price tag may be steep, but the cheerful, excellent and professional service throughout the train; and the inventive, gorgeous meals set this train apart, providing luxury few trains in the world can offer.

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