Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Burlington Railroad Postcards

On May 26, 1934, the "ZEPHYR" broke all long distance, non-stop World's Records for railroad trains when it ran 1015 miles from Denver, Colorado to Chicago in 785 minutes to signalize the re-opening of A Century of Progress Exposition. The "ZEPHYR" left Denver 5:04 AM Mountain Time and reached Halsted Street, Chicago 7:09 PM Central Time -- 13 hr. 5 min. Its average speed on the spectacular dawn-to-dusk flight was 77.6 miles an hour ... its top speed 112.5 miles an hour.

This card furnished for mailing in the Postal Car on the Burlington's World's Fair Exhibition Train.

This card furnished for mailing in the Postal Car on the Burlington's World's Fair Exhibition Train.

On October 23, 1936, one of the new Denver Zephyrs set a new world's speed record for a long distance non-stop run by dashing from Chicago to Denver in 12 hours, 12 minutes ... 1017 miles at an average speed of 83.3 m.p.h. Top speed on this spectacular run exceeded 116 miles an hour. It slashed by 53 minutes the previous record run of the original Zephyr, from Denver to Chicago in May, 1934.

The Burlington Lines of today had its inception in the tiny 12-mile Aurora Branch, on February 12, 1849. From this modest beginning has emerged an 11,000 mile network of rails reaching into 14 Midwestern states. Burlington was first to operate a railway post office car; first to inaugurate a Diesel streamlined train and first to introduce a Vista-Dome car.

2 comments:

Davelandweb said...

The Zephyr is one of my faves; love its sleek deco-stylings.

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