The ailing economy apparently has taken another tourism industry victim.
GrandLuxe Rail Journeys, a luxury train that visits Mount Rainier National Park via Tacoma Rail tracks as part of a Northwest rail tour, is shutting down.
Notices on travel agent Web sites and in on-line travel bulletins said the Colorado-based rail operation’s owner, Tom Rader, told employees that the trains would halt their journeys Thursday.
In a letter to clients, Rader reportedly told customers: “We are financially unable to continue operations.”
Neither Rader nor agents for GrandLuxe were available for confirmation.
One of GrandLuxe’s high end trains was in Eatonville today where buses were to take customers on a tour of Mount Rainier.
Tacoma Rail Interim Superintendent Alan Hardy said the rail tour operator has told Tacoma Rail it will store its train on Tacoma Rail tracks until it has more definite plans for the future.