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  1. P

    Hello from Swindon, UK

    Hi This is Paul from Swindon in the UK. So far my only LD trip has been from Seattle to LA on the Coast Starlight, which was great. In Sept this year I am taking the Cardinal from NYC to Chicago and then, after a few days there, boarding the California Zephyr to spend a few days in San...
  2. trainnewbee

    California Zephyr discussion

    Hello fellow train lovers, I am thinking of taking the California Zephyr the entire way some time between November 2022 - March 2023. I have taken it from Emeryville to Chicago before in October 2019, but I wish to travel along that route again when the mountains are covered in snow. I was...
  3. M

    Planning a December trip! (Discussing SWC/CZ schedule performance etc.)

    I'm planning a long Amtrak trip (for a family of four, I am the 20 year old planning the train component of the family trip :)) to California that will probably take place in early December. Earlier is fine but December seems to have lots of low buckets! Note that I live in the MSP area, so the...
  4. Bonser

    Amtrak delays

    What's going on with the Zephyr this past week? It's been coming into Chicago in the wee am hours and yesterday's westbound #5 is arriving Emeryville today at 10:46. That's the ETA. Today's WB is already over 6 hours late and counting.
  5. J

    Has anyone get check by CBP on the California Zephyr route?

    I am new here and not sure that is it right to post here I want to take this line very much But my friend has a document problem So we worry about the CBP This route , most of the line is not in the 100 miles rule, So we hope it will be ok If anyone get to check by CBP on this line before...
  6. S

    Amtrak long distance fares 2021-2023

    The low bucket price on the Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles for one is $899,up from $623 last week. The other Western trains,the California Zephyr and the Empire Builder are still at $563 and $529 to their end points from Chicago. Is there any logical explanation for the huge spike...
  7. CaptPete 43

    Ski and use the train

    My wife and I have done this trip, or parts of it, multiple times: Denver to Winter Park by California Zephyr or Winter Park Express . Ski a few days at Winter Park. Winter Park to Salt Lake City by the California Zephyr . Coach is adequate. The train crosses the Rockies and Wasatch Mountains...
  8. J

    California Zephyr Eastbound question: Bedroom / Car 632 / Room D

    Hi! While I have traveled regional trains via Amtrak before, this June trip will be my first long distance trip. Does anyone know if my bedroom will have the couch facing Eastbound? The direction the train is traveling? Car 632 / Room D I forgot to ask that when making my reservation. I get...
  9. M

    SWC transfer to CS

    One of the trip plans I have bouncing around in my head is to take the SWC to LAX from GBB, then the CS to EMY, and back to GBB on the CZ. I would spend the bulk of my vacation in the EMY area and very little in LAX. I can put the CS and the SWC on the same ticket but it's cutting it close (8:00...
  10. Willbridge

    Trip Report: DAV>DEN on August 17/19 2021

    Of course, I should mention how I got to my family reunion from DEN first. It was by bus through Montana due to the combination of mudslides in Glenwood Canyon blocking the UP (ex-D&RGW) line and I-70/US6. That triggered off sell-outs and fare increases on the somewhat parallel Greyhound...
  11. JermyZP

    Where is this car located on the California Zephyr?

    I have made reservations for the California Zephyr on January and was put in car 530. I thought during the winter season it would only be 531 and 532? I want to know if this would be the transition car or the car next to the dining car?
  12. Chas

    Troublesome Fire and Zephyr in Colorado

    The Troublesome Fire, burning west of Rocky Mountain National Park, "blew up" yesterday (Oct. 21) and is now close to the California Zephyr's route. Map at the link. Something to keep an eye on if you are traveling on 5 or 6, maybe.
  13. L

    WAS-CHI-MTZ with a toddler

    My husband, my toddler (16mo), and I took the Capitol Limited and California Zephyr in early August 2020 to go from Washington DC to Martinez, CA (SF Bay Area). The trip was 3 nights. First I want to say thank you for all of the very helpful information in this forum! It was a dream come...
  14. hallasm

    California Zephyr - Chicago to San Francisco in the Winter

    Amtrak California Zephyr train #5 departing from Chicago February 7, 2020. Beautiful journey through the snow covered Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Canyons and Sierra Nevada during winter. Note at 12 m 40 s: Due to a problem with one of the engines in Winnemucca we got an additional Union...
  15. E

    California Zephyr late arrivals?

    #5 arrived in Denver 11 hours late today, and #6 arrived in Chicago 4-1/2 hours late tonight. Any news of what causing these delays? Even if the weather's bad west of Denver should that affect the Chicago to Denver run?
  16. Willbridge

    Southwestern Circle Trip

    In July - August 2019 I made the Southwestern Circle Trip beginning in Denver, with an added segment to Seaside and Portland, Oregon for reunions (and to see lots of water). I was able to remain on the planned itinerary shown in the following message, with nothing but the usual delays, not...
  17. M

    2014 30 Day Rail Pass Trip

    This happened almost five years ago, but I thought that I should share the details of this trip: in part because I have been writing too many non-Amtrak things on this Amtrak forum! So, back in the summer of 2014, my life was kind of stuck in a rut for reasons I won't bore you with, and my...
  18. Willbridge

    ColoRail general meeting

    ColoRail, the Colorado Rail Passenger Association, will hold its next general meeting on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 3435 S Inca Street, a short walk from the Englewood Station and City Hall/Library. Coffee will be ready at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. The public is...