One of the most favorite passenger trains, the California Zephyr, exits the first of 28 tunnels at Plainview, Colo. before it reaches the big one under the continental divide — the 6.2-mile long Moffat Tunnel. The train came into Denver on the CB&Q, swapped engines, and now the domes are occupied with anxious passengers to see the best scenery. The most popular item on the dining car menu? Rocky Mountain trout which they usually ran out of.
Burlington, Rio Grande and Western Pacific joined forces to run one of the most beautiful and innovative trains in the country, the California Zephyr. It ran from 1949-1970 but was widely recognized as one of the premiere trains in the West.