“Riding on the Scenic Lines of the Denver and Rio Grande Western”

The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railway operated what many consider the world’s most famous passenger train, the California Zephyr, a joint operation with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad from Chicago to Denver and the Western Pacific Railroad from Salt Lake City to Oakland, California. In an effort to compete with the Union Pacific’s faster, less mountainous route and 39-hour schedule, the California Zephyr offered a more leisurely journey featuring breathtaking vistas through the Rockies in beautiful streamlined dome cars and equipment. The D&RGW operated over one-hundred and eighty named passenger trains throughout its existence. Some of the more well-known of these passenger trains include the The Scenic Limited (Denver-Salt Lake City via Royal Gorge), the Royal Gorge (Denver-Grand Junction via Royal Gorge), the Exposition Flyer (Chicago-Oakland), the California Zephyr (Chicago-Oakland), the Prospector (Denver-Salt Lake City-Ogden), the Yampa Valley Mail (Denver-Craig), the Yampa Valley (Denver-Craig), the Rio Grande Zephyr (Denver-Salt Lake City), the Mountaineer (Denver-Grand Junction-Montrose), the San Juan Express (Alamosa-Durango), the Shavano (Salida-Gunnison), the Silverton (Durango-Silverton), the Special Ski Train (Denver-Winter Park), the Colorado Eagle (operated in conjunction with the Missouri Pacific Railroad between St. Louis and Denver), and the Panoramic (between Ogden and Denver). From 1940 to 2009 the Ski Train connected Denver with Winter Park, Colorado.


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