Equipment of the Rio Grande Zephyr
My Gallery of the Rio Grande Zephyr
Scott Diekman's Gallery
of the Rio Grande Zephyr
My First Ride on the Rio Grande Zephyr
Thanksgiving Day, 1982
California Zephyr Remnants
Timetables and other paper
Main D&RGW Page
Related Passenger Train sites
Ski Train - My information site
Grande Scenic RR (a.k.a. San Luis & Rio Grande)
Durango & Silverton
- my fan site
The Rio Grande Zephyr owed its origins entirely to the California Zephyr.
Whereas the RGZ consisted only of the Rio Grande-owned cars, quite a few
remnants of the complete CZ can still be found around the country. Here
are a few photos of cars that I have encountered.
|Driving around the ports of Long Beach and Los
Angeles on October 30, 2015, I unexpectedly encountered three California
Zephyr alumni in the yards. They are all now fitted for private car service,
with all the usual electrical conversions. I apologize for the foreground
clutter and the backlighting, but this location was not really accessible
for parking. I felt at risk just being where I was! At any rate, here they
||Dome coach SILVER LARIAT, CB&Q car No. 4718.
||Baggage car SILVER PEAK. This was not actually a CZ
car-- it was built for the FW&D on the Texas Zephyr as a
baggage-dormitory-chair car, later remodeled to strictly baggage. The
Burlington acquired it in 1969 as the SILVER PEAK. It later served for
Amtrak and eventually made its way here. It is longer than a standard
CZ baggage and has a vestibule, but the resemblance is still strong.
||10-6 Sleeper SILVER RAPIDS, a rarity in that it was a PRR
car (No. 8449). Of the 21 of this design on the train, it's the
Pennsy's only contribution.
||Dome Buffet-Lounge-Observation SILVER SOLARIUM, CB&Q car No.
377. There were a total of 7 such cars used, four of which were the
|The city of Maricopa, Arizona had for a time a
most unusual Amtrak station: a dome observation car of California Zephyr
heritage. Now the beautiful car has been displaced by an Amshack, but it
still rests across the parking lot from the depot and the tracks, stuffed
and mounted (and gutted).
Left rear view of SILVER HORIZON. Incidentally, this is definitely the
car's best side.
Flickr Album for a complete walkaround of the car.
|The Grand Canyon Railway has a huge collection
of passenger equipment on its property in Williams, Arizona, much of it not
currently operational. One such car is none other than the former SILVER
COLT, a CZ car that actually belonged to the D&RGW.
Dome Chair Car from the California Zephyr and later the Rio Grande
Zephyr, the former SILVER COLT is seen in the Grand Canyon Railway's
Williams yard in August 2011. Since 1983 it's been all over North America,
landing at the GCRy in 2004. See
here for more details.
|Roaming around outside San Diego in search of
things to photograph, I stumbled blind into a CZ alumnus parked in a small
industrial yard in Miramar. I jockeyed around for a vantage point;
this was the best I could do.
CB&Q 452 "Silver Thrush", 6/5 Sleeper