Photo Gallery: Zephyr Streamliners

Other Photo Galleries

The Burlington Route Historical Society in La Grange, Illinois is devoted to preserving the legacy of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. The following gallery of Zephyr images is a sampling of the society's collection.

http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_01.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_01_t.jpg|

The Burlington (or Pioneer) Zephyr entered service on November 11, 1934 between Lincoln, Omaha, and Kansas City. This technologically innovative train was named by Ralph Budd for Zephyrus, the god of the west wind and a symbol of rebirth.

|Courtesy of Burlington Route Historical Society ;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_02.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_02_t.jpg|

The Twin Zephyrs entered service April 21, 1935 between Chicago and Minneapolis-St. Paul. As a publicity stunt, the CB&Q christened these Shovelnose trains by loading them with 44 sets of human twins, split between the two trains from Aurora to Chicago.

|Courtesy of Burlington Route Historical Society;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_03.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_03_t.jpg|

The Sam Houston Zephyr entered service April 1935 between Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth. Idling at the Dallas Union Station in 1940, the nose of the original Twin 9901 bears its new name. Four years later, the 9901 would be destroyed in disastrous fire in the power car.

|Courtesy of Burlington Route Historical Society;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_04.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_04_t.jpg|

The Texas Rocket entered service April 1938 between Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth. In 1938, the Burlington-Rock Island Railroad, operator of the Houston/Dallas-Fort Worth track, purchased the Twin Zephyr 9902 from the Burlington Railroad and ran the train as the Texas rocket for the next seven years.

|Courtesy of Burlington Route Historical Society;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_05.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_05_t.jpg|

The Mark Twain Zephyr entered service October 28, 1935 between St. Louis and Burlington. Departing Burlington, Iowa, the four-car 9903 hugged the west bank of the Mississippi for a considerable portion of its 6 1/2-hour journey back to St. Louis. The Mark Twain was the first Burlington streamliner to have its cars named. The power car was Injun Joe, followed by Becky Thatcher, Tom Sawyer, and Huck Finn.

|Courtesy of Burlington Route Historical Society;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_06.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_06_t.jpg|

The Denver Zephyr entered service November 8, 1936 between Denver and Chicago. As the first long-distance, overnight streamliner for the Burlington Railroad, the Denver Zephyr made the "Overnight, Every Night" trip between Chicago & Denver. This streamliner included two, complete, 10-car train sets for this run, pulled by locomotive pairs, Silver King/Silver Queen or Silver Knight/Silver Princess.

|Courtesy of Burlington Route Historical Society;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_07.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_07_t.jpg|

The Denver Zephyrs entered service November 8, 1936 between Denver and Chicago. By 1956, the 20-year old equipment on the Denver Zephyr needed replacing. This would be the last of the stainless-steel streamliners purchased by the Burlington. This famous publicity photo, although fully representing equipment on the DZ, was actually a compilation of similar equipment from other Burlington trains.

|Courtesy of Burlington Route Historical Society;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_08.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_08_t.jpg|

The General Pershing entered service April 30, 1939 between Kansas City and St. Louis. Shown here prior to service on the Burlington's triple-track mainline near Lisle, Illinois, it was the first streamlined Zephyr to be fully non-articulated. In keeping with the military theme, the No. 9908, was named Silver Charger after General Pershing's horse.

|Courtesy of Burlington Route Historical Society;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_09.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_09_t.jpg|

The Texas Zephyr entered service August 22-23, 1940 between Denver and Fort Worth-Dallas. This streamliner consisted of five Budd stainless steel cars and three streamlined heavyweight Pullman sleepers. Here, on its inaugural run between Denver and Dallas, the streamliner speeds through the foothills of the Rockies near Tomah, Colorado.

|Courtesy of the Burlington Route Historical Society;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_10.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_10_t.jpg|

The Silver Streak Zephyr entered service April 15, 1941 between Kansas City, Omaha, and Lincoln. The Silver Streak Zephyr was the second non-articulated Zephyr streamliner. The train, led by stainless steel E5 No. 9909, is shown in this Burlington publicity photo with its original train set.

|Courtesy of Burlington Route Historical Society;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_11.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_11_t.jpg|

The Zephyr 9902 entered service in 1947 between Chicago and Ottumwa, Iowa, then Chicago and Hannibal, Missouri. Still resplendent, even in its declining years, Zephyr 9902 awaits departure from the Burlington, Iowa, depot on August 3, 1951, while running as Hannibal-Burlington-Chicago train 41-2.

|Courtesy of Burlington Route Historical Society;http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_12.jpg|http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/special_features/photo_gallery/streamliners_gallery_12_t.jpg|

The Nebraska Zephyr entered service November 16, 1947 between Chicago and Lincoln. The second Twin Zephyrs, then just 11-years old, were overhauled and reassigned to Chicago-Omaha-Lincoln service as trains 11-12, the Nebraska Zephyrs. New baggage cars Argo and Olympus (similarly named with mythological monikers) were added to the trains. This photo was taken at Chicago Union Station.

|Courtesy of Burlington Route Historical Society

My American Experience

My American Experience photos

Share Your Story

The Railroad revolutionized American travel. What trains have you been on? Do you have any memories of Streamliners? Have you been in a Pullman car? Share your most memorable train ride.