Between last year and this year, I managed to take the whole Coast Starlight. Last year, I continued from Seattle down to Emeryville. This year, I went from Emeryville to Los Angeles.
Of the four western rail routes I took, the Coast Starlight was third on the list. There were some cool parts but nothing nearly as breathtaking as the Empire Builder or California Zephyr. I kind of wish they would have set it up so that you would pass Mt. Shasta in the daylight. But oh well, it wasn't too bad.