ATLAS O CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR "D&RGW" 10-6 Sleeping Car Silver Pass 3 Rail

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  • Sold Date: May 27, 2016
  • Channel: Auction House
New ATLAS O CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR "D&RGW" 10-6 Sleeping Car Silver Pass 3 Rail O Scale.

3-Rail car

Originally operated by CB&Q, D&RGW and WP, The California Zephyr was considered to be the pinnacle of design, comfort and luxury of the late 1940s. Its inaugural run on March 12, 1949, attended by politicians, hollywood stars, and corporate executives, spared no expense. The Zephyr presented each inaugural female passenger with an exotic corsage of silver and orange orchids flown in from Hilo, Hawaii.
Marketed to families as "a vacation unto itself", luxury is obviously an important part of the Zephyr's lasting allure. Each car was adorned with intricate oil paintings, carved linoleum and etched glass. Radio service was also provided throughout the train with an allowance of thirty-four different broadcasting stations. Various lighting elements were meticulously designed for optimal ambiance and comfort; fluorescent lighting was provided in all common spaces and incandescent reading lamps were installed in each roomette and over each seat, as well as in restrooms, vestibules and passageways. The dome lighting's intensity was specifically designed to decrease as you ascended -- not only to create an air of elegance -- but also to allow glare-free night viewing by the passengers. Elevating the notion of travel luxury
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