Amtrak California Rail Experience
CALIFORNIA CARS -THE
WAY TO GO!
aboard and discover the many exciting features and amenities on
Amtrak California's modern California Cars. Operating on the Capitols,
San Joaquins and San Deigans, the California Cars are among the
finest rail passenger cars ever built in the United States.
You can't miss the wide, panoramic windows. Every seat is positioned
for an unobstructed view of California's countryside.
All California Cars are fully air conditioned and offer you a
smoother, more comfortable way to go. Your contoured, reclining
seat has plenty of leg room plus a folding foot rest. Overhead
are reading lights-simply press the button to turn them on and
off. In the armrest, you'll find audio outlets for listening to
music on our three channel system. Use your own headest or purchase
one from the Cafe attendent.
On both the upper and lower levels, many seats are arranged face-to-face
with tables in between. These tables are especially popular with
families who like to play cards or games, and business travelers
who use the tables as a mobile workplace. Business travelers are
pleased that many tables come equipped with 110v electrical outlets
for use with lab top computers. If you're not in a face-to-face
seating arrangement, a pull-down tray is located on the seat in
front of you. Sturdy and practical, it's perfect for working or
Wide aisles allow you to stand up, stretch and move around more
easily-even go for a walk! Above the seats are closed storage
bins for small carry-on luggage. Larger pieces can be stowed in
racks on the upper level opposite the stairways.
On the outside of each car, a lighted display panel identifies
your train's number and final destination. Inside the car, at
each end, on both levels, you'll find lighted display panels that
provide upcoming station, destination and service messages. Trains
with California Dining Cars feature automated voice announcements
the alert you to the next stop, Amtrak California Shuttle Connections
and other important information.
Want to go on a bicycle ride when you reach your destination?
It's easy, because you can take your bike with you on the train.
There's a convenit 3-bike storage rack in one of the vestibules
on the lower level of each California Coach and Cab Car. Place
your bike in the rack while you are enroute to your destination.
Or, if your train has a baggage car, you can send your bicycle
as checked baggage.
The lower level seats 12 passengers and is designed to accommodate
travelers with disabilities. Onboard hydraulic wheelchair lifts
make it easy to move between train and platform level. There are
reserved wheelchair positions available at tables. One of the
two restrooms on the lower level has enough floor space for a
person in a wheelchair to maneuver easily.
railroad dining cars can match the comfortable, relaxing atmosphere
of the California Dining Car. And new and improved menu items,
featuring fresh ingredients and regional favorites, add special
appeal. You can select from a wide variety of hot entrees, fresh
salads, special sandwiches, snacks, fanciful desserts and a full
range of beverages including freshly ground coffee. Up to the
minute modern food preparation galleys, where your entree is prepared
to order, include espresso machines and convection ovens.
There are three distinctive dining areas. The casually elegant
Diner, on the upper level, provides banquette seating for 21 passengers.
Attractive table lamps, wide aisles and separate tables create
a quiet, charming atmosphere.
At-table meal service, complete with china and silverware, is
offered on most San Joaquin trains. The dining car attendent will
seat you and present the menu-a delightful rotating menu of hot
entrees that reflects the chef's choice of what is positively
market fresh. For breakfast, you might choose from a Spanish or
cheese omelette, French toast or Belgain waffle. At lunch and
dinner, the choices might be vegetable lasagna, spicy beef enchilada,
savory chicken teriyaki, barbecue meatloaf or rotisserie chicken,
complemented by potatoes or rice, a dinner salad and roll. Should
you prefer a cold entree, a Caesar salad, garnished with chicken
or shrimp, is always on the menu. A specialty dessert, coffee
or tea round out the meal. Special drinks and wines are available.
The informal Cafe, also located on the upper level, offers an
extensive choice of menu items, snacks and drinks. Comfortable
seating for 18 is provided at half-round tables facing panoramic
windows, as well as standing room at convenient counters. Passengers
can order food at the service counter to eat in the Dining Car
or take back to their seats. A Bistro on the lower level offers
tables and banquette seating for up to 10 passengers, and may
be used in conjunction with either the Diner or the Cafe. The
Bistro has a wide center aisles, seating positions for wheelchairs,
and a wheelchair accessible restroom for all passengers.
CALIFORNIA CARS AND LOCOMOTIVES PRESERVE AND HONOR OUR BEAUTIFUL
Take a look at our streamlined locomotive. It's built to power
the train at speeds up to 110 miles per hour, although maximum
speeds are usually 80-to-90 mph. The diesel-electric locomotives
are the quietest and the cleanest operating in the U.S. and meet
today's tough pollution standards. They have fully compatible
for service with California Cars, and share the same color scheme:
dark blue, black, and silver mist with poppy yellow striping.
Nine locomotives were built for California service. A total of
66 California Cars include 32 Passenger Cars named for rivers
of California;14 Cab Cars named for mountains;14 Dining Cars named
for valleys;and six Baggage Cars named for bays.
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