Private Rail Cars from the Golden Age of rail travel
... your own mini streamliner!
Northwest Passage departing May 16-24, 2009
in First Class Pullman comfort in a private streamliner from Los
Angeles to the Pacific Northwest visiting Portland, Spokane and
Seattle! Our Train will be made up of four vintage "streamliner
era" passenger cars: the Overland Trail, 1949 club lounge/diner;
the Tioga Pass, 1959 officer's car with open air platform; the
Pacific Sands, 1950 Pullman sleeping car and the Salisbury Beach,
1954 Pullman sleeping car. Together, our special consist will provide
a first class conveyance as we "train ourselves to relax",
ticking off the miles ... racing towards beautiful Pacific ocean
vistas, mountain side panoramas, high desert scenery and evergreen
forests spread before us like huge lush green carpets. Our pocket
streamliner will depart May 16th from Los Angeles Union Station on a
nine-day adventure to the Pacific Northwest, returning May 24th.
a few scenic highlights
... viewed right outside our train windows: 113 miles of Calif coast,
Cascade mountains, Willamette Valley, Columbia river gorge.
by private railcar to the PNW ... what can I expect?
is travel the way it used to be, when getting there was more
than half the fun. Meet at Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal on
Saturday, May 16th for boarding at 10:00 am. You'll feel like a
"40s Hollywood movie star" as your porter helps you get
settled in your private room ... all the while, the rest of the staff
is preparing for your adventure. As you're enjoying a wonderful lunch
in the dining car, we round a curve and ... the great expanse of the
Pacific Ocean looms into view, just the beginning of 113 miles along
the blue Pacific!
the scenery through the large picture windows of the lounge car.
Meet new friends amongst your like-minded traveling companions.
Unwind with your favorite book or catch a nap before dinner ...
are going to discover that the greatest feature on this train is your
ability to totally relax ... the ever-changing scenery, the attentive
staff, the vintage ambiance and comfortable surroundings, good food
and drink ... ALL will add up to a wonderful time of escape
from the rigors of life. In fact, the most heard comment from our
esteemed patrons is, "Gosh, was that trip relaxing! I have never
been so refreshed after traveling!"
sun is moving into the Western sky and we're cruising through the
Salinas Valley, you'll see ... Wait, what were those bells, Oh! The
waiter has announced "first call for dinner" with the
dining car chimes! After a delightful repast, enjoy the elegant
"cocktail party" feel of the dimly lit Overland Trail,
until time to turn in to your cozy room aboard the sleeping cars.
day, enjoy breakfast and lunch in the Cascades and then, we arrive
Portland by the mid afternoon. Of course, our journey
has just begun ... there is much, much more, but you get the picture!
On board accommodations:
Class sleeping car accommodations aboard the Pacific Sands and
Pacific Sands and the Salisbury Beach feature traditional railroad
accommodations: single person roomettes, two person double bedrooms
and classic open section berths. Rooms have toilet/sink facilities,
individual temperature control, fans, closet and picture window.
Couples have the choice of a double bedroom, (Upper and Lower berth)
or in individual "right across the aisle" roomettes. Two
Double Bedrooms may also be joined together to form a suite for a
group of four. Reserve early for best choice of accommodations.
Tioga Pass has two spacious suites that share a common shower.
Shower is available aboard all four cars. All overnight
accommodations (whether the train is moving or not) are aboard the
private sleeping cars.
to Los Angeles
LA Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:15 am
Seattle Saturday, May 23 at 9:45 am
Oakland Saturday, May 16 at 9:47 pm
Oakland Sunday, May 24 at 8:50 am
Portland Sunday, May 17 at 3:40 pm
Portland Tuesday, May 19 at 4:45 pm
Spokane Wednesday, May 20 at 12:28 am
Spokane Thursday, May 21 at 2:45 am
Seattle Thursday, May 21 at 10:20 am
LA Sunday, May 24 at 9:00 pm
Angeles to - Portland/Spokane/Seattle
and return in authentic
Relive the classic era
as we "slow the clock down" to a more gracious, genteel
and relaxed time.
- Single person rooms with folding "Murphy" style bed.
Couples travelling together, but desiring separate rooms can request
roomettes right across the aisle from each other ... and there's no
ladder. $1,995.00 per person, round trip, single
Bedroom - Two person room. $1,995.00
per person, round trip, double occupancy in a Double
Bedroom (Upper and lower berth). Two adjoining Double Bedrooms can be
booked and ensuited (folding wall opened) for families or friends
travelling together ... there is limited availability, be sure to
book early to avoid disappointment.
- Classic Pullman accommodation featuring a comfortable bench seat by
day and a heavy curtained sleeping space by night. $1,495.00
per person, lower berth $1,395.00
per person, upper berth
suite" - The Tioga Pass features twin staterooms that sleep
two each and are a little larger then traditional Pullman double
bedrooms. The rooms also share a shower for the exclusive use of the
stateroom occupants. $2,295.00 per person, round trip, double
occupancy in the presidential suite aboard Tioga Pass.
reserve early for your favorite accommodation.
call or email your questions regarding this wonderful adventure. We
don't want you to miss for lack of information.
or major credit cards accepted.
meal service prepared with high quality fresh food items by our
experienced staff. Most meals are served home style with a single
entree in a traditional dinning car atmosphere.
Famous Santa Fe french toast, bacon and fruit
lean hamburgers, french fries and coleslaw
Beef tenderloin with red wine mushroom sauce, wasabi mashed potatoes
and vegetable of the day
rail adventure is designed for both independent travelers and those
who enjoy organized group tours and is priced accordingly, with the
"destination tours" individually priced and sold separately.
layover Wine country / Air museum motorcoach tour Would
you like to join the group as we motor out to the Willamette Valley
and the Evergreen Air and Space Museum? We plan to stop at a
winery on the way out to Evergreen (home to Howard Hughes' Spruce
Goose) and then we'll stop at a 2nd one when we return to Portland. Cost:
$57.50 Includes RT motorcoach ride, admission to the Air or
Space museum, box lunch while at the museum, wine tasting fees at
both properties and tip for bus driver.
way or round trip lounge seating to various exciting destinations
may be available on a limited basis, please inquire (two person
minimum, please). Prices include meal service as appropriate to time
Robles (gateway to Hearst Castle/Wine
$150.00 one way
(gateway to Monterey/Carmel)
Falls and north to Portland
other Pacific Northwest
destinations ... Please inquire for fare information.
word about our railcars ... although built in the 40s and 50s,
they are completely "Amtrak certified", that is, the
mechanical systems have been modernized and safety checked by Amtrak
and they have deemed them safe to pull as part of their own trains.
The cars are actually hooked up to regularly scheduled Amtrak trains,
we travel within their trainsets making all the same stops they do.
Overland Trail was built for Southern Pacific's San Francisco
Overland in 1949. It features a stunning Art Deco main salon that
seats 39 in exquisite comfort and graciousness, with large picture
windows for watching the world go by.
Pacific Sands is a traditional Pullman sleeping car built in 1950 for
Union Pacific (and operated by the Pullman Company) as a 10/6
sleeping car, that is, 10 roomettes (single beds) and 6 double
bedrooms (two person rooms). Each room has all the amenities
associated with first class Pullman service including individual
climate control and private sink with toilet facilities. The car is
equipped with a public shower/bathroom and also features a
kitchenette at the end of the car.
Tioga Pass is a former Canadian National business car built in 1959
and features an open platform (a back porch, if you will). There is
nothing quite like enjoying the scenery from the open platform while
travelling at 70 mph as the track recedes off into the horizon. The
vista's engulf you as if you were flying on a magic carpet! When we
talk about the "sights, sounds and sensations of rail car
travel" ... it doesn't get better than this!
Beach was built in 1954 for the Boston and Maine and is a classic
Pullman sleeping car featuring a 6-4-6 configuration. It carries six
roomettes, four double bedrooms and six open sections. It even saw
service in Canada before retirement by the railroad. Lovingly
restored to operation over a period of ten years, the car has made a
dramatic comeback making trips to Chicago, Seattle and has an
upcoming trip to Boston scheduled.
rail adventure is designed for approximately
40 first class passengers - 40 patrons over 4 cars ... that's an
average of 10 per car. You get the picture ...
in this era of super colossal, industrial size cruise ships and
wide-body sardine style aircraft with bistro-bag food, our very
spacious, first class rail adventure will feature room to roam ...
along with exquisite scenery, wonderful dining, and an attentive crew
who has your every comfort in mind. What's more, you'll be traveling
with like-minded adventurers ...
surely life long friendships will result!
is allowed at several station stops and on the platform of the Tioga
Pass while underway. Please, there is NO SMOKING in the pullman rooms
under any circumstances.
meals and beverages aboard the train included in the fare. Please
advise us in advance if there are any dietary restrictions, we will
do our best to accommodate you.
be advised, these historic railcars were built before public empathy
towards our citizens with disabilities, and as such, are not
wheelchair accessible nor handicap friendly. Again, please contact
and we will advise (to the best of our ability) on suitability ... we
will do our best to accommodate you.
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