Trains 5 & 6, California Zephyr

At its inception, Amtrak's train ran from Chicago to Denver seven days a week, but on to Oakland only three days a week. On the days its terminated at Denver, the train was known as the Denver Zephyr, but on to Oakland was the California Zephyr until July 11, 1971, ?? until November, City of San Francisco from November 14, 1971, and San Francisco Zephyr from June 11, 1972. The Denver Zephyr name lingered until October 26, 1973, even though the train began daily operation to Oakland  in summer from June 11, 1972 to September 10, 1972, and year-around from June 10, 1973. The train became the California Zephyr once again  on the reroute via Grand Junction in 1983, after the introduction of Superliners in 1980.

Oakland to Sacramento/Haggin

Haggin to Roseville

Roseville to Sparks (Donner Pass)

Sparks to Weso

Weso to Alazon (Track 1)

Weso to Alazon (Track 2)

Prior to July 15, 1983 (planned for April 25, 1983, but delayed by the Thistle mudslide), while Denver & Rio Grande Western remained out of Amtrak, the train ran from Oakland to Denver via Ogden (Alazon to Ogden not ending until October 29, 1983, with an Ogden to SLC jog during that time period) and Rawlins, rather than via Salt Lake City and Grand Junction:

Alazon to Ogden

Salt Lake City (Grant Tower) to Ogden

Ogden to Granger

Granger to Borie/Speer

Until October 27, 1979, the train continued into Cheyenne and then ran in reverse between Cheyenne and Denver.


Borie/Speer to La Salle

La Salle to Denver

Alazon to Salt Lake City (Smelter)

Salt Lake City (Smelter to Grant Tower)

Salt Lake City (Grant Tower to Springville)

Springville to Helper

Helper to Grand Junction

Grand Junction to Dotsero

Dotsero to Orestod (Bond)

Orestod (Bond) to Denver

Denver to Brush

Brush to Lincoln

Lincoln to Ashland

Ashland to Omaha

Omaha to Oreapolis

Oreapolis to Pacific Junction

Pacific Junction to Albia/Maxon

Albia/Maxon to Burlington

Burlington to Cameron/Galesburg

Galesburg (Cameron) to Aurora

Eola to Aurora

La Grange to Eola

Cicero to La Grange

Western Avenue to Cicero

Halsted Street to Western Avenue

Chicago Union Station to Halsted Street