HIGH SIERRA RAIL ADVENTURE
railfan / tourist
SEPTEMBER 2-4, 2017
The Central Coast Railway Club and Trains & Travel invites you to come join us over the three day Labor Day Weekend for an exciting get-a-way up in the High Sierra Mountains and the Reno/Carson City/Virginia City areas. Our relaxing mini vacation will include riding Amtrak’s California Zephyr both directions over scenic Donner Pass, spending an evening in the wild west mining town of Virginia City, riding the steam powered Virginia & Truckee Railroad, visiting the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, sightseeing around Lake Tahoe and enjoying the vast rail collection at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola located at the upper end of the Feather River Canyon.
DAY 1 SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 2:
We begin our rail adventure at the Emeryville by boarding Amtrak’s California Zephyr which departs at 9:10am and heads east towards Sacramento and the High Sierra. Perhaps you would like to go to the dinning car for breakfast as you enjoy the views of San Pablo Bay and if it is clear the Golden Gate Bridge before our stop at Martinez. You are welcome to board at Richmond, Martinez, Davis or Sacramento. The train departs the capitol at 11:09am and shortly after leaving Roseville starts the long climb towards Donner Pass and the summit at Norden. We start the steep climb into the High Sierra Mountains with scenic views of towering mountains, deep canyons, lakes, rivers, and remote forests. You will see several old gold mining towns from the train as we travel over the first Transcontinental Railroad which was completed in 1869. At the summit of Donner Pass our train reaches 6,891 feet and starts down the eastern slope of the High Sierra following the Truckee River all the way to the Reno, Nevada arriving at 4:06pm. Shortly after detraining we are on our way to the wild west mining town of Virginia City onboard our charter motorcoach. If everything is running on-time we should be checking into to our hotel in Virginia City at around 5:30pm. The rest of the evening is yours to explore colorful Virginia City. An almost full moon will rise at around 5:15pm and light up night sky and countryside for the evening.
AMTRAK’S CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR ON DONNER PASS
DAY 2 SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 3: (L-D)
For those folks that would like to ride Virginia & Truckee Railroad’s deadhead move from Virginia City to Carson City they are welcome to so. This train will depart Virginia City at 5am for the hour trip to East Gate Station near Carson City. For the rest of the group we will depart from our hotel in Virginia City at around 6am and ride our charter motorcoach down to the East Gate Station. Once the steam engine is run around the train and serviced we will have the opportunity to stage some photo run-bys for the photographers in the rugged Carson River Canyon which is just below East Gate. All too soon it will be time to whistle off and begin the long and steep climb up to Virginia City. Enjoy the sights and sounds of our hard working steam locomotive tackle the steep grades as our train climbs the hill for the next 12 miles back to Virginia City. The views are spectacular in the morning sun and we should even be able to see a few wild mustang horses on the hillsides. Back in Virginia City for those interested we will offer you a tour of the railroad workshops. For those folks that would like to sleep in you are welcome to ride the first Gold Hill train of the day which departs Virginia City at 10:30am and run down to Gold Hill returning in Virginia City at 11:05am.
THE HISTORIC VIRGINIA & TRUCKEE RAILROAD
Shortly after arriving back in Virginia City we board our motorcoach and head down the mountain to visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. We will have a picnic box lunch at the museum and depart around 2pm for the bus ride to Portola in the Feather River Canyon by way of spectacular Lake Tahoe.
NEVADA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM IN CARSON CITY
SPECTACULAR LAKE TAHOE
Once in Portola we go directly to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum which has a large collection of diesels, rolling stock and even a steam locomotive. The museum will be operating and caboose and cab rides will be available to all. After our Museum visit we go the short distance to Blairsden and visit Chris Skow’s Garden Scale outside model railroad and his large collection of railroad artifacts that he has been collecting for the past 52 years. A all you can eat Mexican buffet style dinner and endless Margaritas and open bar will be enjoyed by all on his deck deep in a pine tree forest over looking the Feather River Canyon as the full moon comes up over the High Sierra. After dinner we return to Portola for motel check-in.
WESTERN PACIFIC’S LARGE DIESEL COLLECTION
THE WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD MUSEUM IN PORTOLA
HAS THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF WP MOTIVE POWER ANY WHERE
IN THE EVENING WE RELAX AT CHRIS SKOW’S HOME RUNNING HIS GARDEN SCALE MODEL RAILROAD, VISITING HIS EXTENSIVE RAILROAD COLLECTION OF ARTIFACTS, DOCUMENTS AND BOOKS AND ENJOYING DRINKS AND AN ALL YOU CAN EAT CATERED MEXICAN BUFFET DINNER ON THE DECK AS THE FULL MOON RISES IN THE SKY
PHOTOS ABOVE ARE OF CHRIS’S GARDEN SCALE OUTSIDE MODEL RAILROAD
PHOTOS BELOW ARE OF CHRIS’S EXTENSIVE
RAILROAD COLLECTION AND PRIVATE MUSEUM
DAY 3 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 4:
If Amtrak’s westbound California Zephyr is on-time then we will depart from Portola at on our motorcoach at 8:00am for the one hour ride to Truckee. The Zephyr departs at 9:37am for the westbound journey over Donner Pass with an arrival back in Emeryville at 4:10pm.
CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR WESTBOUND ON DONNER PASS
PRICES ARE PER PERSON
|DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY.....................||$595|
|SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT.....................||$98|
|DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED...||$100|
|FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY JULY 2, 2017|
DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY$595
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT$98
Deposit to hold space$100
FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY JULY 2, 2017
*TWO NIGHTS LODGING
*ROUNDTRIP AMTRAK TRAIN TICKETS
*ENTRANCE TO BOTH RAILROAD MUSEUMS
*TICKET ON THE VIRGINIA & TRUCKEE RAILROAD
*WORKSHOP VISIT ON THE VIRGINIA & TRUCKEE RAILROAD
*CHARTER MOTORCOACH PER THE ITINERARY ALL THREE DAYS
TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2017 **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**
Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.
Prices do not include:Personal items, meals not listed in the itinerary, laundry, phone calls, excess baggage charges, rental cars, side tours, insurance, passport fees including visas, vaccinations, gratuities, medical costs, tips to train or motor coach staff, extra tour costs due to unanticipated changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond our control, including weather, travel conditions, or cancellations, government intervention, sickness, political disputes, and failure of transportation or other causes beyond our control.
TRAVEL AND HEALTH DOCUMENTS:A valid passport is required for our international tours. In some cases a visa is also needed. Consult your health professional for the recommended immunizations and documents. Trains and Travel , here on referred to as TT, assumes no other responsibility if a client is refused entry into a country. Cost and cancellation fees will be paid by the client in the event they do not have valid documents.
CHANGE OF ITINERARY:We reserve the right to substitute, alter or modify the tour if any unexpected and unforeseen conditions beyond our control preventing the completion of such. Conditions can include weather, train schedules, equipment, motive power, revision of train consist, train delays, labor strikes, political disputes, derailments, closure of a rail line, break down of railroad or motive power equipment, railroads not honoring contracts and bus equipment problems. We will always endeavor, in each case, to provide substitutes, if any changes take place. TT is not responsible for canceled trains, delays, hotel rooms, route changes or missed connections, for any reason whatsoever. We will not give refunds if such conditions or cancellations take place.
TRAVEL INSURANCE:Travel insurance is strongly suggested. Insurance will cover and give tour members many benefits and protection. Benefits include baggage loss, accident, life, trip cancellation, sickness, bankruptcy, strike, weather conditions, employer termination or layoff effecting you or a person sharing the room with you, terrorist incident in your departure city or city of destination, jury duty, you are subpoenaed, hijacked, or quarantined, your residence or traveling companion residence is rendered uninhabitable, emergency military duty, traffic accident, single supplement upgrade when your room- mate cancels their trip, trip interruption, trip delay, missed connections, itinerary change, emergency medical benefits, medical evacuation, pre-existing medical conditions if enrollment is within 21days of your invoice date, assault of you or your traveling companion before departure, burglary of you or your companion before departure 24 hour hotline emergency assistance, emergency cash transfer and more .
RESPONSIBILITY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:Accepting your payment represents an agreement that you understand all the conditions, to be a member of our tours. TT gives notice that they are acting agents for the owners, contractors and suppliers, providing the transportation and all related travel services and assume no responsibility for equipment problems, mechanical failures, injury, sickness, damage, loss, additional expenses accidental delay or irregularities which may be caused through willful and or negligent acts or omissions on the part of the companies providing or engage in transportation, accommodations or services related to the accomplishment of the tour. Nor do we assume responsibility for natural disasters, social or political upheaval, acts of terrorism or acts of nature. TT reserves the right to substitute hotels, tour leaders, equipment, motive power, trains, onboard accommodations, routes and to alter the itinerary when deemed necessary without notice. The right is also reserved to cancel any trip or train prior to departure for any reason . TT is not responsible for expenses incurred by tour members in preparing for the tour, including non-refundable airline tickets, visa fees, planning, phone calls, or any other expenses. TT reserves the right to decline to accept, or ask to leave a tour, any person whose actions impede the daily operations of a tour, welfare or or enjoyment of other tour members. TT cannot give any refunds for any unused services. The terms contained herein shall serve as a waiver of liability to TT . Assumption of risk on behalf of the client, their heirs, executor, administrators, successors, and assigns for any and all known persons injuries. In many cases it is not possible to advise the passengers on reasons for train delays if beyond our control.
RESERVATIONS: A deposit is due in our office within 14 days after you make your bookings. Full payment is due 90 days before departure except for the Grand Canyon Limited in which full payment is due on a different schedule. You will receive an invoice, reservation form and current tour bulletins with your confirmation and travel insurance forms. No notice for final payment will be sent to you. It is your responsible to make the final payment on-time.
CANCELLATIONS:TT does not accept cancellations on the phone. Cancellations must be received by postal mail, email or fax before any refunds will be considered. Allow enough time if sending your written notice by US mail postal system. When a written cancellation is received in the Trains and Travel office this will be the effective date of the cancellation. Please take note that it can take up to 60 days to to process some refunds. Cancellation refund rules: 120 days prior to the start of any tour you will receive a refund less a $200 per person administration fee. 119 to 61 days before the departure of any tour there will be a 80% cancellation penalty based on the full cost of the tour. Cancellations received 60 or less days before the start of any tour will not receive any refund. GW Travel Ltd has their own cancellation rules and these will apply. If booking on GW Travel Ltd ask for cancellation rules.
PRE-DEPARTURE TOUR BULLETINS:Tour bulletins will be sent to clients that have booked on tours operated by TT . Bulletins include travel info related to the tour. Final documents will be sent out about two to three weeks before a tour begins. We offer tours operated by other companies and they may or may not send out tour bulletins and updates and most send out final documents only one to two weeks prior to the start of their tours.
PAYMENTS: Payments can be made with personal check drawn on a U.S. Dollar account, money order for U.S. Dollars, bank wire transfer, or credit card. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express. Final payment for all tours is due 90 days prior to departure and we will charge your credit card on file unless you have given us other instructions. If final payment has not been received 7 days after the due date, a late fee of $50 per week will apply.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:All prices are based on double room occupancy. We will try and match you with a roommate if one is available. If not, you may be charged the single room supplement listed for the tour you are booked on. Single rooms may not be available in some remote locations and on some trains.
TOUR REFUNDS:If for any reason tour members amend or delete any arrangements during travel, and leave the tour on their own, we cannot give any refunds on unused portions of the tour. If buses and trains are cancelled by the carrier or there is a labor strike or they go out of business, we cannot be held responsible and we cannot give refunds. Travel insurance will protect you for any of these reasons. If TT needs to cancel any tour everyone will receive a full refund. Please take note that in some cases refunds can take up to 60 days to process.
PARTIAL TOURS:We will allow passengers to join or leave a tour at certain points. Give us a call and we will try and work up a custom option for you.
MILEAGE COLLECTORS:Mileage collectors please take note that TT does not cater just to mileage collectors. We cater to all folks that enjoy trains and Rail journeys. We give strong warning that itinerary and route changes do happen and this is totally beyond our control when it does. If the only reason that you would want to book a tour is to collect the rare mileage, you need to understand that possible route changes do happen.
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Trains & Travel
Portola CA 96122
1-800-359-4870 USA or (530) 836-1944