Friday, February 28, 2014

CB&Q Nebraska Zephyr

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Nebraska Zephyr at the Illinois Railway Museum on May 23, 2004

The Nebraska Zephyr trainset was one of two sets built by the Budd Company in 1936. The two sets were originally built as the second Twin Zephyrs, replacing the original 1935 equipment of the service between Chicago and Minneapolis, Minnesota which had been quickly outgrown. These new Twin Zephyrs entered service on December 18, 1936. On November 16, 1947, as new Twin Zephyr equipment entered service, the old trains were reassigned to a new service between Chicago and Lincoln, Nebraska called the Nebraska Zephyr. The original 1800 horsepower shovelnose diesels were replaced with 2000 horsepower E5s like Silver Pilot. The trains were retired in February 1968, though the Nebraska Zephyr service would continue with different equipment until 1971. This set came to the Illinois Railway Museum on September 21, 1968 with Silver Pilot. The other Nebraska Zephyr train was acquired by the Royal Saudi Railroad and is in storage in Saudi Arabia.

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