Amtrak’s Coast Starlight: Los Angeles to Seattle
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Amtrak’s Coast Starlight: Los Angeles to Seattle

August 31, 2019


Traveling aboard Amtrak’s fleet of long
distance passenger trains is one of the best ways to see the country. Of all the routes Amtrak has to offer, perhaps
none are more spectacular than the Coast Starlight, traveling nearly the entire length of the
west coast of America from Los Angeles, California to Seattle, Washington. This journey of 1,377 miles takes just under thirty five hours. From Los Angeles, this train travels northward
along the beautiful Pacific Ocean Coast, through the agricultural Salinas Valley, into the
San Francisco Bay Area, along the base of Mount Shasta, up and over Oregon’s Cascade
Mountain Range, across the lush Willamette River Valley to Portland, and finally into
Seattle. The train consists of a baggage car, coach
and business class cars, sleeping cars with three different sleeping compartment options,
a full service dining car, and a lounge car featuring large windows, reclining seats,
and a snack bar. Also on the train is the special Pacific Parlor
Car, unique to the Coast Starlight. This car is open to sleeping car and business
class passengers and includes a full bar and seating area with tables as well as a movie
theater on the lower level. Wine tastings and light meals are also offered
in this car. Two locomotives pull the train, usually Amtrak’s
P42DC “Genesis” locomotives built by General Electric. Electric. Amtrak chose the name Coast Starlight, combining
the names of two trains that were previously operated by the Southern Pacific Railroad
over a portion of the route: The “Coast Daylight” and the “Starlight”. The train is numbered 14 traveling northbound
to Seattle. The southbound is numbered as train 11, a
number borrowed from Southern Pacific’s Cascade train between Portland
and Oakland. The Coast Starlight began service in May of
1971 when Amtrak took over most passenger train operation in the United States. Initially, the train only ran three days a
week between Los Angeles and Seattle with a “Coast Daylight” train running between
Los Angeles and Oakland the other four days. Just two years later, in June of 1973, the
Coast Starlight became a daily train and the Coast Daylight was eliminated from the schedule. The Coast Starlight is one of Amtrak’s most
popular long distance trains, averaging about 450,000 riders a year over the last half
decade. Let’s follow the Coast Starlight on its
full 1,377 mile long journey from Los Angeles to Seattle through some of the most beautiful
landscapes in the western United States. Come along as we experience Amtrak’s Coast
Starlight! We begin our journey at Union Station in downtown
Los Angeles. Built in 1939 for the Southern Pacific, Union
Pacific, and Santa Fe Railroads, this magnificent Art Deco building is as busy as ever with
Amtrak, Metrolink commuter trains, and Los Angeles Metro all utilizing the terminal. Passengers are greeted by a spacious waiting
room followed by ticket counters and machines. The Coast Starlight is scheduled to depart
the station at 10:10 AM. Following an on time departure from Union
Station, the Coast Starlight follows the LA River north toward Burbank. These tracks are owned by Metrolink as far
north as Moorpark. From the Broadway bridge, we see the Los Angeles
city skyline in the background as the train continues to roll along. At Burbank, the train will turn to the west,
continuing on what was once the Southern Pacific Railroad’s Coast Line. Passing westbound through the San Fernando
Valley, train 14 is moving along at a decent clip. The train has already made its first two stops
at Burbank Airport and Van Nuys. The next stop is Simi Valley. The Coast Starlight exits a tunnel, shortly
after passing through Chatsworth. We are beginning to climb through the Santa
Suzana Pass as we continue our journey west toward the Pacific Ocean. Racing through Moorpark, the train passes
through some of the last undeveloped farmland in Southern California. The next station stop is Oxnard, about another
20 minutes ahead. From Moorpark to Portland, Oregon, the rail
line is owned by the Union Pacific. At Ventura, passengers get their first views
of the Pacific Ocean. Train 14 crosses a bridge over the Ventura
river and then follows the coast to the northwest. For the next 110 miles, the train will be
traveling right along the Pacific Ocean. The views of the Pacific are spectacular any
time of year. The Coast Starlight rounds the curve on the
north side of Emma Wood State beach as it continues toward Santa Barbara. Just after 12:30 PM, the train pulls into
the seaside resort community of Santa Barbara. This beautiful mission revival station was
built in 1905 and completely refurbished in the late 1990s. Our train pauses here for about 10 minutes
before continuing north. From Santa Barbara, the tracks continue along
the shores of the Pacific. The Coast Starlight passes several state beaches
including El Capitan, Refugio, and Gaviota. At Gaviota, the Starlight passes over one
of the most spectacular trestles on the entire line. Built in 1900, the 811 foot long, 80 foot
high Gaviota Trestle crosses over Gaviota Creek and the state beach. Following Gaviota, the tracks turn to the
north and eventually leave the coast as they pass through Guadalupe, Santa Maria, Grover
Beach, and Pismo Beach. California’s Central Coast is rich with
agriculture. Near Guadalupe, the Coast Starlight is seen
winding through some open farmland. Just before 3:30 in the afternoon, the Coast
Starlight rolls into the little town of San Luis Obispo, the next scheduled stop. The train will make its first crew change
here before continuing north. Looming ahead is California’s Coastal Mountain
range. We leave San Luis Obispo behind as the Starlight
rolls out of town and heads for the Cuesta Grade over the coastal mountains. In days gone by, it was quite common for helper
locomotives stationed at San Luis Obispo to assist passenger trains with the long climb
over Cuesta. Today, however, it is only the occasional
freight train that requires a helper locomotive. Grades through the mountains are as high as
2.2%. This means that for every one hundred feet
a train travels forward, it also travels two and two tenths of a foot upward. To keep this climb to a minimum, the rail
line snakes its way through the mountains, looping back on itself in some places and
passing through several tunnels. Train 14 leaves the mountains behind at Santa
Margarita as it exits the pass and heads for the next station stop at Paso Robles. After leaving Paso Robles, the rail line takes
a relatively straight shot up the Salinas River Valley. Nearing the town of Bradley, the Starlight
crosses the only bridge over the Salinas River. North of King City, train 14 enters a tunnel
about a half hour from the next station stop in Salinas. From here, passengers choosing to visit the
coastal resort town of Monterey can disembark from the train for a short, 35 minute trip
aboard a connecting Amtrak Thruway bus. Amtrak’s wide variety of bus connections
to the Coast Starlight greatly enhance the service, giving travelers a more convenient
way to complete their journeys to destinations not directly served by the train. A full moon illuminates the landscape as the
Starlight heads out of Salinas. With the sun quickly disappearing in the west,
the Coast Starlight heads for the next station stop and crew change point in San Jose. During the summer months, the northbound Coast
Starlight usually makes it all the way to San Jose before sunset. Here, we see the train in early August as
it heads through Gilroy, about 30 minutes south of San Jose. Gilroy is known as the Garlic capital of America. The train continues through the night. Passengers who wish to travel to San Francisco
can either leave the Starlight in San Jose and take the commuter service CalTrain the
rest of the way, or they have the option of boarding a connecting Amtrak bus in Oakland. Travelers coming from San Francisco by bus
meet up with the train in Emeryville. From the San Francisco Bay Area, the train
turns east, making stops in Martinez, Davis, and the California state capital, Sacramento. After another crew change in Sacramento, the
train turns north once again and heads through the Sacramento River Valley stopping at Chico
and Redding. We begin the second day of our Coast Starlight
trip at the base of Mount Shasta, near the town of Weed, California. After leaving Redding, the train begins its
climb into the Klamath Mountains and passes through the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Making another stop in Dunsmuir, for local
passengers as well as leisure travelers wishing to visit Mount Shasta, the train begins to
wind through the Mount Shasta Wilderness area and the southernmost portion of the Cascade
Mountain Range. In the light of dawn, the Coast Starlight
passes over another spectacular bridge, the Dry Creek Trestle. Passengers aboard the train who wake up early
enough are treated to fantastic views of Mount Shasta as the sun rises in the east. Leaving volcanic Mount Shasta behind, the
Starlight races along near Dorris as it approaches the California-Oregon border. Directly to the east is Lava Beds National
Monument. One of the most interesting features of the
monument are the many lava tube caves, several of which are open to self guided tours. With Shasta directly behind the train in the
distance, the Starlight has now crossed into the State of Oregon. The next station stop in Klamath Falls is
just 20 minutes away. Klamath Falls is a small industrial town,
located in the south central portion of the state. Timber is still the largest industry in the
region, and the railroad continues to play a significant role in the transport of lumber
here. After making another crew change in Klamath
Falls, the Coast Starlight will push on as it heads for the Oregon Cascades. We are located on a hillside next to the Upper
Klamath Lake. Mount Shasta can be seen in the distance. The rail line runs right alongside highway
97 here. You don’t have to look too hard to spot
wildlife in this area. The lake brings in a number of Bald Eagles
on the hunt for some fish. The Starlight climbs a slight grade along
the Williamson River in the Winema National Forest. As the train disappears around the next bend,
we catch a glimpse of Mount Scott. Not too far to the west is Crater Lake National
Park. The train makes another stop in Chemult and
then turns to the west as it begins to pass through the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. Winding through the Cascade Mountain Range
and the Willamette National Forest, the Coast Starlight begins its descent toward the Willamette
River Valley. Tall evergreen trees are in abundance here. To maintain a low grade of less than two percent,
the railroad zig zags back and forth through the mountains. Several of the mountains in the Cascades are
volcanic and make up a portion of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Looping around one last time, the tracks cross
over highway 58 on the specular Salt Creek Trestle. The town of Oakridge, at the bottom of the
grade, is still about 15 miles away. After passing through Oakridge, the train
enters the small community of Westfir, Oregon and crosses over the Willamette River for
the first time. Old covered bridges, such as this, can still
be found in several places throughout Oregon. We continue our journey out of the mountains
and toward the next stop in Eugene. The Coast Starlight passes by a lumber mill
as it enters the college town of Eugene, located at the southern end of the Willamette Valley. Making a brief station stop in Eugene, the
Starlight continues its northbound journey. Leaving Eugene, the tracks turn to the north,
heading straight up the valley toward Portland. The Willamette Valley is one of the most highly
productive agricultural regions in the United States. All kinds of produce can be found growing
here, but one of the most common agricultural products from the Willamette Valley is lawn
grass. Continuing through the valley, the Starlight
heads for the next station stop at Albany. After Albany, the Coast Starlight makes another
station stop at Oregon’s capital city of Salem. Once the train departs Salem, it resumes its
journey through the lush farmland of the Willamette Valley with Portland just 50 miles away. On a clear day, the volcanic peaks of Mount
Hood, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens can all be seen from this part of the valley. Portland’s Union Station was built in 1896
and serves Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, and Cascades trains as well as Trimet
buses and light rail. The station is located on the north side of
Portland’s downtown area along the west bank of the Willamette River. This is the last operating crew change point
before Seattle. There is an extended half hour long scheduled
stop for the train in Portland, giving passengers a chance to step off for a few minutes and
stretch their legs. Shortly after 4 PM, the Coast Starlight pulls
out of Portland. In just a few minutes, the train will cross
over the mighty Columbia River and into Washington State. On the other side, the train will make another
stop in Vancouver. The rest of the journey to Seattle will be
over the rails of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Following another station stop, Amtrak’s
Coast Starlight rolls out of Kelso, Washington and through the neighborhood of Rocky Point. Train 14 disappears into a tunnel, heading
for the next two stops at Centralia and Olympia, Washington’s state capital. North of Olympia, the tracks follow interstate
5 into Tacoma. However, prior to the end of 2017, the Coast
Starlight and all other Amtrak trains traveled on the BNSF rail line along the shores of
Puget Sound and around Point Defiance. While the new line saves time and reduces
delays, it eliminates what was once the most scenic part of the trip through Washington
State. Let’s go back in time and see the Starlight
once more as it travels along Puget Sound. We get a glimpse of the famed Tacoma Narrows
Suspension Bridge as the train disappears in the distance. Downtown Tacoma is just ahead. It is just before 8 in the evening as the
Coast Starlight arrives in Seattle. All passengers will disembark here. Some have completed their journey to the City
of Goodwill while others may choose to continue on other Amtrak trains and connecting services
to destinations such as Chicago, Illinois, Vancouver, Canada or points beyond. Thank you for coming along for this journey
aboard the Coast Starlight. To book your trip on the Coast Starlight or
to find out more, please visit the Amtrak website www.amtrak.com or call 800-872-7245. Until next time, I’m Mike Armstrong. I’ll see you down the line! Thanks for watching.

100 Comments

  • Reply Joseph Haynes June 27, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Did this once and never again . Most horrible trip ever ! Don’t do it you will be so sorry 😐

  • Reply socalcraigster June 27, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    We just took this train south from Chico to Simi Valley and had a fine time. Think we’ll go north next. You do see a lot of homeless camps along the way.

  • Reply Bobby A June 29, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Worthless! Not one picture of what you actual see out the train window as a passenger.

  • Reply LA Railfan June 30, 2019 at 6:27 am

    42:18– Best shot ever! What street and city is that crossing at? The US&S teardrop bells at 28:00 were lovely sounding too! Also, the green antiques sign in Seattle Washington is partially broken! This video is nice, except you missed east Oakland and you forgot about the Virginia Street grade crossing in Berkeley!☹️ The second king city shot when you filmed the train from above had nice horn at The begginning.

  • Reply Mark Hoagberg June 30, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Amtrak is the worst train ride you will ever experience. Typical lousy service you expect in America.

  • Reply Corneliu Aldea July 1, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Ur commenting is ok but the train keeps changing locos adding cars in the back

  • Reply Agent piggles July 2, 2019 at 1:53 am

    This looks amazing and beautiful and i would so love to do this we were looking at the 11 day trip that is basically planned out for you with places to go and stuff to do and it looks awesome and it’s actually not that badly priced for what u r getting

  • Reply David Cox July 2, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    How quaint- an old fashioned train from the 20th century.

  • Reply IIEarlGreyII July 3, 2019 at 3:23 am

    I really appreciate this. I take the train because I have a fear of heights and flying, so getting to see where there are tall bridges and how many there are on a trip is a huge deal for me.

  • Reply zhuoli xie July 5, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Chinese equivalent: Shenzhen-Shanghai EMU trains, 2000km one way, 11 hours, harsh terrain, station hoppers.

  • Reply patrick Hill July 5, 2019 at 4:38 am

    i love how you start your video with the k5la horn

  • Reply Jeff Demition July 5, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    welp this reminds me of the daylight of sp thats the same route but only san fransico and l.a it was pulled by beautiful gs-2's to gs-5's from 1938 to 1957 when diesels took over the line and when some years past sp didnt use daylight coaches or rather daylight diesels and coaches because its i think expensive to operate but 1971 when amtrak took over the line

  • Reply Student, Shane Walters July 6, 2019 at 12:34 am

    I don't care what people say about Amtrak being bad, all of their rides including this ride looks fricking awesome! Can't wait to take it one day, great shots and narration as always;) Btw, is the train changing locomotives and coaches in between stations or is it something else?

  • Reply John Allen July 6, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    I took this line as part of a trip from San Diego all the way through California up to Redding near the Oregon border. I was young and crazy so I took my guitar up to the club car and we started a little hootenanny. We drank and ate and sang and watched the scenery. Man, we had a ball on that train. I met a very nice young lady and we were going to get together but the conductor kept chasing us out of sleeper cars we found. I think it was about a 20 hour trip and the train dropped me off in the middle of nowhere. I caught a few Z's in a phone booth because it broke the wind. Then I started hitching and it was about 4:00 in the morning. Finally woke up by the time we got to Eureka. What a trip. And all the while the clikitty clack of the rails.

  • Reply mauisheri July 7, 2019 at 2:58 am

    I took Amtrack from Denver to Oregon and the first part, Denver to San Francisco was wonderful, the second part was not so much fun……..hint…never travel around New Year's with a bar car…..the drunks were many, loud, fell all over the other passengers and never slept. I was so excited to see the Redwoods…….but we passed then in the dead of night….sigh..I still haven't written them off my bucket list, and the chances of that are slim.

  • Reply Andrew Hickinbottom July 7, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Nice video. Informative, picturesque and well edited. Extra special thanks for using the actual natural sound and not 45 minutes of cheesy stock music

  • Reply TheJohnscot July 8, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Why no shots from inside the train? I heard a wheel with a flat spot on it, near the last car.

  • Reply brucebart man July 10, 2019 at 5:09 am

    Great views of America's West Coast. Very informative narration. Superb vdo!

  • Reply kim chung July 11, 2019 at 1:55 am

    I's wonderful way to travel if you could. Best way just seat, seeing & acknowledge how treasures beautiful our country is. Thank you.

  • Reply MisterRuggles July 11, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    no interior video of this great train? WTF!!!!

  • Reply Michelle Rizzo July 11, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    This is a fantastic ride! I took it from LA to Portland, OR, in 2015.

  • Reply Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan haji Ali July 12, 2019 at 10:17 am

    A suitable mobility display.

  • Reply Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan haji Ali July 12, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I had never been to the USA never the less I appreciate the beautiful landscape and the efficient cleanliness.

  • Reply THX 1138 July 13, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    I've taken Amtrak's Coast Starlight twice from Seattle to LA. The views are awesome and I especially like how the tracks don't follow major highways so you get to see landscapes most people don't. Another cool thing is seeing the backs of businesses and residences along the tracks – laundry hung out, kids playing in backyards, ordinary things that take on a more magical quality when seen from the comfort of a cozy sleeper 🙂

  • Reply Paul Eckert July 13, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Dang how long did it take you to make this? Did you wait every day at the stops for the train to come to film it go by? Or did you right after it passed by go and get to the next stop ahead of it? Either way man thats some deadacation to get for this video. Good job.

  • Reply Firebrand55 July 14, 2019 at 11:10 am

    You Tube's greatest asset…..people who trouble to put gems like this up; cheers CoasterFan 2105. There's something hynotic about these mighty train journeys of America, unknown here in the UK. Check out 'St.Erth to St.Ives' for contrast!

  • Reply al meggs July 15, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Albert my son has always raved about this route and I’m now convinced also though
    Taking the Empire Builder is my favorite because of the caring attitude the sincere concern and help of the staff!

  • Reply al meggs July 15, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Apparently the family bedroom (last car on the lower level with windows on both sides) is only offered on the empire builder?

  • Reply al meggs July 15, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Looks like you had a private car on the end for part of the way?

  • Reply al meggs July 15, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Very well done with all the names but why didn’t you include pics of the beautiful new mission revival stations?

  • Reply Michael July 17, 2019 at 6:09 am

    If the washing schedule is so lacking I am scared of the maintenance schedule. Hint: bring a extendable washer and clean your window so you can see.

  • Reply Pho Q July 18, 2019 at 12:34 am

    How isit, that you do a 44 minute 44 second video about a train that travels 35 hours. And not one seen in this video is of the interior of the train?! If this is just an advertisement for riding on Amtrak, this is the suckiest advertisement I've ever seen!

  • Reply Michael Rochelle July 18, 2019 at 2:19 am

    This is great video production work, with great narration, amazing camera angles and superb historic knowledge.. I know it’s skilled hard work, because I’ve tried launching drones to capture trains..

  • Reply Jason Smith July 19, 2019 at 3:24 am

    they have to get these trains to run three to four times faster to be cost-competitive with airlines…the technology is just waiting to happen.

  • Reply DellDreamer July 20, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Should take the video while you’re aboard on the train. We would like to see the scenery from a passenger’s view and also the conditions inside.

  • Reply Mario Judeu-Casella July 20, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    God Bless America😇

  • Reply Patty jay July 21, 2019 at 1:56 am

    When my family an I moved to Vancouver Wa from Pomona Ca we took the Coast Starlight 1st class to Portland Or.

  • Reply Michelle Severino July 21, 2019 at 8:26 am

    The coast looks amazing

  • Reply Jasmine Johnston July 21, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    I went from Anaheim to San Diego on Amtrak once, after a trip to Disneyland. It was fun!

  • Reply Don Cline July 22, 2019 at 3:37 am

    I was disappointed with the video. There was nothing about the inside of the train or dining cars. It was all video of the train passing by different sites along its route. Boring.

  • Reply Karen Blaise July 22, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Me, me, me!

  • Reply Andrew Phillips July 23, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Various cabooses keep popping in and out of view. These are different trains filmed on different days. All other production values are wonderful.

  • Reply Heinz Bergner July 23, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    A beautiful route, which I was able to experience almost completely: 1999 Oakland-Seattle and 2017 LA – Salinas
    Greetings from Germany

  • Reply Wyble Montano July 23, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    I LOVE AMTRAK! The only reason we had to stop riding was when i had my chihuahua. They dont allow dogs in the train. Fucking Amtrak!

  • Reply bhupendra sikdar July 24, 2019 at 7:07 am

    I saw great train of great America

  • Reply Biker Bowler94 July 25, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Jesus Christ a movie theater on a train wow.

  • Reply wd MTBsKILLS July 25, 2019 at 6:53 am

    So, it takes about 35 hours to get from la to seattle, yet only 30 hours to get from cleveland to ratton whith a stop in chicago?

  • Reply asbpresentations July 25, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Great video and very informative journey, especially about growing lawn grass in Oregon, wonder if my Scottish
    patch of green originated from there. Incidentally does this track follow much of San Andreas fault line?

  • Reply merc340sr July 25, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Beautiful video. Beautiful train!

  • Reply Karen Oakes July 29, 2019 at 3:12 am

    If it were up to me, this video would've been about the California Zephyr…….. Period

  • Reply ROBERT CRAIG July 29, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    TAKE VIA RAIL IN CANADA IF YOU WANT TO REALLY SEE WHAT RIDING A CLASSY TRAIN
    IS REALLY LIKE. I TOOK THE STARLIGHT 4 TIMES. IT WAS LATE ALL 4 TIMES. THE LAST TIME
    IS WAS ALMOST 4 HOURS.

  • Reply ROBERT CRAIG July 29, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    THIS IS TWO DIFFERENT TRAINS.

  • Reply jacobrocks7 July 30, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Took this train a few years ago from LA to SD and it was great! Make sure you sit on west side on way down so you see the ocean and beaches! Cascade mountains on other side

  • Reply Brian Kay August 2, 2019 at 3:50 am

    I did this train from Eugene OR. to Oakland in February. Beautiful scenery from start to finish. And the dining car had great meals and company.

  • Reply birdlynn hubbard August 2, 2019 at 4:39 am

    This was perfectly done, thank you! My neck of the woods, and I want to take this train too!

  • Reply Chester Higgs August 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I watched it and thought it was about the train rather than the countryside and it's beauty waist of time

  • Reply Heinz Breuer August 4, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Ich komme bald von los Angels Tour portlland Oregon. ❤❤❤

  • Reply Diana G August 4, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Is it this loud inside the train?

  • Reply Farooq Khan August 4, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    To me it appeared as if the train was on a test run without passengers. View of on board passengers and their routine during the journey showing the seating and sleeping facilities, dinning and snack bars etc would certainly have made this video that much more interesting.

  • Reply Darwin Salina August 5, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Thank you! I really enjoyed your video. I hope to make that trip someday. Greetings from Maldonado, Uruguay.

  • Reply Kamlesh Mallick August 9, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Spectacular Journey, but why is Amtrak still using Diesel locomotives and have not moved to electric?

  • Reply Steve Sibaja August 9, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Is Beautiful by Train from Los Angeles CA to Seattle WA

  • Reply Transit Rail Productions August 9, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Great video! I rode a small chunk of the Coast Starlight from Portland- Tacoma during the NRHS Railcamp. I must say taking the train is the way to go.

  • Reply Harry Gruber August 9, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Nothing what to wow about. If your 80 years young this train is for you. But if you want to get from point a to point b quickly then you’ll have to call up pm Abe of Japan to deliver their 311mph trains to America

  • Reply Raitis Freimanis August 10, 2019 at 12:14 am

    How long did it take you to film this video?

  • Reply Wtin Jalanugraha August 10, 2019 at 2:46 am

    One day!

  • Reply Quabbelfax August 10, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    35 hours for 1377 miles, how are these trains so slow (i live in germany)

  • Reply Avinash Kolhatkar August 10, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Well executed , well narrated, beautiful video. Good to watch.

  • Reply Valdemar Mendes August 11, 2019 at 12:31 am

    muinto bacana este trem de passageiro .

  • Reply Valdemar Mendes August 11, 2019 at 12:33 am

    oxàla o Brasil chegasse a este nivel em matéria de transporte ferroviario de passageiros

  • Reply Valdemar Mendes August 11, 2019 at 12:38 am

    nâo è a toa que os EUA , é o pais mais cobiçado pras pessoas viver .

  • Reply Ben Younce August 11, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Excellent video blog.
    And yes I want to go !!!

  • Reply JVONROCK August 12, 2019 at 2:43 am

    So when it’s dark, what are we missing.

  • Reply David Stein August 13, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Awesome watched through to the end. I’m also pretty sure I caught 156 locomotive in phase 1 livery.

  • Reply Bay Area Railfan Productions August 13, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    I will be taking this route very soon!
    Hope it will be fun

  • Reply marie d August 13, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Why are these trains o ancient looking 😞

  • Reply BobTheDuck9999 August 14, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Me: this looks dumb
    44 mins in the future me: but.. but I want more trains 🙁

  • Reply zooguy1959 August 15, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Very nicely done, thank you,

  • Reply Melda Cano August 15, 2019 at 1:41 am

    Enjoyed watching the video. What a beautiful and scenic ride. I grew up in California and I still call it home. On my bucket list for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply ChuckandMax August 16, 2019 at 2:21 am

    I took this trip years ago, there was an earthquake the day we left and had to make many stops to check the tracks then the another train on the route hit a truck while we were in Oregon and we had to wait 12 hours for the track to be clear again, so no this train does not get you where you want to go on time. But it was the greatest trip I ever took. Make sure if you go that you upgrade to a sleeper car I did and it was very pleasant and nice to have my own private room and the ability to walk all around the train. I met someone new at every meal in the dining car and was fascinated with all their stories. It is a beautiful trip along the shore and not one minute was I bored. There’s always the bar car to hang out in.

  • Reply Just a Seeker August 17, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Then you can take Amtrak train from Seattle to Vancouver BC. Have done the whole route!

  • Reply Prashant Chaturvedi August 17, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    oregon is soo beautiful :")

  • Reply Matthew Molina August 18, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Awful video of a train journey, shows the outside of the train over and over.

  • Reply Michael Rutledge August 18, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Love trains!! I’d like to see train travel replace much of the air travel in the U.S.. I hate flying anymore!! Actually, I love to fly. It’s the cattle car cabins and terminal experience that has ruined it.

  • Reply Armastat August 18, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    "Climb aboard Amtrak's Coast Starlight" this is a great video BUT i expected to see the inside of the train. This not about the train itself but the places it goes.

  • Reply Mister Mylo August 19, 2019 at 4:10 am

    My love of train travel began when I went from SAcramento to Chicago with my grandmother . Since then have traveled on Amtrak to Texas and to LA but this trip north is a must and hope I can plan it soon!

  • Reply Saba6611 August 19, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Interesting as any other MUSEUM OBJECT. What a noise! Must be the High Speed Rail, as "fast" as 50 mph on average. Eh, Amerika, Amerika. :)))

  • Reply Cheiro O August 19, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    This was an excellent ride for my wife and me.   Thanks   19-August-2019

  • Reply John Chow August 19, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Is it necessary to sound the horns so frequently even when there are no imminent danger? Noise is also pollution. The trains are pathetically slow by any standards.

  • Reply Matt C August 20, 2019 at 12:04 am

    True autonomous cars may still be a way off…but when they do become a reality, I think they'll put all SLOW forms of transportation out of business. Why would anyone take a train if you can sleep as your (or a borrowed car) drives you?

    Companies will offer cars for rent than can drive you faster, safer, and depart at anytime you like.

    High-speed trains may have a chance for medium distance routes, if they're faster than cars and offer more convenience and comfort than planes…but otherwise they're doomed.

  • Reply Soteria Charis August 20, 2019 at 12:07 am

    I ride the Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle and back every few years. I'd love a video about that train!!

  • Reply Omar Alturky August 20, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Sorry to watch this , nothing to see 👎

  • Reply 7.5M views August 20, 2019 at 5:30 am

    wow this must've taken a lot of time and coordination with the train schedules. good job!

  • Reply Stratocastering August 20, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Thank you for the upload!

  • Reply Rohan Sanka August 20, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Beautiful video, Im sure you took lots of trouble to make this. Thanks a lot

  • Reply The Travel Guy August 20, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Superb! Californian here (SLO) who spent several years in East Asia and now in Western Europe. The west coast of the US may not have dense cities which make speed rail logical, but the charm and beauty of this ride is unparalleled. Thank you for doing it justice. There should be a YouTube award for best regional documentary, and you should win it! So professional! (Btw, I love that you gave us the sounds of the rails instead of masking it with music!)

  • Reply Peter Bradshaw August 20, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    I wonder i anyone has a private train today. Lots of folks had private cars back in the day.

  • Reply tom Honda August 22, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Well I thought I'd be able to see jalama Beach but I guess they didn't want to drive down that Farm Road 24 miles!?

  • Reply alohavivianrose August 23, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Thank you…looking forward to this journey

  • Reply Joel Crunk August 25, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Great video but, what does it look like on the inside? I envision something sinister inside that you are not willing to show. Freddy Kruger dining experience? Nice train video though.

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