April, 2022 Zephyr Route Update


Introducing a New Home for Silver View!

Silver View is moving much closer to the Chicago area in the near future.  The new home is the Oregon Depot Museum, located in Oregon Illinois. In preparation for the move, a new siding is being constructed.  

We are excited to begin planning a number of restoration activities.  We will update the website as we finalize details.  We would also like to thank the Oregon Depot Museum and Oregon community for their support, as well as permission to repost their pictures.  They have a new website in the works, so please "Like" their Facebook Page as they will post more pictures when they can.

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Getting ready for the track


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We look forward to serving you in 2022 and beyond!


Mike Abernethy

President and Tour Operator

Last updated: April 21, 2022

Placing the track


Track in place

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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!

Sunset over the Mississippi River
Sunset over the Mississippi River

The views from the train are spectacular

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Prarie View Dome Car Profile
Prarie View Dome Car Profile

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2017 Galesburg
2017 Galesburg

Mike providing information during the 2017 tour to Galesburg Railroad Days

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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.