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Private rail car
private rail car / tourist / railfan tour
los angeles to oakland
*** november 30 ***
oakland to los angeles
*** June 15 *** sure go
*** december 19 ***
WHEN THE PRIVATE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR VISTA DOME CARS SILVER LARIAT AND SILVER SOLARIUM NEED TO BE RE- POSITIONED YOU RECEIVE A GREAT TRIP WITH ALL OF THE AWARD WINNING ON BOARD SERVICE INCLUDING MEALS AND OPEN BAR AT A GREAT PRICE
NOTICE: DATES AND PRIVATE RAIL CARS CAN CHANGE WITHOUT
PRIOR NOTICE SO YOU NEED TO BE FLeXABLE
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. A small number of railfans have purchased and refurbished private rail cars familiar to the first half of the 20th century. This was the golden age of passenger rail travel. These railfans have spent millions of dollars to bring back this golden age of travel. 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.
When the private rail cars need to be repositioned for a charter, excursion or tour you receive a great trip at a special price! Most of the repositioning trips are run on the scenic California Coast between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, either southbound or northbound. The cars are attached to Amtrak's Coast Starlight.
THE ITINERARY NORTHHBOUND
We will start boarding our private cars at 9:45AM , located at the rear of Amtrak's Coast Starlight parked at Los Angeles Union Station, in time for a 10:10 AM departure. Guests may also board at any Amtrak station served by this train such as Burbank or Van Nuys. As we make our way north through the San Fernando Valley we enter the Santa Susana Mountains near Chatsworth at an elevation of 952 feet as we leave the greater Los Angeles area behind and soon enter Simi Valley. 67 miles north of Los Angeles we make a quick stop at Oxnard which is near the Pacific Ocean. Soon after departing Oxnard the tracks swing over to the beach and the blue waters of the Pacific. For over 100 miles the Coast Starlight will follow the Pacific Ocean. At some points the tracks are almost on the beach and no more than an elevation of 7 feet. Be sure and take a peak outside at one of the vestibules for a breath of the salty sea. As we make our way towards Santa Barbara on a clear day you can look out over the Pacific and see the Santa Barbara Islands which were discovered in 1542.
We make our next station stop at Santa Barbara which is 104 miles north of Los Angeles. The world-famous Santa Barbara Mission was founded in 1786. As we continue north near Concepcion you can see two lighthouses located on the rocky bluffs overlooking the sea. Next we pass through Surf well named for the foamy breakers seen from the train. The tracks then swing into the Casmalia Hills and into the lush Santa Maria Valley before again coming back to the ocean for one more look at Pismo. The train then climbs up to San Luis Obispo to an elevation of 238 feet. If both the northbound and southbound Coast Starlight's are online they will meet here. Once we depart be sure and either take a Vista Dome seat or open vestibule and enjoy the steep climb into the Santa Lucia Mountains with spectacular views of the San Luis Obispo Valley and our own train as it rounds a horseshoe curve and continues to climb into the mountains and passes through several tunnels to reach Cueata Pass and on into the Salinas Valley.
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. As we race up the Salinas Valley we pass through many farms with field after field of lettuce and vegetables. This is Americas salad bowl. A brief stop at Salinas is made before we continue north as the sun sets in the west and we make our way to San Jose where another passenger stop is made. All too soon we enter the greater San Francisco Bay Area and arrival in Oakland.
Southbound Itinerary in reverse
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PRIVATE RAIL CARS FROM OAKLAND TO LOS ANGELES
All Prices per person
$279 PER PERSON EITHER DIRECTION
NORTHBOUND LOS ANGELES TO OAKLAND
Southbound Oakland to Los Angeles
FULL PAYMENT DUE AT TIME OF BOOKING
|*OPEN UNLIMITED BAR|
|*ALL ONBOARD GOURMET MEALS|
|*ONBOARD FIRST CLASS SERVICE|
|Guests must be able to walk and negotiate steps,|
|either on their own, or with assistance, as our|
|historic private railcars do not accommodate|
|wheelchairs. Redcap assistance is available at|
*OPEN UNLIMITED BAR
*ALL ONBOARD GOURMET MEALS
*ONBOARD FIRST CLASS SERVICE
Guests must be able to walk and negotiate steps,
either on their own, or with assistance, as our
historic private railcars do not accommodate
wheelchairs. Redcap assistance is available at