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Amtrak Coast Starlight

Below you will find links to extensive information, travelogues and photos related to the Amtrak Coast Starlight. Since the Amtrak Coast Starlight is one of the three Amtrak long distance trains that originates near where TrainWeb.com had its home office (Fullerton, California) for more than ten years, you will probably find more travelogues, photos, and other information about the Amtrak Coast Starlight on TrainWeb.com than for any other Amtrak route. Below are links not only to TrainWeb's pages, but links to Amtrak Coast Starlight related pages on other websites including on Amtrak's own website.

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Sep 13-23, 2021 - Amtrak Coast Starlight and Empire Builder Journey to Glacier Haven Inn, Motel, RV Park & Cafe and Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Montana: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. including stops in Seattle, Washington; Essex, Montana; and Portland, Oregon. Don and I planned this trip for about a year. We wanted to return to the Izaak Walton Inn, at Essex, Montana, on the Empire Builder Route... Read More>>       Slideshow>>

Nov 13, 2019 - Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle, WA and back: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. A long distance overnight train trip staying several nights in a nice hotel in a leading city's downtown. Our day started not long after sunrise (the crack of dawn) and that found us packing the last of the... Read More>>

April 18, 2020 - The Trip to bring Elizabeth to my home: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. This trip was one I had to make no matter what was going on in the world at the time. My life was about to start a new chapter, as was Elizabeth's. She had had a major change in her personal life and was now... Read More>>

March 20, 2020 - Coast Starlight with Covered Bridges of Oregon: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. The trip was to Winterail but when they postponed it due to the threat of Coronavirus, I had roundtrip tickets in a sleeper to Portland. I decided to still use my tickets and Elizabeth decided with me to make this a... Read More>>


Birthday Trip to Seattle, November 2019

Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle, WA and back.

A Long Distance Overnight Train Trip
Staying Several Nights In A Nice Hotel
In A Leading City's Downtown
Report & Photos by Robin Bowers

Chapter 1  Wed Nov 13, 2019, Our First Steps. Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Our day started not long after sunrise (the crack of dawn) and that found us packing the last of the luggage and making sure we were on schedule to be at the Santa Ana train station. At Santa Ana, we would board MetroLink # 685 bound for... Read More>>

Chapter 2  Day Nov 14, 2019, LATE, Late, Late and some more late. Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. The night passed into sunrise and a new day began in an unknown location until a look out the window showed that we haven't traveled a great distance. We were only at our next stop after Salinas, San Jose, but... Read More>>

Chapter 3  Day Nov 15, 2019, Sunrise in Seattle.. Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. "Portland in twenty minutes" was the shout that aroused me from a deep sleep. My goodness, it is still dark out but we knew the reason for this early call. We were to gather our belongings, leave the train, walk to and into... Read More>>

Chapter 4  Day Nov 16, 2019, Celebrating the BIG day in Seattle. Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. We both spent a restful night, our first in a not moving bed or seat since Tuesday night, waking wide eyed and bushy tailed. The morning was spent easy and slow, getting ready for our lunch with my good friends and... Read More>>

Chapter 5  Day Nov 17, 2019, Pike Place Market, Monorail and Space Needle. Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Our day started after a restful sleep in downtown Seattle. Russell awoke feeling no after effects from last night's stroll and so was up for trying to go to Pike Place Market and try again to get breakfast for... Read More>>

Chapter 6  Day Nov 18, 2019, Returning home on southbound Coast Starlight. Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. Last evening Russell, returning from his fresh air break, stopped at the front desk to chat and finding more information about checking out and transportation to the train station in the... Read More>>

Chapter 7  Day Nov 19, 2019, Coming to a end of a journey. Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. After a restful night in room C on the southbound Coast Starlight, we awoke to start our day in Sacramento, CA our third capital city stop on Coast Starlight. One of the surprises traveling at night is where you will... Read More>>


April 29, 2018 - The Coast Starlight 11 Detour Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The train left Oakland on time at 8:50 AM and we were off and running. It was bumpy tracks down to Newark this morning. We arrived into Newark at 9:20 AM and started our detour all the way to Burbank Junction. We ran by... Read More>>

April 28, 2018 - Coast Starlight 14 Detour Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Norm Orfall posted on Trainorders.com that his car would be going over the Tehachapi Loop on the Coast Starlight on April 28. I then learned the train would also detour the next day so planned a Coast Starlight Business Class trip as... Read More>>

March 10, 2018 - Farewell to the Pacific Parlour Car - Part 3 of 3: Report & Photos by Robert & Kandace Tabern The Un-refurbished, "Sold-off" Pacific Parlour Car #39971. In January 2018, Amtrak gave just a few weeks notice that the much-loved Pacific Parlour Car would be permanently retired from the Coast Starlight. This was one of our favorite cars; an excuse for us to... Read More>>

Feb 26, 2018 - Farewell to the Pacific Parlour Car - Part 2 of 3: Report & Photos by Robert & Kandace Tabern The Final Northbound Coast Starlight with a Pacific Parlour Car. Report of the Pacific Parlour Cars that we rode between Salem, Oregon and Seattle, Washington on Train #14 on Saturday, February 3, 2018. This was the last northbound trip and... Read More>>

Feb 5, 2018 - Farewell to the Pacific Parlour Car - Part 1 of 3: Report & Photos by Robert & Kandace Tabern History and Photo Essay of the Santa Fe Hi-Level Lounge Cars: 1954-2018. In January 2018, Amtrak gave just a few weeks notice that the much-loved Pacific Parlour Car would be permanently retired from the Coast Starlight. This was one of our favorite cars... Read More>>

July 2017 - Amtrak Coast Starlight Trip: Report & Photos by Rick Chase. After enjoying two trips on the South West Chief, we decided to explore the west coast and ride the Coast Starlight #14 from Los Angeles to Seattle. (Train # 11 makes up the return trip back to Los Angeles.) The CSL follows the Pacific Ocean for a good part of the day and the second day provides... Read More>>

May, 2016 - Amtrak Coast Starlight: Report & Photos by Ted & Sylvia Blishak of TrainTravelConsulting.com. As we're boarding Coast Starlight #11 southbound from Klamath Falls, the December night is dark and the temperature below freezing... Read More>>

April 17-20, 2016 - Amtrak Coast Starlight, Round trip Fullerton - Sacramento: Report and Photography by Carl Morrison. The purpose of this trip was to photograph and report on the 2017 California Passenger Rail Summit held in Sacramento. (A link to that Summit report is at the end of this report.) This trip on... Read More>>

Jan 9-10, 2017 - Coast Starlight home from Seattle: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler This Coast Starlight had engines 817 and 124, baggage 61507, transition 39033, Sleepers 32048, 32072 and 32016 Pennsylvania, diner 38016, Business Class 34512, Lounge 33026 and Coaches 34094, 31000 and 34038. Our... Read More>>

Jan 4-5, 2017 - Amtrak Coast Starglight Los Angeles, California, to Portland, Oregon: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler This Coast Starlight had a consist of engines 13 and 510, baggage 61066, Transition 39021, Sleepers 32091 Minnesota, 32091 New Hampshire, 32097, Parlor Car 39975 Willamette Valley... Read More>>

July 6, 2016 - Amtrak Destination City, Seattle, Washington: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison America by Amtrak, Coast-to-Coast and Border-to-Border, Seattle (SEA), Served by these Amtrak Trains: Amtrak Coast Starlight (Trains #11 & #14) and Amtrak Empire Builder (Trains #7 & #8). Arrival in Seattle on the COAST STARLIGHT from Los Angeles, California about 8:12 pm. We made our first Uber call and were picked up quickly. The Uber app even showed where the driver was located on a real time map. Our destination was Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square... Read More>>

September 20, 2015 - Cruising Along The Pacific On Amtrak's Coast Starlight: Report & Photos by Jack Turner Sunday, September 20, 2015 kicked off with a smooth drive to Los Angeles Union Station. I dropped off my rental car at the underground parking garage below the station and a redcap picked up some other passengers... Read More>>

Sep 30 - Oct 1, 2015 - The Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Portland: Report & Photos by Tim Helmuth Part 3 of a 3 part jaunt across America on Amtrak. 6:30 AM came with a jolt, warning me to leave the La Quinta and order an Uber to the ARTIC for the 8:04 AM arrival of the 763 Surfliner to LAUS... Read More>>

2006 - Tracking Down Starlight Amtrak Coast Starlight Travelogue & Photos by Joy Basso. A train trip between Fullerton and Oakland, California on the Coast Starlight. We arrived at the Fullerton Train Station in plenty of time to take photos, read the plaques proudly displayed around the station, do some people watching... Read More>>

2000 - 2006 - Mr. Toy's Train Travel Tales The mildly exciting adventures of Jim & Heidi Toy as they travel the land by train. A feature of the Del Monte Club Car and the Monterey Peninsula Toy Box... Read More>>


Additional
TrainWeb Hosted Websites Featuring Reports & Photos
Of The Amtrak Coast Starlight:

  1. ☆☆☆ Steven Reynolds
    www.trainweb.US/reynolds

  2. www.trainweb.US/reynolds - Steven Reynolds. My Amtrak Travel, Photo Gallery, Railroad Sounds, Favorite Links, and About Me. Includes extensive Amtrak travelogues with photos and railroad scanner recordings... Read More>>



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