June 9, 2018 through June 16, 2018
Santa Fe, New Mexico. A fabulous private car destination
LArail is pleased to formally present our itinerary for our next vintage railcar trip to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. This time around, 1950 Pullman sleeping car, Pacific Sands, and 1956 Vista Dome diner-lounge, Silver Splendor, will be joined by open-platform business car, Tioga Pass. Featured along with our friendly staff is our wonderful chef, Alan Miller. Until last summer, this fabulous private car destination had not been possible for several years. Our trial run last June took a long time to set up, but it was well worth it.
Saturday, June 9 – Our vintage railcars will be coupled to the rear of Amtrak train #4, the Southwest Chief, at Los Angeles Union Station. We expect to be able to invite you aboard at about 5:30 p.m. There will be plenty of time to get everything settled into your room accommodation before we whistle off at 6:10. Drinks and dinner will be served in the dome as we head eastbound into the evening. We should be able to enjoy the tortuous climb up into Cajon Pass in the waning daylight.
June 10 – Morning finds us in the high country of northeastern Arizona. After a sumptuous breakfast buffet, we parallel the former Route 66 on our way through sparsely populated northern New Mexico. Rumor has it that jackalopes are sighted frequently in these parts. About lunchtime, we are scheduled to arrive in Albuquerque, a 25-minute-long stop which will allow you to peruse the offerings of the Native American merchants on the station platform. Next stop will be Lamy, where Amtrak will uncouple our cars so that we can be picked up by a vintage diesel of the Santa Fe Southern Railway — our shortline power on “rare-mileage” to the state capital. We should arrive in Santa Fe in the late afternoon and the cars will be parked here for the next several days. Dinner is on your own tonight.
June 11 – After breakfast, we will meet outside the railcars at 9:30 a.m. and take a 1 ½ hour historic tour of Santa Fe. The rest of the day is yours to explore. We will be parked in the vibrant new Railyard district, which is home to art galleries, a craft brewery and pub, upscale shopping, movies and more. Go to www.railyardsantafe.com for details and a map. There are a number of interesting dining choices within walking distance as well as a Whole Foods market. Lunch and dinner are on your own.
June 12 – Breakfast once again will be in the Silver Splendor. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy whatever you like. Art lovers take note: the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art are only 7-8 blocks away from our railcars. And so are San Miguel Mission, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and the serene Loretto Chapel, with its famous winding staircase, which dates back to the 1870s. Shuttle vans that stop in the Railyard district can whisk you up to Mueum Hill, whose chief attraction is the Museum of Folk Art. The central Plaza area along the Alameda is home to several restaurants, shops and the historic La Fonda Hotel. Lunch and dinner are on your own.
June 13 – We have an early start this morning with breakfast being served in the Silver Splendor at 5:45 – 6:45 a.m. Then we board our chartered motorcoach at 7:00 a.m. for the 2-hour ride to Chama, NM, and the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. Our narrow-gauge steam train leaves at 10:00 a.m. and we will have the exclusive use of the special Tourist Car and the Caboose as we journey up to Osier, where we’ll dine on a roast turkey or barbeque lunch supplied by the railroad. After that, we will continue on the train to the summit of Cumbres Pass. After some photo opportunities, we will board a bus for the trip back to Chama. Arrival will be at 3:30 p.m. Then we will hop back into our motorcoach and return to Santa Fe by approximately 5:45 p.m. Dinner is on your own.
June 14 – After breakfast in the Silver Splendor, today is another free day to spend as you wish. Albuquerque is less than 2 hours away via Railrunner, the commuter train that links Santa Fe with New Mexico’s largest city, along with points south, including the busy rail junction of Belen. Lunch and dinner are on your own.
June 15 – Not long after breakfast, our private cars will be picked up by the Santa Fe Southern and taken down the hill to Lamy, where we are scheduled to be coupled to Amtrak train #3 around 2:30 p.m. Once more, we will have a lengthy station stop in Albuquerque and you may detrain to walk the platform. If we are on time, we will be chasing the setting sun near Winslow, Arizona. All meals will be on board today.
June 16 – It will be rise and shine early this morning with our anticipated arrival in Los Angeles scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Chef Alan will have a light breakfast ready for all of us as we savor another fine journey among great friends. No doubt there will be eager discussion about where we’ll be going next!
Rail fan videos of our last Santa Fe trip
The rail cars
Don’t miss this great trip. Book now!
(877-452-7245) for reservations and information.
(Single roomette or shared double bedroom). A $400.00 deposit, per person, is required to hold space on this trip. The balance is due on April 1, 2018. Refunds are possible after that date only if the space is resold.
Deluxe master rooms aboard TIOGA PASS add $500 per person.
Breakfast is included every day on the Silver Splendor. Lunch and dinner are also included while the train is traveling between cities. Overnight accommodations are on board in your private sleeper.
There is a shower in the sleeping car that is shared by all passengers. The business car has a showers for its passengers as well.
It is highly recommended that each guest consider purchasing trip insurance in case of instances concerning health or any other circumstance that is beyond the control of LArail.com, Inc.