Prior to the formation of Amtrak, the California Zephyr was operated jointly by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q), Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW) and Western Pacific Railroad (WP).
Established as a "cruise train," the California Zephyr initiated service on March 20, 1949, heading eastbound to Chicago. In the first years, the CZ, as it came to be known, was the main transportation between Chicago and San Francisco, covering the 2,532 miles in just over two days, traveling "the scenic way across America." The scheduling of the CZ purposefully put it in the magnificent landscape of the Rocky Mountains and Feather River during daylight hours, much to the delight of passengers. With its breathtaking scenery outside and excellent service inside, the CZ was "the most talked about train in the country". The original CZ ceased operations in 1970.
Model Features -
- The beautiful 11 car set includes display Unitrack and an elegant keepcase
- Each car is individually molded to be prototypically true to the original Zephyr passenger cars
- Each car is equipped with low flange wheels, KATO magnetic knuckle couplers and shock absorber construction for smooth and reliable operation
- Interior of cars can be lighted with optional installation of #11-209/210 Interior Light Kit with White LED (Light Kit with White LED is DCC friendly)
Dome Observation (Silver Sky) -
Baggage (Silver Bear) -
Diner (Silver Diner) -
Dome Coach (Silver Bronco) -
Dome Coach (Silver Feather) -
Dome Coach w/ Conductor's Cubicle (Silver Ranch) -
Dome Buffet-Lounge (Silver Club) -
10-6 Sleeper (Silver Canyon) -
10-6 Sleeper (Silver Glacier) -
10-6 Sleeper (Silver Valley) -
16 Section Sleeper (Silver Aspen) -
Not pictured - Silver Coyote, Silver Beaver (Baggage), Silver Bridle, Silver Colt, Silver Scout, Silver Lodge, Silver Mustang, Silver Thistle (Dome Coach), Silver Chalet, Silver Lounge (Dome Buffet-Lounge), Silver Point, Silver Surf, Silver Gorge, Silver Mountain, Silver Falls, Silver Cliff (10-6 Sleeper), Silver Banquet, Silver Platter (Diner), Silver Maple, Silver Larch (16-Section Sleeper), Silver Solarium, Silver Crescent (Dome Observation).
Thanks for the photos, Pete! :-)