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Portola CA 96122

chris@traintrips.biz (Rail Tour Manager)

1-800-359-4870 (USA)

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SPRINGTIME ZEPHYR

LOS ANGELES TO CHARLOTTE

PRIVATE RAIL CARS/TOURIST/RAILFAN

MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2017

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TRAVELING THESE ROUTES

***LOS ANGELES TO OAKLAND***

***OAKLAND (EMERYVILLE TO DENVER & CHICAGO***

***CHICAGO TO WASHINTON DC***

***WASHINTON DC TO CHARLOTTE***

 

Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Charlotte Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Charlotte
Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Charlotte

 

Celebrate the glories of Spring from your seat in a Vista-Dome!  Experience what it was like to travel on the Scenic Way Across America in our Silver Fleet of private luxury rail cars. Our Silver Fleet cars which will be the Silver Rapids, Silver Lariat and Silver Solarium, will be coupled to the rear of Amtrak's Coast Starlight, California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, and Carolinian and will travel over what is arguably the most beautiful rail route in the US between Emeryville and Denver as we make our way to Chicago, Washington DC and on to Charlotte.

 

Our route will take us on a daylight trip northbound of our Los Angeles up the scenic California Coast with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Then 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 before entering the Bay Area. Our private cars will be parked at the Amtrak coaching yard. Remember, our cars are your hotel for all nights including those when the cars are parked for the night.

 

The next morning our cars are placed on the rear of Amtrak’s California Zephyr for the journey Oakland eastbound through the Bay Area then crossing the Sacramento Valley before heading up into the High Sierra Mountains passing over the Summit of Donner Pass, first crossed by rail in 1867. After a stop in Reno, Nevada we continue out across the Nevada desert and along the south shore of the Great Salt Lake to Salt Lake City, which is reached in the wee hours. Early Birds will watch dawn break over the Wasatch as we climb to Soldier Summit, then follow the Price River to the desert of eastern Utah.  Shortly before leaving Utah we encounter the Colorado River deep in the remote Rudy Canyon, and follow it for many miles east into the Rockies almost to its source near the Continental Divide.  Along the way we will travel through the fabled Five Canyons of the Colorado, most famous of which is Glenwood Canyon, for which the Vista-dome was conceived.   All the time we will see nature's spectacle of Fall Colors unfold before us.  We may even see some antelope, deer, or perhaps a migrating herd of elk in the higher reaches. We cross the Continental Divide underground, in the over six mile long Moffatt Tunnel.  Emerging back into late afternoon daylight we begin our nearly two hour descent of the Front Range to Denver.  As twilight approaches we get the illusion of an airliner slowly coming in to land as the lights of Denver, which we first saw far below, get ever closer. After a stop in Denver we set off to race across eastern Colorado, Nebraska, and Iowa on our way to Chicago.  We cross the mighty Mississippi at Burlington in late morning, and start the final leg of our journey to the Windy City. For those passengers continuing on to Washington DC our private cars will be attached to the Capitol Limited departing Chicago. On the last day of our transcon journey we enjoy the scenic countryside of Maryland. The final leg of our trip is Washington DC to Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

THE ITINERARY

 

DAY 1 TUESDAY MARCH 28: (L-D)

 

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. We make our next station stop at Santa Barbara which is 104 miles north of Los Angeles. 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. 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.

 

DAY 2 WEDNESDAY MARCH 29: (B-L-D)

 

Depart from the Oakland coaching yard at the rear of the California Zephyr for the short run to Emeryville to pick-up the Amtrak passengers. We then depart Emeryville at 9:10AM for the run along the San Francisco Bay , across the Sacramento Valley and over Donner Pass in the High Sierra. Lunch will be served as we climb into the mountains. Arrival in Reno is at 4:06PM. Passengers may board or detrain at any Amtrak station where this train makes a stop. This would be: Martinez, Davis, Sacramento, Roseville, Colfax, Truckee, or Reno. After departing Reno we speed out across the Nevada desert as you enjoy the sunset as you have dinner in the dome cars. Later in the evening you can have a night cap and turn in for the night. In Nevada the train makes stops at Winnemucca and Elko and we can take passengers at both of these stations.

 

Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Charlotte
Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Charlotte
Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Charlotte

 

Arrival in Salt Lake City, Utah is at 3:05AM and departure is at 3:30AM. We start the climb up into the Wasatch Range of Utah just before sunrise. Wake up to the scenic splendor of this colorful mountain range with a hot cup of coffee before a full breakfast is served in the dome cars. Once we reach Solder's Summit the train enters Price River Canyon and heads east into the eastern Utah desert towards Colorado. Soon we enter remote Ruby Canyon as the train runs next to the Colorado River and into Colorado deep in this canyon with bright red rock cliffs raising hundreds of feet above the train. As we make our way across Colorado we enter Glenwood Canyon deep in the Rockies and again following the Colorado River as lunch is served. Next the train enters Little and Big Gore Canyons with countless tunnels. At the ski resort of Winter Park we enter the 6.2 mile Moffat Tunnel and run under the massive spine of the Rockies and then start the steep descend towards Denver. Arrival in Denver is scheduled for 6:38PM. You are welcome to stretch your legs. Departure is at 7:10PM as our train picks up speed for the fast night run across Nebraska.

 

Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Charlotte Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Charlotte
Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Charlotte

 

DAY 4 FRIDAY MARCH 31 : (B-L)

 

Early risers will catch the crossing over the Missouri River and into Iowa. The morning hours our train crosses Iowa running through the many farms. Late morning we cross the Mississippi River and enter Illinois. Finally we arrive in Chicago at 2:50PM. Our Chicago passengers leave us here but our Washington DC and Charlotte passengers will need to arrange their own lodging.

 

Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Charlotte

 

DAY 5 SATURDAY APRIL 1: (D)

Our private rail cars will be attached to the Capitol Limited departing Chicago at 6:40pm. After you get all settled in to your bedrooms then join us in the Vista Domes for cocktails and dinner as night falls crossing the Indiana countryside.

 

DAY 6 SUNDAY APRIL 2: (B-L)

For the early risers you can stretch your legs in Pittsburgh then enjoy breakfast as we continue our eastward journey towards Washington DC. Breakfast will be served as the train runs through Maryland’s scenic Allegheny Mountains following the Potomac River and passing through historic Harpers Ferry. Arrival in Washington DC is scheduled for 1:05pm. Passengers in Pullman Sleeper Class are welcome to stay onboard the cars parked at Washington Union Station for the night.

 

DAY 7 MONDAY APRIL 3: (B-L-D)

Those people with rooms aboard Silver Rapids will transfer to Silver Lariat this morning for the day trip to Charlotte.  Departure from Washington DC is scheduled at 11:10am with the Silver Solarium and Silver Lariat attached to the Carolinian.   Arrival in Charlotte is at 8:44pm. Charlotte is the end of our trip, and all guests will depart for hotels. (Not included)

 

Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Charlotte

 

TOUR INCLUDES:

 

*15 GORMET MEALS

*FIRST CLASS ONBOARD SERVICE

*GUARANTEED VISTA-DOME SEATING

*PULLMAN SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS

*COMPLIMENTARY BAR FEATURING PREMIUM BEER-WINE-SPIRITS

 

ONBOARD TRAIN ACCOMMODATIONS

 

Roomette:

One person.  Single murphy-style bed, sink with hot and cold running water in room.  Sofa-style chair and visitor bench by day.  Small closet for hanging garments.  Generous overhead storage shelf.

 

double room:

1 or 2 persons.  Upper and lower berths.  Upper berth is the same size as the lower, with lots of headroom for those wishing to sit up and read. Enclosed annex containing toilet and sink (toilet, sink and hand-held shower in Silver Solarium.)  Closet for hanging garments; overhead storage for luggage.

 

drawing room:

Up to 3 persons.  Two lower berths and one upper berth, same size as lowers.  Sofa and folding chair for day use.  Larger annex with toilet, sink, and fixed-head shower.  Larger closet for hanging garments.  Overhead luggage storage.

 

stateroom:

One or two persons.  Booth seating folds to be come a standard double (full) bed.  Large closet for hanging garments, shelves under closet for luggage storage.  Annex with toilet sink and shower.

 

ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON

 

Los Angeles to Chicago, March 28-31

 

Roomette$2,999 

Double Bedroom: double occupancy$2,999 

Drawing Room: double occupancy$3,749 

Stateroom: double occupancy$3,749 

 

Emeryville to Chicago, March 29-31:

 

Roomette$2,499 

Double Bedroom: double occupancy$2,499 

Drawing Room: double occupancy$3,149 

Stateroom: double occupancy$3,149 

 

Los Angeles to Denver, March 28-30:

 

Roomette$2,499 

Double Bedroom: double occupancy$2,499 

Drawing Room: double occupancy$3,149 

Stateroom: double occupancy$3,149 

 

Los Angeles to Washington DC, March 28-April 2:

 

Roomette$3,999 

Double Bedroom: double occupancy$3,999 

Drawing Room: double occupancy$4,999 

Stateroom: double occupancy$4,999 

 

Emeryville to Denver, March 29-30:

 

Roomette$1,749 

Double Bedroom: double occupancy$1,749 

Drawing Room: double occupancy$2,199 

Stateroom: double occupancy$2,199 

 

 Los Angeles to Charlotte, March 28-April 3:

 

Roomette$4,599 

Double Bedroom: double occupancy$4,599 

Drawing Room: double occupancy$5,799 

Stateroom: double occupancy$5,799 

 

Los Angeles to Oakland, March 28:

 

dome seat$279 

 

Emeryville to Reno, March 29

 

dome seat$199 

 

Salt Lake City to Denver, March 31

 

dome seat$399 

 

Pittsburgh to Washington DC , April 2

 

dome seat$199 

 

Washington DC to Charlotte, April 3

 

dome seat$399 

 

**FULL PAYMENT AT TIME OF BOOKING

 

**EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT OF 5% BOOK BY JANUARY 28, 2017

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. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% convenance fee will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.