Special Amtrak train to run from Los Angeles to Mojave National Preserve
The Kelso Flyer, a special two-day passenger train ride from Los Angeles to the Kelso Depot in the heart of the Mojave National Preserve, will help determine if there is a market for routine railroad tours through Southern California's high desert.
The six-car Amtrak train will work up the historic Cajon Pass, overnight in Barstow and then roll along Afton Canyon's wetlands and through the Mojave's arid landscapes.
"Passengers will ride vintage railroad cars and enjoy an outstanding lesson in California geography," said Norm Orfall, owner of one of the vintage railroad cars on the train.
The train departs from Los Angeles' Union Station at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, and includes stops in Fullerton and San Bernardino. It is sponsored by the Barstow Chamber of Commerce and the Barstow-Kelso Heritage Railroad Committee.
The trip includes food and lodging. Fares range from $115 to $415.
For more information contact Norm Orfall at (760) 953-9620 or (760) 955-6079, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Louis Sahagun
Photo: Afton Canyon Natural Area, east of Barstow. Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times