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Color Slide Set
Riding the California Zephyr (350-451)
Photographed by A.C. Kalmbach
Manufactured by Blackhawk Films, Davenport, Iowa
for Trains Magazine, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Riding The California Zephyr

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California Zephyr, shown here in Colorado Rockies, is joint Chicago-San Francisco train of CB&Q, D&RGW and WP

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Zephyr is scheduled to pass through scenic Feather River Canyon (here) and Rockies by daylight

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Vista dome view of train on curved steel trestle at Keddie, Calif.

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Keddie, where final gold spike of Western Pacific was driven, is now junction point of Northern California Extension

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Looking back along train during Keddie station stop

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Famed Williams Loop helps WP to climb Sierra with conservative but continuous one per cent grade

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The barren and sometimes flat country of Nevada is traversed while passengers sleep

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Morning finds eastbound Zephyr near Green River on D&RGW

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Centralized traffic control guards progress of Zephyr

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CTC paces non-stop meet between eastbound Zephyr and westbound freight

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First glimpse of perpetually snow covered Continental Divide

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Eastbound and westbound Zephyrs meet in Glenwood Canyon along upper Colorado River

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Meeting completed, westbound Zephyr shows its tail sign as it disappears

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Out of Canyon, Zephyr climbs toward Dotsero, junction of Dotsero cutoff. Dotsero got its name from "dot zero", surveyors' language for beginning point of survey

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Upper Colorado River Valley is a verdant green in June

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East end of Dotsero cutoff is at Orestod - Dotsero spelled backwards. Don't look there now for the steam locomotives. It is long since gone

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From Orestod to Denver, Zephyr runs on old Moffat Road - the once Denver and Salt Lake Railroad

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Structures along track are electric slide detector fence, they put signals at red at the slightest slide

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Westbound Zephyr disappears into cleft of Byers Canyon

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Tabernash was once base point for steam locomotive helpers over the Divide

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Helpers of a decade or more ago wait at Tabernash for eastbound push duty

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Rio Grande 2-8-8-2, No. 3608, at Tabernash in sunset days of steam

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From domes, passengers get spectacular view as eastbound Zephyr enters 6-mile-long Moffat Tunnel (second longest in the U.S.)

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Journey nears finish as eastbound Zephyr is on Burlington speedway through suburban Chicago

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