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Burlington Route 2019 Calendar

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Known as the Burlington, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad began as a branch line to Chicago in 1848, but after the Civil War grew into the Midwest's foremost railroad. Burlington passengers enjoyed first-class service on the 'Way of the Zephyrs' connecting Chicago to key cities from Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Kansas City and Denver. See the end of the steam era and the beginning of diesel innovation on the Burlington Route, 'The Way West.'

Engines, locations and trains featured in the 2019 calendar include:

The westbound North Coast Limited

A pair of EMD E-9A's, led by 9992, is on the point of the westbound North Coast Limited, the flagship passenger train of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Burlington operated it from Chicago, Illinois to Minneapolis, Minnesota. From there Northern Pacific picked it up and delivered it to Seattle, Washington. This was daily service. It is seen here passing the tower at Eola, Illinois, a few miles east of Aurora. Although Electro-Motive Division marketed E-7, E-8 and E-9 engines as “A Units” with cabs and “B Units” without cabs, Burlington bought only A Units.

Class 0-4 Mikado (2-8-2) built for the CBQ in 1919

It is November 23, 1957, and Colorado and Southern 806, an oil-burning Class 0-4 Mikado (2-8-2) built for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in 1919 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works is leaving Fort Collins, Colorado with a southbound load of sugar beets. The sugar beet harvest and processing season is running full bore at this time. The train is street running on Mason Avenue, and it is everybody for themselves. This is a later-afternoon image; let's hope that anyone who put clothes out on the line to dry this day has them inside by now.

Northbound freight leaving Castle Rock, Colorado

Fort Worth and Denver City 751-A (the power is an F7A-F7B set, two SD-7's, and an F7B-F7A set) is on a northbound freight leaving Castle Rock, Colorado in April 1967. It is easy to see how the town was named; today, however, urban sprawl has overtaken most of the open space here. About the different railroad names: Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad was the principal railroad; the Colorado and Southern, as well as the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad were subsidiaries of the Burlington, and their motive power, especially diesels, operated across all their lines as this image shows.

Class R-4A Prairie (2-6-2) is on a local freight

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy 1949, a Class R-4A Prairie (2-6-2) is on a local freight, switching near Denver, Colorado in May 1952. These small engines were very popular with the Burlington because the railroad operated so many branch lines. There were 465 R-4A’s on the roster, and they were in service throughout the railroad. Also, sitting in the window was quite common with steam locomotives. This enabled engine crews to see to the rear for signals from trainmen on the ground, or just to see where they were going.

Station stop at Western Springs, Illinois

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy 9949A, an EMD E8A, is on a westbound commuter train making a station stop at Western Springs, Illinois on July 25, 1967. The three-track "raceway" from Chicago to Aurora, Illinois, was a busy commuter line. It still is today, but commuters now ride on METRA trains.

Leaving Deadwood, South Dakota with Train #166

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy 354 and 350 (both EMD SD-9's) are leaving Deadwood, South Dakota with Train #166 on July 10, 1967, running to Edgemont, South Dakota, a distance of 107 miles. This is a roller coaster stretch of railroad, but the two SD's shouldn't experience any challenges with three cars and 3,500 Horsepower.

Commuter train slows for Aurora, Illinois depot

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy 9968, an EMD E8A, is leading a ten-car westbound commuter train as it slows for the Aurora, Illinois depot in July 1957.

Class O-5A Northern (4-8-4)

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy 5620, a Class O-5A Northern (4-8-4) is on a freight at Lincoln, Nebraska on August 10, 1957. This locomotive was built by the Burlington's West Burlington, Iowa shops in October of 1937. These locomotives were designed to run both freight and passenger service. There were 35 locomotives in this class and five of them have been saved: locomotive 5614 is in St. Joseph, Missouri, privately owned 5620 is in Galesburg, Illinois, 5629 is in the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, 5631 is in Sheridan, Wyoming, and 5633 is in Douglas, Wyoming.

Class S-4 Hudson (4-6-4)

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy 3003, a Class S-4 Hudson (4-6-4) built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1930, is taking water at La Crosse, Wisconsin on September 29, 1957. Used almost exclusively in passenger and mail train service, Hudsons were some of the best-liked steam locomotives the Burlington ever operated.

The stockyards at Lincoln, Nebraska

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy 924 is on a westbound freight passing the stockyards at Lincoln, Nebraska in October 1962. Powering this manifest freight are two GP20's, two GP30's and an SD-24, all wearing Chinese red. Shipping cattle to market is underway, and the expanse of pens is filled with livestock.

Leaving Cheyenne, Wyoming headed for Sterling, Colorado

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy 919 is leaving Cheyenne, Wyoming headed for Sterling, Colorado on July 23, 1956. 919 is a Class K-4 ten-wheeler (4-6-0) built in Burlington’s Havelock, Nebraska, shop in 1903. An oil burner, it was, ultimately, the last ten-wheeler in service for Burlington. The line from Cheyenne to Sterling was 108 miles long and served a remote area, mainly in northeastern Colorado. It was abandoned in the mid-1970's. After 54 years of service, 919 was retired in 1957, and stored by the railroad. In 1962, it was given its original number (719) and put on display at Alliance, Nebraska where It remains today.

Train #21, the southbound Texas Zephyr

Colorado and Southern 9954 (an EMD E5-A and E5-B, both built and delivered in 1940) are leading Train #21, the southbound Texas Zephyr, rolling around the curve at Palmer Lake, Colorado at about 1 pm on the afternoon of November 30, 1961. The Texas Zephyr departed Denver at noon (Mountain Time) traveling 835 miles to Dallas, Texas, and scheduled to arrive at 7:15 the next morning (Central Time). After losing its United States mail contract in 1967, Colorado and Southern discontinued all passenger service. The last run of the Texas Zephyr was September 11, 1967.

 

 

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