California Zephyr 1988 Guide to Onboard Services
The California Zephyr -
Desert Wind - Pioneer
All Aboard Amtrak!
You're traveling on Amtrak's Superliner train-the California
Zephyr-or one of two connecting Superliners that join the Zephyr
in Salt Lake City: the Desert Wind or the Pioneer.
While on board, you'll be
experiencing the utmost in train travel, and some of our country's
most spectacular and well-known scenery: the Rockies and Sierra
Nevadas; the snow-topped mountains and breathtaking river gorges
of the Northwest; the exciting golden sunset of the West; the
inrivaled beauty of the desert in the Southwest.
The enclosed Route Guide
will point out many of the sights-both old and new-you'll see
along the way, and also identify which train (the California Zephyr,
Desert Wind, or Pioneer) you are traveling on. Please be sure
to refer to the information on the particular route that you are
To help you enjoy your train
trip even more, we have prepared this brochure which lists the
many services and activities available to you on board the train.
You might want to take a few minutes right now to look through
it and see what we have to offer. Services and activites may vary
by season. Announcements will be made throughout the trip. If
you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask your attendant
or On-Board Service Chief.
Amtrak and your crew are
proud to host you on board the California Zephyr/Desert Wind/Pioneer,
and we'll do everything we can to ensure that you enjoy your trip.
The Fun Starts Here!
The California Zephyr, Desert
Wind Pioneer feature several on-board activites the whole family
will enjoy. Listen for announcements for the specific time and
location of activities, and most of all-have fun!
Movies in the Sightseer
Feature lenght films and
other video presentations, including features for children during
summer months, will be shown in the Sightseer Lounge Car. Also.
to add to your sightseeing memories, short-subject travelogues
about the various destinations along the route may be shown. Listen
for announcements of this trip's features and show times.
Join your fellow passengers
in the Lounge Car for drinks and complimentary snacks. Enjoy good
company with old friends and new, and don't forget to ask about
your train's regional specialties.
Guides from the California
State Railroad Museum will provide a Narrative of Scenic Highlights
and historical information between Sacramento, CA and Reno, NV.
This is a seasonal program. Listen for announcements for the time
and location of presentation.
Usually conducted in the
Dining Car. Small prizes will be rewarded. Listen for announcements
for exact time and location. Come on down and jooin in the fun!
Meet the Crew That Makes
the Magic Happen!
The Conductor is in charge
of all train crew members and is responsible for the collection
of tickets and the safe operation of the train. The Chief of On-Board
Services supervises the on-board service crew and oversees the
quality of service to ensure passenger's comfort on board the
Enjoy On-Board Accommodations
That Pamper and Please!
Roomy Coach Seats
Stretch out in the comfort
of your reclining Coach Seat. Your Coach Attendant will see to
your needs, provide a pillow, tell you when the train nears your
station, and assist you in detraining, Since your Coach Seat is
assigned for the length of your journey, please do not change
seats without first consulting a crew member. Smoking is permiited
only in the rear six rows of the upper level of each Coach.
Amtrak's Superliner Sleeping
Cars contain four types of bedrooms: Economy, Family, Special
and Delux. Each offers yo comfortable seating by day and relaxing
sleeping accommodations by night. Special and Delux Bedrooms include
private bathroom facilities within the room, and each Delux Room
has a private shower.
Your Sleeping Car Attendant
is here for your convenience and will prepare your room for daytime
or nighttime use, as well as help you with luggage and bring room
service orders from the Lounge. In the morning, your Attendant
will provide a wake-up call, the morning paper, and beverage.
Individual speakers bring
you recrded music and train announcements. To enjoy taped music
in your room, turn the channel selector near the reading light
to Channel 2 or 3. Train announcements are heard on Channels 1
Each first-class passenger
receives additional amenities as well as complimentary meals served
in Dining Car.
When space is available,
sleeping accommodations may be purchased on board the train from
Dining Car Service
The Dining Car features
complete meals in a comfortable setting. Enjoy freshly prepared
disshes, including regional specialties, as you watch America's
countryside from wide picture windows. Dinner reservations may
be required. A member of the crew will contact you to make reservations.
In the Dining Car, the Steward will seat you and present a menu-check
on which you will mark your meal selection. Major credit cards
are accepted for meal service. Consult your enclosed sample menu
for selections and prices. Sorry, there is no smoking in the Dining
Car. Listen for annnouncements of Dining Car hours.
Enjoy the Magnificent Scenery
along the way from the large picture windows in the Sightseer
Lounge Car, and don't forget the sandwiches, snacks and beverages
that are available for purchase, too. The Lounge Car is the perfect
place to socialize, meet fellow passengers, play games, watch
a movie, read, or do some sightseeing! Smoking is permitted in
certain designated sections. Lounge Car hours generally from 6
a.m. to 12 midnight.
Entertaining Games to Play
Along the Way!
To add to your enjoyment,
the Sightseer Lounge Car also sells a variety of games and souvenir
item. Trivia Card Games-topics include sports, movies, TV, music.
Playing Cards-with colorful Amtrak scenes. Postcard-set of four
Scenic Photo Tips
Medium-speed films (ASA
64 or higher) are recommended for shooting scenery through the
train window. If your shutter speed is adjustable, set it at a
higher speed (1/125 or 1/250 sec.), if light conditions permit,
for the clearest results. Hold your lens as close to the window
as possible to eliminate glare and reflections. Because of their
very short range, flash units are not effective for outside scenery
shots. Your Route Guide provides a wealth of information on sights
along the way.
Flash is recommended for
most inside shots. Do not point the flash directly at the windows
in order to avoid glare and reflection. Try some shots of life
on the train: your Coach or Sleeping Car, family aaanf friends
in the Lounge Car, etc.
Other Superliner Adventures
The Southwest Chief,
traveling between Los Angeles and Chicago, by way of Flagstaff,
Albuquerque and Kansas City. Amtrak's Southwest Chief
travels along the historic Santa Fe Trail-past some of the same
wonders first glimpsed by the early settlers as they made thier
way west-the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest, the Rockies,
Rio Grande River and Red Cliffs of New Mexico. Alon the way, don't
miss the chance to visit the Grand Canyon, Albuquerque or Santa
The Sunset Limited,
traveling between Los Angeles and New Orleans, passing through
Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso, San Antonio and Huston. Travel the Sunset Limited and you'll experience the extraordinary variety of
the great Southwest, from Texas oil fields to blue bayous; Indian
prairies to mountain ranges; the Alamo to the Superdome.
The Empire Builder, traveling
between Seattle or Portland and Chicago, by way of Spokane and
St.Paul/Minneapolis. The Empire
Builder will take you through
rivers, gorges, ranches, forts, and ancientIndian burial grounds
untouched for generations.
The Eagle, taking
you between Chicago and San Antonio, with through cars connecting
with the Sunset Limited at San Antonio and operating to/from
Los Angeles. On the Eagle, you'll travel America's heartland,
viewing everything from the 110-story Sears Tower and the St.Louis
Arch, to riverboats, ghost towns and longhorn cattle.
The Coast Starlight
travels between Los Angeles and Seattle, taking you through Santa
Barbara, Oakland/San Francisco, Sacramento, Eugene and Portland.
The Coast Starlight will provide you with front row seat
past waterfalls, timberlands, vineyards, and orange groves. Not
to mention Mt.St.Helens and the Pacific Ocean.
For more information about
any of these trains, or hotel and tour availabilities along the
way, just call 1-800-USA-RAIL, or call your travel agent. And
start planning your next Amtrak Adventure!
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