COAST STARLIGHT ROUTE GUIDE
Seattle * Tacoma * Olympia * Portland * Salem * Eugene * Klamath Falls *
Redding * Chico * Sacramento * Davis * Martinez * Oakland * San Francisco *
San Jose * Salinas * San Luis Obispo * Santa Barbara * Los Angeles
From Pacific Ocean vistas
to snowcapped mountain peaks,
discover the spectacular
scenery, history and thriving
cities that are uniquely the
American West Coast.
This guide is the perfect companion for a trip
aboard the Coast Starlight. Written from
north to south, it alerts you to the fantastic and
breathtaking sights to be seen as our train travels
south along the route up the Pacific Coast.
Points of interest, local history, flora and fauna,
and particular sights to be observed are all listed,
frequently with notations to look either to the
right or left. Note that all AMTRAK STOPS
are in bold capital letters to set them
apart from towns and points of interest through
which the Coast Starlight travels but does not
stop. Use this guide, along with an Amtrak
timetable to determine station times.
We hope you will find your trip aboard
the Coast Starlight enjoyable and this guide
helpful. Thank you for choosing Amtrak.
You're traveling on the Coast Starlight -- Amtrak's hottest
train with the coolest scenery. Linking Los Angeles and Seattle,
the three-state, 1389-mile route of the Coast Starlight offers some
of the most spectacular scenery in the west while serving key
cities along the Pacific coast including Santa Barbara, San Francisco /
Oakland and Sacramento, California; Eugene and
Portland, Oregon and Tacoma, Washington.
While on board, you'll be experiencing the utmost in train
travel -- a veritable land cruise -- featuring spacious new
Superliner II bi-level equipment. Menus in the dining car have
been designed with a distinct local flavor, which includes assorted
wines, salads, beers, entrees and desserts from along the route of
the Coast Starlight. First-class passengers will delight in numerous
service enhancements including our Pacific Parlor Car -- exclusive
to the Coast Starlight.
Of all Amtrak's western
long-distance trains, none can
compare with the Coast Starlight
with a tradition of excellence
harkening back to the glory days
of the "Streamline Era" of the
late 1940s. Indeed, the name
Starlight first emblazoned the
sides of a premier Southern Pacific night train operating along the
In those days, to travel over this route between Los
Angeles and Seattle, the journey involved three separate trains
over two different railroads. The Southern Pacific Railroad provided
rail service along the California coast with trains like the
famous Daylight, the Starlight and the all-Pullman Lark.
Between the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, SP also provided service
with such trains as the Shasta Daylight and the Cascade. Beyond
Portland, one had a choice of several connecting trains to Seattle
operated over the "Joint Line" by Union Pacific, Great Northern
and Northern Pacific.
In 1971, when Amtrak assumed the operation of the nation's
rail passenger service, it became possible to take a single tri-weekly
train from Seattle through to Los Angeles and by June 1973, the
Coast Starlight began operating daily between these two cities. In
1981, Amtrak introduced its double-deck Superliner fleet inaugurating
a new era of travel luxury on the Coast Starlight.
Meet the Crew That Makes the Magic Happen
Amtrak and your crew are proud to host you on board.
Coast Starlight crew members are specially trained to provide
superior service and it is our goal to do everything possible we can to
ensure you enjoy your trip with us. The Conductor is in charge of
all crew members and together with the Engineer operating the
locomotive, is responsible for the safe operation of the train.
Assistant Conductors aid in collecting tickets, assisting passengers
and carrying out various operating
duties. The Chief of On-Board Service
supervises the on-board service crew,
and ensures that superior service is maintained
in all aspects of the train's activities
including the Chef and the kitchen
staff, the Steward and the dining car crew
and the coach and sleeping car Attendants.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate
to ask any member of the crew.
The Fun Starts Here!
The Coast Starlight features on-board
activities the whole family can
enjoy. Listen for announcements of the
specific time and location of activities,
and most of all -- have fun!
Movies in the Sightseer Lounge Car
Video presentations, including features
for children during summer months,
will be shown.
Hospitality Hour Join fellow passengers
in the Sightseer Lounge Car for a drink and
complimentary snacks and don't forget to
ask about regional specialties.
Games Listen for announcements.
Games are usually conducted in the
Sightseer Lounge Car and small prizes
will be awarded.
Enjoy On-Board Accommodations
That Pamper and Please!
Roomy Coach Seats Sink back
in your seat and snooze or enjoy
the scenery from the upper deck
of our modern coaches. Seats on
our Superliner II coaches are
equipped with both adjustable
back and leg rests. Your Coach
Attendant will see to your needs.
Pillows are provided. Since your
seat is assigned for the length of
your journey, please do not change
without first consulting a crew
Dining Car Service Our dining
car offers complete meals for
breakfast, lunch and dinner in an
elegant and comfortable setting. A distinct new
menu features both hearty fare and lean
cuisine as well as foods and beverages
indigenous to the route of the Coast
Starlight. Major credit cards are
accepted. A crew member will contact you if
reservations are necessary.
Spectacular Sightseer Lounge Car
Large picture windows afford magnificent
views of the passing scene.
Comfortable seating invites conversation
and don't forget the Cafe Bar which
offers assorted wines, salads, beers,
snacks and desserts from California,
Oregon and Washington. Souvenirs are
also available for sale as well as playing
cards, post cards and blankets. Lounge
Car hours are generally from 6am to
First-Class Amenities Add a
Touch of Class and Sophistication
Private Sleeping Compartments
Your Sleeing Car Attendant will prepare
your room for daytime or night time use,
provide wake-up calls and bring the
morning paper and beverages. Personal
audio systems bring you recorded music
on Channels 2 or 3, and train announcements
on Channel 1 and 2. Simply turn
the channel selector near the reading
light. Standard (economy), Family, Special and Deluxe bedrooms
are available. Special bedrooms are designed for passengers with
disabilities and have a private bathroom and Deluxe rooms have
private baths with a shower. Sleeping accommodations may be
purchased on board from the Conductor if space is available.
Pacific Parlor Car A special lounge for sleeping car customers,
the Pacific Parlor Car, is exclusive to the Coast
Starlight and offers a relaxed atmosphere from which to enjoy the
beautiful panoramic views of the west coast countryside. The
Pacific Parlor Car features a reading library, play area for children,
games for kids and adults, feature-length films and complimentary
continental breakfast with fresh-baked pastries. An afternoon
hospitality hour features wines or
champagne from vineyards
along the route of the Coast
Starlight enhanced with hor d'houvers.
Special Amenities First-class
passengers will find improved in-room
amenities such as fresh flowers, upgraded toiletries and
embossed stationery. Complimentary meals are provided in the
dining car or may be brought to your room and each sleeping car
guest will be presented with a special appreciation gift emblazoned
with the special Coast Starlight logo before departing the train.
Scenic Photo Tips
Medium-speed films (ASA 64 or higher) are recommended
for shooting scenery through the train windows. If your shutter
speed is adjustable and light conditions permit, set it at a higher
speed (1/125 or 1/250) for the clearest results. Hold your lens close to
the windows to eliminate glare and reflections. For inside shots,
flash is recommended. To avoid glare and reflections, do not
point the flash directly at the windows.
For the Technically Inclined
Genesis Locomotives Award-winning, light weight and
aero-dynamically designed, these locomotives are built by
General Electric in Erie, Pennsylvania. Capable of achieving 103 mph,
they feature on-board diagnostics, computer controlled systems
and a revolutionary head-end power system. Each locomotive
costs $2.3 million.
Superliner II Cars The high-level rail passenger car, originally
conceived by the Santa Fe Railway in the 1950s, was improved
upon by Amtrak when the first series of new Superliner cars were
placed in service in 1974-76. Gleaming new
Superliner II series of cars recently
placed in service on the Coast Starlight
are built by the
Bombardier Corporation and
incorporate the latest in rail
car comfort, convenience and technology.
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