7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Patrón Tequila Express
Jul. 25, 2016
While private jets may be the plush way to scoot around these days, for past generations luxury travel occurred solely in one place: on the rails. Private train cars were the modes of transportation for presidents, business titans, and celebrities alike. And while very few of these elegant train cars still exist today, the tradition lives on aboard The Patrón Tequila Express. Here are seven facts about Gulf Mobile & Ohio Railroad Car #50, plus an exclusive peek inside.
It’s one car; a meticulously restored 1927 vintage rail car, to be exact. Only 2,000 of its kind were ever made.
Notable folks like Franklin D. Roosevelt, Huey P. Long, and Clark Gable were passengers aboard the train.
The train is privately owned by John Paul DeJoria, founder of Patrón Spirits Company -- and is therefore open only to DeJoria’s personal guests. (Mental note: become pals with him.)
The actor Dan Aykroyd, a close friend of DeJoria’s, frequently travels aboard the Patrón Tequila Express, where he enjoys sipping cocktails on the outdoor deck.
The car doesn’t drive itself! It’s attached and pulled by Amtrak, and can travel anywhere on Amtrak’s 21,000-mile route.
The train car is 85 feet long and equipped with a gourmet kitchen, dining room, three staterooms, and an observation room that’s filled with rare textiles and exotic wood carvings.
Only when the train is used for special events can the public explore (and sip Patrón cocktails) inside.