Zephyr Stop in Glenwood Springs: Journey from the Past

Zephyr Stop in Glenwood Springs – Mike Danneman’s Journey from the Past…

Our train charter this past February was a great journey back in time. Riding the classic railcars of the California Zephyr really is traveling in style. My friend Mike Danneman, who is an amazing rail photographer, artist and model railroader, came along for part of the westbound ride. Upon our return, he sent me these images that he took from different eras.

Here is the story from my friend Mike:

Before the inaugural run in 1949, Rio Grande took its California Zephyr train set west to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, to show off the shiny new passenger train to Western Slope residents. In a black-and-white Rio Grande publicity photo, the Silver Sky is ready for visitors on March 14, 1949.

In one of my photos taken nearly 70 years later, the Silver Solarium strikes a similar pose at the station stop at Glenwood Springs on our journey west. Fun trip!

I enjoyed visiting with many of you on my trip to Grand Junction!

– Mike

Lowell Smith

A native of Portland, Oregon, Lowell Smith married his church choir sweetheart Barb in 1978. After a lifetime of rail-fanning, Lowell and Barb ventured out in 1992 to launch a new business in Portland, Oregon. Read more

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Gordon and Dorothy

I have never been treated as graciously and in a manner more suited to a VIP in my life, as I was on our train trip.  It’s obvious how you’ve made your life a success story.  Looking around the train and seeing your friends I’m pretty sure they  were all made to feel very special by you, and your…

R.M.

These are indeed miniature masterpieces.

J. Arenas

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D.

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J.R.

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Charles

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R.L.

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K.

My kids absolutely love the Christmas cars! The C.K. Holiday, along with the Carolwood and Disney cars makes a wonderful Christmas train. It made many a loop under our tree this year.

Dan & Nina D.

So glad our big Alaska trip happened when it did.  It was the trip of a lifetime for me and Nina, thank you so much for organizing it.