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Los Angeles to Chicago
Express route of
the historic super chief
PRIVATE RAIL CAR / TOURIST TOUR
JULY 6-8, 2016
We invite you to join us on a very unique and spectacular private rail car journey onboard the classic Silver Solarium California Zephyr Vista Dome, Sleeper, Lounge, and Round End Observation car. This is the sole car of this type left in operation in the United States and will be on a repositioning move from Los Angeles to Chicago via the route of the historic Santa Fe Super Chief.. This wonderful train trip through the great southwest is limited to only 8 guests. We will have a chef and steward aboard, so expect to be pampered! All meals will be prepared on board fresh, and cooked in our galley, then served in the vista-dome using our monogram china, on tables set with original California Zephyr tablecloths, cut flowers and first class service. All gourmet meals and a fully stocked open bar are included for the entire trip. The Silver Solarium's accommodations include two double bedrooms, with an upper and a lower berth; One drawing room, with two lower beds and an upper beds; one state room with a booth that makes down into a double side by side bed. All rooms have enclosed annexes with toilet, sink, and shower.
DAY 1 WEDNESDAY JULY 6:
Our rivate railcar will be on the rear of Amtrak train 4, the Southwest Chief. Guests may board at Los Angeles Union Station, Fullerton, Riverside, or San Bernardino. Departure time from Los Angeles is 6:15 PM. We'll have a gala Welcome Aboard cocktail party, followed by dinner, as we make our way out of the Los Angeles rat race. Once we depart San Bernardino at 7:58 PM we will begin to enter into the countryside which will soon turn into mountains as our train climbs up Cajon Pass to reach Summit at 4,190 feet. This pass is located on the San Andreas Fault and runs between the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains. The fading light will be enough to see the shadows of the mountains.
Once we crest Cajon Pass then we slide down into the Mohave Desert towards Victorville and Barstow, arriving at 9:56PM. The Southwest Chief will be here for a few minutes so you are welcome to stretch your legs if you like. Departing Barstow our train will speed across the Mojave Desert at times reaching 90mph. We will cross into Arizona in the middle of the night.
THE SOUTHWEST CHIEF IN CAJON PASS
DAY 2 THURSDAY JULY 7:
As our train speeds across the Northern Arizona plateau through Kingman, Williams Junction, Flagstaff and Winslow we find ourselves following the famous Route 66 Highway. As the sun rises, we are speeding towards New Mexico. For the early risers you can enjoy crossing over Diablo Canyon on a high railroad bridge and the station stop at Winslow which is scheduled for 5:39AM. Winslow is situated on one of the busiest railroad lines in the U.S., with more than 100 freight trains stopping here to change crews everyday. This town was also made famous by a 1972 song called Take it Easy performed by the Eagles. A park, statue and mural commemorate the tune, which includes the line … I'm a standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.
Next we pass through Holbrook which was founded in 1882 as a railroad town. Our first stop in New Mexico will be at 8:21AM in Gallup. This town was founded in 1891 and is in the heart of Native American lands. Soon we pass over the Continental Divide which marks the point where water flows west to the Pacific Ocean or east to the Atlantic Ocean. We arrive in Albuquerque at 11:42AM. This is a 30 minute station stop so feel free to get off and take a stroll on the station platform. Be sure and check-out the local Indian vendors and the items they have for sale. Soon after departing Albuquerque we start the climb up to Raton Pass and into the Ortiz Mountains.
We make a short stop at Lamy for Amtrak passengers connecting on to Santa Fe. This is also where the Santa Fe Southern Railway connects with the BNSF. Shortly after departing here we enter scenic Apache Canyon. Then our next stop is at 3:03PM in Las Vegas in New Mexico, not the one in Nevada. About two hours later we stop at Raton and shortly after departing town we reach Raton Pass and then cross the state line and into Colorado. Additional stops are made at Trinidad which was the home for Bat Masterson and then La Junta.
Here the stop is 10 minutes so you are welcome to stretch your legs after dinner if you like. This is where the BNSF breaks up and remakes freight trains for the line running up to Denver. We depart here at 7:41PM and one hour later make the last stop in Colorado at Lamar before entering Kansas.
THE SOUTHWEST CHIEF IN EASTERN ARIZONA
THE SOUTHWEST CHIEF IN APACHE CANYON IN NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO
THE SOUTHWEST CHIEF IN APACHE CANYON IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO
SOUTHWEST CHIEF IN NORTHWESTERN NEW MEXICO
THE SOUTHWEST CHIEF CLIMBS RATON PASS IN NEW MEXICO
DAY 3 FRIDAY JULY 8:
As you sleep we will cross Kansas and for the early risers you can stretch your legs in Kansas City if you like. We depart here at 7:43AM and enter Missouri and before you realize it we are in Iowa passing through the corn fields. There is only one stop in this state at Fort Madison at 11:09AM. From here we enter Illinois and make several short station stops before arriving in Chicago at 3:15PM.
THE SOUTHWEST CHIEF IN IOWA
THE SILVER SOLARIUM WILL BE ATTACHED TO THE REAR END OF THE SOUTHWEST CHIEF
ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON
|DOUBLE ROOM ..................................||$2,299|
|STATE ROOM .....................................||$2,899|
|DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED||$700|
|FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY APRIL 6, 2016|
DOUBLE ROOM $2,299
DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED$700
FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY april 6, 2016