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SEPTEMBER 7-8, 2018


The Final Farewell To the CZ
The Final Farewell To the CZ


Be part of history and ride the California Zephyr cars as they depart California for the last time attached to the rear end of the Coast Starlight Los Angeles to Seattle on their way to their new owners and home. This excursion Los Angeles to Seattle is being made available to Trains & Travel customers . Once the four CZ cars are in Seattle they will be serviced and made ready for segment 2 which will be Seattle to Chicago. This excursion with the cars attached to the rear of the Empire Builder will depart Seattle on September 10 arriving Chicago on the 12th. Most of the passengers on this segment of their final trip will be the new owners of the cars and their invited VIP guests. Once they know how many bedrooms they will use the remaining space will be made available to us. Just as soon as we know we will announce it.


The Silver Lariat and Silver Solarium will then be prepared to make their very last trips as part of the Joliet Rocket consist pulled by the NKP 765 steam locomotive out of Chicago September 15 and 16. Check with the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society website at for tickets and availability. After these excursions the famed CZ cars will head for their new home and owners of which this is being kept hush hush for right now.




SILVER PEAK ***Baggage Car***


SILVER RAPIDS ***sleeper***


SILVER LARIAT ***Vista Dome and Coach***


SILVER SOLARIUM ***Vista Dome, Sleeper, Lounge, Rear End Observation***


The Final Farewell To the CZ
The Final Farewell To the CZ


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.


The Final Farewell To the CZ
The Final Farewell To the CZ
The Final Farewell To the CZ



The Silver Peak, Silver Rapids, Silver Lariat and Silver Solarium will be attached to the rear end of Amtrak’s Coast Starlight departing Los Angeles at 10:10am. Once you get all settled into your private Pullman bedroom come on up to the Vista Dome for the best view on the train as we head north out of Los Angeles.


As we make our way northbound 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 poke your head 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.


The Final Farewell To the CZ


 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.


The Final Farewell To the CZ
The Final Farewell To the CZ


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. Soon we enter the greater San Francisco Bay Area and arrive at Oakland at 9:24PM. If you like to stay up late for an hour after departing Oakland the city lights and the ships on the bay are very colorful. Feel free to turn in anytime you choose.


The Final Farewell To the CZ



Morning finds us near beautiful Mount Shasta and traveling through volcanic rangeland on our way to Klamath Falls, Oregon. Enjoy breakfast as we make our way north running along the shore of Upper Klamath Lake , following it for 18 miles. To the west is the sharp peak of Mt. McLoughlin. This lake is 8 miles wide and 40 miles long.


The Final Farewell To the CZ
The Final Farewell To the CZ


As we continue to travel north we enter the huge Klamath Indian Reservation. Through the pine trees you can see Mt. Thielsen and Mt. Scott which is the eastern rim of Crater Lake. We then have a spectacular crossing of the Cascade Range emerging in the valley of the Willamette River, home of Oregon's finest vineyards, and some of its most important cities, from Eugene to Portland. Arrival in Portland is at 3:32PM. You will have time to stretch your legs if you like before the train departs 4:02PM for the last leg of our trip to Seattle. We arrive in Seattle at 7:56PM.


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Roomettes: sold out

One person.  Murphy-style bed, sink with hot and cold running water.  Toilets are just a few steps down the hall.  Showers at the end of the car.


Double Bedrooms: sold out

One or two persons.  Upper and Lower Berth, with enclosed restroom annex in each room.  Annex contains toilet and sink with hot and cold running water.  Some annexes include hand-held showers. Also there are showers at the end of the car.


Bedroom On Suite: sold out

Two to four persons.  Several double bedrooms have a movable partition that when open provides a very spacious room with two upper and two lower berths and two restroom annexes. Showers at the end of the car.


Drawing Room: sold out

One to three persons.  One upper and two lower berths.  Larger annex with toilet, sink, and fixed-head shower.  Larger closet for clothes storage. 


Stateroom: sold out

One or two persons.  Booth seating makes down into a Full (double) bed.  Large wardrobe for clothing storage.  Annex with toilet, sink and shower.


Amenities for all rooms include: 

Individual bar soap, shampoo, white cotton terry wash cloths and bath towels, starched and pressed Huck hand towels.  White cotton terry bathrobes.


The Final Farewell To the CZ




Bedroom:$1,699sold out

Roomette:$1,699sold out

Drawing Room:$2,099sold out

Stateroom:$2,199sold out

Two bedrooms linked$2,549sold out

Single in a bedroom:$2,549sold out




Klamath Falls to Portland:$299 

Klamath Falls to Seattle:$399 

Portland to Seattle:$149 

Los Angeles to Oakland:$399ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT


The Final Farewell To the CZ


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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% conveyance fee will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.