Timetables were issued both under the California
Zephyr name as well as by the three individual railroads. The CZ's
schedule varied surprisingly little over the years, as did the train's
consist. Those shown here are just a sample of the timetables issued. For
an incomplete-but-growing list of all CZ timetables, click
Western Pacific -- Corrected to March 20, 1949. Issued on
Inauguration Day, this timetable is surprisingly bland, with no big ads
for the train, nor any hoopla at all. Just one small promo photo from inside
the dome car. However, this photo is a bit significant, in that it shows
windshield wipers on the dome's front windows. These were removed very
soon after the beginning of service.
Rio Grande -- Issued June 1, 1949. Unlike the WP, the Rio
Grande celebrated their new train with several pages of advertising, although
the CZ didn't make the cover. Four sheets, folded twice.
Zephyr -- Issued March 20, 1949. Single sheet, folded
once. A some what stark "generic" timetable for an Inaugration Day issue.
Back has meal service description and some pricing.
Western Pacific-- Corrected to September 27, 1953. Two sheets,
folded twice. Note that the quill of the feather has a streamliner, as
opposed to the steam train on the
Flyer time table. Also note the WP's 1953 anniversary logo.
Western Pacific -- WP's most embarrassing timetable.
1955 Western Pacific -- April 24, 1955.
Essentially identical to the 1953 edition, except the photo
page inside the back cover. (Courtesy of Merrill Thurman)
Zephyr -- July 6, 1954. Single sheet, folded once.
Zephyr -- August 1, 1955. Single sheet, folded once.
Rio Grande -- Corrected to October 1955. Four sheets, folded
twice. The CZ is included with the D&RGW's other trains (the Prospector,
Colorado Eagle and Royal Gorge).
Western Pacific Single sheet, folded once. Condensed
Inside back advertisement for the CZ, and a tribute to the dome monument
in Glenwood Canyon has a neat linedrawing of the Dome
Monument. The inspiration for the dome car struck an EMD employee riding
in a locomotive through Glenwood Canyon in 1944. Today, the monument
is preserved at the Colorado Railroad Museum (Dave Cross photo)
Advertisement on page 3; closeups of diner,
in the dome, the Dome Monument in Glenwood
Condensed schedule for entire CZ route. Includes
PRR/NYC through sleeper schedule.
Detailed schedule of D&RGW's portion of the route. This take up two
pages in the timetable:
page 6 and page
1964 Rio Grande -- October 25, 1964. Three sheets, folded
once glue bound.
Western Pacific -- October 29, 1967. Two sheets, folded
twice. Center has route maps. Includes connections to Kansas City (CB&Q)
and Minneapolis (CRIP) and St. Louis, via the "UP/N&W"... I had originally
thought (and stated here) that this might have been a mis-print and that
"C&NW" was actually meant, but Bruce Perry wrote that "N&W is correct,
the line being the ex-Wabash which the N&W had acquired by that time."
1968 Rio Grande -- Issued November 1, 1968.
Western Pacific -- January 1 through December 31, 1969.
Single sheet folded twice.
Rio Grande Zephyr -- The Lady's pared-down successor;
double sided card. Back view
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