Sleep on a vintage train!
Experience a weekend in sunny San Diego
on a vintage 1950 Pullman Sleeper car
Would you like something truly different and unique to do over a weekend? How about travelling back in time to ride a 1950 Pullman Sleeper from Los Angeles to San Diego, then using your historic Pullman room as your hotel for the weekend? It will be parked right in front of the San Diego Amtrak station, in the heart of downtown, close to everything.
Our Journey Begins
Wave to the crowd along miles of open oceanfront from your private rail car.
You will start your adventure at historic Union Station boarding the Pacific Sands at 7 am on Saturday morning. (You may also start your journey from Fullerton, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine or San Juan Capistrano.) You won’t wait in any lines – as a private car passenger you come straight to the platform and meet your friendly porter for the weekend. We will help you get settled into your room, and as we get underway you will be served complimentary coffee, orange juice, Mimosas and a selection of pastries.
From your comfortable private room you will fly by Orange County, past Disneyland, and the Angels Stadium. Past San Juan Capistrano, we turn on to the beach, where you may want to visit the open vestibule to wave at the beach crowd at the San Clemente pier. We will pass miles of oceanfront past San Onofre, then Oceanside. We will pull into San Diego about 10:04 am, just in time for lunch and a start to your weekend adventure. You will have access to your room during your stay – you may come and go as you please.
Arriving in San Diego
Enjoy your great weekend in San Diego.
Enjoy your day in San Diego. Visit Sea World, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, or shop downtown or at nearby Horton Plaza or Seaport Village. Here are some great things to do while in San Diego:
- USS Midway Museum (2 blocks away)
- San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park (short bus ride)
- Balboa Park museums – Air and Space, Natural History, Museum of Art, Automotive Museum, Fleet Science Center, Museum of Man
- San Diego Model Railroad Museum, also in Balboa Park
- Old Town San Diego
- Qualcomm Stadium and Petco Park, when games are in town
- Boat rides to Coronado
- Sea World
San Diego has a fantastic transportation system to get you almost anywhere without renting a car. A bus and trolley day pass is $6 or $12 for the weekend.
There are many excellent restaurants just a short walk from the station. :
- Little Italy has dozens of fine Italian and other restaurants. Try Filippi’s Pizza Grotto but expect lines at peak hours.
- The Gaslamp District includes a wide variety of restaurants and nightclubs
- The Fish Market Restaurant is three blocks away next to the Midway
- Karl Strauss Restaurant and Brewery is two blocks away.
- Roy’s San Diego Waterfront and several others in the Seaport Village area
- Old Town is a short trolley ride and has over 20 additional choices.
When you get back, your bed will be turned down for you, ready for a good night’s sleep aboard a vintage Pullman car—a truly unique experience!
Experience sleeping on a train in the 1950s
Your Pullman Sleeper at night
The Pacific Sands features traditional single person “roomettes” and two person “double bedrooms”. All rooms have toilet/sink facilities, fans, and a small closet. Couples have the choice of a double bedroom, (Upper and Lower berth – climbing a ladder is required for the Upper berth) or in individual “right across the aisle” roomettes.
Two Double Bedrooms may also be joined together to form a suite for more space or a family of four. The car is equipped with a shared shower and all towels and linens are provided, like a hotel. We provide complimentary soft drinks. You may bring your own adult beverages if desired.
Heading back home
Around 9:00 pm Sunday, the Amtrak Surfliner will show up and couple into the Pacific Sands as we prepare for the return trip.
With our vestibule now facing rearward, you can enjoy a view of the tracks and evening scenery on the way back. We will also serve a dessert or snack for your trip back to finish a great weekend of sun and nostalgic rails.
We arrive back at Los Angeles Union Station at 11:57 PM Sunday evening.
Gallery of San Diego images.
Book a charter now!
For more information or to book your charter, please contact us via the form below.
for up to 20 people
Add Tioga Pass for $9,500 total
Pacific Sands + Tioga Pass $9,500 for up to 24 people and includes the kitchen, dining room and lounge on the Tioga Pass
Cancellation policy: No refund within 30 days of trip. Significant change fee from Amtrak may apply if the date is changed less than 30 days from the trip.