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 ambience 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.
A MAJOR MISSION
MEALS are highlights while en route. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus have been created from the former Burlington Route Dining Car Department. Click on the CARS and SERVICE tabs to get acquainted with the onboard services. The JOURNEYS tab contains destinations of future tours. Select a memorable rail travel experience that will make you want to return for more. PICTURE GALLERIES have been added to showcase your pictures with others.
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.
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.
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