UPDATES for 2021

We face a number of challenges for 2021 as we plan tours for the future.  We recently surveyed our email subscribers and greatly appreciate all of the fantastic feedback we received.  As we watch and wait for the COVID-19 pandemic to end, we will continue to prepare for better days to travel the rails with you again. 

Please check back here often and subscribe to our emails if you haven't already.  

Based on your responses, and our dedication to a very high standard of quality tours, we are actively searching for private railcars, accommodations, and activities for the September - October timeframe. 

The most popular locations of interest were:

  • Denver, CO: 5 Days, 4 nights with a super highlight of riding the ROCKY MOUNTINEER special train between Moab, UT and Denver, CO through spectacular Rockies scenery.

  • Red Wing, MN: 3 days, with side trip to Wisconsin Great Northern Tourist line to see Mark Twain Zephyr and ride former Santa Fe El Capatain/Amtrak Pacific Parlor Lounge)

  • Dearborn, MI/Cleveland, OH: 3 days, Visit Greenfield Village in Dearborn and ride Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's former California Zephyr dome lounge car through the National Park.

  • St. Paul, MN: 3 days, Fall foliage in October via Wisconsin and along the Mississippi River


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)

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

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.