CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier Presidential Express luxury train isn't moving anytime soon.
Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier Resort, announced plans last year for the $15 million train, which would operate between Washington, D.C., and White Sulphur Springs.
Plans call for the train's 15 cars to include a VIP suite car with private rooms, parlor cars, dining cars, an open-air car and a massive steam locomotive painted green and gold.
About $10 million has been spent, but right now the train is going nowhere, Justice said Wednesday.
"We were moving along great as far as refurbishing and all that," he said. "Then we ran into governmental regulations and all on how you're going to run the train. I really didn't expect that. I'm not a train expert. I thought we were pretty well covered. It's drug on and on and on.
"It's government regulations on how you're going to run it and how you're going to insure it," he said. "Beyond that, I can't give you a lot more detail.
"We have all kinds of stuff purchased, ready to go in," he said. "The chairs, upholstery, a lot of woodwork. Of course we have all of the undercarriages completely redone to government specs. The steam engine is sitting at Clifton Forge (Va.), completely done.
"It's been on hold now for probably the better part of 2 1/2 months," he said. "We've really slowed down."
One hurdle described early on for the project was capacity constraints on the Buckingham Branch railroad, which runs as a single-track in Virginia. CSX uses the line to shuttle empty coal cars, and Amtrak uses the route for its Cardinal passenger train. Another potential problem might involve railroad policies against the use of steam locomotives.