Trails and Rails Guide on Amtrak Coast Starlight


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


209 State St.Santa Barbara Amtrak Station(Trip begins and ends at Santa Barbara Station)Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Speaking to passengers in the Sightseer Lounge aboard Amtrak's Coast Starlight


The Trails and Rails program is a collaboration between the National Park Service and Amtrak. As their local partner, the South Coast Railroad Museum trains and coordinates Trails and Rails volunteers on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight along the Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Most of the program takes place in the Sightseer Lounge car aboard the Coast Starlight.

Guides are expected to volunteer a minimum of two days per month. We travel between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, returning to Santa Barbara the same day. Hours are approximately 10:00am to 6:00 pm.

Potential Trails and Rails volunteers attend an initial day-long classroom training at the start of their first season, then continue their education by observing and assisting seasoned guides in peer-to-peer learning on the train. Written materials, historical articles, and related websites round out each guide’s training and continuing education.


  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two days per month
  • Must be in good health, with good mobility

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