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.

July 23, 2018

The remaining main light assemblies were finished today, with Mike getting help from Timm and Ben again, and Lori joining in.  The remaining paint was sanded off, and a new shine was put on not only the main light assemblies, but also the 4 hallway lights which are larger and have a unique shape.  Additional work will be done by the electrician to add the wiring and final assembly before the glass can be added and installing into Silver View completed.

 The fixtures are looking good as the bru...

July 14, 2018

Mike, with the help of Timm and Ben (Timm's son) completed refinishing efforts on the light assemblies.  About 1/2 of the light assemblies have now been stripped of their hideous old paint, sanded, and clear coated.  The 70 year old cast aluminum frames have a two piece hinged design that needed major restoration efforts to get them looking decent in preparation for their eventual rewiring and installation in the future.  Progress comes in small steps, and each step moves the restoration effort fo...

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