A surprising amount of the CZ's equipment has survived through the years, some of it still remaining in regular service, some in charter service, and other pieces in museums.
Do you have any updated information on these cars? Do you know of the whereabouts of a car or locomotive not listed on this page? Do you have any photos? Please let us know at CZMuseum@yahoo.com. Some information on the Dome cars was derived from the Dome Car List. (Also from the Dome List, if you're confused about whether a particular dome car with the name Silver in it is a CZ or other Zephyr car, you can check the all-time Silver index.)
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WP 805A, an EMD FP7A, is the last remaining example of the WP's Zephyr power, now owned by the Portola Railroad Museum.
D&RGW 5771 and 5762, EMD F9A and F9B. Restored and on display at the Colorado Railroad Museum.
D&RGW 6002. Alco PB-1 originally was purchased as a part of A-B-A set 600, the set was later renumbered 6001, 6002 and 6003. Converted first to a steam generator car, then later to HEP. Currently used as back up for Ski Train service.
CB&Q 9911. This is the last remain EMC E5, and while it's more well-known for its Nebraska Zephyr service, the Silver Pilot did take an occasional turn at the point of the CZ. Now she is the pride and joy of the Illinois Railroad Musuem. (Photo by Darryl Van Nort, resident on his Illinois Railroad Museum web page.)
The Burlington's E Unit Survivors: After a short time utilizing its three sets of F3s for CZ power, the Q began to draw from its pool of EMD E units for the rest of the CZ's life. Twenty four of these Es have survived over the years, and are listed in this table.
Silver Antelope (ex-D&RGW 1100, ACR 211, WC/ACR 302) Still in operation with Wisconsin Central / Algoma Central.
Silver Beaver (ex-WP 801) Now owned by Via Rail and is in storage pending rebuilding. For a while Via was talking of putting snack counters in all baggage cars, but plans were modified also due to the 1990 budgetary cutbacks. Temporarily assigned the number 628. (Thanks to Erik Langeland and Richard Montgomery for the information.)
Silver Stag (ex-WP 802) Purchased directly from the WP by William Harmson who lived in Wheatridge CO (his company "Liquid Sugars" supplied "Jolly Rancher Candies" with raw product for their plants). Mr. Harmson then donated the car to its current owner, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum.(Thanks to John Forbes McLean for the info)
Silver Bridle (ex-CB&Q 4716, BN 4716, Amtrak 9450, DRCX 7031, leased toARR 1984-86), Owned by Mexican American Railways, a Mexico tour operation, and based in Nogales, MX.
Silver Lodge (ex-CB&Q 4717, BN 4685, Amtrak 9451, DRCX 7032, leased to ARR 7032 1984-86), Owned by Mexican American Railways, a Mexico tour operation, and based in Nogales, MX.
Silver Lariat (ex-CB&Q 4718, BN 4718, Amtrak 9452, HERM 4718, now CZRC 4718), now owned and operated for charter by California Zephyr Railcar Charters, based in Los Angles, CA.
Silver Ranch (ex-CB&Q 4719, BN 4719, Amtrak 9453, Salt Lake Garfield and Western, Kasten Railcar KRSX 9453, BN 1990 as BN 1, BNSF 22), Currently stored in Topeka, KS.
Silver Rifle (ex-CB&Q 4720, BN 4720, Amtrak 9454) Now owned by the Golden Gate Railroad Museum, with restoration being planned.
Silver Saddle (ex-CB&Q 4721,
BN 4721, Amtrak 9455) This car was sold in 1982 by Amtrak after being damaged
at their Los Aneles 8th Street yards by a transient-caused fire
which left the car beyond economical repair. It was then sold to J. Mayfield
who scrapped the car in Los Angeles, March 1984 .
Silver Stirrup (ex-CB&Q 4722, BN 4722, Amtrak 9456, Denver Railway Car DRCX 7034, leased to ARR 7056 1984-86, Roaring Fork, Texas Limited, South Orient Express). Currently owned by DRC, operating on Mexican American Railway's South Orient Express. (Photo courtesy of Kenan Lott, DRC)
Silver Bronco (ex-D&RGW 1105, ANSCO 1105) Currently stored at the old D&RGW Burnham yard in Denver (UP refers to it as Denver Diesel now).
Silver Colt (ex-D&RGW 1106, to Amtrak 4/83 9446, Denver Railway Car DRCX 7021, Roaring Fork, Texas Limited, South Orient Express). Currently owned by DRC, operating on Mexican American Railway's South Orient Express. (Photo courtesy of Kenan Lott, DRC)
Silver Mustang (ex-D&RGW 1107, to Amtrak 4/83 9447, Denver Railway Car DRCX 7022, leased to ARR 7022 1984-86) Was to be sold at auction May 15, 1999. Reportedly purchased by an organization in Mexico prior to the auction.As of 8/99, still owned by DRC, currently at Trans-Texas, San Antonio TX.
Silver Pony (ex-D&RGW 1108, to Amtrak 4/83 9448, Denver Railway Car DRCX 7033, leased to ARR 7033 1984-86) Was to be sold at auction May 15, 1999. Reportedly purchased by an organization in Mexico prior to the auction. As of 8/99, still owned by DRC, currently at Trans-Texas, San Antonio TX.
Silver Dollar (ex-WP 811, AutoTrain 460, Anbel Corp, Starlight Limited, Inc Starlight Limited), now at Illinois Transit Assembly Corp. and is currently for sale for $70,000 (click here for specs). (Illinois Transit Assembly photo)
Silver Feather (ex-WP 812, AutoTrain 461, Texas Southern, Transcisco, Washington Central 812) Now a part of BCRail's Starlight Dinner Train, still as 812, but renamed Moonglow.
Silver Palace (ex-WP 813, AutoTrain 462, Vista Rail 813, ACR#? Spirit of Superior) Now owned and operated by the Algoma Central Railway on their Agawa Canyon tourist train.
Silver Sage (ex-WP 814, AutoTrain 463) Reportedly now owned by R. Buhro, Wallbridge, OH.
Silver Schooner (ex-WP 815, AutoTrain
470) Parted out 1981-82 and scrapped in Sanford, FL, 1983.
Silver Scout (ex-WP 816, AutoTrain 471) Owned by Wilson Engineering, Cleburne TX, still in full AutoTrain colors.
Silver Thistle (ex-WP 817, Autotrain 464, James Strates Shows) Now owned by Via Rail and is in storage pending rebuilding into to SKYLINE cars, configuration, with 24 seat dining room, 24 seat dome, kitchen and service facilities under the dome, and lounge seating. The Thistle has been assigned the temporary number of 522 but has not yet been assigned a name. (Thanks to Erik Langeland and Richard Montgomery for the information.)
Silver Club (ex-CB&Q 250, BN
250, Amtrak 9810) stored during 10/81; 3/84 sold to G.W.Davis/"Island
Tours" Little Rock AR (800296); 1986 sold to Kasten Railcar and and
stored at Monad Railway Services (L.A.); 1991 sold to Doug Ebert
and Charlie Barenfanger of Vandalia IL but remained stored in L.A.; 1995
sold to Dirk Lenthe and currently stored in Fargo ND.
Silver Lounge (ex-CB&Q 251, BN 251, Amtrak 9811, Vandalia Railroad, Sierra Hotel Railway) Now known as Sierra Hotel; has been rebuilt to include a unique open observation deck. Operated for charter by Sierra Hotel Railway, Inc.. In July 1999 it was leased to Wisconsin Central, who applied WC logos.
Silver Roundup (ex-CB&Q 252, BN 252, BN 804, Amtrak 9812) The original car was damaged by fire in April 1970 while being stored at WP's Oakland yard. Following this mishap WP "swapped" CB&Q the Silver Chalet, which was then renumbered CB&Q 252. The hulk of the original Roundup was sold to Purdy Metals of Chicago, IL, and scrapped at their Mojave, CA, facilitiy. The "new" Roundup was last owned by Quad Graphics (1986) who renumbered the car 800274. A rebuild was completed by QuadRail Div in the west wing of the old Milwaukee Railcar facility as an open-end(rounded!) observation car. Current status is unknown.
Silver Shop (ex-D&RGW 1140) Now owned by Via Rail and is in storage pending rebuilding into to SKYLINE cars, configuration, with 24 seat dining room, 24 seat dome, kitchen and service facilities under the dome, and lounge seating. The Shop has been assigned the temporary number of 519 but has not yet been assigned a name. (Thanks to Erik Langeland and Richard Montgomery for the information.)
Silver Chalet (ex-WP 831, 2nd CB&Q 252, Amtrak 9812). This car apparently was transferred to the CB&Q and renumbered 252 after the original 252, Silver Roundup was damaged on WP rails and had to be withdrawn from service. See the Silver Roundup (listed above) for further information. Now owned by Quad Graphics, Inc., location unknown.
Silver Hostel (ex-WP 832, D&RGW 832, R&V Trailer Sales) now owned by the FRRS/Portola Railroad Museum, it is currently undergoing restoration in Portola, California.
Chair Cars (Formerly 16-Section Sleeper)
Silver Maple (ex-CB&Q 400 [sleeper], rebuilt 1963 to chair car configuration, CB&Q 4742). Now owned by the St. Louis Chapter NRHS, stored at the St. Louis Museum of Transportation and undergoing restoration. Note: Photos of this car in original CZ livery are needed by the restoration crews. If you have any, please contact the folks at StL-NRHS
Silver Larch (ex-CB&Q 401 [sleeper], rebuilt 1964 to chair, CB&Q 4743). Now owned by the St. Louis Chapter NRHS, stored at the St. Louis Museum of Transportation and undergoing restoration. Note: Photos of this car in original CZ livery are needed by the restoration crews. If you have any, please contact the folks at StL-NRHS
Silver Cedar (ex-CB&Q 402, 4744, built 1952, rebuilt 1964). Currently at Illinois Transit Assembly Corp., for sale for $18,000 (minus the wheels...such a deal! Click for specs -- cursor down; car is shown below Silver Pine entry). Car was damaged in an Amtrak roll-over wreck and needs structural repair, possibly extensive. Amazingly, this car still retains the CZ markings. (Illinois Transit Assembly photo)
Silver Pine (ex-D&RGW 1121, rebuilt 1964) Currently at Illinois Transit Assembly Corp., for sale for $75,000 specs (specs), and is in fairly complete and good condition. (Illinois Transit Assembly photo)
[Scrapped and not listed: S. Platter]
Silver Cafe (ex-CB&Q 193, Amtrak 8510) Current status unknown.
Silver Restaurant (ex-CB&Q 194, Amtrak 8551) Current status unknown.
Silver Diner (ex-CB&Q 195, Amtrak 8504) Current status unknown.
Silver Banquet (ex-D&RGW 1115, Amtrak ?) After the final run of the RGZ, this car was purchased by Amtrak, but a crack was discovered in the frame, and it was subsequently scrapped.
Silver Plate (ex-WP 841) Currently owned by the California State Railroad Museum and located at Railtown 1897, in Jamestown CA. It is currently used as a meeting room for docents, among other things, and is not open to the public. Reportedly, the interior is relatively intact. (A. Radecki photo, Jamestown, mid-1970s)
Sleeper -- 10 Roomette, 6 Double Bedroom
[Scrapped and not listed: S. Pass, Gorge, Creek, Glacier, Mountain, Palisade, Range, Bay, Surf. See Mexican page for details.]
Silver Valley (ex-CB&Q 428) Rebuilt by Canadian Pacific into a mechanical test car, #66. (Thanks to Richard Montgomery for the information)
Silver Summit (ex-D&RGW 1131, SDC 642 Sevilla) Listed for sale by FNM in 1999; possibly headed for the Merida Museum (see the Mexican page for details).
Silver Creek (ex-D&RGW 1133, NdeM Guadalajara) Now in Mexico, owned by Silver Creek International. Note: There is some confusion about this car. One report gives the above information, another is that the Creek became SDC 644 Valladolid, and one report is that it has since been scrapped, another is that it is the San Luis Potosi Railroad Museum. Can anyone clarify? More info and photos on the Mexican page.
Silver Rapids (ex-PRR 8449), this was the one 10/6 sleeper built for the Pennsylvania for through-car service to New York City. Now owned and operated for charter by Eagle Cañon Passenger Car Co., and as such has been rebuilt with eight roomettes, 6 bedrooms and a small kitchen for limited meal service.
Silver Arroyo (ex-WP 861, ex FCP 280 Lago Patzcuaro, FCP 1974) Converted from 10-6 sleeper to coach by FCP at unknown date and became nameless. Fate uncertain.
Sleeper -- 5 Compartment, 6 Double Bedroom
[Scrapped and not listed: S. Gull, Crane and Swallow; see Mexican page for details]
Silver Quail (ex-CB&Q 451), this was one of the additional cars purchased for the CZ in 1952, now owned by William and Benjamin Butterworth, and operated for charter. The Quail is just finishing up two years worth of rework at Illinois Transit Assembly, including a complete upgrade of the interior to an 11 bedroom sleeper, with buffet and shower facilities. It is tentatively scheduled to travel from 9-29-99 to 10-4-99 on the Chicago-New Orleans AAPRCO special.
Silver Thrush (ex-CB&Q 452, Amtrak 192221, later 10021 Elm Grove, MREX 452) Purchased in August, 1999 by Monad Railway Equipment in La Mirada, CA, for use in their lease fleet.
Dome Lounge Observation
Silver Horizon (ex-CB&Q 375, BN 375, Amtrak 9250) Had been reportedly owned by Kasten Railcar Services, but sold in 1998 for use as an Amtrak "remote station" in Maricopa, AZ. Last seen on a siding in Maricopa (9/00). Current owner unknown (Amtrak?).
Silver Penthouse (ex-CB&Q 376, BN 376, Amtrak 9251, BNSF 21) Now owned by BNSF and converted to a conference/training room at the Ft. Worth corporate headquarters. Renamed/numbered Prairie View, BNSF 21.
Silver Solarium (ex-CB&Q 377, BN 377, Amtrak 9252), now owned by Cedar Rail Enterprises and operated for charter.
Silver Lookout (ex-CB&Q 378, BN 378, Amtrak 9253, C.A. Weiffenbach) The car is now privately owned by Dirk Lenthe, and lives in Wisconsin.
Silver Sky (ex-D&RGW 1145, Equus Farms/Ansco Investments(11/87), VIA 15519 "Jasper Park") Has been purchased by Via Rail and is in storage, status pending. The Sky has been assigned the temporary number of 15519 and will be renamed Jasper Park.
Silver Crescent (ex-WP 881), was the last car on the last westbound CZ. On display at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum.
Silver Planet (ex-WP 882, LA County 108, NdeM 108, Chihuahua). After spending a short time in Los Angeles, the Silver Planet found its way south of the border, where it served as an executive car for NdeM. The car is now owned by Silver Creek International, and reportedly it is soon to return to the US.
Notes and Other Info