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Portola CA 96122

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north america - united states

 

portland, oregon

to los angeles

the pacific northwest express

PRIVATE RAIL CAR/TOURIST TOUR

JULY 12-13, 2016

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PORTLAND, OREGON WITH MT. HOOD

 

 

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THE SKYLINE OF PORTLAND LOOKING ACROSS THE WILLAMETTE RIVER

 

 

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Private railroad cars now allow travelers the option to step back in time and recapture that romantic era of train travel that Amtrak cannot provide. Once upon a time rail barons and wealthy socialites traveled the country on luxurious private railroad cars, dining on fine china and crystal and being pampered by the onboard staff. Now this form of luxury rail travel is being offering to everyone at a very reasonable price.

 

Passengers can sip on cocktails and nibble on hors d' oeuvres while sinking into deep leather sofas in lounges and vista domes and relax by the rhythm of the train wheels rolling down the track. All meals are prepared fresh onboard and made to order by the onboard gourmet chefs.

 

These private luxury rail cars are coupled onto the rear of scheduled Amtrak passenger trains all over the country. Our first class passengers are separated from the Amtrak passengers by locked doors. We provide our own onboard staff including our chef and make up our own gourmet menus for all meals. All drinks and food is included in the ticket price from the time you step onboard until you detrain. Everything is first class with every detail included. This is passenger train travel at it's finest.

 

The former California Zephyr Silver Solarium Vista Dome-Sleeper –Rear End Lounge car has just completed a private charter assignment and is on it's way back to home base in Los Angeles. If all of the bedrooms in this car sell out and there is enough demand we will run the Silver Rapids empty north from Los Angeles to Portland to join the Silver Solarium for the trip to Southern California. The Silver Rapids is a former California Zephyr Pullman Sleeper.

 

Our chefs will prepare all meals on board from fresh ingredients. The bar, which features complimentary premium labels of beer, wine, and spirits, will be open until midnight each night.

 

 

DAY 1 TUESDAY JULY 12:

 

Our private rail car (s) will be parked at Portland Union Station and you can board them and get settled in anytime you choose after 2pm. This will be your hotel for the night so please feel free to drop off your luggage and take in the town with the many attractions. Portland's light rail trams make a stop right in front of the station if you would like to hop onboard and explore this system. Dinner is included in the Vista Dome of the Silver Solarium but if you would like to go out for the evening that is alright too.

 

DAY 2 WEDNESDAY JULY 13:

 

Breakfast will be served in the Silver Solarium at your own leisure so feel free to sleep in if you like. Perhaps after breakfast you might want to do some more exploring of downtown Portland. Our private rail car (s) will be placed on the rear of Amtrak's southbound Coast Starlight departing 2:25PM. After departing town the train rolls down the Willamette River Valley home to some of Oregon's finest vineyards. After departing Eugene at 5:10PM we start the gentle climb towards the Cascade Range as dinner is served. As the train gets closer to the mountains the grade gets steeper in order to reach the summit at Odell Lake which will be reached around 7:30PM. Enjoy the long daylight hours of summer as we travel through the mountains and head south towards Mt. Shasta and the California border. You will have a beautiful view of the quarter moon setting in the western sky and the outline of Mt. Shasta as we approach Klamath Falls. Arrival here is at 10:00PM and you might want to stretch your legs during the short station stop and before turning in for the night.

 

DAY 3 THURSDAY JULY 14:

 

Morning finds us arriving in Sacramento at 6:35AM. If you are up this early you can stretch your legs on the station platform. Breakfast will be served after departing Martinez as we run along the Bay and if it is clear you will see the Golden Gate Bridge. You can also stretch your legs at Oakland as the train will make a 15 minute stop here. Departure is scheduled for 8:50AM and San Jose at 10:07AM. Our next stop is at Salinas. Departing here we head down the Salinas Valley passing through many farms with field after field of lettuce and vegetables as we have lunch in the Silver Solarium. Our next stop is at Paso Robles which is located on the Salinas River. This city is known for its hot springs and mud baths, its abundance of wineries, production of olive oil, and almond orchards. All to soon we start down the steep Cuesta Pass grade in the Santa Lucia Mountains with spectacular views of the San Luis Obispo Valley as we round the horseshoe curve and continue to drop towards San Luis Obispo. Arrival is scheduled for 3:20PM and if the Northbound Coast Starlight is running on time we may meet it here. Our train will stop for several minutes and if you wish you can get off. Upon departing we pass through the many vineyards and soon you get your first view of the California Coastline at Pismo and again at Surf. You can enjoy the spectacular views of the ocean mile after mile as our train speeds south. Santa Barbara is reached at 6:02PM and for the next hour enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean as dinner is served in the Vista Dome. At times the tracks run right along the beach. Arrival in Los Angeles is scheduled for 9:00PM. Guests wishing to stay onboard for the night may do so but please plan to detrain by 9:00am on the 15th.

 

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THE COAST STARLIGHT ROUNDS THE HORSESHOE CURVE ON CUESTA PASS GRADE

 

 

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THE VIEW OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN FROM OUR VISTA DOME

 

 

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THE SILVER SOLARIUM VISTA DOME-SLEEPER-LOUNGE ROUND END OBSERVATION

IS THE ONLY CAR OF THIS TYPE STILL IN OPERATION IN THE UNITED STATES

 

 

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AS THE SUN SETS IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN

THE SOUTHBOUND COAST STARLIGHT RACES TOWARDS LOS ANGELES

 

 

all prices per person

 

double bedroom *upper/lower*.................. $1,399  
drawing room *lower/lower*.................... $1,699  
state room *lower/lower*......................... $1,699  
Two Double Bedrooms ensuite.................... $1,799  
Deposit to hold space confirmed................ $500  
Final payment due by April 12, 2016    

double bedroom *upper/lower*$1,399

drawing room *lower/lower*$1,699

state room *lower/lower*$1,699

Two Double Bedrooms ensuite$1,799

Deposit to hold space confirmed$500

Final payment due by April 12, 2016