Steve's Rail Travels
Travelogue and Photos by Steve Grande
Friday, January 12, 1996
Live from the Coast Starlight! I'm writing this on my notebook
PC while traveling on the Coast Starlight (Friday, 1/12/96). Can you
tell from my level of enthusiasm which passages were written on the train
and which were written afterward?
Many veteran train travelers say that this is the most beautiful of all
Amtrak routes on just about the best trains in the fleet! I haven't been
on enough different routes to verify that, but I have taken enough trips
on the Coast Starlight to not doubt that claim!
If you wish to judge Amtrak at its very best, then do take your very first
Amtrak trip on the Coast Starlight. You probably won't be disappointed.
The Coast Starlight travels along some of the most scenic parts of this
country. The scenery varies from the coast of southern California to the
mountains of the northwest. Along the way, you travel within feet of the
shoreline, head right through mountain passes, and of course through the
real view of both urban and rural America. There is also plenty of
farmland, cattle ranches, horse ranches, and even goats, pigs and sheep
along the way. If you want a rail tour with views of a little of
everything, this is it! Have your camera ready!
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