AMERICA'S STREAMLINERS

BURLINGTON ROUTE

(PRE WW II)

The Burlington Route revolutionized the American passenger train with its fleet of Zephyr trains. The first few Zephyr trains built, including the Pioneer Zephyr preserved at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, were articulated and had only three or four cars. Too short to be handling main line traffic in and out of Chicago, so these trains were eventually assigned to secondary routes away from the Chicago main lines. The last few articulated Zephyr trains were longer, and operated from Chicago to the Twin Cities and to Denver. The Zephyr Rocket was jointly operated with the Rock Island, with each railroad supplying a consist, except for the observation cars which were both owned by Rock Island. Burlington and Rock Island also jointly owned the line between Fort Worth and Houston, and eventually a Zephyr consist was assigned to a "Rocket" train. The Texas Zephyr was operated by Burlington subsidiaries Colorado & Southern and Fort Worth & Denver, with each subsidiary supplying a consist.


Only streamlined trains and the most important stations are shown.


May 10, 1942  #21       #23
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Chicago        9:00 am   3:30 pm
Savanna       11:03 am   5:38 pm
La Crosse      1:02 pm   7:45 pm
St. Paul       3:00 pm   9:45 pm
Minneapolis    3:30 pm  10:15 pm
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May 10, 1942  #22       #24
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Minneapolis    8:00 am   4:00 pm
St. Paul       8:25 am   4:30 pm
La Crosse     10:17 am   6:23 pm
Savanna       12:24 pm   8:31 pm
Chicago        2:40 pm  10:45 pm
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MORNING ZEPHYR (#21-#22)
AFTERNOON ZEPHYR (#23-#24)
(required 2 sets)

(articulated trains built by Budd in 1936)
(coach dinette cars built by Budd in 1937)

Power Car                   9904 - Pegasus /9905 - Zephyrus
Baggage Lounge              960  - Venus   /961  - Apollo
60 Seat Coach               4626 - Vesta   /4629 - Neptune
60 Seat Coach               4627 - Minerva /4630 - Mars
56 Seat Coach Dinette       4850 - Psyche  /4851 - Cupid
Diner                       150  - Ceres   /151  - Vulcan
19 Seat Parlor              4625 - Diana   /4628 - Mercury
24 Seat Parlor Observation  225  - Juno    /226  - Jupiter

May 10, 1942    #1       #5       #21       #43       #33       #15
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Chicago        5:30 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
Galesburg      7:42 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
St. Louis     -----     -----     -----      9:00 am   2:00 pm   5:30 pm
Hannibal      -----     -----     -----     12:03 pm  -----      7:47 pm
Burlington     8:24 pm  -----     -----      2:45 pm  -----     10:40 pm
Ottumwa        9:32 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
Mexico        -----     -----     -----     -----      3:53 pm  -----
Kansas City   -----     -----      2:30 pm  -----      7:00 pm  -----
St. Joseph    -----     -----      3:53 pm  -----     -----     -----
Omaha          1:15 am  -----      6:45 pm  -----     -----     -----
Lincoln        2:19 am  11:30 am   7:40 pm  -----     -----     -----
Mc Cook        4:40 am   5:15 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----
Denver         8:30 am  -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
Cedar Rapids  -----     -----     -----     -----     -----      1:05 am
Manly         -----     -----     -----     -----     -----      3:58 am
St. Paul      -----     -----     -----     -----     -----      7:00 am
Minneapolis   -----     -----     -----     -----     -----      7:30 am
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May 10, 1942  #10       #20       #22        #8       #32       #44
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Minneapolis   -----     -----     -----      5:00 pm  -----     -----
St. Paul      -----     -----     -----      5:30 pm  -----     -----
Manly         -----     -----     -----      8:05 pm  -----     -----
Cedar Rapids  -----     -----     -----     10:50 pm  -----     -----
Denver         4:00 pm  -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
Mc Cook        8:27 pm  -----      4:35 am  -----     -----     -----
Lincoln       11:45 pm   7:30 am  10:15 am  -----     -----     -----
Omaha         12:48 am   9:00 am  -----     -----     -----     -----
St. Joseph    -----     11:34 am  -----     -----     -----     -----
Kansas City   -----     12:50 pm  -----     -----      8:00 am  -----
Mexico        -----     -----     -----     -----     11:04 am  -----
Ottumwa        4:27 am  -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
Burlington     5:40 am  -----     -----      1:30 am  -----      4:00 pm
Hannibal      -----     -----     -----      4:15 am  -----      6:43 pm
St. Louis     -----     -----     -----      7:00 am   1:00 pm   9:45 pm
Galesburg      6:23 am  -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
Chicago        8:38 am  -----     -----     -----     -----     -----
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(Burlington-Minneapolis via Rock Island)

DENVER ZEPHYR (#1-#10)
(required 2 sets)

(articulated trains built by Budd in 1936)
(coach dinette cars built by Budd in 1938)
(4R/4CH/1DR/1C/4BR sleepers built by Budd in 1939)

Power Car                   9906A - Silver King    /9907A - Silver Knight
Power Car                   9906B - Silver Queen   /9907B - Silver Princess
Baggage Mail                950   - Silver Courier /951   - Silver Herald
Baggage Dorm Lounge         980   - Silver Lining  /981   - Silver Bar
64 Seat Coach Dinette       4852  - Silver Beam    /4853  - Silver Bell
60 Seat Coach               4631  - Silver City    /4633  - Silver Spruce
38 Seat Coach               4632  - Silver Lake    /4634  - Silver Plume
Diner                       152   - Silver Grill   /153   - Silver Service
12S Sleeper                 410   - Silver State   /413   - Silver Skates
12S Sleeper                 411   - Silver Tip     /414   - Silver Screen
12S Sleeper                 412   - Silver Arrow   /415   - Silver Tone
3C/1DR/6BR                  440   - Silver Sides   /441   - Silver Threads
4R/4CH/1DR/1C/4BR Sleeper   445   - Silver Slipper /446   - Silver Moon
Parlor Buffet Observation   230   - Silver Flash   /231   - Silver Streak

PIONEER ZEPHYR (#5-#22)
(required 1 set)

(articulated train built by Budd in 1934)
(car 500 built by Budd in 1938)

Power Baggage Mail          9900
Baggage                     505
Coach Dinette               500
Coach Observation           570

ZEPHYR ROCKET (#8-#15)
(required 2 sets)

(all lightweight cars built in 1940/CB&Q cars by Budd/RI cars by PS)
(all sleepers and RI baggage cars were heavyweight)

E5A/E6A Locomotive          9913 - Silver Wings    /RI 627
Baggage Mail                1601 - Silver Mail     /RI 500
Baggage                     902  - Silver Express  /RI 861
52 Seat Coach               4709 - Silver Castle   /RI 312 - Waterloo
10S/3BR Sleeper             Minneapolis            /RI Cedar Rapids
8S/1DR/3BR Sleeper          Zephyr Tower           /RI Rocket Tower
Diner Parlor Observation    RI 432 - St. Louis     /RI 433 - St. Paul

SILVER STREAK ZEPHYR (#20-#21)
(required 1 set)

(all cars built by Budd in 1940)
(observation car built by Budd in 1939)

E5A Locomotive              9909 - Silver Bullet
Baggage                     900  - Silver Light
Baggage Mail                1600 - Silver Sheen
52 Seat Coach               4703 - Silver Gleam
52 Seat Coach               4704 - Silver Glow
Diner Parlor Observation    300  - Silver Spirit

GENERAL PERSHING ZEPHYR (#32-#33)
(required 1 set)

(all cars built by Budd in 1939)

Power Baggage               9908 - Silver Charger
70 Seat Coach               4705 - Silver Leaf
52 Seat Coach               4706 - Silver Eagle
Diner Parlor Observation    301  - Silver Star

MARK TWAIN ZEPHYR (#43-#44)
(required 1 set)

(articulated train built by Budd in 1935)

Power Baggage Mail          9903 - Injun Joe
Baggage                     506  - Becky Thatcher
Coach Dinette               551  - Huckleberry Finn
Coach Observation           572  - Tom Sawyer

 #1       #17         #3      May, 1942    #4        #2       #18
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12:30 pm  -----     -----     Denver      -----      8:15 am  -----
 3:00 pm  -----     -----     Pueblo      -----      5:40 am  -----
 5:13 pm  -----     -----     Trinidad    -----      3:23 am  -----
 9:12 pm  -----     -----     Texline     -----     12:08 am  -----
11:50 pm  -----     -----     Amarillo    -----     10:30 pm  -----
 2:07 am  -----     -----     Childress   -----      7:50 pm  -----
 7:00 am   7:30 am   4:00 pm  Fort Worth   1:25 pm   3:00 pm   9:50 pm
 7:50 am   8:30 am   5:00 pm  Dallas      12:40 pm   2:00 pm   9:05 pm
-----     10:11 am   6:42 pm  Teague      10:51 am  -----      7:20 pm
-----     12:30 pm   9:00 pm  Houston      8:30 am  -----      5:00 pm
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TEXAS ZEPHYR (#1-#2)
(required 2 sets)

(all lightweight cars built by Budd in 1940)
(coaches built by Budd in 1937)
(all sleepers were heavyweight)

E5A Locomotive          9950A - Silver Racer     /9980A - Silver Chief
E5B Locomotive          9950B - Silver Steed     /9980B - Silver Warrior
Baggage Mail            320   - Silver Tidings   /150   - Silver Messenger
Baggage Dorm Coach      350   - Silver Mesa      /450   - Silver Peak
52 Seat Coach           601   - Silver Spur      /403   - Silver Top
8S/5BR                  Castle Crest             /Castle Range
12S/1DR                 Spanish Range            /Spanish Crest
10S/1DR/1C              Lariat Crest             /Lariat Range
Diner Lounge Obs.       750   - Silver Bowl      /270   - Silver Tray

SAM HOUSTON ZEPHYR (#3-#4)
(required 1 set)

(articulated train built by Budd in 1935)
(car 100 built by Budd in 1939)

Power Baggage               9901
Coach Dinette               550
40 Seat Coach               525
60 Seat Coach               100
Coach Observation           571

TEXAS ROCKET (#17-#18)
(required 1 set)

(articulated train built by Budd in 1935)

Power Baggage               9902
Coach Dinette               101
Coach Observation           102