los angeles to portland
for the sp 4449
JUNE 20-21, 2017
Join us as we reposition the California Zephyr cars from Los Angeles to Portland June 20-21, 2017 to be in position to be in the excursion consist pulled by steam locomotive SP 4449. Silver Lariat, Silver Rapids and Silver Solarium will be on the rear of Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, departing Los Angeles at 10:10 AM on June 20, arriving Portland June 21 at 3:25 PM. Meal service will be in the Vista-dome of Silver Lariat. Naturally our service includes our original California Zephyr tablecloths, and our own registered-pattern monogram china. All meals will be prepared fresh on board by our chefs.Meals include Breakfast, Lunch, hors d’Oeuvres and Dinner on June 20; Breakfast, Lunch, and hors d’Oeuvres for all on June 21; those staying overnight will receive Dinner.
Guests who have purchased tickets from the "Friends of the 4449" steam excursion Portland to Bend and return June 24-25 may stay aboard the cars during our pre-trip layover in Portland. There will be no meal service, however, on June 23. For more information on this excursion and to purchase tickets please visit the "Friends of the 4449" website at www.4449.com
Photo by Steve Brown
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.
DAY 1 Tuesday JUNE 20: (B-L-D)
We will board our private cars, located at the rear of Amtrak's Coast Starlight at Los Angeles and depart at 10:10AM. Guests may also board at any Amtrak station served by this train. 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. Be sure and take a peak 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 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 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. Arrival in Oakland is scheduled for 9:24PM and you may want to stretch your legs during this 15 minute stop. Bay Area passengers may board here or at Emeryville and Martinez. Back on the move we head north into the night running along the San Francisco Bay. How about a nightcap in the dome car as you watch the lights of our train reflect off of the water.
DAY 2 Wednesday JUNE 21: (B-L)
Morning finds us near beautiful Mount Shasta and traveling through volcanic rangeland on our way to Klamath Falls, Oregon, arriving at 8:17AM. 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. Arrival in Portland is at 3:32PM
Overnight accommodations include:
One person. Murphy-style bed, sink with hot and cold running water. Toilets are just a few steps down the hall.
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.
Bedroom On Suite:
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.
One to three persons. One upper and two lower berths. Larger annex with toilet, sink, and fixed-head shower. Larger closet for clothes storage.
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.
All Prices are per person
Bedroom on Suite:$2,099
Single in a Bedroom:$2,099
Los Angeles to Oakland:$299
Klamath Falls to Portland:$199
Eugene to Portland:$179
Full payment is due at time of booking
SP 4449 EXCURSION
PORTLAND TO BEND, OREGON AND RETURN
JUNE 24-25, 2017
This excursion will be operated by the Friends of the 4449. You can purchase your tickets by clicking on this link below: