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Debut of the Flying Yankee at the Budd Company in 1935.
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Debut of the Flying Yankee at the Budd Company in 1935.  Budd Company photo.

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The Flying Yankee
The Flying Yankee was a diesel-powered streamliner built in 1935 for the Maine Central Railroad and the Boston and Maine Railroad by Budd Company and with mechanical and electrical equipment from Electro-Motive Corporation. It was also the name of a passenger train, the third streamliner train in North America after the Union Pacific Railroad's M-10000 and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad's Pioneer Zephyr; the Flying Yankee was, in fact, a virtual clone of the latter, except that it dispensed with the baggage/mail space to seat 142 in three articulated cars.

The lightweight train was constructed with welded stainless steel using Budd's patented process. The engine was an 8-cylinder Winton 201-A diesel, driving a generator; the lead truck was equipped with traction motors. It was fitted with air conditioning in all cars. No dining car was provided; instead, meals were prepared in a galley and served to passengers in trays that clipped to the back of the seat in front.

The train was delivered in February 1935, and toured the BM-MEC railroad system before entering service on April 1. The daily route served began in Portland, Maine, then to Boston, Massachusetts, followed by a return to Portland and continuing to Bangor, Maine, returning through Portland to Boston and finally returning to Portland late in the day, a distance of 750 miles per day. This schedule was kept six days a week; the trainset spent Sundays undergoing maintenance. The train proved extremely successful, attracting new ridership and earning a profit for its owners.
Later on, as newer equipment replaced it on one route, it would be switched to other routes, bearing the names The Cheshire, The Minuteman, The Mountaineer, and The Business Man.

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As railroad passenger ridership declined in the 1950's the Yankee was also getting old, and thus the trainset, as The Minuteman, was retired, running its last on May 7, 1957. The railroad donated the trainset to the Edaville Railroad tourist/museum operation in Carver, Massachusetts. The train remained on static display there for about 40 years until it was moved in the early 1990's to Glen, New Hampshire after being purchased by the late Bob Morrell, former owner of Story Land.

In 1997, the train was moved to the Claremont Concord Railroad's shops in Claremont, New Hampshire for a complete restoration once purchased by the State of New Hampshire, which is ongoing. By 2004, the major structural restoration had been completed, and detailed restoration of components was proceeding. The eventual goal is to restore the train completely to running condition. The train was moved to Lincoln, New Hampshire, on August 10, 2005, to the Hobo Railroad where the mechanical restoration is taking place.

Most of the train's route is currently operated by Amtrak's Downeaster. However, the modern Amtrak service only runs as far north as Brunswick, Maine; there is no service as far north as Bangor.

HO scale:
Orion Models/NJ Custom Brass. 1985. Imported scale brass model.
Challenger Imports. Imported scale brass model.
O scale:
Lionel. "pre-war", produced from 1935-1941. Not a scale model. "3 rail" AC power.
Sunset/3rd Rail. Imported brass model. Available in both "3 rail" AC and "2 rail" DC power. Scale model, not "selectively compressed"
Lionel. 2008. Reproduction of pre-war model.

Type and origin
Power: type Diesel
Builder: Budd Company and Electro-Motive Corporation
Model: BM-MEC 6000
Build date: 1935
Total produced: 1
AAR wheel arrangement: B-2
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in standard gauge
Bogies: Jacobs Bogie
Prime mover: Winton 201-A
Engine type: Diesel
Cylinders: 8
Operator: Boston & Maine Railroad
Locale: North America
Delivered: February 1935
Last run: May 7, 1957
Restored: On going project
Current owner: State of New Hampshire
Disposition: Under restoration

Service type: Inter-city rail
Status: Discontinued
First service: 1935
Last service: 1957
Former operators: Boston and Maine Railroad, Maine Central Railroad
Start: North Station
End: Bangor Union Station
Distance traveled: 254 miles
Average journey time: 5 hours
Service frequency: Daily, except Sunday
On-board services
Catering facilities: The Armstrong Company
Timetable number: 15

See also:

The Flying Yankee Restoration Group Official Website: http://flyingyankee.org/

Boston & Maine Railroad

Maine Central Railroad


Hobo Railroad

Named Passenger Trains