California Zephyr 6-5 Sleepers
Pullman space on the original consist was found inadequate to meet
demands and it had been necessary to operate additional sleepers
from the Pullman Company pool. As those cars did not measure up to
California Zephyr standards, it was decided to purchase six
additional sleepers built to CZ specifications. The three railroads
returned to BUDD in 1952 with an order for these new sleepers to be
of the 6-5 configuration, with one for each California Zephyr
consist. Built to plan 9534 in July and August of 1952 each car
contained six double-bedrooms and five compartments. Included in
each were enclosed toilet facilities. The bedrooms had a large sofa
type seat that was wide enough for two people while the compartments
included two comfortable chairs, which converted to the lower berth.
The bedrooms and compartments were arranged so eight pairs of those
rooms could be combined to create Bedroom Suites, which were ideal
for family or group occupancy. Beds in the compartments were
lengthwise of the car while those in the bedrooms were crosswise.
Each room was also equipped with circulating, electrically
refrigerated drinking water, radio, individual temperature control
and 110-volt outlets for electrical appliances. All rooms had double
width windows. Three of the six cars were built for the CB&Q as
450-452 and named Silver Dove, Quail and Thrush. D&RGW 1135 was the
Silver Gull and WP’s 851, 852 were the Silver Crane and Swallow.
With this addition transference of cars at Chicago between the
eastbound California Zephyr and the Ak-Sar-Ben Zephyr allowed an
overnight run to Lincoln, Nebraska with a return two days later in
time for the CZ’s departure from Chicago in the afternoon.