Anschutz Co. luxury train service halts operations |

Anschutz Co. luxury train service halts operations

DENVER, Colorado – A new luxury train service with ties to Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz has stopped operating before taking its first trip.

The Denver Post reports that American Railway Explorer told travel industry officials Tuesday that the venture’s “operations have ceased,” and it told contractors refurbishing its vintage rail cars to stop.

A company spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a phone message Wednesday.

The company previously had said it would start running excursions in the summer of 2011, with tickets priced as high as $1,500 a day.

American Railway Explorer is an affiliate of Greenwood Village-based Xanterra (zan-TAYR’-uh) Parks and Resorts, which privately held Anschutz Co. acquired in 2008.

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