A party train to link California and Las Vegas is on track for a 2013 launch.
The X Train project is one step closer to reality after striking a deal with Union Pacific Railroad to link Fullerton, California with downtown Las Vegas.
The $100 million venture is the brainchild of president and CEO Michael Barron, who hopes to launch the party train by New Year's Eve 2013.
"The whole idea is when you get on a train, you feel like you're in Las Vegas. It's essentially a nightclub on wheels," said Barron in a recent interview.
The X Train plans to use an Amtrak crew aboard a 576-passenger train that runs at standard speeds on traditional tracks. The ride will take about five hours and passengers will be able to relax in ultra lounges complete with bars, recliners, and big screen TVs.
Millions of visitors from California pour into Sin City every year -- representing about 25% of all visitors -- with many making the 7-8 hour drive on busy traffic days. There's currently no rail link between California and Las Vegas, with the X Train project and another company vying to be the first to offer a rail alternative.
The X Train still has plenty of work ahead of it, with renovations still needed on the sixteen cars the company purchased and a station to build in downtown Las Vegas.
The rival XpressWest project has the same basic idea but on a larger scale, working on a multi-billion dollar project to build a new high-speed train line that will ferry tourists from Victorville, California to Las Vegas.