RARE Footage Of California Zephyr On Sherman Hill!
Taken from what appears to the the roof of the train, you can see the bumpy ride!
In this rare clip of the Amtrak’s California Zephyr heading west to Emeryville, California, a detour switched the train to the original route of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Overland Route. Normally, most passenger train service bypasses Wyoming, leaving the tracks open for freight.
What is exciting in this clip is the perspective of being atop of the train, as the video seems to have been taken from the second story observation deck. This allows for a more intimate showing of the train as it moves over the track and around curves. It is truly amazing how much weaving back and forth the baggage car and engine does.
This special event allowed a spectacular shot of the train making its way through the Hermosa tunnel, which is over 8,000 feet in elevation on Sherman Hill. Sherman Hill is located between Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyoming, with the Hermosa tunnel being the highest point of Union Pacific’s Transcontinental Railroad’s Overland Route.
Most likely filmed from the first window of the first double decker superliner car, it is like sitting on top of the train!
The Califonia Zephyr currently runs daily between Chicago and Northern California covering 7 states in 51 hours with 34 train station stops along the way. It is one of the most scenic journeys Amtrak has to offer.
The Zephyr generally travels through Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California.
Let us know if you have ever had the chance to take this scenic Amtrak train! We would love to hear about your experience!