I would suggest that you start by reading my travelogue of the rail
journey on April 30, 1998.
If you only plan to read one of the travelogues
below, that is the one that you should read. The Amtrak Coast Starlight
has the highest and most consistent quality of service of all of the
Amtrak routes that I have traveled. Although it can fluctuate, the overall
level of service has risen over time. The Amtrak Coast Starlight has
definitely earned its self-described term of "Superior Service!" You
may find criticism of some aspects of the Coast Starlight in some of my
earlier travelogues and I do not want to leave you with the impression
of that being the way things usually are on the Coast Starlight. So, please
do read the April 30, 1998 travelogue to get a more representative view of
The Coast Starlight experience!