LOS ANGELES TO SEATTLE
PRIVATE RAIL CAR/TOURIST/RAILFAN TOUR
JULY 30-31, 2021
Private railroad cars 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. 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 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 on certain routes in the United States. Our first class passengers are separated from the Amtrak passengers. 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.
Rebuilt from the wheels up to reflect the ultimate in both equipment and amenities, the Northern Sky is a completely self-contained luxury environment. It carries complete air conditioning and heating as well as its own power generators and water supply. There is a complete built-in CD/stereo system, television, and VCR. Nothing is omitted in the effort to make traveling by rail a matchless pleasure.
The Northern Sky accommodates eight overnight guests in supreme comfort in its four double bedrooms. The interior appointments offer all the details of a fine hotel, from hand-crafted custom woodwork, to the luxurious carpeting. The upper level dome provides a stunning 360 degree panorama of the landscape as it glides by. The spacious observation lounge offers scenic views from the comfort of lushly upholstered seating.
The standard crew includes a chef and a full-time attendant. An attendant call system throughout the car makes it easy to request service from any area on board the Northern Sky. Gourmet meals are prepared fresh in the built-in full kitchen, and served in the penthouse splendor of the dome dining area. Like the design of the Northern Sky itself, the crew's main concern is the comfort and enjoyment of the passenger.
YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS AT THE BEAUTIFUL LOS ANGELES
UNION DEPOT. PLAN TO ARRIVE ALITTLE EARLY AND
TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO EXPLORE THIS CLASSIC DEPOT
DAY 1 FRIDAY JULY 30: (L-D)
The Northern Sky 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.
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 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. 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. Day riders may board or detrain at any station that the Coast Starlight stops at such as Burbank, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispio and may stay onboard as far as Sacramento if you like.
DAY 2 SATURDAY JULY 31: (B-L-D)
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.
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. Day riders may board in Klamath Falls 6:17AM and any station north of here. 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.
ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON
Pullman Sleeper Class upper and lower berth***Note: This fare is based on two persons per bedroom$2,195
Pullman Sleeper Class two lower side by side beds***Note: This fare is based on two persons per bedroom$2,295
Pullman Sleeper Class One Queen bed for two persons***Note: This fare is based on two persons per bedroom$2,395
Dome Seat Day Rider ClassAny Station Between Los Angeles and Sacramento$395
Dome Seat Day Rider ClassAny Station Between Klamath Falls and Seattle$345
**** EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT 10% OF TOTAL FARE EXPIRES DECEMBER 31, 2020 ****
Full payment due at time of booking
TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2021 **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% conveyance fee will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.