We're excited to hear about any new train projects in the rail-challenged U.S., and right now the most public one we've got is the X-Train to Vegas. The luxe, 100% private-financed train is destined to launch in late 2011 and will ferry passengers from L.A. to Vegas and back amidst bar cars, gambling cars and dining cars.
One disturbing thing we found: On the X-Train website's "Photo Gallery" section purportedly showing the train, the below image is presented and labeled a "rendering:"
Folks, that is in fact an actual photograph--of the Blue Train, South Africa's fabled luxury hotel on wheels. Here's a link to a 2007 article on the Blue Train featuring the photo in question.
The photo is the only one on the X-Train website that doesn't feature the stamp of X-Train designers Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects so hopefully it wound up on the website by mistake.