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FALL COLORS ZEPHYR

TO CHICAGO & HUNTINGTON

PRIVATE RAIL CARS/TOURIST/RAILFAN

OCTOBER 7-12, 2016

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TRAVELING OVER THE CZ ROUTE

 

 

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Celebrate the glories of Fall from your seat in a Vista-Dome!  Experience what it was like to travel on the Scenic Way Across America in our Silver Fleet of cars that were built for this route! Our Silver Fleet cars will be coupled to the rear of Amtrak's California Zephyr and will travel over what is arguably the most beautiful rail route in the US as we make our way to Chicago, and on to Huntington, West Virginia, where Silver Lariat is to be a part of the famed New River Gorge special trains, which are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year!

 

Our route will take us on a daylight crossing of Donner Pass, first crossed by rail in 1867, then across the Nevada desert and along the south shore of the Great Salt Lake to Salt Lake City, reached in the wee hours. Earlybirds will watch dawn break over the Wasatch as we climb to Soldier Summit, then follow the Price River to the desert of eastern Utah.  Shortly before leaving Utah we encounter the Colorado River, and follow it up into the Rockies almost to its source near the Continental Divide.  Along the way we will travel through the fabled Five Canyons of the Colorado, most famous of which is Glenwood Canyon, for which the Vista-dome was conceived.   All the time we will see nature's spectacle of Fall Colors unfold before us.  We may even see some antelope, deer, or perhaps a migrating herd of elk in the higher reaches. We cross the Continental Divide underground, in the over six mile long Moffatt Tunnel.  Emerging back into late afternoon daylight we begin our nearly two hour descent of the Front Range to Denver.  As twilight approaches we get the illusion of an airliner slowly coming in to land as the lights of Denver, which we first saw far below, get ever closer. After a stop in Denver we set off to race across eastern Colorado, Nebraska, and Iowa on our way to Chicago.  We cross the mighty Mississippi at Burlington in late morning, and start the final leg of our journey to the Windy City. Our journey continues with our cars coupled to Amtrak's Cardinal, which will depart Chicago in the late afternoon on Oct 11.  Overnight we will travel through Indiana, parts of Ohio and Kentucky, and arrive at our destination in Huntington about breakfast time.

 

THE ITINERARY

 

DAY 1 FRIDAY OCTOBER 7: (B-L-D)

 

Depart Emeryville, California onboard our private railroad cars coupled to Amtrak's California Zephyr at 9:10AM for the run along the San Francisco Bay , across the Sacramento Valley and over Donner Pass in the High Sierra. Lunch will be served as we climb into the mountains. Arrival in Reno is at 4:06PM. Passengers may board or detrain at any Amtrak station where this train makes a stop. This would be: Martinez, Davis, Sacramento, Roseville, Colfax, Truckee, or Reno. After departing Reno we speed out across the Nevada desert as you enjoy the sunset as you have dinner in the dome cars. Later in the evening you can have a night cap and turn in for the night. In Nevada the train makes stops at Winnemucca and Elko and we can take passengers at both of these stations.

 

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DAY 2 SATURDAY OCTOBER 8: (B-L-D)

 

Arrival in Salt Lake City, Utah is at 3:05AM and departure is at 3:30AM. We start the climb up into the Wasatch Range of Utah just before sunrise. Wake up to the scenic splendor of this colorful mountain range with a hot cup of coffee before a full breakfast is served in the dome cars. Once we reach Solder's Summit the train enters Price River Canyon and heads east into the eastern Utah desert towards Colorado. Soon we enter remote Ruby Canyon as the train runs next to the Colorado River and into Colorado deep in this canyon with bright red rock cliffs raising hundreds of feet above the train. As we make our way across Colorado we enter Glenwood Canyon deep in the Rockies and again following the Colorado River as lunch is served. Next the train enters Little and Big Gore Canyons with countless tunnels. At the ski resort of Winter Park we enter the 6.2 mile Moffat Tunnel and run under the massive spine of the Rockies and then start the steep descend towards Denver. Arrival in Denver is scheduled for 6:38PM. You are welcome to stretch your legs. Departure is at 7:10PM as our train picks up speed for the fast night run across Nebraska.

 

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DAY 3 SUNDAY OCTOBER 9: (B-L)

 

Early risers will catch the crossing over the Missouri River and into Iowa. The morning hours our train crosses Iowa running through the many farms. Late morning we cross the Mississippi River and enter Illinois. Finally we arrive in Chicago at 2:50PM. Our Chicago passengers leave us here but our Huntington passengers will need to arrange your own lodging for two nights and rejoin us Tuesday late afternoon.

 

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DAY 4 TUESDAY OCTOBER 11: (D)

 

Our Zephyr cars will be attached to Amtrak Cardinal departing Chicago at 5:45PM. After you get all settled in to your bedrooms then join us in the Vista Domes for cocktails and dinner as night falls crossing the Indiana countryside. For those still up you can stretch your legs in Indianapolis for a few minutes before departure at 11:59PM.

 

DAY 5 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 12: (B)

 

Early risers will catch a glimpse of Kentucky before we cross the Ohio River and enter West Virginia. Arrival at Huntington at 7:09AM. Passengers planning on riding the NRHS's New River Gorge excursion may stay onboard our cars if you wish which will be parked next to the depot.

 

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tour includes

 

Guaranteed Vista-dome seating.

 

Overnight accommodations in our sleepers:  Roomettes, Double Bedrooms, Drawing Room, Stateroom.

 

Meals prepared fresh on board by our chef, served on our monogram china on tablecloths from the original California Zephyr.

 

Complimentary bar featuring premium labels of beer, wine, and spirits.

 

 

This trip is contingent on a minimum number of passengers.

The final decision to operate will be made on July 1, 2016.

 

 

Accommodations:

 

Roomette:

One person.  Single murphy-style bed, sink with hot and cold running water in room.  Sofa-style chair and visitor bench by day.  Small closet for hanging garments.  Generous overhead storage shelf.

 

Double Bedroom: 

1 or 2 persons.  Upper and lower berths.  Upper berth is the same size as the lower, with lots of headroom for those wishing to sit up and read. Enclosed annex containing toilet and sink (toilet, sink and hand-held shower in Silver Solarium.)  Closet for hanging garments; overhead storage for luggage.

 

Drawing Room:

Up to 3 persons.  Two lower berths and one upper berth, same size as lowers.  Sofa and folding chair for day use.  Larger annex with toilet, sink, and fixed-head shower.  Larger closet for hanging garments.  Overhead luggage storage.

 

Stateroom:

Added on by previous owner.  One or two persons.  Booth seating folds to be come a standard double (full) bed.  Large closet for hanging garments, shelves under closet for luggage storage.  Annex with toilet sink and shower.

 

 

ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON

 

 

Emeryville to Chicago, Oct 7-9

 

SPECIAL DISCOUNT TO CHICAGO -$200
Roomette................. $2,499 single occupancy 1 Left
Double Bedroom..... $2,499 double occupancy 5 left
Drawing Room........ $2,999 double occupancy sold out
Stateroom.............. $2,999 double occupancy sold out

SPECIAL DISCOUNT TO CHICAGO-$200

roomettesingle occupancy$2,4991 left

double bedroomdouble occupancy$2,4995 left

drawing roomdouble occupancy$2,999sold out

stateroomdouble occupancy$2,999sold out

 

 

Chicago to Huntington, Oct 11-12

 

SPECIAL DISCOUNT TO CHICAGO -$100
Roomette................. $1,199 single occupancy 8 left
Double Bedroom..... $1,199 double occupancy 6 left
Drawing Room........ $1,599 double occupancy 1 left
Stateroom.............. $1,599 double occupancy 1 left

SPECIAL DISCOUNT TO CHICAGO-$100

roomettesingle occupancy$1,1998 left

double bedroomdouble occupancy$1,1996 left

drawing roomdouble occupancy$1,5991 left

stateroomdouble occupancy$1,5991 left

 

 

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