Saturday, May 31, 2008

Amtrak California

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has been promoting intercity passenger rail service since 1976 by augmenting Amtrak's basic system of interstate trains.

The Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquins, and Capitol Corridor are funded primarily by the State of California. These trains (collectively referred to as Amtrak California) operate in addition to Amtrak's own interstate trains -- the Coast Starlight, the California Zephyr, the Southwest Chief, and the Sunset Limited which connect California to the rest of the country with bands of passenger rail.

Amtrak California's very cool poster for National Train Day this year.

The Surfliner at San Clemente Beach - April 2006.

The Surfliner at the Santa Fe Depot in San Diego - July 2006.

Amtrak California's Pullman Standard Superliner Coach in Oakland - August 2007.

Amtrak California's revamped Pacific Parlour Cars rests in Oakland - May 2008.

Official State Map brochure: The Skunk Train offers redwood shaded excursions from the North Coast towns of Fort Bragg and Willits.

New Amtrak California Timetable for SPRING/SUMMER 2008, available at the Amtrak California Website.


Cory Gross said...

Oh man... I'd love to ride the rails next time I go to California. Unfortunately they don't do that side jaunt from San Francisco to Yosemite that I'd want to do before heading down to LA.

RailMarketing said...

Hi Cory,

Actually, you can take the San Joaquin train from Oakland to Merced and an Amtrak Thruway bus will take you from Merced to Yosemite.

As an example, San Joaquin Train 712 leaves Oakland at 7:30 a.m. and arrives in Merced at 10:31. From there, you would board Amtrak Thruway Bus Route 15 (Bus Number 8412) from Merced which gets you to Yosemite National Park at 1:15 p.m.

For additional schedules and fares please visit

Happy Traveling!