UPDATES for 2020

Zephyr Route has decided to NOT operate any trips this 2020 season. The COVID-19 Virus Crisis that has touched us all has influenced this decision because there are so many safety questions that still remain, and it seems likely that will be the case through the remainder of 2020.


Assuming it will be safe to travel, Zephyr Route will again resume offering quality trips to interesting destinations hopefully in April, 2021 and beyond.


During the absence of Zephyr Route trips, as a way of ‘you keeping Zephyr Route in mind’, if you have signed up for emails, you will receive periodic e-messages about train travel topics, various items of interest at future destinations, and alerts of future trips including dates, itineraries, and fares. 


We've recently added a new page dedicated to the history of Zephyr cars where we will continue to add more "Zephyr History" as we find time.  We've also started a new page that allows for an Interactive View of Silver View's layout featuring pictures of the interior. Finally, we will keep adding to the Silver View Restoration Blog. We hope you find the information interesting.


Zephyr Route genuinely appreciates the support of previous passengers and we look forward to returning and new passengers.  May your future be filled with good health and happiness,


Mike Abernethy

President and Tour Operator

Step into the world of rail cruise travel the Zephyr Route way. During the 1940's to the early 1960's, rail passenger travel was at its very best. Now you can experience that level of service by selecting a Zephyr Route tour.  Railcars operated have been restored to create the ambiance of vintage rail service along with some subtle modern updates.  Attendants know how to pamper passengers with warm smiles and a personalized 'can do' attitude.
  • MEALS  are highlights while en route.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Menus  have been created from the former Burlington Route Dining Car Department. 
  • Visit our CARS & SERVICES page to get acquainted with the cars we have uses in the past, future cars, and on-board services.  
  • The JOURNEYS page contains destinations of future tours.  Select a memorable rail themed experience that will make you want to return for more.
  • PICTURE GALLERIES showcase your pictures from prior journeys.

Prior Trip Highlights - see our Picture Gallaries for more!

Silver View is the signature car of the Twin Cities Zephyr gliding along the Mississippi River, circa 1948. (Burlington Route Archives Photo)

Burlington Route Archives Photos

A major mission of Zephyr Route is to restore SILVER VIEW to operate in charter rail service. All net profits from bookings of Zephyr Route Journeys and sales of fundraiser items will be channeled to the SILVER VIEW RESTORATION PROJECT.

CLICK HERE to read the

Silver View Restoration Blog


SILVER VIEW was built by the Budd Company in 1947 for The Burlington Route Vista Dome Twin Cities Zephyrs. It provided  first class parlor car service, and was the signature car to one of the most handsome trains ever built. 


When restored, SILVER VIEW will become ZEPHYR ROUTE premier railcar service for current and future generations who seek high quality rail travel.

Silver View photo (c) 1969, 2001 by Jerry Appleman