Due to the COVID-19 virus crisis, Zephyr Route will not be operating or planning any tours from March 23rd to at least September 1st, 2020. This is to comply with the advise and orders of state and medical officials. We need to curb the spread of this deadly virus in order to restore our country and neighborhoods to a future of confidence in healthy conditions.


The tour to Dearborn, MI and Cleveland, OH , called Spring Rail Tour, has been rescheduled to OCTOBER 2-6, 2020. Hopefully by that time the virus crisis will be subdued and people will feel confident and safe to travel. The itinerary will remain the same as the Spring Tour. You can check for details on the Zephyr Route website: , click on JOURNEYS tab, then chose ‘FALL RAIL TOUR’.


A minimum of 20 passengers are needed to financially make this tour operate. If that minimum is not met, the trip will be postponed until Spring, 2021. If the virus crisis continues into the Summer, it is likely this trip will be postponed until 2021.


More information and reservations can be made by calling Mike at 630.542.3607. A $100.00 deposit per person is needed to secure space, and it is refundable up to 30 days before departure.


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

FALL RAIL TOUR  -  Oct 2-6, 2020  -  Chicago > Dearborn > Cleveland/Akron 

Ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway's Silver Lariat

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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  and SERVICE  pages to get acquainted with the 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!

Burlington Route Archives Photos

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.

2017 Galesburg

Mike providing information during the 2017 tour to Galesburg Railroad Days