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December 27, 2010

Silver Feather acquired by Jon Clark

Jon Clark has informed us that he has recently acquired ex-Western Pacific Vista Dome coach Silver Feather.

Mr. Clark also owns the ex-D&RGW Silver Mustang.

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November 5, 2010

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Additions

  • Mike Gresham has shared some photos he took on a trip to view the Silver Pony in June, 2009. There's 34 new photos posted, and that's not even all he sent! View them here.

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November 4, 2010

Silver Pony headed to Illinois Railway Museum

We've been hearing some rumors for a while, and now it's been confirmed that the Silver Pony has indeed been acquired by the IRM. This is good news for the Silver Pony. The future for this car was uncertain after being damaged enroute to the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Arizona. This will be the first California Zephyr railcar to find a home at the Illinois Railway Museum, as well as their first Vista Dome. Congratulations, IRM!

The IRM has a post about the acquisition on their website, and they are accepting donations to help with the costs involved. The link to their blog is here: http://www2.irm.org/blogs/archives/792-Silver-pony-Update-and-other-passenger-stuff!.html

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September 24, 2010

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Addition

  • Silver Crescent in Tampa, Florida on March 19, 1983. View it here.

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July 30, 2010

Silver Canyon is Being Offered For Sale at $110,000

We've just learned that the ex-WP 10-6 sleeper Silver Canyon is listed for sale through Ozark Mountain Railcar. Full details are available on the OMR website here.

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July 30, 2010

Silver Bridle is Being Offered For Sale with Inland Lakes Railway equipment

The equipment of the former Inland Lakes Railway, including the vista dome Silver Bridle is being sold. We have been informed that the sale is being handled through D. F. Barnhardt & Associates, but they don't yet have any information available on their website about this particular sale. We'll post further information as it becomes available.

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July 20, 2010

**SITE UPDATE**

RSS News Subscription

You can now subscribe to our news feed. This will help keep you informed when news items are posted.


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July 16, 2010

Silver Pine Arrives at New Home

Now that the Silver Pine has arrived on the property of the new owner, we are free to announce that it is now part of the Austin Steam Train equipment fleet in Cedar Park, Texas. They hope to have the Silver Pine in service in the fall.

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June 15, 2010

**SITE UPDATE**

Menu Addition

  • Italian Dinner Menu dated March, 1957. View it on the Menus page.

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April 12, 2010

Silver Pine Has Been Sold

More information will be added when approved for publishing.

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March 23, 2010

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Additions

Mark MacGregor has sent a set of photos including Silver Lariat, Silver Rapids and Silver Solarium.

  • The Silver Lariat photos are posted on the CZ-22 page. View them here.

  • The Silver Rapids photos are posted on the 10-6 Sleeper page. View them here.

  • The Silver Solarium photos are posted on the Vista Dome-Observation page. View them here.

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March 20, 2010

Today marks the 61st Anniversary of the Inaugural Runs of the California Zephyr!

On this date in 1949, the first regularly scheduled eastbound and westbound California Zephyrs departed from Oakland and Chicago, respectively.

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March 18, 2010

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Additions

  • A photo taken in October, 1968 in Burligton, Iowa. View it here.

In 1982, Silver Dove and Silver Butte, along with other Amtrak railcars, were destroyed by fire in Buffalo, New York. Thanks to Bud Owen for sending these photos he took just after this unfortunate event.

  • Two photos of Silver Dove, destroyed by fire at Buffalo Central Terminal in 1982. View them here.

  • Two photos of Silver Butte, destroyed by fire at Buffalo Central Terminal in 1982. View them here.

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March 17, 2010

**SITE UPDATE**

Photo Additions

  • Silver Dove as Amtrak 2200. View it here.

  • Four photos, two inside and two outside of Silver Sky in Rio Grande Zephyr days. View them here.

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March 1, 2010

*California Zephyr Zephyrette History Project*
Request for Information from former Zephyrette, Cathy Moran

Former Zephyrette (train hostess on the California Zephyr) - Cathy Moran. "My experiences on the Zephyr were right before it was placed out of service. I have a dear friend Rodna Walls Taylor who was a Zephyrette when it all started back in the 50's. We are working collaboratively to create a history of the Zephyrettes; since we are living history! We are in need of help from all California Zephyr riders, Zephyrettes, photographers, and historians to help us out in this project. We are looking for:
  • Pictures of Zephyrettes;

  • Current home/email addresses of any former Zephyrettes

  • Zephyrette stories you might know of;

  • Any Zephyrette or Zephyr memorabilia that you would be willing to share in a document with credit.

You may contact me through a special contact page at the CaliforniaZephyr.org website."

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February 17, 2010

**SITE UPDATE**

Time Table / Annual Report Additions

  • Burlington Time Table issued October 27, 1968. View it on the Timetables page.

  • 1962 Western Pacific Annual Report, featuring the CZ on the cover. View it on the Miscellaneous page.


  • 1956 Western Pacific Annual Report, featuring the CZ on the cover. View it on the Miscellaneous page.

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February 2, 2010

**SITE UPDATE**

Brochure Addition

 

Western Pacific California Zephyr brochure to take the train east to pick up your new car at the factory and drive it home. This brochure can be viewed on the Brochures page.

 


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January 25, 2010

Silver Pine is Being Offered For Sale at $25,000

We've just learned that the price has been dramatically reduced for the ex-D&RGW flat-top 48-seat coach Silver Pine. Full details on the railcar can be found here.

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January, 2010

Happy New Year!

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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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