- Plastic (ABS) Construction with nickel finish
- Authentic design, paint, and color schemes
- Complete detailed interior
- Baggage cars do not have any interior lighting
- Tinted windows where applicable
- Operating sprung diaphragms
- Many separate applied details including grab irons, antenna, etc.
- Prototypical accuracy
- Full electrical pick-up for consistency in lighting
- Magnetic knuckle couplers
- Will operate on Code 83 and 100 rail
- Recommended minimum radius: 22"Includes
- Individual product numbers 501, 514, 1493, 1499, 516, 506, 519, 529, 520, 533, 1530.
Contains road numbers:
501 Zephyr CB&Q Baggage Car #903 'Silver Bear'
514 Zephyr D&RGW Vista Dome Car #1100, 'Silver Bronco'
1493 Zephyr CB&Q Vista Dome Car, #4717, 'Silver Lodge'
1499 Zephyr WP Vista Dome Car - Conductor's Window #814, 'Silver Sage'
516 Zephyr D&RGW Vista Dome Dormitory-Buffet-Lounge Car #1140, 'Silver Shop'
506 Zephyr CB&Q 48-Seat Dining Car #194 'Silver Diner'
519 Zephyr D&RGW 10 Roomettes, 6 double Bedrooms Sleeper #1132 'Silver Gorge'
529 Zephyr WP 10 Roomettes, 6 double Bedrooms Sleeper #861 'Silver Arroyo'
520 Zephyr D&RGW 16 Section Sleeper #1120 'Silver Aspen'
533 Zephyr WP 6 Bedroom - 5 Compartment Sleeper #851 'Silver Crane'
1530 Zephyr WP 1 Drawing Room,
3 double Bedrooms Vista Dome Buffet-Lounge-Observation #882, 'Silver Planet' Features
The route of the California Zephyr covered 2,525 miles and took an average of two and a half days to complete. The CB&Q handled the train from Chicago to Denver, Colorado, where it was then handed over to the D&RGW. The D&RGW would then handle it until reaching Salt Lake City, Utah, where it would be taken over by the WP for its final leg into California. Scheduling intentionally placed the trains in the grandeur of the Feather River and Rocky mountains during daylight hours, while the Nevada deserts and plains states were crossed at night. This practice allowed passengers the most breath-taking views of the route during the day time. Each railroad contributed cars to the CZ, lettered for the participating roads. Even the Pennsylvania contributed a sleeping car, which we will also make available.
The California Zephyr was the train that became known as the "Silver Lady." The CZ was the grandest--and thus the most famous--way to reach the Golden State and the west.