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.

February 23, 2018

Serious amounts of paint stripping, sanding, and polishing have yielded fine results for the dome aisle light lenses. Timm and Mike spend a Sunday afternoon making these 'happy finds' return to their original appearance. Next step will be redoing the electric components with LED lighting. It will be a special day when the totally finished aisle lights are mounted into their places in the dome seats pedestals and the lights are turned on. We plan and hope that will be in mid-Summer, 2018. 

A view of...

February 4, 2018

It is true that 'littler things mean a lot'. For example light lenses were specially designed to give just the right amount of light on the dome aisle when overhead lights were turned off so passengers could see into the darkness. When Amtrak or other owners redid dome interiors, several of the lenses were removed for unknown reasons. This happened to Silver View. Fortunately a passenger car parts resale company advertised a set of lenses. Zephyr Route successfully purchased them. They will be res...

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