Meet Some of the Coast Starlight Guides

The museum's interpretive program aboard Amtrak's Coast Starlight between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, Calif. was inaugurated in 1998. The program is staffed by museum volunteers. Learn more about the Coast Starlight Interpretive Program.

Carla Cabanatuan

I serve as a Trails and Rails guide because it is a privilege and a pleasure to point out to the passengers the sites we pass along the way.

Tom Robinson

...the route we take on our trips lets us see miles and miles of a scenic part of the California coast that can't be seen from the highway ... I enjoy sharing that beauty and describing the area's wildlife and history with passengers who come from around the world to see it.

Dave Morse

To educate, enlighten, excite, and engage the thousands of Amtrak passengers that are lucky enough to traverse the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail by rail ... I enjoy the trips more than the ones listening!

Bruce Morden

My passion for all things railroad-related, as well as for California history, drives my enjoyment of interpreting and sharing with fellow travelers aboard the Coast Starlight.

John Wright

I serve as a Trails and Rails guide because I like sharing the information and enjoy the interactions with the passengers.

Kathy and Don Chalfant

It's great fun to share our love of California History and to meet interesting people from all over the world.

Kenneth Pierskalla

I have had a lifelong interest in trains since I was 5 years old ... and I like to share that passion with passengers.

Sue and Paul Kremser

We have always enjoyed riding the train and this gives us the opportunity to do that while sharing with passengers the beauty and history of the Central Coast.

Gary Stephens

I like to share my love of riding trains with others. I like the interaction we get with the passengers, and their appreciation. And I always end up learning something from the passengers.

Ed Leska

Leslie Zomalt

Trails and Rails allows me to see and share a very special California experience. Every trip I learn something new from the other guides and the passengers; with every trip the scenery and the interactions change.


Esther Velarde

I love talking to people from all walks of life. Always a learning experience as all trips are different, no two alike. I love sharing what I've learned.

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