The City by the Bay
A Private Railcar Adventure to Oakland and San Francisco
July 9 - 18, 2019
The St. Louis Chapter National Railway Historical Society invites you to join us as we head off for a new destination – Oakland and San Francisco. We will take the private Pullman car Cimarron River on a 10-day 5,450-mile adventure from St. Louis to the Golden Gate.
Our trip starts with an afternoon departure from St. Louis to Chicago, where we'll spend the night. The next morning is yours to explore Chicago until our 2:00 pm departure behind the California Zephyr. Travel across the rolling farmland of Illinois and Iowa until you retire to your private accommodation. The next morning when you awake, we'll be traversing the Great Plains of eastern Colorado before our arrival at Denver. West of there the scenery begins as we cross the Rocky Mountains – "Through the Rockies, Not Around Them" as the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad used to say. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as we climb the Front Range and then pass through the canyons of the Fraser and Colorado Rivers. Retire to your bed as we make a late evening stop in Salt Lake City. Then it's across the Great Basin and an early arrival in Reno, Nevada – the Biggest Little City in the West. From there we make the spectacular crossing of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the famous Donner Pass, where Chinese immigrants built the line as part of the original transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. A stop at Sacramento and then across the Central Valley of California for a late afternoon arrival in Oakland (Emeryville).
In Oakland you will transfer to the Z Hotel at Jack London Square (passengers cannot stay on Cimarron River in the Amtrak yard) where you will stay for the next three nights. Jack London Square is convenient to the passenger ferries to San Francisco, and regional Capitol Corridor Amtrak trains to all over the Bay area and Central California. If you prefer you may make your own hotel arrangements.
There is so much to see and do in the Bay area. The passenger ferry to San Francisco departs only a few blocks from the hotel. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station is about ten blocks away. If you want, you can even take the train to Sacramento to visit the California State Railroad Museum. The Jack London Station is two blocks from the hotel. There are shops and restaurants all over the Jack London Square are. The locally renowned Buttercup Diner is adjacent to the hotel for breakfast and dinner.
After your two full days in the Bay area you'll again board Cimarron River at Emeryville for our trip back across half of the United States to Chicago, where we arrive in the late afternoon. Another overnight stay and a morning departure to St. Louis, arriving home about 3:00 pm.
Tuesday, July 9 – Leave St. Louis on train 304 at 3:00 pm. Arrive Chicago 8:40 pm.
Wednesday, July 10 – Leave Chicago on train 5 at 2:00 pm
Thursday, July 11 – Enroute
Friday, July 12 – Arrive Oakland (Emeryville) at 4:10 pm. Passengers to hotel
Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14 – Oakland
Monday, July 15– Passengers check out of hotel. Leave Oakland (Emeryville) on train 6 at 9:10 am
Tuesday, July 16– Enroute
Wednesday, July 17 – Arrive Chicago at 2:50 pm.
Thursday, July 18 – Leave Chicago on train 303 at 9:25 am. Arrive St. Louis 3:00 pm
This is a "Picnic Class" trip, meaning you will provide your own food and beverages. Morning coffee and orange juice will be available each morning as well as bottled water and ice all day. Towels and linens are provided on Cimarron River, which also has a full-sized shower. Accommodations on Cimarron River are two double bedrooms with upper and lower berth and 11 single roomettes.
You will be able to leave items on Cimarron River while in Oakland. The car attendant will put ice your coolers as needed.
Single Roomette with single occupancy hotel room $3,335
Single Roomette with double occupancy hotel room * $3,045
Single Roomette without hotel room $2,825
Double Bedroom with hotel accommodation $5,580
Double Bedroom without hotel accommodation $5,070
* Passengers must identify their roommate when submitting reservation.
Fares include all rail transportation between St. Louis and Oakland, six nights accommodations on Cimarron River and three nights hotel stay at the Z Hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland.
Transportation between the Emeryville Amtrak Station and the Z Hotel Jack London Square (about four miles) is included. Transportation is not provided for those choosing the rail accommodations only fare.
To Reserve your Space:
Down payment of $750 per roomette or $1,500 double bedroom is due with reservation, with the final balance due May 1. Make checks payable to St. Louis Chapter NRHS and mail to the address below. You must include attached reservation sheet. Payment by MasterCard and VISA is available through our website – www.stlouisnrhs.org. If paying by credit card, full payment is due with reservation; you must also fill out the reservation sheet online.
Click HERE to open printable reservation sheet
With the past and future changes and price increases coming from Amtrak for private car travel, this may be our last big private car excursion. Don't miss this opportunity to experience travel by private railcar.
For additional information or to make a reservation contact:
10101 Carolynne Drive
St. Louis, MO 63128
Dates of trip are subject to adjustment due to Amtrak approval.
* Important: Minimum payment of $750 per roomette or $1,500 double bedroom is due with trip reservation. Verbal reservations will not be accepted - space is not reserved until the full down payment is received. The down payment is non-refundable if the reservation is cancelled and the space cannot be filled. The balance of the fare is due on May 1, 2019 after which the full fare is non-refundable if cancelled, and the space cannot be filled by the customer or the St Louis Chapter NRHS. If the final balance is not received by the chapter by close of business on May 1, 2019, the chapter is free to open the space to another party. The full fare will be refunded if the trip is canceled by the chapter. Passengers may want to obtain trip insurance.