A first-class night train between LA and SF will hit the rails as soon as 2024

April 24, 2023

There’s a new plan in development for the heavily trafficked route between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Newport Beach, California-based startup company, Dreamstar Lines, is working on a privately funded project to create an overnight first-class passenger train connecting SF and LA—and we could see it as soon summer 2024, reports Secret San Francisco.

SFGATE has reported that Dreamstar is in talks with railroads Metrolink and Union Pacific to see the plan through, although much work remains to be done in the realms of funding, contracts, and agreements.

As of now, the goal is to create a first-class train with five or six sleeper cars and a lounge area in the “Streamline Moderne” style, incorporating Art Deco elements and original parts from classic streamliner railcars.

Train fares would cost about $300, $600, and $1000 for a journey running from 10 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. with stops in Santa Barbara, San Jose, and San Luis Obispo.

If approved, Dreamstar will be the first night train running the route in over 40 years. It was most recently preceded by the Spirit of California, an overnight Amtrak train that ran between Sacramento and LA until 1983. Before that, the first-class night train, Lark, ran between San Francisco and Los Angeles from 1941 through 1968 with the Southern Pacific.

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