CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR: 1949 - 1970

Cars:

NUMBER
NAME
TYPE
MANUF.
DATE
NOTES
HO SUGGESTION
1100 SILVER ANTELOPE baggage Budd -48 To ACR in 1974; ACR 211, WC/ACR 302 Broadway Limited 513
1105 SILVER BRONCO dome-coach Budd -48

to ANSCO; now as FLNX San Antonio for restoration ((July 2006)

Broadway Limited 514
1106 SILVER COLT dome-coach Budd -48 To Amtrak in 1983; now at Grand Canyon Ry. (now Xanterra) Broadway Limited 1498
1107 SILVER MUSTANG dome-coach Budd -48 To Amtrak in 1983;Now a Private Car Broadway Limited 515
1108 SILVER PONY dome-coach Budd -48 To Amtrak in 1983; Sold to Grand Canyon, accident en route; status unclear (now Xanterra) Broadway Limited 537
1115 SILVER BANQUET diner Budd -48 To Amtrak in 1983; Broken center sill; scrapped Broadway Limited 517
1120 SILVER ASPEN 16 open sect sleeper Budd -48 Now with Grand Canyon Ry. (now Xanterra) Broadway Limited 520
1121 SILVER PINE 16 open sect sleeper Budd -48

For sale in Illinois (2007)

Broadway Limited 1520
1120-1121   chair Rmod -64 Converted to 48 seat coach 1964 (AFE 6238); To Amtrak -83  
1130 SILVER PASS 10-6 sleeper Budd -48 To NdeM in 1971; GRENADA; scrapped Nov. 2000 Broadway Limited 518
1131 SILVER SUMMIT 10-6 sleeper Budd -48 To NdeM in 1971; SEVILLA; possibly to a museum Broadway Limited 1511
1132 SILVER GORGE 10-6 sleeper Budd -48 To NdeM in 1971; ZARAGIZA; scrapped Nov. 2000 Broadway Limited 519
1133 SILVER CREEK 10-6 sleeper Budd -48 To NdeM in 1971; VALLADOLID, fate uncertain Broadway Limited 1512
1134 SILVER GLACIER 10-6 sleeper Budd -48 To NdeM in 1971;LA CORUNA; scrapped Nov. 2000 Broadway Limited 1513
1135 SILVER GULL 5-6 sleeper Budd -52 To NdeM in 1971; BILBAO ; scrapped Nov. 2000 Broadway Limited 521
1140 SILVER SHOP dorm-buffet-lounge-dome Budd -48

Traded to VIA in 1987 for Tempo cars; sold as private car in May of 2006 at ITAC 2007

Broadway Limited 516
1145 SILVER SKY 1-3 sleeper-buffet-lounge Budd -48 Traded to VIA in 1987 for Tempo car; sold as private car in 2004 now in Saginaw, MI awaiting restoration Broadway Limited 522
    -dome-obs        
1145   buf-lounge-dome-obs Rmod -74 bedrooms removed  

Rio Grande Zephyr - 1970 - 1983

While the cars used for the Rio Grande Zephyr were the same as those used in the California Zephyr (with the addition of the 1230 & 1231 combines & 1116 diner listed below), some changes occurred. These changes didn't happen all at once, or right away. The most noticeable change was that the train board that used to read "CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR" was removed on each car. The board was not replaced, nor was the board left and the lettering replaced with the railroad name. Broadway Limited is rumored to be producing this version of the California Zephyr cars at some point in 2007 (they would also be usable for Amtrak, Autotrain and other post CZ and RGZ uses).

Other changes included modifications to or removal of the rear lights on SILVER SKY, removal of the bedroom accommodations from SILVER SKY, modifications to the interior upholstery in the domes, and other interior modifications. An ex-Union Pacific diner was purchased from a third party in 1979 (numbered 1116) to allow for longer maintenance windows on SILVER BANQUET.

(*note - the last column, which contains modeling suggestions for HO contains only the Broadway Limited cars due to space limitations. Other cars made by Oriental Limited and Shoreham Shops are also well done, and while not currently in production can be frequently found at used brass dealers. Kato offers N scale cars, though not all of the D&RGW cars are listed.)

 

NUMBER
NAME
TYPE
MANUF.
DATE
NOTES
HO SUGGESTION
1116   diner ACF -49 ex-UP 4801; acquired in -79 for protection Lot 3032 American Model Builders, Rivarossi
1230-1231   baggage-dorm-coach Pull -50 Rmod w/dormitory section upon delivery NKP Car Sides

 

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California Zephyr Virtual Museum
California Zephyr Museum Online
History Behind the California Zephyr - Broadway Limited
 
 
 

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