SILVER VIEW RESTORATION

Zephyr Route is currently in a multi-year project to restore the historic Silver View dome rail car.

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.

November 3, 2015

We have finally resumed the demolition of the lower level under the dome.  This was one of the first projects we started on when Silver View arrived in Charles City back in 2012.  The walls have finally been removed and part of the old sub flooring from under the bathrooms.  The radiators and there control valves and plumbing pipes have been removed.  There is still plenty of clean-up to do in this area, but work is progressing at a good pace.

November 3, 2015

I had a couple of opportunities in 2014 & 2015 to work on Silver View’s dome area.  The seat frames are now welded back in place and complete.  I am still working on trying to make up to half of the frames convertible, so that the seats can be turned in the reverse direction.  All of the carpet and paint that was on the walls of the dome, has been removed.  The seat pedestals have been cleaned, acid washed, and re-installed.   All of the original fluorescent light fixtures from the ceiling of the...

November 3, 2015

After a long period of little or no activity, Silver View restoration is back on track.  I have made only a few trips to work on her in the last couple of years.  The owner of the car, Mike Abernethy, has been working on acid washing the stainless steel exterior of the car and it is looking fabulous. I have to admit that the car is 67 years old and it shows its many years of service, but the acid washing brings back such a beautiful shine, that it almost seems ‘factory new’.  Mike has also been ca...

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