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Western Pacific "California Zephyr" Vista-Dome Car

The California Zephyr was a train that ran from Chicago, Illinois to Oakland, California between 1949 and 1970. The route covered 2,525 miles each trip, and averaged 2 and one half days to complete, for an average of 45 mph. The "Silver Crescent" is a Vista-Dome Car, with a large glass dome on the top of the car where passengers can ride and see in all directions around the train. It was donated to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in 1981.

Attached to the "Silver Crescent" are the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Sleeping Cars the "Silver Vale" and the Slumbercoach "Silver Slumber" , and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad Dining Car.

GCRM Tour
  1. Ferdinand Magellan Presidential Railcar, U.S. Car No. 1
  2. Western Pacific "California Zephyr" Vista-Dome Car
  3. Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) Steam Locomotive #153
  4. Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) Observation Bar Lounge #254
  5. U.S. Army Hospital Car #89436
  6. Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) Passenger Coach #136
  7. Seaboard Air Line Railroad (SAL) Passenger Combination Baggage-Coach #259
  8. Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) Maintenance of Way Car Renumbered as #1996
  9. Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) Caboose #0322