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Date: 03/19/17 06:46
"I christen thee the California Zephyr" 68 years ago today!
Author: USNChief

March 19, 1949, 3 complete brand new California Zephyrs were in Chicago, and three complete brand new California Zephyrs  waited in the San Francisco Bay area. One Zephyr was in San Francisco in front of the Pier 3 Building and the Ferry Building, there was a reviewing stand and about a thousand people. Edward Budd, Jr.. the car manufacturer was there. Western Pacific's president Harry Mitchell was present. Warner Brothers young movie starlet Eleanor Parker swung a bottle of local champagne against Western Pacific diesel engine #802's F-3 nose and said "I christen thee the California Zephyr". The next day #17 and 18 would start service.

Ret. Navy Chief Bob Jensen
Manteno MP 47 CN/IC Main Line , IL



Date: 03/19/17 08:44
Re: "I christen thee the California Zephyr" 69 years ago today!
Author: dan

my birthday present



Date: 03/19/17 09:33
Re: "I christen thee the California Zephyr" 69 years ago today!
Author: MojaveBill

The best way to enjoy Feather River Canyon in those days!
They also served a really great chocolate milkshake.

Bill Deaver
Mojave, CA



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/19/17 09:34 by MojaveBill.



Date: 03/19/17 09:44
Re: "I christen thee the California Zephyr" 69 years ago today!
Author: yooperfan

March 21, 1970 was the date of the last run of the original CZ, 47 years ago.



Date: 03/19/17 11:10
Re: "I christen thee the California Zephyr" 69 years ago today!
Author: CarolVoss

We rode Oakland to Chicago in July 1949,. Had a bedroom for my parents and me---$300.
C

Carol Voss
Salinas, CA



Date: 03/19/17 12:34
Re: "I christen thee the California Zephyr" 69 years ago today!
Author: NGotwalt

Here is a thought, Amtrak has run it's California Zephyr for thirteen more years than the original CZ ran. Alas, its the only CZ I have ever known.
Cheers,
Nick



Date: 03/19/17 14:48
Re: "I christen thee the California Zephyr" 69 years ago today!
Author: alan2955

Check that math again. It's 68 years. Lol

Posted from iPhone



Date: 03/19/17 20:26
Re: "I christen thee the California Zephyr" 69 years ago today!
Author: jp1822

alan2955 Wrote:
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> Check that math again. It's 68 years. Lol
>
> Posted from iPhone

The Western Pacific/Rio Grande/Burlington threw in the towell around 1970. Amtrak started up the service as the San Fransisco Zephyr until around 1983 when Claytor finally got it on the Moffat tunnel route. So there's about a 13 year gap between original service and Amtrak's continued service.                                               



Date: 03/20/17 10:09
Re: "I christen thee the California Zephyr" 69 years ago today!
Author: yooperfan

The original CZ ran for 21 years, Amtrak's now for 34 years. Sure it's not the same equipment and level of service, but it's not bad and the scenery is still there (substituting Donner for the FRC).

Who in the rail fan community in 1970 would have predicated that a new CZ would be running in 2017, and hopefully  for many years longer.



Date: 03/20/17 13:00
Re: "I christen thee the California Zephyr" 69 years ago today!
Author: agentatascadero

CarolVoss Wrote:
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> We rode Oakland to Chicago in July 1949,. Had a
> bedroom for my parents and me---$300.
> C 
     Geez, Carol, I wonder if we were on the same train?  We, my Dad and I, were up front, in the first coach, heading for, among other stops, the Chicago Railroad's Fair.  AA

Stanford White
Carmel Valley, CA



Date: 03/20/17 16:23
Re: "I christen thee the California Zephyr" 69 years ago today!
Author: chakk

And I rode Sacramento to Chicago in September 1969 in a roomette.   I still consider this Circle Trip around the USA my greatest train trip ever.   Capitol Limited -> North Coast Limited -> Seattle to Portland Pool Train -> Cascade -> California Zephyr -> Broadway Limited -> NEC corridor train from Philly to D.C.



Date: 03/20/17 19:56
Re: "I christen thee the California Zephyr" 69 years ago today!
Author: burlingtonjohn

jp1822 Wrote:
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> The Western Pacific/Rio Grande/Burlington threw in
> the towell around 1970. Amtrak started up the
> service as the San Fransisco Zephyr until around
> 1983 when Claytor finally got it on the Moffat
> tunnel route. So there's about a 13 year gap
> between original service and Amtrak's
> continued service.

No. The WP gave up the ghost ... the Burlington and Rio Grande were willing to continue.

Regards,
Burlington John
 



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