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Two California Zephyr express trains meet at a railroad siding (Grizzly) in Garfield County, Colorado beside the Colorado River on March 21, 1949. The Denver and Rio Grande Western locomotives and passenger cars travel in opposite directions on parallel tracks. Placards on the dome cars read "Silver Hostel" and "Silver Pony." The "Silver Hostel" is today preserved and under restoration at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum.
Two California Zephyr express trains meet at a railroad siding (Grizzly) in Garfield County, Colorado beside the Colorado River on March 21, 1949. The Denver and Rio Grande Western locomotives and passenger cars travel in opposite directions on parallel tracks. Placards on the dome cars read "Silver Hostel" and "Silver Pony." The "Silver Hostel" is today preserved and under restoration at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum.
"Drumhead" logos such as this often adorned the ends of observation cars on the California Zephyr.
"Drumhead" logos such as this often adorned the ends of observation cars on the California Zephyr.

The California Zephyr is a 2,438-mile (3,924-km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. It runs from Chicago, Illinois in the east to Emeryville, California in the west, passing through the states of Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California. This route is one of the longest and most scenic routes run by Amtrak. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 478 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (510 × 640 pixel, file size: 95 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Two California Zephyr express trains meet at a railroad siding (Grizzly) in Garfield County, Colorado, beside the Colorado River on March 21, 1949. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 478 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (510 × 640 pixel, file size: 95 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Two California Zephyr express trains meet at a railroad siding (Grizzly) in Garfield County, Colorado, beside the Colorado River on March 21, 1949. ... Garfield County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. ... The Colorado River from the bottom of Marble Canyon, in the Upper Grand Canyon Colorado River in the Grand Canyon from Desert View The Colorado River from Laughlin The Colorado River is a river in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, approximately 1,450 mi (2,330 km) long... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (81st in leap years). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Image File history File links Drumhead logo from the California Zephyr. ... Image File history File links Drumhead logo from the California Zephyr. ... The term drumhead refers to a type of removable lighted sign that was prevalent on American railroads of the first half of the 20th century. ... This article is about trains in rail transport. ... Acela Express in West Windsor, NJ Amtrak Cascades service with tilting Talgo trainsets in Seattle, Washington Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ... The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ... The Southwest region of the United States is drier than the adjoining Midwest in weather; the population is less dense and, with strong Spanish-American and Native American components, more ethnically varied than neighboring areas. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... The city of Emeryville highlighted within Alameda County Emeryville is a city located in Alameda County, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Largest metro area Omaha Area  Ranked 16th  - Total 77,421 sq mi (200,520 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 0. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Official language(s) English Capital Salt Lake City Largest city Salt Lake City Area  Ranked 13th  - Total 84,876 sq mi (219,887 km²)  - Width 270 miles (435 km)  - Length 350 miles (565 km)  - % water 3. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


Prior to the formation of Amtrak, the California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated jointly by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q), Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW) and Western Pacific Railroad (WP), along almost the same route. The CB&Q, D&RGW and WP inaugurated "The most talked about train in America" on March 19, 1949. It was purposely scheduled so that the train passed through the most spectacular scenery in the daylight. The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (AAR reporting mark CBQ) was a railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. ... The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (AAR reporting mark DRG and DRGW) generally referred to as the Rio Grande, became the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1920, and is today a fallen flag (a railroad that has been absorbed into a larger system -- Union Pacific -- as the result... Drumhead logos such as these often adorned the ends of observation cars on the Western Pacific Railroad. ... March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ...


The original CZ ceased operations in 1970, when its route was divided between Amtrak and the independent Rio Grande. The service was revived in 1983, when the Rio Grande joined Amtrak.

Contents

The original California Zephyr

This cover of a pre-inaugural brochure for the California Zephyr features a cutaway view of the train's famed "Vista Domes."
This cover of a pre-inaugural brochure for the California Zephyr features a cutaway view of the train's famed "Vista Domes."

Before Amtrak operated a train with this name, the California Zephyr was operated by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad from Chicago to Denver, Colorado, the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad between Denver and Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Western Pacific Railroad from Salt Lake City to Oakland, California. Trains ran with cars of mixed ownership; cars cycled in and out of the consists for service, repairs, and varying passenger loads with the seasons. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: The Mile-High City Location of Denver in Colorado Coordinates: Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861  - Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area    - City  154. ... Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Utah. ...


The first train was christened in San Francisco by Eleanor Parker while California Lieutenant Governor Goodwin Knight, Mayor of San Francisco Leland Cutler, and WP President Harry A. Mitchell looked on. For the inaugural run in 1949, every female passenger on the train was given a corsage of "silver" and orange orchids that were specially flown in from Hilo, Hawaii. The women who worked as car hostesses on this train were known as "Zephyrettes." Eleanor Parker was born on June 26, 1922, in Cedarville, Ohio, and was signed by Warner Brothers in 1941 at the tender age of 19 and she debuted that year in They Died With Their Boots On. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Goodwin Jess Knight (December 9, 1896 - May 22, 1970) was a U.S. politician who was the 31st Governor of California from 1953 until 1959. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Hilo is a coastal city in the State of Hawaii, and is the largest municipal area on the island of Hawai‘i. ...


The train traversed the route's 2,525 miles (4,064 km) in 2½ days.


Equipment used

The passenger cars used when the train was inaugurated in 1949 were as follows:

  • Baggage
  • Vista-Dome chair car
  • Vista-Dome chair car (Conductor's Car)
  • Vista-Dome chair car
  • Vista-Dome dormitory-buffet-lounge car
  • Sleeper (10 roomettes, 6 double bedrooms)
  • Sleeper (10 roomettes, 6 double bedrooms)
  • Diner (48 seats)
  • Sleeper (16 sections)
  • Sleeper (10 roomettes, 6 double bedrooms) — this was a run-through car to New York City
  • Vista-Dome dormitory-buffet-lounge-observation (1 drawing room, 3 double bedrooms)

The forward section of the first Vista-Dome car was partitioned off and reserved for women and children only. There was a door in the corridor under the dome just behind the women's restroom that provided access to the reserved section. Early on however, this reserved section was opened up to all passengers and the door and partitions were removed. Like the train's operation, ownership of the cars was split between the three railroads almost evenly across all car types. Each car was owned by a single railroad, but the ownership of the cars on any specific day's run of the train depended more on what equipment was available at the terminals than whose railroad the train was operating over at the time. A restored CN baggage car in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. ... Cars such as Santa Fes Pullman-built lightweight Pleasure Dome-Lounge car #506, ordered specifically for the Super Chief in the early 1950s, remained in service well into the Amtrak era. ... An interior view of a modern Finnish bilevel intercity coach. ... A lounge car is a type of passenger car where riders can purchase food and drinks. ... The interior of a Pullman car on the Chicago and Alton Railroad circa 1900. ... A typical restaurant in uptown Manhattan A restaurant is an establishment that serves prepared food and beverages to be consumed on the premises. ... New York, NY redirects here. ... When passenger trains were still the preferred mode of intercity transportation in America, observations often were used by those campaigning for public office, especially for the Presidency of the United States. ...


Generally positioned as the second Vista Dome coach was the car referred to as the "Conductor's Car". This car was like the other Vista Dome coaches, except in the B end, was a small booth with a bench seat and desk for the Conductor's use.


In 1952 an additional Pullman sleeper (6 double bedrooms - 5 compartments) was added to regular service on this train. With the new cars delivered that year, cars arriving in Chicago on the California Zephyr were made available for use on the Ak-Sar-Ben Zephyr for an overnight round trip to Lincoln, Nebraska. When the cars returned from Lincoln the next day, they were placed back in the westbound California Zephyr's consist for the next train out of Chicago that afternoon. The Ak-Sar-Ben Zephyr passenger train was operated by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and was Burlington Route train #3 eastbound and train #30 westbound. ... Nickname: Star City Location in Nebraska Coordinates: Country   State     County United States   Nebraska     Lancaster Founded[1]   Renamed   Incorporated 1856   July 29, 1867   April 1, 1869 Government  - Mayor Coleen Seng Area  - City 195. ...


"Zephyrettes"

A couple receives their color-coded card indicating their dinner seating time. Their names will also be recorded on the "Zephyrette's" seating chart.
A couple receives their color-coded card indicating their dinner seating time. Their names will also be recorded on the "Zephyrette's" seating chart.

The California Zephyr was marketed (especially to families) as "...a vacation unto itself." Train hostesses, while not new to the industry in the late 1940s, were nevertheless elevated to a new level on the CZ in the form of the "Zephyrette." The "Zephyrettes" functioned as social directors, tour guides, babysitters, nurses—in short, they filled just about any role required to ensure that the passengers had a memorable trip. A pool of approximately one dozen women were assigned at any given time to the CZ in this capacity. In 1983 Amtrak revived the California Zephyr and invited one of the original "Zephyrettes" to host the first trip. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Acela Express in West Windsor, NJ Amtrak Cascades service with tilting Talgo trainsets in Seattle, Washington Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ...


A pair of the Western Pacific's Budd Rail Diesel Cars (RDCs), operating as replacements for the discontinued Royal Gorge (trains No. 1 and 2) [1] between September 17, 1950 and October 2, 1960 also picked up the nickname "Zephyrette." Budd RDC-1 #407 of the Cape May Seashore Lines. ... September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years). ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... October 2 is the 275th day (276th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 90 days remaining. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


Amtrak Era

As ridership fell during the 1960s, the Western Pacific repeatedly petitioned the ICC to drop its section of the train west of Salt Lake City without success. On February 13, 1970, the ICC released an order stating that "operation of the train was no longer required". The train's final operation was made on March 22, 1970, with a westbound train terminating at Oakland, California. The California Zephyr had operated for 20 years and 2 days. The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy continued to operate the remaining train as California Service and the Rio Grande as the Rio Grande Zephyr until May 31, 1971, though the train terminated at Salt Lake City. Drumhead logos such as these often adorned the ends of observation cars on the Western Pacific Railroad. ... The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (AAR reporting mark CBQ) was a railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. ... The Rio Grande Zephyr was a passenger train operated by Denver and Rio Grande Western between Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah in the Western United States. ...


With the establishment of Amtrak in 1971, the new system began operating its San Francisco Zephyr over the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy route to Denver, and Union Pacific's "Overland Route" through Wyoming instead of Colorado, then over the Southern Pacific tracks west of Ogden, Utah.


The Rio Grande railroad initially opted out of Amtrak and continued to operate its section of the former California Zephyr as the Rio Grande Zephyr. In 1983 the Rio Grande Railroad reversed its decision and joined Amtrak. Acela Express in West Windsor, NJ Amtrak Cascades service with tilting Talgo trainsets in Seattle, Washington Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ... The Rio Grande Zephyr was a passenger train operated by Denver and Rio Grande Western between Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah in the Western United States. ...


In July 1983, Amtrak ceased operation of the San Francisco Zephyr and launched operation of a new California Zephyr over the CB&Q and Rio Grande legs of the original train route. West of Salt Lake City, the route operates on the Western Pacific track to where the WP meets the old Southern Pacific track near Wells, Nevada. From Wells to Winnemucca, Nevada (where the 2 tracks meet again), the Zephyr uses the WP track eastbound and the Southern Pacific track westbound. West of Winnemucca the Zephyr uses the SP track. Wells, Nevada Wells is a city located in Elko County, Nevada. ...


Timeline

Train No. 17, the California Zephyr, passes east of Derby, Colorado on July 15, 1951.
Train No. 17, the California Zephyr, passes east of Derby, Colorado on July 15, 1951.
  • March 12, 1949: Public exhibition of equipment that will be used on the California Zephyr begins in Oakland, California. The exhibition travels through along the WP portion of the train's route to Salt Lake City, Utah before returning to San Francisco, California the following week for the inauguration.
  • March 19, 1949: The inauguration ceremony for the California Zephyr is held in front of the Pier 3 Ferry building in San Francisco. This is the only time the train is moved into San Francisco, proper; the ceremony is attended by Pacific Opera Company soprano Evelyn Corvello (who sang the Star Spangled Banner to open the ceremony), San Francisco Mayor Leland Cutler, Western Pacific President Harry A. Mitchell, California Lieutenant Governor Goodwin Knight and Warner Brothers actress Eleanor Parker (who officially christened the train with a bottle of champagne).
  • March 20, 1949: The first eastbound California Zephyr leaves San Francisco, California bound for Chicago, Illinois at 9:20 am.
  • March 1, 1955: The eastbound California Zephyr, while traveling through Ruby Canyon, sees its first on-train birth as Peter Zars is born.
  • February 13, 1970: The Interstate Commerce Commission approves the discontinuation of the California Zephyr.
  • March 22, 1970: The last westbound California Zephyr through to the west coast leaves Chicago; the train terminates in Oakland. A remnant of the California Zephyr continues to operate Chicago to Ogden, Utah on the CB&Q and D&RGW on a tri-weekly schedule, with a cross platform transfer in Ogden to the City of San Francisco for through passengers to Oakland.
  • 1983: The California Zephyr returns to service when the D&RGW agrees to join Amtrak.
  • October 29, 2000: Service on Amtrak's California Zephyr is upgraded to daily.

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Communities served

From east to west, the communities with regular station stops on this train included:

Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Galesburg is a city in Knox County, Illinois, in the United States. ... U.S. 34 over the Mississippi River in Burlington. ... Ottumwa (pronounced Uh-tuhm-wa) is a city in Wapello County, Iowa. ... Mount Pleasant is a city located in Henry County, Iowa. ... Osceola is a city located in Clarke County, Iowa. ... Creston is a city in Union County, Iowa, United States. ... Nickname: Gateway to the West Location in Nebraska Coordinates: Country United States State Nebraska County Douglas Founded 1854 Incorporated 1857 Government  - Mayor Michael Fahey (D) Area  - City  118. ... Nickname: Star City Location in Nebraska Coordinates: Country   State     County United States   Nebraska     Lancaster Founded[1]   Renamed   Incorporated 1856   July 29, 1867   April 1, 1869 Government  - Mayor Coleen Seng Area  - City 195. ... Hastings is a city located in Adams County, Nebraska. ... McCook is a city in Red Willow County, Nebraska, USA. The population was 7,994 at the 2000 census. ... Nickname: The Mile-High City Location of Denver in Colorado Coordinates: Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861  - Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area    - City  154. ... Glenwood Springs is a city located in Garfield County, Colorado. ... Mt. ... Helper is a city located in Carbon County, Utah. ... Panoramic view of Provo Provo is a city in Utah and the county seat of Utah County, located about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Front. ... Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Utah. ... Elko, Nevada Elko is a city in Elko County, Nevada, United States. ... Winnemucca cemetery with a sign reading: Welcome to Winnemucca, Proud of it! Winnemucca is the county seat of Humboldt County, Nevada and the site of a September 19, 1900 bank robbery by the Wild Bunch. ... Portola is a city located in Plumas County, California. ... Oroville is the county seat of Butte County, California. ... Marysville is the home of many great people namely Courtney Weaver county seat of Yuba County, California, USA. The population was 12,268 at the 2000 census. ... Nickname: River City Location of Sacramento in California County Sacramento Government  - Mayor Heather Fargo Area  - City  99. ... City nickname: Californias Sunrise Seaport City slogan: Stocktons Great, Take A Look! County: San Joaquin Area code: 209 ZIP code: 952xx Area:  - Total  - Water 144. ... Oakland, founded in 1852, is the eighth-largest city in California[1] and the county seat of Alameda County. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay; Fog City; The City; Baghdad by the Bay Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Government  - Mayor Gavin Newsom Area  - City  47 sq mi (122 km²)  - Land  46. ...

Station stops

The California Zephyr runs as train 5 westbound and 6 eastbound, making the following station stops:

Having just arrived in Galesburg, Illinois, Train No. 5 — the California Zephyr, led by GE Genesis P42DC locomotives #132 and #167 — "cools its heels" for a few minutes before continuing west on September 27, 2004.
Having just arrived in Galesburg, Illinois, Train No. 5 — the California Zephyr, led by GE Genesis P42DC locomotives #132 and #167 — "cools its heels" for a few minutes before continuing west on September 27, 2004.
Former CB&Q sleeper-observation car #375, the "Silver Horizon" (now #9250 in Amtrak livery), brings up the rear of the California Zephyr as it passes through Chicago.
Former CB&Q sleeper-observation car #375, the "Silver Horizon" (now #9250 in Amtrak livery), brings up the rear of the California Zephyr as it passes through Chicago.
Stop Amtrak Station Cities Served
Chicago, Illinois Chicago's Union Station
Naperville, Illinois Naperville
Princeton, Illinois Princeton
Galesburg, Illinois Galesburg
Burlington, Iowa Burlington
Mount Pleasant, Iowa Mount Pleasant
Ottumwa, Iowa Ottumwa
Osceola, Iowa Osceola Des Moines, Iowa
Creston, Iowa Creston
Omaha, Nebraska Omaha
Lincoln, Nebraska Lincoln
Hastings, Nebraska Hastings
Holdrege, Nebraska Holdrege
McCook, Nebraska McCook
Fort Morgan, Colorado Fort Morgan
Denver, Colorado Denver's Union Station
Fraser-Winter Park, Colorado Fraser-Winter Park
Granby, Colorado Granby
Glenwood Springs, Colorado Glenwood Springs
Grand Junction, Colorado Grand Junction
Green River, Utah Green River Moab, Utah
Helper, Utah Helper Price, Utah
Provo, Utah Provo
Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Lake City
Elko, Nevada Elko
Winnemucca, Nevada Winnemucca
Sparks, Nevada Sparks
Reno, Nevada Reno
Truckee, California Truckee Lake Tahoe, California
Colfax, California Colfax
Roseville, California Roseville
Sacramento, California Sacramento Valley Station
Davis, California Davis Railroad Depot
Martinez, California Martinez Station
Emeryville, California Emeryville Station San Francisco, CA
Oakland, CA
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Nickname: Gateway to the West Location in Nebraska Coordinates: Country United States State Nebraska County Douglas Founded 1854 Incorporated 1857 Government  - Mayor Michael Fahey (D) Area  - City  118. ... Other information Code OMA Traffic Passengers (2006) 25,496 0. ... Nickname: Star City Location in Nebraska Coordinates: Country   State     County United States   Nebraska     Lancaster Founded[1]   Renamed   Incorporated 1856   July 29, 1867   April 1, 1869 Government  - Mayor Coleen Seng Area  - City 195. ... Other information Code LNK Traffic Passengers (2006) 10,703 1. ... Hastings is a city located in Adams County, Nebraska. ... Other information Code HAS Traffic Passengers (2006) 4,073 4. ... Holdrege is a city located in Phelps County, Nebraska. ... Other information Code HLD Traffic Passengers (2006) 1,671 9. ... McCook is a city in Red Willow County, Nebraska, USA. The population was 7,994 at the 2000 census. ... 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California

Amtrak California: Capitol Corridor - Pacific Surfliner - San Joaquins
long-distance: California Zephyr - Coast Starlight - Southwest Chief - Sunset Limited - Texas Eagle Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Amtrak California is a brand name used by Caltrans Division of Rail on all state supported and Amtrak operated rail routes within the State of California. ... Amtrak California system map, with Capitol Corridor in Red The Capitol Corridor is a 172-mile (275 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in California. ... // Northbound Pacific Surfliner Cab Car crosses Carlsbad Village Dr. in Carlsbad, Ca. ... The San Joaquins refers to a train route operated by Amtrak California in Californias Central Valley. ... The Coast Starlight at San Luis Obispo, California. ... The Southwest Chief snaking through Apache Canyon, NM The Southwest Chief (formerly the Southwest Limited) is a passenger train operated by Amtrak along a 2256-mile (3631-km) route through the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. ... Sunset Limited (eastbound) at the Houston train station. ... The Texas Eagle is a 1306-mile (2102 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the central and western United States. ...

Preservation and Surviving Equipment

The high quality Budd built cars of the "California Zephyr" have proven to be popular with private car owners. Today, several former CZ cars operate in private charter service on Amtrak, including dome-observation car "Silver Solarium", dome-coach "Silver Lariat", sleepers "Silver Rapids" and "Silver Quail" and a dome-lounge now known as the "Sierra Hotel".


Five museums currently hold equipment once used on the CZ. The Illinois Railway Museum owns several Burlington locomotives that were used to pull the train on occaision. The Colorado Railroad Museum has 2 Rio Grande locomotives that also saw CZ and later Rio Grande Zephyr service. The only surviving EMD E5 is used regularly on the museums excursion trains, usually pulling the Nebraska Zephyr. ... The Colorado Railroad Museum is a non-profit heritage railway established in 1959 to preserve for future generations a tangible record of Colorados flamboyant railroad era, particularly the states pioneering narrow gauge mountain railroads. ... The Rio Grande Zephyr was a passenger train operated by Denver and Rio Grande Western between Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah in the Western United States. ...


The Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Florida owns two former Western Pacific Railroad CZ cars: baggage car "Silver Stag" and dome-observation car "Silver Crescent". Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Drumhead logos such as these often adorned the ends of observation cars on the Western Pacific Railroad. ...


The largest collection of preserved equipment can be found in Portola, California at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum. One locomotive and four cars are currently preserved there as part of the museum's Zephyr Project restoration program. [Western Pacific 805-A]] is the last intact locomotive built specifically for the CZ. Dome-lounge "Silver Hostel" and dome-coaches "Silver Lodge" and "Silver Rifle" (on long term loan from the Golden Gate Railroad Museum) are soon to be joined by a fourth Zephyr car. Portola can refer to: People Gaspar de Portolá (ca. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Logos of the Western Pacific Railroad and the Feather River Rail Society, operators of the Western Pacific Railroad Museum. ... The Golden Gate Railroad Museum is a non-profit heritage railway established in 1975 and dedicated to the preservation of steam and passenger railroad equipment, and the interpretation of local railroad history. ...


References

  • Schafer, Mike and Joe Welsh (1997). Streamliners: History of a Railroad Icon. MBI Publishing Co., St. Paul, MN. ISBN 0-7603-1371-7. 
  • Wayner, Robert J., ed. (1972). Car names, numbers and consists. Wayner Publications, New York, NY. 
  • The Zephyrettes. California Zephyr Virtual Museum. Retrieved on May 28, 2006.

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See also

At the time when the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad had become part of the Burlington Northern Railroad merger, Amtrak, in its first year of operation, 1971, had decided to continue on with the two of the trains remaining from the service between Chicago and Denver, the California Zephyr...

External links

  • Amtrak - California Zephyr
  • California Zephyr Virtual Museum
  • California Zephyr History
  • California Zephyr Museum Online
  • Western Pacific Railroad Museum - owns several pieces of CZ rolling stock
  • California Zephyr restoration effort
  • California Zephyr's 1949 schedule
  • "Amtrak's California Zephyr: The Way West" August 11, 2005 article by Dan Zukowski, author of Why America Needs Amtrak : The Fight to Save Our Trains.
  • Cars of the California Zephyr
  • Consist Information for the California Zephyr
  • "The History Behind the California Zephyr" article by David Lotz.
  • The California Zephyr — Trains 17 & 18
  • The "Zephyrettes" — Trains 1 & 2

  Results from FactBites:
 
California Zephyr - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1665 words)
Denver and Rio Grande Western #601 leads the California Zephyr westbound at the east switch in the Grand Valley, in Mesa County, Colorado on March 14, 1949.
Prior to the formation of Amtrak, the California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated jointly by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CBandQ), Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (DandRGW) and Western Pacific Railroad (WP), along almost the same route.
Before Amtrak operated a train with this name, the California Zephyr was operated by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad from Chicago to Denver, Colorado, the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad between Denver and Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Western Pacific Railroad from Salt Lake City to San Francisco.
California Zephyr History (1301 words)
The route of the California Zephyr covered 2,525 miles and took an average of 2 ½ days to complete.
Amtrak currently offers passenger service under the name of the California Zephyr, though it follows a modified route from the original, and in the opinion of many a purist, Amtrak's version is hardly a fitting repository for such a rich name.
California Zephyr cars found themselves in the employ of Amtrak, AutoTrain, while others went into service on railroads in Mexico and Canada.
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