This section is devoted to various aspects related to the history of Zephyr passenger trains. Back in 1934, The Burlington Route and the Budd Company collaborated to create a small, three cars train named Pioneer Zephyr. It was such a success that both companies continued to develop more Zephyrs and railcars that became one of the very best rail services in the world.
Once Amtrak became the operator of all rail passenger service, the Zephyrs ceased to exist as the world knew them. Zephyr railcars were ultimately sold off to private parties or tourist railroads. Some of the fine ‘Zephyr cars’ have been restored to provide today’s public the experience of how fine rail travel was, and they continue to demonstrate how wonderful rail travel still can be.
Each featured article will focus on a specific Zephyr railcar or railcars and the relationship to the success of the Zephyr Era. Readers will also find where to ride these examples of rail passenger history.
Also there may be future articles that highlight a person who contributed to make the Zephyrs such a premier standard of rail passenger service.
Thank you for your interest in reading and learning about some of the aspects which created the Zephyr era.
The Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, Minnesota has restored the car as shown. SILVER CLUB was part of the infamous California Zephyr cars which operated between Chicago-Denver-Salt Lake City-Oakland/San Francisco between 1949 and 1970. Some of the ‘CZ’ cars have been restored and operate on other tourist lines in the United States. The prominent feature of SILVER CLUB is its vista dome which affords passengers a unique way to view the passing scenery. The California Zephyr had 5 of these domes to see the tremendous
vistas throughout the route between Illinois and California.
At present, Zephyr Route is considering a long weekend trip to Duluth, MN in early June, 2021.
Confirmation of this trip will be released in mid-December, 2020 or January, 2021.
Meanwhile, enjoy the video which tours the interior of the car as it nears completion of its refurbishment. a similar Duluth and SILVER CLUB trip was operated in June, 2018. It was a definite success, and Zephyr Route intends to provide a similar wonderful future experience.