Trains & Travel

P.O.Box 312

Portola CA 96122

chris@traintrips.biz (Rail Tour Manager)

1-800-359-4870 (USA)

1-800-752-1836 (Canada)

1-800-266-8751 (Fax)

1-530-836-1944

north america - united states

 

FAREWELL TO THE CZ

PRIVATE RAIL CARS

TOURIST/RAILFAN/RARE MILEAGE TOUR

JULY 6-8, 2018

 

EMERYVILLE-WESTWOOD-EMERYVILLE

 

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**SILVER RAPIDS CZ SLEEPER**

**SILVER LARIAT CZ VISTA DOME COACH**

**SILVER SOLARIUM CZ VISTA DOME/SLEEPER/LOUNGE/ROUNDED OBSERVATION**

 

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PAUL BUNYAN FLYER

TOURIST/RAILFAN/RARE MILEAGE TOUR

JULY 7, 2018

 

WESTWOOD-BIEBER-WESTWOOD

 

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It is with great sadness that we announce the last excursion using the popular California Zephyr private rail cars. These three classic passenger cars have been the backbone of our private car tours and charter train excursions for many years. The owners of these cars put the cars up for sale in mid 2017. Late last year a buyer began negotiations to purchase the cars. The present owners have said that negotiations continue but that it is expected the buyer will take delivery of the CZ cars shortly after this excursion. Once the purchase is complete these private cars will no longer be available for charter work on the West Coast and will be moved out of California and head east. At this time the name of the buyer is being kept under wraps until the deal is complete.

 

Besides the California Zephyr cars we have included some of the best private rail cars based in California in order to give you the most exciting experience possible and plenty of options to ride in your favorite private rail car as our train travels up the rugged Feather River Canyon to Keddie then running over the north leg of the famous Keddie Wye Bridge and onto the BNSF’s Inside Gateway. We then head north up to beautiful Lake Almanor and on to Westwood.

 

On Saturday you have several options. Choose the one that give you the most enjoyment. Meanwhile our private train will make a run from Westwood north up the former Western Pacific “Highline” to Bieber and back to Westwood. This rail line is now owned and operated by the BNSF and is their southern leg of the famous “Inside Gateway” route.

 

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DAY 1 FRIDAY JULY 6:

The excitement and fun begins as you board our private charter train at Emeryville. We are scheduled to depart at 8:00AM. You are welcome to board our excursion at Richmond (Bart Connection) Martinez, Davis or Sacramento. Departing eastbound from the Bay Area our train runs on the former Southern Pacific Route along water's edge of the San Francisco Bay with breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge. As we enter the Carquinez Strait and run under I-80, we will make a stop at Martinez to pick-up passengers. From here the rail route swings east over the Suisun Bay Bridge where you can get a great view of the US Navy's mothball fleet in Grizzly Bay. After leaving the Bay Area it is a straight shot to Davis were we will again stop to pick-up passengers. Our next stop is Sacramento. Shortly after departing Sacramento our train will swing onto the former Western Pacific Route and head north across the Sacramento Valley for Marysville and Oroville. As our train passes Oroville the rail line starts the climb into the High Sierra running around Lake Oroville. At one point we run over Lake Oroville on the West Branch and then travel through a series of tunnels running under Big Bend Mountain for several miles until we come out deep in the lower region of the Feather River Canyon . From this point our train makes its way in a northeast direction for the next 60 miles up the rugged Feather River Canyon to Keddie. A number of PG&E hydro dams and powerhouses can be seen from our train. We will pass through a total of 32 tunnels on our train journey today. At Keddie our trains run out on the north leg of the famous Keddie Wye Bridge and heads north on BNSF’s Inside Gateway Route. This was once Western Pacific’s Highline that ran up to Bieber and connected with the Great Northern. As we head north our train runs over several high trestles and leaves the Feather River Canyon and enters the Indian Creek Canyon by hugging the mountain on a ledge hundreds of feet above the river. After several miles we enter the lush green Indian Valley passing through Crescent Mills and Greenville. After leaving Greenville the tracks begin the steep 2.2% climb up the mountain and towards Lake Almanor. At the top of this 11 mile steep hill we reach Lake Almanor with spectacular views of Mt. Lassen. From here to Westwood the tracks run on a slight uphill grade and follow the northeast shores of Lake Almanor.

 

Our estimated arrival time in Westwood is 5:00pm. On our journey today first class passengers will be served breakfast and lunch on marked railroad china, crisp table clothes and cut flowers. These meals will be prepared fresh by our gourmet chef and his staff plus open bar. All food and open bar is included in your ticket price. Regular class passengers will receive a box lunch and drink.

 

Upon arrival in Westwood all passengers except Pullman Sleeping Class will board charter buses for the ride to the hotels which are located in Chester and Susanville. Your train ticket includes the bus transfers to Chester and Susanville. Our train will be parked on the Westwood railroad siding next to the former passenger depot which has now been made into a tourist visitors center and museum operated by the Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce. From our train it is a short two block walk to the downtown area. The annual Paul Bunyan Mountain Festival kicks off this evening with their street dance. For those passengers in Pullman Sleeper Class after dinner is served on the train you can take a short stroll over to the street dance and enjoy the evening.

 

DAY 2 SATURDAY JULY 7:

Today all passengers have several options that they can choose for a very enjoyable day. All options today are extra fare and a ticket must be purchased unless you want to stay at your hotel in Chester or Susanville for the day. Pullman Sleeping car passengers need to choose an option. If they choose to spend the day at the Paul Bunyan Mountain Festival there is no charge.

 

**option 1:

Ride the Paul Bunyan Flyer today Westwood to Bieber and return. This is a 144 mile train ride over the Northern section of the former Western Pacific Highline, now part of the BNSF’s Inside Gateway, running through remote mountain wilderness and into the Pit River Canyon. . This train ride is estimated to take 6 to 7 hours. Ticket includes the bus transfers between the hotels and Westwood and onboard lunch. First class tickets includes a gourmet onboard prepared lunch and open bar. Other classes will receive a box lunch and drink. The train will depart Westwood at 10am and return approximately 5pm.

 

**option 2:

Spend the day at the Paul Bunyan Mountain Festival in Westwood. The bus transfers from the hotels to Westwood are included.

 

**option 3:

Full day bus tour of Lassen Volcanic National Park and McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park.

 

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DAY 3 SUNDAY JULY 8:

Our train will depart Westwood at 9am for the return to Keddie and down the Feather River Canyon and across the Sacramento Valley. At Keddie we will run our train through Inside Gateway tunnel number 1 which is also the East leg of the Keddie Wye. We then enter Keddie yard. Our motive power will run around the train and we then depart Keddie running over the South leg of the Keddie Wye and heading down the Feather River Canyon. This special move at Keddie will turn our train put the consist running forward again. Estimated arrival back in Emeryville is at 7:15pm.

 

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THE PLANNED TRAIN CONSIST

 

SILVER PEAK BAGGAGE

PACIFIC TRAILCOACH

OVERLAND TRAILLOUNGE

ROYAL GORGE LOUNGE

OCEAN VIEWFULL DOME

SILVER SPLENDORVISTA DOME AND COACH

PALM LEAFSLEEPER (Staff)

SILVER RAPIDS SLEEPER

PACIFIC SANDSSLEEPER

ACOMALOUNGE

PLAZA SANTA FEPLEASURE DOME & LOUNGE

SILVER LARIATVISTA DOME & COACH

SILVER SOLARIUMVISTA DOME-SLEEPER-LOUNGE-REAR END OBSERVATION

 

Disclaimer: We reserve the right to substitute passenger car equipment

 

PHOTOS OF THE PRIVATE RAIL CARS

THAT WILL MAKE UP OUR TRAIN

 

THE PACIFIC TRAIL

REGULAR CLASS COACH

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THE OVERLAND TRAIL

REGULAR CLASS LOUNGE

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THE ROYAL GORGE

REGULAR CLASS LOUNGE

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THE OCEAN VIEW

REGULAR CLASS FULL DOME

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THE SILVER SPLENDOR

REGULAR CLASS VISTA DOME & COACH

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THE PALM LEAF & PACIFIC SANDS

FIRST CLASS SLEEPERS

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THE ACOMA

FIRST CLASS LOUNGE

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THE PLAZA SANTA FE

FIRST CLASS PLEASURE DOME & LOUNGE

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THE SILVER LARIAT

FIRST CLASS VISTA DOME & COACH

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THE SILVER SOLARIUM

FIRST CLASS DOME/LOUNGE/SLEEPER/OBS

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THE ITINERARY

 

JULY 6, 2018

EASTBOUND

 

Emeryville 8:00AM

Richmond 8:15am

Martinez8:45am

Davis9:30am

Sacramento10:05AM-10:15AM

Westwood5:00pm

 

JULY 7, 2018

 

Westwood 10:00AM

Bieber 1:00PM-2:00PM

Westwood 5:00PM

 

JULY 8, 2018

 

Westwood 9:00AM

Keddie 10:30AM-11:30AM (Turn Train)

Sacramento 5:00pm

Davis5:45pm

Martinez 6:30pm

Richmond 7:00pm

Emeryville 7:15pm

 

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ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON

 

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PRIVATE RAIL CARS

 

ROUNDTRIP FROM THE BAY AREA/SACRAMENTO

 

NOTE: ALL ROUNDTRIP TICKETS DO NOT INCLUDE THE PAUL BUNYAN FLYER ON SATURDAY JULY 7. ALL PASSENGERS MUST PURCHASE A SEPARATE TICKET IF WANTING TO GO ON THE TRAIN RIDE UP TO BIEBER.

 

REGULAR CLASS

INCLUDES BOX LUNCH & DRINK

 

COACH **PACIFIC TRAIL/SILVER SPLENDOR**$598 

LOUNGE**OVERLAND TRAIL/ROYAL GORGE**$698 

FULL DOME **OCEAN VIEW**$898 

VISTA DOME **SILVER SPLENDOR**$948 

 

First Class

INCLUDES GOURMET MEALS & OPEN BAR PLUS ACCESS TO THE ENTIRE TRAIN

 

COACH **SILVER LARIAT**$798 

LOUNGE**ACOMA/PLAZA SANTA FE**$898 

VISTA DOME**SILVER LARIAT**$1,098 

VISTA DOME **SILVER SOLARIUM**$1,248 

PLEASURE DOME**PLAZA SANTA FE**$1,198 

SLEEPER **SILVER RAPIDS/PACIFIC SANDS-WITH COACH SEAT**$1,898 

SLEEPER **SILVER RAPIDS/PACIFIC SANDS-WITH DOME SEAT**$1,949 

SLEEPER **SILVER SOLARIUM-WITH DOME SEAT IN SAME CAR$2,498 

SLEEPER **SILVER SOLARIUM DRAWING ROOM WITH DOME SEAT**$2,698 

SLEEPER **SILVER SOLARIUM STATEROOM WITH DOME SEAT**$2,798 

 

NOTE: PULLMAN BEDROOMS PRICES ARE BASED ON DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY.

WE ALSO HAVE ROOMETTES FOR ONE PERSON AT THE SAME PRICE.

 

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PAUL BUNYAN FLYER

 

WESTWOOD TO BIEBER AND RETURN

SATURDAY JULY 7, 2018

 

PASSENGERS THAT RIDE THE TRAIN FRM THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

AND SACRAMENTO AREA TO WESTWOOD WILL HAVE THREE OPTIONS TODAY

 

option 1:

PURCHASE A TICKET ON THE PAUL BUNYAN FLYER AND RIDE OUR TRAIN WESTWOOD TO BIEBER AND RETURN TO WESTWOOD.

 

option 2:

SPEND THE DAY AT THE PAUL BUNYAN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL IN WESTWOOD

 

option 3:

FULL DAY BUS TOUR OF LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK AND McARTHUR BURNEY FALLS MEMORIAL STATE PARK.

 

 

REGULAR CLASS

INCLUDES BOX LUNCH & DRINK

 

COACH **PACIFIC TRAIL/SILVER SPLENDOR**$128 

COACH **PACIFIC TRAIL-CHILDREN 4-12**$78 

LOUNGE **OVERLAND TRAIL/ROYAL GORGE**$228 

FULL DOME **OCEAN VIEW**$378 

VISTA DOME **SILVER SPLENDOR**$448 

 

FIRST CLASS

INCLUDES GOURMET MEAL & OPEN BAR

 

COACH **SILVER LARIAT**$328 

LOUNGE **ACOMA/PLAZA SANTA FE**$428 

VISTA DOME **SILVER LARIAT**$548 

VISTA DOME**SILVER SOLARIUM**$648 

PLEASURE DOME**PLAZA SANTA FE**$648 

option 2:BUS TRANSFERS FROM EITHER SUSANVILLE TO WESTWOOD OR CHESTER TO WESTWOOD ROUNDTRIP FOR THE PAUL BUNYAN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL$45 

option 3: FULL DAY BUS TOUR OF LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK AND McARTHUR BURNEY FALLS MEMORIAL STATE PARK (Park Entrance Fees Included$95 

 

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TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2017 **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.