All Aboard!

Join CIR as we ride in style aboard a beautifully restored Vista Dome Lounge-Dining Car built in 1956. You will be treated to a narrated scenic journey along a spectacular part of the coast, and through several ranchos that cannot be seen from Highway 101. We will travel through Gaviota, the Hollister Ranch, the Cojo Ranch (including Point Conception), Vandenberg Air Force Base (including the Sudden Ranch), and the Guadalupe / Oceano Dunes region.

With Steve Junak and Tanya Atwater as guides, learn about the area's rich human and natural history as we travel to and from San Luis Obispo.

Enjoy a catered buffet lunch on board, including beer, wine and soft drinks. Passengers are free to change levels and sides in the car for a new and different view on the way back. This is a fantastic opportunity to see parts of the coast by rail that are otherwise inaccessible.

Details at a Glance:

  • Saturday March 25, 2017 10am - 5:30pm
  • Train departs from Santa Barbara Amtrack (SBA), travels to San Luis Obispo (SLO) and then returns to Santa Barbara. With notice ahead of time, you may board the train in Oxnard (OXN) at no additional charge.
  • Lunch with wine and beer provided free of charge.
  • Cultural and natural history interpretation provided by Tanya Atwater and Steve Junak.


$140 covers train fees, and a tax deductible donation of $50 helps offset the cost of staff time.
Donors who have given $75 or more within the past year are eligible for a $15 refund.

Cancellation Policy

You will receive a full refund if you notify us of a cancellation no later than Friday, February 24 (one month prior to the trip). After February 24 we will refund your fee minus a $50 late cancellation fee unless we can fill your spot with someone else.


Tickets are now sold out! However, if you are interested, please complete the form below to join the waitlist. It is not uncommon for people to drop out as the trip goes nearer, and we will offer open spots on a first come first served basis.

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