SEATTLE TO LOS ANGELES
PRIVATE RAIL CAR/TOURIST/RAILFAN TOUR
JULY 28-29, 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.
DAY 1 WEDNESDAY JULY 28: (B-L-D)
We will board the Northern Sky private car, located at the rear of Amtrak's Coast Starlight at Seattle and depart at 9:45AM. Guests may also board at any Amtrak station served by this train. As we make our way south enjoy breakfast in the Dome as the scenery speeds by. The train arrives in Portland at 2:00PM and departs at 2:25PM so you are welcome to take a stroll on the platform right after lunch. The train rolls down the Willamette River Valley home to some of Oregon's finest vineyards. Day passengers may board at Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Kelso or Portland for the journey to Eugene. After departing Eugene at 5:10PM we start the gentle climb towards the Cascade Range as dinner is served. As the train gets closer to the mountains the grade gets steeper in order to reach the summit at Odell Lake which will be reached around 7:30PM. As darkness falls you may want to have a nightcap with your follows passengers before turning in. Klamath Falls will be reached at 10:00PM.
DAY 2 THURSDAY JULY 29: (B-L-D)
Morning finds us arriving in Sacramento at 6:35AM and breakfast will be served as the train approaches the Bay Area. Enjoy views of the Bay and if it is clear the Golden Gate Bridge. Arrival at Emeryville is at 8:10AM with a departure at 8:30AM. You may want to stretch your legs here or at Oakland. Departure from Oakland is scheduled for 8:50AM and San Jose at 10:07AM. Day passengers may board at Sacramento, Davis, Martinez, Emeryville, Oakland or San Jose for the trip to Los Angeles. Our next stop is at Salinas then we head down the Salinas Valley passing through many farms with field after field of lettuce and vegetables. This is Americas salad bowl. 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. All to soon we start down the steep grade of the Santa Lucia Mountains with spectacular views of the San Luis Obispo Valley and a great view of our own train as it rounds a horseshoe curve and continues to drop towards San Luis Obispo arriving at 3:20PM. We pass through many vineyards and soon you get your first view of the California Coastline at Pismo and again at Surf. Santa Barbara is reached at 6:02PM and for the next hour enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean as dinner is served. Arrival in Los Angeles is scheduled for 9:00PM.
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 Seattle and Eugene$345
Dome Seat Day Rider ClassAny Station Between Sacramento and Los Angeles$395
**** 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.