Category Archives: Western Pacific

Amtrak California Zephyr predecessor, from Western Pacific timetable, April 28, 1968, front and back covers

Today’s Zephyr goes over Donner Pass, on tracks that were Southern Pacific’s, instead of through the Feather River Canyon, on tracks that were Western Pacific’s. The route between Salt Lake City and Chicago, through the heart of the Rockies on … Continue reading

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Budd Western Pacific “Zephyrette” RDC Ad

  For more about RDCs, and more about Western Pacific’s Zephyrettes, click on RDC on side bar.

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California Zephyr refurbished

In the late 1950s through the first half of 1960 the three railroads that ran the pre-Amtrak California Zephyr refurbished the train’s cars that had been functioning since the late 1940s. Above is the refurbished cocktail lounge beneath the dome … Continue reading

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Western Pacific freight diesel color scheme, 1942

Photo, Western Pacific; reproduced here from a post card distributed by Lyman E. Cox.

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Budd RDC car in National Geographic ad and the Zephyrette and Choctaw Rocket in photos

Budd’s RDC car, in a National Geographic ad above, was the railroads’ solution to running trains over routes that didn’t draw many passengers. The longest RDC run was Western Pacific’s Zephyrette, companion to¬†Western Pacific’s¬†California Zephyr (for which I’ve already posted … Continue reading

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