Wednesday, April 30, 2008

California Zephyr...

Parked between Condor Flats and the Sunshine Plaza at Disney's California Adventure is the Western Pacific 804D, also known as The California Zephyr.

The California Zephyr has a storied past and this particular engine was traded back to General Electric for credit after a crash in 1972. I wasn't able to verify if the train at DCA was the original--does anyone know for sure?

The California Zephyr was a passenger train known for its domes, which held an additional 24 passengers on a top level. The CZ operated from 1950 to 1970 and traveled from Chicago to San Francisco with stops in Denver and Salt Lake City. It was a two and a half day trip covering over 2,500 miles. At Disney's California Adventure, they have modified a few passenger trains to serve in some new retail capacities.

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