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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.
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.
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……….