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FEATHER RIVER CANYON
MT. SHASTA ROUTE
We have all been waiting for this excursion for many years. The last special excursion train ran north of Keddie and up the Hiline and inside Gateway over 50 years ago and was operated by the Western Pacific and Great Northern Railroads. After trying to receive the approval to run a charter excursion passenger train on this route for several years now, finally the railroad has given an approval and we have now called this tour a sure-go.
June 3: Emeryville-Richmond-Martinez-Davis-Sacramento-Oroville
June 4: Oroville-Keddie-Westwood-Bieber- Klamath Falls
June 5: Klamath Falls-Mt Shasta-Chico-Sacramento-Davis-Martinez-Richmond-Emeryville
1. COACH CLASS AVAILABLE (2 day Oroville special price nowing being offered)
2. DOME CLASS AVAILABLE
3. GOLD DOME
4. SILVER FIRST CLASS COACH AVAILABLE
5. CLUB LOUNGE-DOME AT THE REAR OF THE TRAIN AVAILABLE
THURSDAY JUNE 2: For those passengers arriving in the Bay Area today and need lodging we have a special group rate at the Woofin Suite Hotel. This is the closest hotel to the Amtrak Train Station. In fact there is even a walkway running over the tracks from the hotel to the train station. On top of that you can park your car for FREE in the hotel parking lot and walk over to the station. This alone will save you close to $100 in parking fees at the Amtrak lot. This special rate is available to all of our passengers on June 2 and June 5 when we return to Emeryville. The rate is $104 plus tax for a Traditional king room. You must call the hotel directly to make your reservation. Be sure and mention that you want the NCE TRAIN group rate.
WOODFIN SUITE HOTEL
The Itinerary (subject to change):
Day 1 Friday, June 3: The train will depart Emeryville at 2:00pm. This allows passengers connections from South Bay points served by The Capitol Corridor. The train will follow the Coast Starlight route to Binney Jct. (just north of Marysville). At Binney Jct. we will continue north on the former Western Pacific mainline to Oroville, where we will tie up for the night. Estimated arrival is at 6:00pm. The train will stop in Richmond, Martinez, Davis and Sacramento to pick up passengers. Passengers may have dinner in the historic Western Pacific depot, which is now the Western Pacific Brewing and Dinning. Arrangements have been made for a special buffet dinner at $18 per person. You must order tickets in advance. Passengers will be housed in local area motels. Transfers are included at no additional cost.
Day 2 Saturday, June 4: Day 2 Saturday, June 4: Depart Oroville at 9:00am allowing morning views of Oroville Lake which will be full for the first time in many years, and the Feather River Canyon to Keddie. Because of the heavy winter there is a lot of snow melt and the Feather River and all of the canyon reservoirs are full. At Keddie our train will turn north on BNSF’s ex Western Pacific Inside Gateway Route, passing Lake Almanor. For many miles spectacular views of Lake Almanor and Mt. Lassen can be seen from the train. As we continue north we pass the old lumber town of Westwood. Did you know that in it’s hay day trains ran under live catanary between Clear Creek Jct and Westwood. For this short stretch of track logging trains pulled by electric engines shared the rails with Western Pacific trains. In fact one motor came from the Pacific Electric Railroad in Los Angeles.
Departing Westwood, which is the western home of Paul Bryan, we travel through a remote region of dense forests that very few folks every get to see or experience unless you worked for the railroad. At Norvell we reach the high point on the Hiline at 5735 feet. This is where WP released their helpers for the run lite back to Keddie to await the next assignment. Another dozen or so miles to the north is Halls Flat where snow plows were turned on a wye track. Departing here the line drops down into Little Valley and then runs along a rock cut shelf almost a thousand feet above the Pit River with breathtaking views of Mt. Shasta. After crossing the river on a bridge the line swings into the vast valley where Bieber sits.
North of Bieber our train will run on the Modoc Plateau where the US Army was engaged in the Modoc Indian Wars in 1872 to 1873, amongst the lava flows and tubes. As our train heads north we pass pass Lookout Junction where there once was a connection with the McCloud River Railway and then along the shores of Egg Lake which is normally dry, but with all of the snow melt now has water in it. The railway runs by the remote Hollenbeck Butte and soon passes Mammoth Cave before crossing a very remote area of Lava Beds National Monument. North of here the tracks run along a section of the Tule Lake Wildlife Refuge where passengers will be able to view thousands of birds and water fowl.
This line never had regular passenger service, and wasn’t completed until 1931. Our train will be running over this route on the 80th year anniversary of the grand opening of the Hiline. North of Bieber we will be running on former Great Northern tracks on the east side of Mount Shasta to Klamath Falls. Estimated arrival is 7:00pm. With the long daylight hours of June we will arrive still in sunlight. Passengers will be transferred to area motels in “K Falls” for the night at no additional charge. From time to time Amtrak has detoured the Coast Starlight on this route, but there has not been an excursion train over the Hiline to Bieber and on to Klamath Falls in over 50 years.
LAST YEAR IN THE LOWER FEATHER RIVER CANYON
Even during the very early years of the Western Pacific diesel program the FT's were sent up the Hiline, as seen here in two different paint schemes at Bieber.
Day 3 Sunday, June 5: Day 3 Sunday, June 5: Today depart Klamath Falls at 8:00am and travel south on the former Southern Pacific Shasta Route along the line once traversed by The Shasta Daylight. For most of the morning, Mount Shasta will be visible ahead of us, then after climbing to Grass Lake Summit, we will pass the mountain on the west side. Amtrak’s Coast Starlight runs though here at night so it will be a real treat to see the breathtaking scenery in daylight. After passing Mount Shasta City, we will wind down through Cantara Loop, pass historic Dunsmuir and continue south along the Sacramento River Canyon to Lake Shasta and Redding. Again, with the heavy winter and Spring snow melt we will be able to see Lake Shasta full for the first time in many years. At Tehama, we continue down the East Valley line to Chico where the Oroville passengers can detrain. Chico is scheduled for 2:00pm. We continue south on to Binney Junction in Marysville, where we will resume the same route we started on, with a late afternoon arrival back in Emeryville, estimated at 6:30pm.
LODGING WITH GROUP RATES FOR OUR PASSENGERS FREE BUS TRANSFERS TO THESE HOTELS & MOTELS Hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday night have been blocked at a variety of hotels in Oroville, Chico and Klamath Falls at special group rates. Passengers will make their own arrangements with their choice of hotels. In order to receive the special group rate a hotel "discount code" must be used when making a reservation. Complimentary Shuttle Bus service will be provided to passengers to and from only designated hotels. OROVILLE FRIDAY JUNE 3 America’s Best Value Inn & Suites. 580 Oro Dam Blvd. (530)533-7070 Rooms $62. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block" Comfort Inn. 1470 Feather River Blvd. (530)533-9673 Rooms start at $76.49. Ask for Confirmation # 13221951 Days Inn-Oroville. 1745 Feather River Blvd. (530)533-3297 Rooms start at $50. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block" Gold Country Casino & Hotel. 4020 Olive Highway. (530)538-4560 Rooms at $79. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block" The Lodge at Feather Falls Casino. 4 Alverda Dr. (530)533-3865 (877)652-4646 Rooms at $89. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block" Holiday Inn Express & Suites . 550 Oro Dam Blvd. (800)HOLIDAY Rooms at $92.99. Ask for the "CTC 30204 Room Block" Sunset Inn (near 580 Oro Dam) (530)533-8201 Rooms start at $55. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block" CHICO FRIDAY JUNE 3 Best Western Heritage Inn 25 Heritage Ln (530)894-8600 Rooms at $79.99. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block" Holiday Inn of Chico 685 Manzanita Ct No elevator (530)345-2491 (877)345-2533 Rooms $89.99. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block" Super 8 655 Manzanita Ct (530)345-2533 Rooms start at $61.99. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block" KLAMATH FALLS SATURDAY JUNE 4 Downtown: Maverick Motel. 1220 Main St. (541)882-6688 Rooms $80. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block" Quality Inn. 100 Main St. (541)541)882-4666 Rooms at $80. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block" Econolodge. 75 Main St. (541)884-7735 Rooms at $62. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block" East Side: Holiday Inn Express. 2430 South 6th St. (541)884-9999 Rooms start at $109. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block" Comfort Inn. 2500 South 6th St. (541)882-1111 Rooms at $85. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block" Best Western Klamath Inn. 4061 South 6th St. (541)882-1200 Rooms at $82. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block" Cimarron Inn. 3060 South 6th St. (541)882-4601 No elevator Rooms at $65. Ask for the "Gateway Train Block"