Denver Zephyr Brochures

After introducing the Denver Zephyr with yesterday’s large and lavish brochure, the Burlington printed smaller versions of the brochure to advertise the train over the years. Though the brown one is dated 1963, seven years after the train was introduced, it still says it is “new.” The green version is dated 1967, and the several repetitions of the word “new” are gone.

Click image to download a 2.0-MB PDF of this brochure. This PDF was made from someone else’s scans that are lower than my normal resolution, but it is still very readable.

All but two cars of the train’s standard consist were made by Budd specifically for the Denver Zephyr. The consist includes:

  • A baggage-RPO car (Silver Mail; Silver Pouch)
  • A baggage car with a steam generator originally built for the Twin Zephyrs before Burlington settled on using “Silver” in all car names (Argo, Olympus)
  • Two 56-seat coaches (Silver Rein, Bit, Halter, and Blanket)
  • A dome-buffet with “chuck wagon” dining service (Silver Kettle, Cup)
  • Two Slumbercoaches (Silver Slumber, Rest, Siesta, and Repose)
  • A dining car (Silver Chef, Tureen)
  • Three 10-roomette, 6-double-bedroom sleepers (Silver Ridge, Plateau, Hollow, Terrain, Ravine, and Boulder)
  • A 6-double-bedroom, 5-compartment sleeper (Silver Swan, Pelican)
  • The dome-observation car with a drawing room, 11 extra-fare parlor seats, and a mural room under the dome and rear lounge open to all sleeping-car passengers (Silver Veranda, Chateau)

Click image to download a 4.4-MB PDF of this brochure. Several of the pages in the PDF appear crooked, but that’s the way the brochure was printed.

All of the cars listed above normally went between Chicago and Denver. The Burlington advertised that the train also served Colorado Springs, but only one coach, one Slumbercoach, one 10&6 sleeper, and the Chuck Wagon dome went to the Springs as a part of the Rio Grande’s Royal Gorge. For ease of switching, these four cars were normally grouped in the middle of the Chicago-Denver train in front of the dining car. After continuing to Colorado Springs in the morning, timetables indicate that these cars returned to Denver in the afternoon in time to return to Chicago that night.

Other than the substitution of two regular coaches for two of the California Zephyr‘s dome-coaches, the biggest difference between the Denver and California consists is the Slumbercoaches. Designed by Budd, they were first built for this train, and later used on the North Coast Limited and on Baltimore & Ohio, Missouri Pacific, and New York Central trains. While the New York Central operated its “Sleepercoaches” which it had rebuilt from 22-roomette cars, by 1965 all of the original Slumbercoaches were owned by the NP or CB&Q.

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