Amazing Photos: Inside the Patron Tequila Express


by Rachel Platt

Posted on May 5, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Updated Saturday, May 7 at 12:00 AM

(WHAS11)  At Derby time you see it all, but this may be a first for us here at WHAS11; Derby guests arriving by train and for one guest in particular, in his own personal rail car named The Patron Tequila Express.

This is a shot of luxury!  It’s full steam ahead for Derby 137.  Guests arrived Thursday morning by train at Union Station in downtown Louisville.  Several rail cars made their way from Chicago; one of those cars was The Patron Tequila Express; the owner… John Paul Dejoria.

Dejoria owns Patron Tequila, but you may know him better from Paul Mitchell Hair Care.  “Paul Mitchell is what I am best known for, but also for Patron Tequila; two of the finest,” said Dejoria

So all aboard!  Get ready to see the finest, when it comes to traveling by train.  Some of the snap shots we took and are showing here give you an idea of the luxury.

There is the observation room, where some of the woodwork comes from India; stunning woodwork, and secret compartments where a mini home theatre appears.  These current luxuries have updated a rail car saved from a junkyard in the 1980’s, but built in the 1920’s.

Built in 1927, this is how the actors and folks in Hollywood moved around.  From 10,000 rail cars then, to now fewer than 250 and this one is one of only 50 approved by Amtrak to roam the rails; a multi-million dollar tribute to keep a slice of Americana alive.

There are at least two staterooms with bunks for guests.  In the master suite is a plush bed with art work overhead, another private bathroom and exquisite stained glass.

In the formal dining room, a table pulls out and seats eight; a dining room where Senator Huey Long once dined.  There is a tribute to him on the wall and one of his books in a frame.  And to make the food served in the dining room, there is a gourmet kitchen complete with stove, refrigerator and of course Patron Tequila.

So cheers to Derby 137 and the planes, trains and automobiles it took for John Paul to get here.  “I flew to Chicago, so I’ve been on a plane; you’ve seen the train, now horses and cars.  We’ve got it all here,” said Dejoria.

And since John Paul doesn’t have a Derby pick, may we suggest Twice the Appeal ridden by Calvin Borel, who loves to ride the rail just like John Paul.

John Paul Dejoria is in town for the Derby, as well as the Julep Ball which Patron helps to sponsor.  He is known for his philanthropy and when he leaves Louisville, he will head to Appalachia for a project he helps sponsor with Berea College; it’s called Grow Appalachia: Planting Organic Gardens for Healthier Living.