City of San Francisco

July 23-25, 2021
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Friends of the 261 offers you the opportunity to ride vintage passenger cars from Emeryville to Chicago behind Amtrak’s California Zephyr*. Our fully restored passenger cars offer a memorable journey you’ll cherish for years to come! Meticulously refurbished, these cars recall the era when traveling was half the vacation.

Join us on a special eastbound, three-car tour of the west! Enjoy chef-prepared meals upstairs in the dome lounge of this truly remarkable full-length dome car, as you take in the sights of Donner Pass, the amazing high deserts of Utah and Nevada, and the Colorado Rockies. 

This two-night journey’s sleeping accommodations will find you in your choice of single occupancy roomettes, or double occupancy double bedrooms, aboard one of our two vintage Budd style sleepers, both built in the early 1950s. These trips historically fill up quickly, and 2021’s travel demands will likely see this trip sell out well ahead of our departure date.

While riding the rails, enjoy freshly-prepared meals and libations knowing that you are supporting the restoration of the Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotive 261.

These trips will have limited seating, all in premium class. With the recent reduction in air fares between the Twin Cities and Chicago, you may wish to fly one way and take the train the other.

City of San Francisco – Emeryville to Chicago


July 23, 2021

Depart Emeryville – 9:10 am


July 25, 2021

Arrive Chicago – 2:50 pm

*Terms & Conditions Apply, This is NOT an excursion with the steam engine Milwaukee 261 or diesel Milw 32A