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California Zephyr trip report
Posted by Memma on Monday, October 5, 2020 9:21 PM

Hi All - I'll keep posting a couple of my trip reports if they're of interest - particularly as travel is difficult for many during COVID!

 

Here is my experience on Amtrak's California Zephyr riding from San Francisco (Emeryville) to Chicago - a great trip if you ever get the chance! Note - this experience was pre-COVID, so the food and service described is not Flex dining (fingers crossed we see full dining service back!). 

 

Check it out here: https://trainreview.com/article/riding-the-california-zephyr-from-san-francisco-to-chicago

 
 
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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2:57 PM

Memma
Hi All - I'll keep posting a couple of my trip reports if they're of interest - particularly as travel is difficult for many during COVID!

 

I hope you keep posting.  I, for one, am interested in your reports.

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Posted by Memma on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 9:20 PM

Thanks!! I definitely will do!

 
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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:15 PM

You have mispelled Donna in "Crossing Donna Pass, where the fabled Donner Party" Otherwise, it is a little skimpy on details. Almost a Readers Digest review. Or did some editor trim it. 

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Posted by JPS1 on Thursday, October 8, 2020 6:59 PM
I have ridden he California Zephyr three times, i.e. Emeryville to Denver twice and once from Denver to Emeryville.   The most spectacular scenery was observed during a winter trip, especially over Donner Pass.  The snow scapes were beautiful.     
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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, March 25, 2021 9:04 AM

Some photos from my very first trip on the CZ in November 1960, all on the D&RGW portion:

 

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, March 25, 2021 8:42 PM

Another, in Glenwood Canyon:

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Posted by MidlandMike on Thursday, March 25, 2021 9:20 PM

daveklepper

Some photos from my very first trip on the CZ in November 1960, all on the D&RGW portion:

 

 

 

 

Were the first two photos at Bond?

Was the one at the station with the bus (Glenwood Aspen Stage?) at Glenwood Springs?  I think I see skis.

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, March 26, 2021 1:48 AM

You are correct on all three pictures, and I had intended to post that information with this posting.  Not sure, but I think the 4th picture is at Summit.  Crrection, it's at Bond.

Traces of "Giant's Ladder" were still evident in November 1960, the grade of the original Denver & Salt Lake RR, with its multiple switchbacks and linit-of-adhesin grades.  By my next CZ trip. June 1968, the traces had dessapeared.

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, March 26, 2021 6:49 AM

Ladder corrected; appologies

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Posted by josephr33 on Saturday, March 27, 2021 5:13 AM

daveklepper

Another, in Glenwood Canyon:

 

Those dome views are amazing.  The superliner fleet makes a lot of sense and I get why Amtrak uses them, but losing those forward views sure is a shame.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Saturday, March 27, 2021 9:59 AM

The forward view is nice but how many riders beyond the first two or three rows get that much of a forward view?

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Saturday, March 27, 2021 6:29 PM

Rode CZ in '68. Had snow in Glenwood Canyon in May. In the summer of 72 drove over the pass westbound up the ladder and through the eye of the needle in my '65 ford. Later, I thought how risky that was. No cell phone and no humans seen until we came down to US 40 on the west side. Could have snowed or the car (2 wheel drive) could have had problems. There were remenants of snow in some areas. But I am glad I did. No photos but great memories. Can't do it today. Trestles have fallen. All the structures at the top were gone when I was there. 

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, March 27, 2021 8:01 PM

CSSHEGEWISCH
The forward view is nice but how many riders beyond the first two or three rows get that much of a forward view?

From my times spent in the domes on the Capitol Limited - you can see through the forward glass very well, not as good as the first couple of rows but good enough to make it worthwhile.  I have never been in a full length dome so I expect forward vision from the rear of the car would not be so hot.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Saturday, March 27, 2021 9:47 PM

daveklepper

Some photos from my very first trip on the CZ in November 1960, all on the D&RGW portion:

 

 

 

 

The background rock formation is the same in photo 2 and 4, so they apparently are both at Bond.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, March 29, 2021 8:26 AM

You are absolutely correct.  Thanks for your correction.  That is three at Bond.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, March 29, 2021 9:16 AM

And here is another dome-car view.  Again, I need help as to the location:

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 3:39 AM

Two more from that trip:

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Posted by MidlandMike on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:57 PM

daveklepper

Two more from that trip:

 

 

Looks like Gore Canyon where the line is higher up above the river than in the other Colorado River canyons.

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, April 4, 2021 7:16 AM

Thanks!

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Posted by LANDON ROWELL on Sunday, April 4, 2021 2:38 PM

This wonderful story brings back memories of when I rode this train in January of 2002. Riding in January meant that the Donner Pass was completely buried in fresh snow and was absolutely beautiful on that sunny day. The down side of an eastbound trip in January is that we descended from the Moffat Tunnel to Denver in darkness. Nearly 20 years later, I have not gotten back to ride this stretch in daylight.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Sunday, April 4, 2021 9:53 PM

Thanks for sharing the photos, the Rio Grande is one of my favorites.

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