We took the regular train in 2007 and enjoyed it. We were not going to do it again last year until I read about the VIP car. We have done a number of rail trips in private rail cars, and this sounded right up our alley. We enjoyed it thoroughly, comfortable swivel club seat, hors d'oeuvres , beer and wine, and a great narrator. The rear platform is large enough to accommodate 3 people on each side for photography.