A New Type of Glass Rail

Paris designer Thierry Gaugain has designed a train for the 21st Century traveler to see the world in luxury—and it’s the first all glass train ever made.

Photo courtesy of the artist and is an artist rendering.

“We tend to think about rail transportation only in terms of speed, moving lots of people from point A to point B in record time,” Gaugain told the Robb Report. “But this 14-car train would belong to a single owner. It’s an alternative, very leisurely way to see the world, beyond the yacht and jet.”

According to the Report, Gaugain’s G Train is worth more than a $350 million toy to the artist.

If ever built, the G Train would be 1,300 feet long with a high-tech glass exterior that can change from being totally transparent to opaque or black, and able to travel at 100 mph. At night, the train would ride the rails with a golden aura.

The Robb Report states that Gaugain has a team ready to build the train upon request: Swiss custom train builder Stadler, French glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain and UK engineering firm Eskerley O’Callaghan, as well as railway operations specialists.

Photo courtesy of the artist and is an artist rendering.

The G Train would allow anyone with a large enough checkbook to travel the world in complete privacy across North America, from Europe to Asia, and from Barcelona to Beijing.

Forward cars of the train would contain the owner’s large suite, 18 guest rooms, a gymnasium, spa and dining car. Public areas would be available for live theater and art shows. The G Train owner could also bring a collection of cars, motorcycles and off-road vehicles for travel when not on the train.

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