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Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, Num 0
The Twin Cities Zephyr
(Westbound)

Streamliner

Chicago IL to Minneapolis MN

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3-car shovel-nose Zephyrs, making the 431 mile trip in just 6 hours. When introduced on April 21, 1935, 44 sets of twins filled the 88 seats from Chicago to Aurora, and then the twins were split up, one on each of two identical Twin Zephyrs, for the return trip to Chicago. The next day, following a formal Christening, the two trains ran side by side on parallel tracks. The entire 431 miles from Chicago to Minneapolis. Initially, each Zephyr made the trip one-way between Chicago and Minneapolis, but demand was so great, that by June, each Zephyr made the entire round trip daily, and were renamed the Morning Zephyr, and Afternoon Zephyr. Later the 3-car Morning and Afternoon Zephyrs were simply not able to meet the demand. Each had only 3 cars and 88 seats total. So two more Zephyrs were added, each with six cars. These replaced the shorter 3 car Morning and Afternoon Zephyrs. In 1947, two seven car trains were build by the Budd Mfg Co, pulled by the familiar shovel nose engine. Five of the seven car train were dome cars, all but the diner and baggage/club car. These new dome cars were the first in the nation with curved glass. The two train sets were affectionately named The Train of the Gods, and The Train of the Goddesses.


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