AOE operates under "Oregon Rail Corp" and through 12/2000 operated with sister company "Montana Rockies Rail Tours".
AOE performed maintenance on both groups of cars, but (as of 2000) did not operate domes.
MRRT operated the "American Spirit", which replaced the "Montana Rockies Daylight" that operated thru 1999. MRRT also ran the "National Parks Limited" with domes, and also ran it's cars in special excursions as warranted.
During 01/2001, a new corporation - RailQuest America/Montana Rockies Rail Tours purchased 3 of the domes and returned to the 'Montana Rockies Daylight", dropping the "American Spirit" name. (see separate page for MRRT).
AOE relocated from Denver CO to Western Junction/Tenino WA in late 2001.
In 2002, AOE began dome operation with the "New Orleans" , and later the "Copper Canyon" on the AOE "II" in September. CBQ 377 "Silver Solarium" was leased as the tail car for the new train in 2002, while UP 9007 "Glacier Park" became the leased tail car for the train in 2003, which was then replaced with "American Spirit" GN 1325 (car sold in 2005).
In 2006 AOE became "Grand Luxe" under Colorado Railcar but was unsuccessful and closed in 2008 with all equipment up for sale. Operation sold to Xanterra/Anschutz? in early 2009.
(click the car number link below for history of each car)
C&O 1877 - not operated - sold 3/05 to Mid America Rail Leasing