Scenic Vintage Railcar Daytrip!

Enjoy day trip travel on a privately owned railcar pulled by Amtrak.

When: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Amtrak Station, 209 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: $79 - $89

Age limit: 4+

Categories: Special Events


The South Coast Railroad Museum is organizing a “Far Western Tavern Special” rail excursion on Saturday, Dec. 28. The day trip along the Santa Barbara Channel and Central California coastlines will feature two historic rail cars and a lunch from the legendary Far Western Tavern.

For more than a half-century, the Far Western Tavern stood as a jewel in the crown of the small town of Guadalupe, Calif. The famous meeting place and watering hole attracted fans from near and far, who came to enjoy the landmark restaurant's unique blend of contemporary California
ranch cuisine, inspired by the local tradition of the Santa Maria-style barbecue. In 2013, the Far Western Tavern was relocated to downtown Orcutt, Calif.

On Dec. 28, the Far Western Tavern will make a one-day return to Guadalupe, when delicious lunches, freshly prepared in the Far Western's kitchen, will be delivered to the Guadalupe Amtrak station and loaded aboard the vintage Central Coast Flyer rail cars, for the delight and
pleasure of passengers in the museum group. The luncheon menu includes a variety of selections.

The public is invited to take part in this special travel and culinary experience. The museum has chartered two entire rail cars for this trip, Overland Trail and Silver Splendor.

Besides the chance to ride in these unique rail cars and enjoy a unique luncheon, this trip will be a great opportunity to see enjoy the spectacular views and sites along the beautiful route between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, including the majestic Gaviota Coast, Santa Barbara
Channel Islands, Hollister Ranch, Point Conception, Vandenberg AFB, Pismo Beach, the Edna Valley wine country, a number of state and county beach parks – including El Capitan, Refugio, Gaviota, Ocean Park, and Jalama – and more.

Passengers may board the “Far Western Tavern Special” at either the Santa Barbara or Goleta Amtrak stations. The train is scheduled to depart Santa Barbara at 10:22 (10:32 for Goleta), arriving in San Luis Obispo at 1:00. The return trip, also aboard the Overland Trail, will begin at
2:00 p.m., arriving in Goleta at 4:17 and Santa Barbara at 4:32.

Tickets for the “Far Western Tavern Special” rail trip are only $79 for Overland Trail ($89 for Silver Splendor) when purchased through the museum’s online store at

Beverages and a light snack are included.

The Far Western Tavern lunch-selection purchases may also be made through the online store and are an additional $14.50, plus sales tax. Additional trip information can also be found at the

online store. Reservations may also be made by calling Terry, the museum’s reservation specialist, at 805/680-0397 (9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., please)

Trip seating is limited. Early reservations are recommended.

About The Cars:
Overland Trail is a 39-seat club lounge, built by the Pullman company for the Southern Pacific Railroad and delivered in 1949. Originally designated SP 2981, the car served on the San Francisco Overland, a train jointly operated by the Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, and Chicago & North Western railroads between San Francisco and Chicago.

Overland Trail was featured in the Travel Channel’s “Tricked Out Trains” (2013) television show and the car's interior was the setting for a key scene in Clint Eastwood’s
award-winning film, “Flags of Our Fathers” (2006). Today, elements of the original Flags set decoration, including two large railroad murals, still furnish part of Overland Trail’s interior. Overland Trail was also an invited participant in the 100th anniversary celebration for New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.

Silver Splendor was built for the Zephyr fleet of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad by the Budd Co. in 1956. This stainless-steel Vista Dome car raced between Chicago and Denver on a daily basis until 1980, including the final nine years under Amtrak ownership. Originally
named Silver Buckle, she was part of the last two complete conventional train sets to be ordered new in the pre-Amtrak era, traveling more than 4.5 million miles.

Phone: 805-680-0397

Event posted Dec. 12, 2013
Last updated Dec. 13, 2013


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Now, this is what I would call a neat idea! Can't think of too many things to do this pleasurable. All aboard!

salsipuedes (anonymous profile)
December 28, 2013 at 10:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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