Vintage rail cars pass through town |

Vintage rail cars pass through town

The Sierra Hotel brings up the rear of the eastbound California Zephyr on Monday at Glenwood Springs' historic train depot.
Post Independent |

Amtrak’s eastbound California Zephyr stopping in Glenwood Springs at midday Monday included two “dome cars” from a bygone era of rail travel.

The cars were the Sierra Hotel, built in 1948 as a mid-train lounge and dormitory car for use on the California Zephyr by the CB&Q; and the Puget Sound, built in 1955 for the Great Northern Railway. It traveled the Empire Builder route between Chicago, Seattle and Portland.

The cars, both used on earlier Amtrak routes but then retired and refurbished, are privately owned and used for charter service now.

An Amtrak spokesman said it’s not unusual for Amtrak to haul charters, which pay per mile to be part of the train. Charters are used for weddings, anniversaries or “bucket list” trips, the spokesman said, among other reasons.

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