August 2021 Zephyr Route Update

Our Denver tour for September 8-16 this year is sold out, and everything is on schedule for this tour to be an exciting and memorable experience.  A sincere thank you to all who replied or reserved the tour.  Please visit our Journeys page for information and a full itinerary.

Finding quality restored vintage railcars remains a significant challenge for the types of tours that our passengers have grown to expect.  We have also been closely monitoring the COVID situation.  As such we are not going to be running any more tours in 2021.  

We are now actively researching plans for tours in 2022, in the hopes that our current issues will be behind us.

For those of you who are interested in our possible future tours, please feel free to visit our Journey's page.  For those who are in interested in a few of our prior tours, please visit our Picture Galleries page.  

 

Please subscribe to our email newsletters, as we will continue to announce any new tours by email first.

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

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2017 Galesburg
2017 Galesburg

Mike providing information during the 2017 tour to Galesburg Railroad Days

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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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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.

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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.