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Pacific Parlour Cars are first-class lounges used exclusively on Amtrak Coast Starlight Trains #14 & 11. The cars are used as the exclusive lounge for First Class / Sleeping Car Passengers. They feature 3 types of luxurious seating, a full bar, food serving area, and a movie theatre downstairs. The Parlour Car is the true heart of the Coast Starlight, and holds the Wine Tasting as well as Continental breakfast. Since these cars were built over 50 years ago, these ex-Santa Fe Hi-Level cars are one of Amtrak's most prized assets.

This page has been created to track the 6 remaining cars!

39970 / Columbia Valley

Gateway Railcar (formerly ITAC)

Madison, IL

The only car NOT owned by Amtrak, this car was actually sold to Northwest Sky Rail Charters(?) when Amtrak sold multiple cars around 2001. It is currently in storage in Illinois however and is not running.

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39972 / Napa Valley
39973 / Santa Lucia Highlands
39974 / Sonoma Valley
This car was featured in the 2003 feature film Italian Job. It also carried Amtrak President, Alex Kummant during his tour of Coast Starlight train in 2007.
39975 / Willamette Valley

*Winery themed car names began in May 2008 for the Coast Starlight Re-Launch.

( #39971 is obviously not named, and updated information is not available due to the cars inactivity. )




All Pacific Parlour Cars have been RETURNED TO SERVICE on most Cost Starlight trains. For a brief period of time the cars were experiencing problems with their air conditioning units. These problems have been now been resolved.

To determine if YOUR train will have a PPC, give Amtrak a call at 1877-444-4773 (Direct to Human) and ask for consist info on 14/11.


CLICK HERE for a travelogue by Steve Grande of the Re-Launched Amtrak Coast Starlight!



Pacific Parlour Car Photos taken in May 2008:


Photos by Carl Morrison from 2006 (used with permission) :


Amtrak Coast Starlight #14 at Klamath Falls, OR with Pacific Parlour Car 39974 in April 2005...


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