Vino Train Private Railcar Trip from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara on Saturday, July 24, 2010

Read the full travelogue and see more photos at: Story and photos by Steve Grande

Conductor Bill calling breakfast

Conductor Bill calling breakfast

My wife and I set the alarm for 4:30 AM and were out of the house by 5:45 AM. With little traffic on the roads we arrived at the Fullerton Station by about 6:05 AM. That is where we planned to meet two other members of our SoCal Rail Travel Meetup Group, Tom and Yvonne. Tom also guides the group to the various wine tasting rooms once we get to Santa Barbara.

The Santa Barbara Vino Train at LAUS

The Santa Barbara Vino Train at LAUS

Again with no traffic, we arrived at Los Angeles Union Station before 7 AM in record time. We knew the 7:30 AM north bound Amtrak Pacific Surfliner that our Vino Train railcars would be attached to usually leaves one of the last 4 tracks. So, we went up the ramp to one of those platforms and our train was right there waiting for us! I took a few photographs before boarding our railcar.

Vino Train passengers boarding in Santa Barbara for the ride back to Los Angeles

Vino Train passengers boarding in Santa Barbara for the ride back to Los Angeles

Normally the Vino Train is just the Overland Trail Private Railcar which can accommodate 36 passengers. This time the Vino Train woulid be composed of both the Overland Trail and the Silver Splendor Private Railcars. With the additional capacity of the Silver Splendor, there would be 86 passengers on this Vino Train, a total sell out! The Silver Splendor also runs the Luncheon by the Sea trips to San Diego. Both cars are membes of LArail.com……….

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