Did you know that the cab of the California Zephyr once served as a real locomotive?

California Zephyr at Disney California Adventure

The California Zephyr was a railroad line that ran between Chicago and San Francisco from 1949 to 1970 and apparently the train that served as the entrance to Bur-r-Bank Ice Cream, Baker’s Field Bakery and Engine Ears Toys was the shell of a real locomotive.

California Zephyr will soon leave the station

Disney recently closed down the shops and has begun the removal of the train. In doing so, Disney decided to donate the cab to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, California. The numbers that were displayed on the cab, 804-A, were the same numbers that the last locomotive to lead a west bound California Zephyr into Oakland, California on March 20, 1970 also displayed.

The removal and construction is part of the 1 billion dollar makeover of Disney California Adventure Park.

The following is from the Parks Blog:

The train and related artifacts arrived at their new home August 6 and will become part of the museum’s Zephyr Project collection. Plans for a gallery dedicated to sharing the legacy of the California Zephyr are underway.

California Zephyr Train Cab from Disney California Adventure Park

Visitors to the museum will learn about the history of the famous 1950s passenger train through the donated artifacts, while the recreated locomotive will offer the chance to experience what it was like for engineers to guide the stainless steel Zephyr trains through California’s Feather River canyon.

Fun Facts:

  • The cab once operated as a real locomotive.
  • It is an authentic rendition of the Western Pacific Railroad – one of the three railroads that operated the California Zephyr between Chicago and San Francisco from 1949 to 1970.
  • It wears the same number as the last locomotive to lead a westbound California Zephyr into Oakland, Calif. on March 20, 1970.
  • The California Zephyr is one of the most celebrated “name trains” of the 1950s and 60s.

Check out the video below to watch as the Zephyr begins to make its way to its new home.

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  • This brings back memories, my Dad worked on the Zephyr in the late 60’s. He did the run from Oakland to Oroville and then back the next day. He worked on it until they discontinued using it. I went with him a number of times and had the run of the train! My favorite place was the sightseeing cars, especially going through the Feather River Canyon. I loved riding the trains.

    • DisneylandLive

      Awesome!  Thanks for sharing.