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Party Train to Vegas? Union Pacifc Says 'Not on our tracks!'

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First there was the DesertXpress--the proposed high-speed rail line between Las Vegas and the SoCal hub of all things connected and happening, Victorville. Then the X-Train emerged on the scene, offering future riders a "party" experience to Sin City, including on-board drinks and gaming.Then a company pitching their Z-Train ("Once Z-Train starts, Z-Excitement Never Stops") claims that not only does their "private jet [style] experience" offer riders something more posh than the beer basics of the X-Train, but also that they had the party train to Vegas idea first, according to cbs2.

Nevermind that Amtrak bailed on their own attempt to market a festive train ride from L.A.'s Union Station to Las Vegas. Now Union Pacific says there isn't a party that's planned for their tracks. At all.

Concerned about growing publicity about the party trains, Union Pacific issued letters last week denying it has had any serious negotiation to allow either company to operate on its tracks. Union Pacific also does not endorse and will not allow gambling on its tracks, Jerry Wilmoth, the railroad's general manager of network infrastructure, wrote in the letters.

The X-Train people say that's fine, if UP says no gaming, then no gaming it will be. Of course, they might not even be the ones who get to run the party train on the tracks between L.A. and LV--most of which are controlled by UP. The two companies "locked in a legal battle" right now between each other. Maybe the DesertXpress will get from nowhere to there first, after all.
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*A previous version of this story erroneously labels the DesertXpress as "maglev"