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The new diesel-powered, stainless steel CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR between Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City and San Francisco features the unique VISTA-DOME cars. This train operates via Burlington, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific railroads through the Colorado Rockies and Feather River Canyon... the Scenic Way Across America.

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The diesel-powered, stainless steel CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR, daily between Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City and San Francisco, features five thrilling VISTA-DOME cars. This train operates via the Burlington, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific railroads through the Colorado Rockies and Feather River Canyon.... the Scenic Way Across America.

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East and west-bound California Zephyrs meet daily in beautiful Glenwood Canyon of the Colorado River - near the half-way point on the scenic route between Chicago and San Francisco.

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The diesel-powered, stainless steel CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR, daily between Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City and San Francisco, features five thrilling VISTA DOME cars. This train operates via Burlington, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific railroads through the Colorado Rockies and Feather River Canyon... the Scenic Way Across America.

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The Vista-Dome California Zephyr crosses the Sierra Nevada range near the headwaters of the fabulous Feather River, on its thrill-filled 2500-mile Chicago-San Francisco journey.

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A trip aboard the luxurious Vista Dome California Zephyr during the winter months is filled with thrills, as the train travels for hundreds of miles through the very heart of the mighty Colorado Rockies during daylight hours.

BURLINGTON-RIO GRANDE-WESTERN PACIFIC

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The Vista-Dome California Zephyr threads its way through South Boulder Canyon in the rugged Colorado Rockies... one of many scenic thrills on the Burlington-Rio Grande-Western Pacific transcontinental route.

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Winter-time travel on the Vista-Dome California Zephyr is replete with thrills, as the train crosses the majestic Colorado Rockies during daylight hours.

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The California Zephyr winds through California's famed Feather River Canyon for over 100 unforgettable miles. Upstairs in the streamliner's five Vista-Domes, passengers can look up, look down, look all around at the magnificent scenery.

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At one time, the television game show "The Price is Right" would have viewers mail in bids on showcase merchandise. Someone utilized a CZ post card for just such a submission in 1958.

The scene on the front is the very common panoramic riverside shot showing Silver Scout.

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The California Zephyr winds through California's famed Feather River Canyon for over 100 unforgettable miles. Upstairs in the streamliner's five Vista-Domes passengers can look up, look down, look all around at the magnificent scenery.

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The California Zephyr winds up the east slope of the Colorado Rockies (climbing 4000 feet in 50 miles) and crosses the Continental Divide by way of world-famous, 6.2 mile-long Moffat Tunnel.

BURLINGTON-RIO GRANDE-WESTERN PACIFIC

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A trip aboard the luxurious Vista-Dome California Zephyr is filled with thrills as the train travels for hundreds of miles through the Alpine meadows and awesome canyons of the colorful Colorado Rockies during daylight hours.

Burlington • Rio Grande • Western Pacific

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THE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR ENTERING THE MOFFAT TUNNEL
Here at East Portal, Colorado, the westbound CZ darts through 6.2-mile-long Moffat Tunnel, four thousand feet under James Peak (13,260 feet). From Atlantic slope to Pacific slope in moments . . . either direction the Moffat Tunnel, piercing the Continental Divide, provides easy passage thru Rocky Mountain wonderlands.

"Mirro-Krome" ® CARD BY H.S. CROCKER CO., INC., SAN FRANCISCO 1, CALIF.
PHOTO BY TRANSMOUNTAIN VIEWS, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO.

BURLINGTON • RIO GRANDE • WESTERN PACIFIC

Aftermarket Post Cards
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California Zephyr Western Pacific FP7's head up the eastbound "California Zephyr" at Marysville, Calif. under the wires of the Sacramento Northern's electric operation. April 1965.
Photo by John A. Kirchner

Published by Audio-Visual Designs, Earlton, NY

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California Zephyr Changing F's at Salt Lake City, Utah. Western Pacific 805-A arrives with the "California Zephyr" from the coast and Rio Grande 5771 stands by to take over its charge, Sept. 27, 1968. 5771, the only remaining A unit on the Rio Grande, still powers the shortened "Rio Grande Zephyr" in the 80's.
Photo by Ed Fulcomer

Published by Audio-Visual Designs, Earlton, NY
*This is a wonderful shot of these two locomotives together. D&RGW's 5771 is preserved at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, CO, and WP's 805-A is preserved at the Portola Railroad Museum in Portola, CA. They are the last surviving CZ locomotives for each road.

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The Feather River Canyon, California This view of the spectacular Feather River Canyon shows a modern train, "The California Zephyr," winding its way along the canyon walls.

Published by Eastman's Studio, Susanville, California

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The California Zephyr Along the Colorado River. The mainline of the Rio Grande Railroad follows the Colorado River for 235 miles through scenic canyons and valleys of Western Colorado. Mt. Sopris, its summit in the clouds, is in the distance.

Published by Transmountain Views, Glenwood Springs, CO

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D&RGW Railroad monument in Glenwood Cañon on U. S. 24 in western Colorado. This monument marks the locality where the idea of Vista Dome cars was first born in 1944.
Color by D & R G W R. R.

Published by Sanborn Souvenir, Co, Inc., Denver, CO

*While this card is for the Vista Dome monument, and makes no mention of the CZ, the train pictured is the California Zephyr.

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WESTERN PACIFIC R.R. CO. Western Pacific No. 18, the "California Zephyr", crosses the Clio Viaduct west of Portola, California.
Western Pacific R.R. Co. Photo

Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA

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The Rio Grande Railroad threads its way through the high, rugged country of the Colorado Rockies along narrow-gauge as well as standard-gauge lines that are remarkable feats of engineering. The California Zephyr in Gore Canyon of the Colorado River, on the Moffat Tunnel Route near Kremmling.

Published by Transmountain Views, Glenwood Springs, CO

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Rio Grande 5764 Rio Grande's streamlined, all stainless steel "California Zephyr" heads east to Chicago on the "Moffat Tunnel Route" near Cisco, Utah. December 1965.
Photo by Ken Crist

Published by Audio-Visual Designs, Earlton, NY

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Gold Coast Railroad's Silver Crescent & Silver Stag Ex-Western Pacific Railroad's California Zephyr Cars in operation behind Steam Power at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. The Silver Crescent and Silver Stag were built by The Budd Company in 1948, the Silver Stag being a Baggage Car and the Silver Crescent being a Dome, Sleeper, Lounge, Observation Car with four private rooms and a Cocktail Lounge with a Semi-Circular Bar.
Photo Courtesy: Roger Schmorr

© Mary Jayne's Railroad Specialties, Inc.
Alleghany Publishers, Covington, VA.

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WESTERN PACIFIC R.R. CO. An A-B-B set of Western Pacific E.M.D. 1500 H.P. F-3 passenger diesel units rests between runs on the "California Zephyr".

Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA

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WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD

The last westbound CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR stops at Portola, Calif., March 22, 1970. Rear car is dome-observation sleeper "Silver Crescent." This famous train ran between Chicago and San Francisco via Burlington, Denver & Rio Grande and Western Pacific Railroads. Its final run in March, 1970 marked a tragic loss to the United States.

Published by Audio-Visual Designs, P.O. Box 24, Earlton, N.Y. 12058

Photo by Douglas C. Wornom

S-100026

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WESTERN PACIFIC R.R. CO.

Prior to the arrival of complete train sets for the California Zephyr, the newly arrived Budd cars were frequently spliced into the standard car consists of Western Pacific's Exposition Flyer in the late 1940's.

Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, Calif.

Western Pacific R.R. Co. photo

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WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD CO.

EMD F-7A, No. 805-A at the head end of the "California Zephyr". Sacramento, California, March 1969.

Distributed by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA

Photo Credit: Robert J. Fund

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WESTERN PACIFIC R.R. CO.

The brand new California Zephyr pauses near Fremont, California for publicity photos prior to starting regular service in 1949.

Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, Calif.

Western Pacific R.R. Co. photo

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THE FEATHER RIVER CANYON, CALIFORNIA

This view of the spectacular Feather River Canyon shows a modern train, "The California Zephyr," winding its way along the canyon walls.

PUBLISHED BY EASTMAN'S STUDIO, SUSANVILLE, CALIFORNIA

MIRRO-KROME CARD BY H.S. CROCKER CO., INC., SAN FRANCISCO 1, CALIF.

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WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD

The famous CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR, eastbound for Salt Lake City, Denver and Chicago, comes down the middle of Third Street in Oakland, Calif, during a bright day in the late 1960's. At right is Western Pacific's Third and Washington Street station - opened in 1910. In March, 1970 the Zephyr made its last run on the Western Pacific

Published by Audio-Visual Designs, P.O. Box 24, Earlton, N.Y. 12058

Photo by Louis L. Stein, Jr.

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Distributed by Illinois Camera Shop, Galesburg, Ill.

Genuine Curteich-Chicago "C.T. Art-Colortone" Post Card (Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.)

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TOBIN BRIDGES
In Feather River Canyon, California

PUBLISHED BY EASTMAN'S STUDIO, SUSANVILLE, CALIFORNIA

MIRRO-KROME CARD BY H.S. CROCKER CO., INC., SAN FRANCISCO 1, CALIF.

K-131

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THE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR IN GLENWOOD CANYON of the Colorado River. Trains of both the Moffat Tunnel and the Royal Gorge Routes of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad follow this scenic passage through the mountains east of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

PUBLISHED BY TRANSMOUNTAIN VIEWS
BOX 112, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO.

"MIRRO-KROME"® CARD BY H.S. CROCKER CO., INC., SAN FRANCISCO 1, CALIF

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THE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR IN RUBY CANYON, along the Colorado River west of Grand Junction and Fruita, Western Colorado. Here a train heads eastward along an outstandingly scenic stretch of the Rio Grande main line.

PUBLISHED BY TRANSMOUNTAIN VIEWS, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO.

"MIRRO-KROME"® CARD BY H.S. CROCKER CO., INC., OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.

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CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR IN GLENWOOD CANYON, COLORADO. ALONG THE HEADWATERS OF THE COLORADO RIVER

P175

Pub. by Plasti-Color Card Co., Denver, Colorado

"PLASTICHROME" by ColourPicture, Boston 15, Mass., U.S.A.

Color by DENVER AND RIO GRANDE WESTERN R.R. CO.

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HOTEL DENVER
Glenwood Springs, Colorado

100 Delightful Rooms, Dining Room, Cocktail Lounge, Convention Facilities. Overlooking Colorado River at entrance to beautiful Glenwood Canyon. Served by U.S. Highway 6 and 24, and famous Vista-Dome California Zephyr.

CUSTOM CARD ® by Robert Bishop, photographer. Denver 10, Colo.

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THE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR AT WINTER PARK, one of Colorado's major ski areas, located at the western portal of the Moffat Tunnel on the Rio Grande Railroad. This tunnel, nearly seven miles long, enables trains to cross the Front Range of the Rockies in eight minutes instead of the many hours of laborious and hazardous climbing over the Continental Divide formerly required.

PUBLISHED BY TRANSMOUNTAIN VIEWS, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO.

"MIRRO-KROME"® CARD BY H.S. CROCKER CO., INC., SAN FRANCISCO 1, CALIF

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PULGA BRIDGES IN THE FEATHER RIVER CANYON, CALIF.

Published by Eastman's Studio, Susanville, California

S15820

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Pulga Bridges in the Feather River Canyon, California

PUBLISHED BY EASTMAN'S STUDIO, SUSANVILLE, CALIFORNIA

MIRRO-KROME CARD BY H.S. CROCKER CO., INC., SAN FRANCISCO 1, CALIF.

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FEATHER RIVER CANYON, CALIFORNIA
This scene is typical of the spectacular Feather River Canyon along Highway U. S. 40 Alternate in Northern California.

PUBLISHED BY EASTMAN'S STUDIO, SUSANVILLE, CALIFORNIA

MIRRO-KROME CARD BY H.S. CROCKER CO., INC., SAN FRANCISCO 1, CALIF.

K-154

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In the Feather River Canyon, Calif.

Pub. by: Eastman's Studio, Susanville, Calif.

Henry McGrew Printing K.C., MO.
53870

S-934

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WESTERN PACIFIC R.R. CO. Western Pacific No. 17, the "California Zephyr", descends through the lower Feather River Canyon in Northern California.
Western Pacific R.R. Co. photo

Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA

(Large Format Post Card)

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JT-37

CHICAGO, BURLINGTON & QUINCY RAILROAD

Burlington EMD E-7 diesel No. 9937A (EMD #8919, March 1949) leads No. 17, the westbound "California Zephyr," out of Chicago past 4-4-0 No. 35 and Mail Car No. 1. Number 35 was built in 1892, in the company's Aurora shops, and has been modified to represent earlier locomotives of the Burlington. Mail Car No. 1 is a replica of the first Railway Post Office car in the country which ran on the Hannibal & St. Joseph R.R. on July 28, 1862. No. 9937A is currently in passenger service carrying Burlington Northern No. 9924.

Lyman E. Cox, P.O. Box 15902, Sacramento, Calif. 95813

J5206 Burlington Northern

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"Vanishing Vistas" Large Format Color Prints
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Otto Roach Photo Courtesy D&RGW R.R.
Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA, © 1971

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PHOTO BY JACKSON THODE
Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA, © 1972

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Otto Roach Photo Courtesy D&RGW R.R.
Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA, © 1972

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Otto Roach Photo Courtesy D&RGW R.R.
Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA, © 1972

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Otto Roach Photo Courtesy D&RGW R.R.
Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA, © 1972

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Otto Roach Photo Courtesy D&RGW R.R.
Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA, © 1972

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Otto Roach Photo Courtesy D&RGW R.R.
Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA, © 1972

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D&RGW R.R. ARCHIVES PHOTO COURTESY STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF COLORADO
Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA, © 1972

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PHOTO COURTESY WESTERN PACIFIC R.R. CO.
Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA, © 1974

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PHOTO COURTESY WESTERN PACIFIC R.R. CO.
Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA, © 1973

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Otto Roach Photo Courtesy D&RGW R.R.
Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA, © 1972

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Photo by Otto Roach
Published by Lyman E. Cox, Sacramento, CA, © 1972

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PHOTO BY BRIAN T. THOMPSON

Illustration: CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR, westbound
Location: Near Fremont, California
Photo Date: February 22. 1950

Copyright © 1988 by Richard E. Cox
P.O. Box 15902, Sacramento, CA 95852-0902 All rights reserved

Amtrak CZ Post Cards
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Travel in style and comfort to over 500 destinations. For fun, new friends and spectacular eye-level views of America's beauty, you can't beat Amtrak!

Enjoy serene beauty along the Truckee River from your seat on board Amtrak's California Zephyr.

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Travel in style and comfort to over 500 destinations. For fun, new friends and spectacular eye-level views of America's beauty, you can't beat Amtrak!

Amtrak's California Zephyr rolls through majestic Coal Creek, Colorado.

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Travel in style and comfort to over 500 destinations. For fun, new friends and spectacular eye-level views of America's beauty, you can't beat Amtrak!

As the California Zephyr nears the 7,103-foot summit of the Sierra Nevada route, you'll see Donner Lake set amidst Ponderosa pines and soaring mountains. This route, one of Amtrak's most scenic, was the most difficult to navigate of the entire U.S. transcontinental railroad project due to the terrain.

 

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