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South Coast Railroad Museum to Offer Discounted Rides on Modern Amtrak Trains

A modern Amtrak Surfliner. Click to view larger
A modern Amtrak Surfliner. (South Coast Railroad Museum photo)

On Sunday, Oct. 11, the South Coast Railroad Museum will host another of its special “Amtrak Sampler” train trips along the Santa Barbara Channel Coast.

The short morning round-trip rail adventure is designed especially for families with young children or anyone interested getting an inexpensive taste of train travel aboard modern Amtrak equipment.

Museum staff and volunteers will escort the group.

Three trip destinations are available: Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Ventura. Passengers will be able to board the train in either Goleta or Santa Barbara.

Trips begin at 9:15–9:30 and all are completed before noon. Depending on the trip selected, the actual time on the train varies from about 25 to 110 minutes.

Round-trip ticket prices start at just $7.95 for children ages 2–17 and $9.95 for adults.

Advance purchase is required, because seating is limited.

Tickets may be purchased through the museum’s online store, where additional information can also be found. They can also be purchased by calling the museum at 805.964.3540.

The “Amtrak Sampler” is part of the museum’s Santa Barbara Rail Adventures program, which includes a variety of economical train trips for the general public aboard both modern and vintage railroad equipment.

— Gary B. Coombs is the director of the South Coast Railroad Museum.

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