June 2021 Zephyr Route Update

We recently announced a Denver tour for September 8-16 this year via our email newsletter and it sold out almost immediately.  A sincere thank you to all who replied or reserved the tour.  It should be a fantastic opportunity for all who go.  We have also created a page and a downloadable itinerary for others who may be interested.  Check our Journeys page for more information.

We are having a difficult time finding quality restored vintage railcars, and will continue to look into the possibility of other tours in 2021.  Please subscribe to our email newsletters, as we will continue to announce any new tours by email first.

Other tour ideas we are still looking into include:​

  • 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!

Prarie View Dome Car Profile
Prarie View Dome Car Profile

2017 Galesburg
2017 Galesburg

Mike providing information during the 2017 tour to Galesburg Railroad Days

Sunset over the Mississippi River
Sunset over the Mississippi River

The views from the train are spectacular

Prarie View Dome Car Profile
Prarie View Dome Car Profile


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.