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December 16, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Addition

  • The CZ at the Western Pacific depot in Marysville, California. This photo is a companion to the other Marysville shots already posted. View them on the Train Photos page in the Photo Archive.

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November 4, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Set Addition

  • We've added a second set of CZ-themed slides from Blackhawk Films. This 24-slide set is titled "Railfan's View of the California Zephyr - In Feather River Canyon". View it here.

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October 15, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Additions

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October 14, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Set Additions

  • A set of photos taken just a couple of days before the CZ went off. The CZ makes a stop in Oroville, California. To view, click the photo on the left, or select the appropriate link on the Photo Archive page.
  • The Rio Grande Zephyr awaiting departure in Denver, Colorada on August 2, 1976. To view, click the photo on the left, or select the appropriate link on the Photo Archive page.

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October 8, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Additions

  • A post-CZ shot of the Silver Diner as Amtrak 8551 taken on March 27, 1989 in Trenton, NJ. View it on the Dining Cars page in the Photo Archive.
  • A post-CZ shot of the Silver Cafe taken in July, 1971. View it on the Dining Cars page in the Photo Archive.

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October 7, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Addition

  • A post-CZ shot of the 1952-built Silver Chasm taken on September 18, 1971. View it on the 10-6 Sleepers page in the Photo Archive.

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September 25, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Additions

  • A group of photos of Vista Dome Observation Silver Crescent, on display at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami, FL. These photos were taken in August of 2007 and can be viewed on the Vista Dome Observation Cars page in the Photo Archive.

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September 23, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Additions

  • A new photo has been added of D&RGW 5771 in Denver, taken on March 15, 1969. View it on the Motive Power page in the Photo Archive.

  • The CZ at the Western Pacific depot in Marysville, California. This photo is a companion to the other Marysville shot posted last month. View them both on the Train Photos page in the Photo Archive.

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September 15, 2008

**Silver Plate arrives at Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola**

Arrived safe and sound. Now the hard work of restoration begins. Details are available at the Zephyr Project website.

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September 7, 2008

Trains Unlimited Tours Cancels Feather River Canyon Detour Excursion

Both eastbound and westbound Amtrak California Zephyrs will still be detouring through the canyon.

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September 1, 2008

Amtrak's California Zephyr will make one final detour through Feather River Canyon on Tuesday, September 9!

This may be your last chance ride over this historic route! Both eastbound and westbound Amtrak California Zephyrs will detour through the canyon. For something extra special, you also have one more chance to enjoy this occasion in original California Zephyr dome cars! Trains Unlimited Tours is promoting this special event, which will be a part of the eastbound California Zephyr. Visit the TUT website for more details.

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August 18, 2008

Amtrak's California Zephyr will be detouring through Feather River Canyon on Sunday, August 24!

This is an ultra-rare opportunity to not only ride through Feather River Canyon, but do so in original California Zephyr dome cars! This detour just happens to coincide with the annual "Domes to Railroad Days" excursion offered through Trains Unlimited Tours. They are reporting that space is still available. As the train won't make the regularly scheduled stop in Sparks, tour participants will travel by bus to Winnemucca to catch the train there, allowing them to travel over the full ex-WP line from Winnemucca to Sparks!

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August 15, 2008

**SITE UPDATES**

  • A Burlington timetable dated May-October 1963. View it on the Timetables page.

  • A scene from exactly 39 years ago at the Western Pacific depot in Marysville, California. The Silver Platter is close, followed by 6-5 sleeper Silver Swallow. View it on the Train Photos page in the Photo Archive.

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August 1, 2008

We're kicking off our Diamond Anniversary celebration of the California Zephyr!

Sixty years ago, railcars were rolling off the assembly line at Budd's Red Lion Plant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in preparation for the launch of the California Zephyr on March 20, 1949. In honor of this milestone, we've updated our site graphics to reflect this exciting anniversary.

In 1948, Budd featured several railcars, including California Zephyr coaches at the Chicago Rail Fair. Additionally, CZ dome coaches and baggage cars were inserted into consists of The Exposition Flyer, giving riders of that CZ-predecessor a preview of the comfort and elegance that were coming soon.

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June 12, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Addition

  • A photo showing D&RGW locomotives on the ground following a wreck near Pactolus Lake, CO in July, 1965 caused by a washout. The CZ baggage car is somewhat visible as well. View it on the Train Photos page in the Photo Archive.

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June 11, 2008

The Anschutz Co. buys Xanterra

Among Xanterra's properties is Grand Canyon Railway. Consequently, Ansco once again owns former CZ railcars. The cars involved are flat-top coach Silver Aspen and vista-dome coaches Silver Colt, Silver Stirrup and the damaged Silver Pony.

The Rocky Mountain News has an article regarding the acquisition here.

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June 2, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

New Additions

  • A new message has been added on the Post Card Memories page. This particular card was mailed in 1958, and has the image pictured on the left.
  • Four post cards have been added to the Post Cards page.

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May 30, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Additions

  • A photo of the 10-6 Sleeper Silver Falls in the consist of the CZ in Grand Junction, CO. Taken on this date (May 30) in 1960. Photographer is unknown. View it on the 10-6 Sleepers page in the Photo Archive.
  • A photo of the eastbound and westbound CZ meeting in Glenwood Springs, CO. View it on the Train Photos page in the Photo Archive.

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May 29, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Exhibit Additions

  • A Budd Advertisement from March, 1949 has been added to the Vendor Advertising page. This ad shows "Advance showings of the California Zephyr", where the new train could be viewed and toured prior to the inaugural run on March 20th.
  • A photo of the CZ making a stop in Portola, CA in August, 1955. View it on the Train Photos page in the Photo Archive.

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May 28, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Additions

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May 22, 2008

Silver Palm Update

  • Craig Brinkman has brought to our attention that WP 871 Silver Palm is owned by The Depot Museum & Historical Society of Avon Park in Avon Park, FL. A couple of small photos can be seen on their website.

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April 12, 2008

**Silver Plate acquired by Western Pacific Railroad Museum**

  • Following negotiations with the State of California, the Silver Plate is returning to it's home turf. The move to Portola from Jamestown, CA is pending. More details as they come in!

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March 20, 2008

**59th Anniversary of the California Zephyr**

  • 59 years ago today, the first California Zephyr's headed east and west, respectively.

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February 20, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Brochure Addition!

  • A 1961 Onboard Brochure is now available to be viewed in its entirety. Select "Browse" under the cover on the "Brochures" page.

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February 15, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

More Additions!

  • The Introductory Brochure is now available to be viewed in its entirety. Select "Browse" under the cover on the "Brochures" page.
  • The WP Family Plan Fares Brochure is now available to be viewed in full. Two-Sided, Folded. Select "Browse" under the cover on the "Brochures" page.

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February 13, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

More Additions!

  • February 1969 Dinner Menu. Featuring a Colorado scene. On the "Menus" page.
  • California-Nevada Railroad Historical Society Excursion Dinner Menu. Dated March 18, 1956. On the "Menus" page.

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February 11, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Exhibit Additions

  • A very rare shot of Silver Bronco on display at the Chicago Railfair, taken on September 4, 1948. The Silver Bronco was the Budd Car of the Week that week. The photo can be viewed at the CZ-22 page in the Photo Archives.
  • Train-used meal check. On the Meal Checks exhibit page.
  • A shot of Silver Beaver taken on September 3, 1963 in Grand Junction, Colorado. Shows corner and side damage to the car following a derailment of the CZ. The photo can be viewed at the Baggage Cars page in the Photo Archives.
  • Two views of the CZ en route taken from behind. View at the Train Views page in the Photo Archives.

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February 7, 2008

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Additions

Loren Dunlap has made made available a small set of photos taken during a pre-inaugural exhibition run of the CZ from March, 1949. The photos can be viewed at the CZ Exhibition Run page in the Photo Archives.

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January 31, 2008

Silver Bronco For Sale

Now listed at Ozark Mountain Railcar for $149,000. (Edit: Car has been sold)

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**SPECIAL REQUEST**

CZ Enamel Vestibule Step Plaque Original Artwork

A car owner has requested help from anyone out there who may have original artwork for the plaques that were affixed to the CZ railcar steps. These are the small oval signs, one saying "Watch Your Step" and the other says "California Zephyr" as seen below.

This artwork is needed for reference on a project, and you can certainly retain ownership.

If you have this original artwork, or know where such can be found, please use our contact form to let us know.

*Thanks to Loren Dunlap for these photos

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