“Family Fun Train” Rail Adventure

Hop on the “Family Fun Train” on Saturday, Nov. 9, for a unique daytrip aboard the spectacular Vista Dome car, Silver Splendor. The rail adventure includes a special fare of only $39 for children ages 2 through 12.

When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, 10:22 a.m. to 4:32 p.m.

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

Cost: $39 - $69

Age limit: 2+

Categories: Kids & Teens, Special Events


The public is invite to hop on the “Family Fun Train” on Saturday, Nov. 9, for a unique daytrip aboard the spectacular Vista Dome car, Silver Splendor. The rail adventure includes a special fare of only $39 for children ages 2 through 12.

The daytrip adventure will run from the South Coast to San Luis Obispo, along the beautiful Central Coast. Museum Director Gary Coombs will serve as the guide for the trip, using the dome as his platform for sharing the spectacular sights and points of interest along the route. These include the breathtaking Gaviota Coast, Hollister Ranch, Point Conception, the launch sites of Vandenberg AFB, state and county beach parks, a wealth of aquatic and other wildlife and botanical wonders, and a lot more.

The museum's goal in developing this special rail trip, especially for families, is to enthuse young people about train travel and to make trains and railroads a more meaningful part of their everyday lives. To make the trip as much fun as possible, particularly for these young riders, the museum is using the historic Silver Splendor railcar. Riding in Silver Splendor’s dome is a unique, unforgettable experience because of the commanding 360-degree views that it gives its passengers. All riders will be able to spend one-half of the trip in the dome (Passengers will change levels during the midpoint layover in San Luis Obispo.).

Boarding Information: Passengers may board in either Santa Barbara or Goleta. Travel times are as follows: Depart Santa Barbara (SB) at 10:22 a.m. (Goleta 10:34). Arrive San Luis Obispo (SLO) at 1:00 p.m. Depart SLO at 1:55 p.m. Arrive SB at 4:32 p.m. (Goleta 4:17).

Fares and Sponsors: Thanks to a generous contribution from Bill and Debbie Hatrick, the museum is able to offer a special “Family Fun Train” rate for children ages 2 to 12 of $39 — $30 off of the usual passenger fare. For passengers age 13 and above, the fare is $69. There is a maximum of two child fares for every paying adult. The trip is limited to ages 2 and above.

The “Family Fun Train” is also co-sponsored by, the online resource guide for local families.

Food & Beverage: Complimentary soft drinks and light snacks are included. Passengers are responsible for any additional food. No food is available for purchase on the train. Passengers may bring their own box or bag lunch to eat enroute or during the brief stop in San Luis Obispo. They may also detrain at the Grover Beach Amtrak station and have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants.

Tickets and Information: For more information about the trip, or to book seats, please visit the museum’s online store: call the museum’s reservation specialist, Terry, at 805/680-0397 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m., please)

About The Silver Splendor Railcar: Built by the Budd Co. in 1956 as Chicago, Burlington & Quincy No. 4735, this stainless steel car raced between Chicago and Denver on a daily basis until 1980, the last 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.

Vista Dome cars are famous for their graceful glass-enclosed rooftop observation rooms, which provide unparalleled views in all directions. As one South Coast Railroad Museum guide explains: “Riding in the dome gives you the very best views of the coast and valleys! You can see the ocean and the mountains, look forward and back without moving from your seat!”

Phone: 805-680-0397

Event posted Oct. 24, 2013
Last updated Oct. 24, 2013


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