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Zephyr Route is a small privately owned business dedicated to offering Fundraising Tours with net proceeds donated to the restoration of Silver View.  We are dedicated to offering high quality rail tours reminiscent of the way rail travel was operated in the past. To better assist you and hopefully answer some of your questions, we have put together the following information about who we are, and assembled of list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Our commitment is to high quality affordable tours.  Our tours are not just "another seat on a train ride".  We take great pride in offering high quality, first class tours, in private restored vintage rail cars aboard scenic rail routes.   We always do our best to keep our tours affordable, while offering delicious meals on board, great accommodations, and interesting optional tours whenever possible.


We specialize in offering what we feel is a truly memorable rail travel experience. We always welcome your feedback for improvements.  If you have special dietary needs, special requests, or need special assistance, we will do our best to accommodate you.  Check out our previous menus on our website which will provide you with a glimpse of the tasty options we have offered.  Menus are changed regularly.

About Us

Mike Abernethy - Owner

Mike formed Zephyr Route as a way to host tours to raise money to restore his vintage rail car, the Silver View (click here for the restoration progress pages), following retirement as a school teacher.  The initial tours launched in 2009, and have expanded little by little to include new destinations and longer tours, as Mike splits his time between organizing and running the tours, and working on the restoration efforts.

Timm Bottoni - Website

Timm started helping Mike back in 2009 when the first version of the website was launched.  As a fun hobby, this allows Timm to help out in his free time, while still paying the bills as a Business Analyst.  The most recent website version was created in late 2016 with a new design and hosting company.  Updates are continuously being made and suggestions are welcome.  One of Timm's other hobbies is amateur astronomy, which was a nice addition to the 2017 Great American Eclipse tour.

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