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California Zephyr

Etablished as a "cruise train," the California Zephyr initiated service on March 20, 1949, heading eastbound to Chicago. In the first years, the CZ, as it came to be known, was the main transportation between Chicago and San Francisco, covering the 2,532 miles in just over two days, traveling "the scenic way across America." The scheduling of the CZ purposefully put it in the magnificent landscape of the Rocky Mountains and Feather River during daylight hours, much to the delight of passengers. With its breathtaking scenery outside and excellent service inside, the CZ was "the most talked about train in the country." The California Zephyr was run as a shared effort between the CB&Q, D&RGW, and Western Pacific railroads, and as such was made up of a mix of cars provided by the three roads, and was pulled by different sets of locomotives through the three main legs of its journey. Shown below is a map of the transition points where the CB&Q, D&RGW, and WP handed the train off, and the common locomotive set up that would be used.



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N ALCO PA-1 D&RGW Aspen Gold #6011

N ALCO PA-1 D&RGW Aspen Gold #6011

The PA-1 was ALCO's entry into the passenger train diesel craze, competing directly with the E series of locomotives from EMD, and found its way into...
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N ALCO PA-1 D&RGW Aspen Gold #6011 w/ DCC Installed

N ALCO PA-1 D&RGW Aspen Gold #6011 w/ DCC Installed

The PA-1 was ALCO's entry into the passenger train diesel craze, competing directly with the E series of locomotives from EMD, and found its way into...
$150.00

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N ALCO PA-1 D&RGW Aspen Gold #6013

N ALCO PA-1 D&RGW Aspen Gold #6013

The PA-1 was ALCO's entry into the passenger train diesel craze, competing directly with the E series of locomotives from EMD, and found its way into...
$110.00

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N ALCO PA-1 D&RGW Aspen Gold #6013 w/ DCC Installed

N ALCO PA-1 D&RGW Aspen Gold #6013 w/ DCC Installed

The PA-1 was ALCO's entry into the passenger train diesel craze, competing directly with the E series of locomotives from EMD, and found its way into...
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N ALCO PB-1 D&RGW Aspen Gold

N ALCO PB-1 D&RGW Aspen Gold

The D&RGW’s PA/B-1 locomotives wore several paint schemes, the most famous of which was perhaps the “Prospector” or “Aspen Gold” paint scheme,...
$100.00

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N EMD E5A CB&Q #9910A “Silver Speed" w/ ESU LokSound DCC

N EMD E5A CB&Q #9910A “Silver Speed" w/ ESU LokSound DCC

The EMD E5 was built as a 2000 horsepower (despite the “E” in the name of the locomotive series originally referring to an “Eighteen hundred”...
$250.00

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N EMD E5A CB&Q #9910A “Silver Speed”

N EMD E5A CB&Q #9910A “Silver Speed”

The EMD E5 was built as a 2000 horsepower (despite the “E” in the name of the locomotive series originally referring to an “Eighteen hundred”...
$110.00

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N EMD F3A Western Pacific #802A

N EMD F3A Western Pacific #802A

Western Pacific wasted no time or expense when it came to providing motive power for the California Zephyr. The WP placed an order in August of 1945...
$90.00

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N EMD F3A Western Pacific #802A w/ Ready to Run DCC

N EMD F3A Western Pacific #802A w/ Ready to Run DCC

Western Pacific wasted no time or expense when it came to providing motive power for the California Zephyr. The WP placed an order in August of 1945...
$130.00

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N EMD F3A Western Pacific #803

N EMD F3A Western Pacific #803

Western Pacific wasted no time or expense when it came to providing motive power for the California Zephyr. The WP placed an order in August of 1945...
$90.00

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N EMD F3A Western Pacific #803 w/ Ready to Run DCC

N EMD F3A Western Pacific #803 w/ Ready to Run DCC

Western Pacific wasted no time or expense when it came to providing motive power for the California Zephyr. The WP placed an order in August of 1945...
$130.00

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N EMD F3B Western Pacific

N EMD F3B Western Pacific

Western Pacific wasted no time or expense when it came to providing motive power for the California Zephyr. The WP placed an order in August of 1945...
$85.00

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