Amtrak California Zephyr
Amtrak's Route Guide - Train #5 & Train #6
San Francisco * Salt Lake City * Chicago
You are traveling on board the
an Amtrak® Superliner® train.
While on board, you will be experiencing the utmost comfort and service in
train travel and witness some of the West's most spectacular scenery.
(Steve's Note: I suggest you
click here now to read the older version of the
California Zephyr Route Guide.
The new vesion has hardly any information about the sights that you will
see on this train. I don't know why Amtrak has done away with their
wonderfully detailed route guide for this route and replaced it with
a truncated version, but I have preserved the old version for you
at this web site.
All of us at Amtrak are proud to have you aboard today, and want to ensure
your trip is everything you want it to be in train travel. If you have any
questions, please do not hesitate to ask one of your friendly on-board
THE FUN STARTS HERE.
There is a lot to see and do aboard the
from relaxing, socializing with family and friends, or enjoying a wonderful
meal. Please listen for announcements of the specific times and
locations of these activities, and most of all -- have fun!
and other videos in the Sightseer Lounge. During summer months, features
for children will also be shown.
Join fellow passengers in the Lounge Car for drinks and complimentary
snacks, and don't forget to ask about regional specialties.
On-Board Car Guides from the California State Railroad Museum will
provide highlights between Sacramento and Reno. This is a seasonal program
and may not be available on all trains.
Games are also on the agenda in the Dining Car.
Just listen for the announcements and join in the fun.
Stretch Your Legs in Denver. Take some time to shop for unique crafts
and souveneirs at the station. Time is limited, so be sure not to leave the
station platform area. Also, it is very important to return to the train
when you hear the announcement to ensure a timely departure for the
continuation of your trip.
THE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR is a non-smoking train.
Smoking passengers may take advantage of scheduled smoke stops. Please
listen for on-board announcements of these stops.
ON THE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR, WATCH FOR...
San Francisco... Alcatraz... the Golden Gate Bridge... San Pueblo Bay and
the Carquinez Strait... The "Mothball Fleet" at Suisun Bay... Cape Horn...
America River Valley... Soda Springs... Donner Lake... Stanford Curve...
Reno... Ruby Canyon... Glenwood Canyon... Red Canyon... Gore Canyon...
Byers Canyon... South Boulder Canyon... Plainview... Rocky...
Missouri River... Mississippi River... Chicago.
MEET THE CREW
The Conductor is in charge of all crew members aboard, and is responsible
for the collection of tickets and the safe operation of the train. The
Chief supervises the on-board service people, and is responsible for the
service you receive while you are on the train.
ON-BOARD ACCOMMODATIONS THAT PAMPER AND PLEASE
Roomy Coach Seats with a Coach Attendant ensures that you are
comfortable and well taken care of during your travels. Please keep in
mind that seats are assigned for the duration of the trip. If you wish
to change seats consult your Attendant first. Please do not re-seat
First Class Service is provided to you by your Sleeping Car
Attendant. Your Attendant will prepare your room for daytime or nighttime
travel, provide wake-up service and bring your morning paper and beverages
to your room. Meals and other amenities are included with your First Class
accommodations. Individual speakers bring you recorded music (Channels 2
and 3) and train announcements (Channels 1 and 2). The channel selector
is located near the reading light in your room.
Private Sleeping Accommodations are available based on your needs.
Deluxe Rooms can accommodate two adults and have a private restroom and
shower. Family Rooms can accommodate up to two adults and three children,
and also have a private restroom and shower. (Steve's note: This is not
correct. The Family Room does not have its own private restroom and shower.
However, don't be too concerned. There are 3 restrooms and a shower on the
same level with the Family Room. I have never found all 3 restrooms in use
at once and it isn't difficult for everyone to get their turn in the shower).
Economy Rooms can accommodate one or two people. Ample public restrooms and
showers are conveniently located in the lower level of the Sleeping Car.
Sleeping Accommodations may be purchased on board from the Conductor (subject
Dining Car Service offers a delicious dining experience that is
truly pleasing to the palate with its unique regional flair. A crew member
will contact you if dinner reservations are necessary. Major credit cards
Meal Service for a in-room dining is available to First Class
passengers if desired. Please make arrangements with your Attendant in
advance. Station arrival times during meal service may delay in-room
dining. This delay is due to the necessity to assist passengers boarding
and de-boarding the train.
Sightseer Lounge Car on the
allows you to view the spectacular scenery along the route through the
panoramic windows on the upper level of the car. The lower level offers
light dining where sandwiches, snacks and beverages, in addition to various
sundry items, can be purchased. The Lounge Car also features first-run
movies, a Hospitality Hour with specialty drinks, and complimentary snacks
during the evening.
Experienced travelers say it's the
most beautiful train trip in all of North
America ... and as you climb to the sky
through the heart of the Rocky
Mountains -- and further west, the
High Sierra -- you'll find it hard to
disagree. Certainly, it's the most comfortable
way to travel between Chicago and
the great cities of the West. But as you
twist past the narrow canyons and
towering peaks of the Rockies, following
the Colorado River through breathtakingly
beautiful mountain wilderness --
and climb through the famous mile-high
Donner Pass in the heart of the Sierra
Nevada, you won't be thinking of
how glad you are you took the California
Zephyr to get there.
This guide details some of the attractions
at major points along the route.
Directional copy is written from west to
east, so you'll know whether to look to
the right or the left.
SALT LAKE CITY
Scenic Photo Tips
SCENIC SPOTS: Your train passes many beautiful and interesting
sights. The "camera" symbol on your Route Guide Map marks the best spots,
so have your camera ready!
OUTSIDE SHOTS: Medium-speed films (ASA 200 or higher) are recommended
for shooting scenery through the train windows. If your shutter speed is
adjustable and light conditions permit, set it at a higher speed (1/125 or
1/250 sec.) for the clearest results. Hold your lens close to the window to
eliminate glare and reflections.
INSIDE SHOTS: Flash is recommended. To avoid glare and reflections,
do not point the flash directly at the windows.
Natural beauty so spectacular
it takes your breath away --
on a dazzling ride
that touches the sky!
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