Trip Reports

April 27, 2015 - Taking the Coast Starlight from Fullerton to the Summit in Sacramento, California: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison
We made our Amtrak Coast Starlight reservations four months before this trip for our Fullerton to Sacramento, California round trip. This is a good plan even for airlines reservations since the earlier you make transportation reservations, the better the price, unless you are using Amtrak Guest Rewards points. Read More>>

April 27, 2015 - Getting to the California Passenger Rail Summit 2014 by Rail
The 2014 California Passenger Rail Summit was conveniently located in the Metro Building, a few steps from the platforms at the Los Angeles Union Station... Read More>>

Apr 23, 2010 - Historic Rail in La Plata, Missouri
Taking the Amtrak's Southwest Chief, afforded us the opportunity to stop off at La Plata, MO, which is approximately a five hour train ride from Chicago... Read More>>

Mar 04, 2010 - Barstow Veterans Home : A Tour of the Barstow Museum and Depot
I had made arrangements about six weeks ago to provide a guided tour for some of the residents of the California Veterans Home in Barstow, CA... Read More>>

Nov 6 & 7, 2009 - Coast Starlight To Seattle!
My girlfriend April and I just returned from a weekend trip up to Seattle from Los Angeles on the Coast Starlight and I just wanted to jot down a few thoughts while they are still fresh in my mind... Read More>>

Feb 17, 2009 - Washington D.C. By Train, Report by Robert Manning.
Realizing that this may be the best funding period in Amtrak's history, the RailPAC board of directors thought that we should have a hand in helping this come to fruition. RailPAC sent Dick Spotswood (RailPAC Secretary) and this writer to Washington D. C., in order to meet with senior Amtrak officials, members of our California Congressional Delegation and NARP in order to discuss the Amtrak stimulus package and how this may benefit California and Amtrak. Read More>>

Additional Trip Reports
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