Burlington Route Passenger Trains Vol 3 by John F Strauss Jr Hard Cover
Burlington Route Passenger Trains Vol 3 by John F Strauss Jr
Passenger train problem impacts the "Q"
Selected Bibliography 4
Author's Foreword 5
Pro-Passenger Q: 1960-1965 6
"Long Haul" Passenger Train Service 6
"Last Run" Pioneer Zephyr 8
California Zephyr & Nebraska Zephyr 10
Afternoon Zephyr, Empire Builder & North Coast Limited 13
Western Star 14
"SS" and "SSS" (Stainless Steel and Simulated Stainless Steel) Chair Cars 14
Denver Zephyr 16
1962 World's Fair 18
Kansas City Zephyr & Nebraska Zephyr 19
Changes, More Awards, and Related Problems 19
National Speed Records 22
Denver Zephyr & California Zephyr 25
Chicago - Twin Cities 27
More Slumbercoaches 29
Denver - Texas 30
1965 Flood 34
1966 Blizzard 36
Consists: 1960 through 1965 37
Mail and Express Trains 82
West Wind Declines: 1966-1970 92
Termination Applications 92
Airlines' Strike: July 1966 101
Empire Builder & North Coast Limited 105
Twin Cities Zephyrs 106
Merger Proposal / Passenger Train Service by Consolidated Railroad 108
Onward to the Merger / "Passenger Train Problem" 109
Ak-Sar-Ben and American Royal 110
Westbound Afternoon and Eastbound Morning Zephyrs 111
Westbound Morning and Eastbound Afternoon Zephyrs 119
Denver Zephyr 120
Nebraska Zephyr and Kansas City Zephyr 122
Changes / California Zephyr 126
Train Number Changes 131
Last Burlington Passenger Train Schedules 132
1969 Line Assignments 135
Burlington Northern: 1970-1971 138
BN's Denver Zephyr 139
BN's "California Service" 145
BN's Black Hawk and Ak-Sar-Ben 151
BN's Morning Zephyr and Afternoon Zephyr 152
BN's Empire Builder and North Coast Limited 153
"Last Runs" 159
Amtrak on the Former Burlington: 1971 160
"The Dinkies" 167
Burlington Route's Commuter Car Roster 194
Commuter Train Diesel Locomotives 197
AUTHORS FOREWORD Volume Three completes our coverage of the Burlington's renowned passenger train service from 1960 through 1970. Unfortunately, during the late 1960s, due to circumstances which had been mostly beyond its control, several of its stainless-steel Zephyrs and other passenger trains had been revised drastically or disappeared altogether rather abruptly. However, others continued to be operated by BN (Burlington Northern) following the Burlington's merger along with its owners, Great Northern and Northern Pacific, and with the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway, which had occurred at midnight on March 1-2, 1970. They had been operated until Amtrak came upon the scene on May 1, 1971.
The aggressive positive efforts implemented by Burlington to counter the nation's "Passenger Train Problem" are presented in the "Pro-Passenger Q: 1960-1965" chapter in this volume. The abrupt negative change in its passenger train policy has been described in the chapter "West Wind Declines, 19661970". Former Burlington's passenger trains, which continued to be operated by Burlington Northern during the short 1970-1971 period prior to Amtrak, are covered in the chapter "Burlington Northern: 19701971". Operation during 1971 by Burlington Northern of Amtrak's former Burlington passenger trains is also presented in this volume. Burlington's excellent commuter train service, which continued onward with its operation by Burlington Northern, is presented in the chapter titled, "The Dinkies". ALL ABOARD!
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