Classic Streamliners - TRAINCYCLOPEDIA
The Silver Streak Zephyr
The Silver Streak Zephyr was a train service of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in the American Midwest. It ran from 1940 through 1959.
On April 15, 1940 the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad inaugurated the Silver Streak Zephyr operating a Lincoln-Omaha-St. Joseph-Kansas City round trip daily. The new train was named Silver Streak Zephyr for the train portrayed in the Paramount Motion Picture The Silver Streak, with the starring role by the Pioneer Zephyr. The CB&Q liked the name and assigned it to the new Zephyr. This was the second Zephyr assigned to this route as the Pioneer Zephyr had operated in this service for some time and had actually outgrown it, when it generated more traffic than it was able to handle.
For power the new five car lightweight streamliner was assigned a new EMD E5A unit developing 2,000 horsepower. Passengers were obviously pleased with the new Silver Streak Zephyr as ridership showed a marked increase within days of the new trains entry into service. As with the earlier General Pershing Zephyr and Ak-Sar-Ben Zephyr the new Silver Streak Zephyr no longer operated with articulated train sets or for that matter even articulated cars. The Burlington’s days of ordering articulated equipment were over and no further cars of that type would ever be contemplated.
A postcard depiction of the Silver Streak Zephyr.
Service type: Daytime inter-city rail
First service: April 15, 1940
Last service: 1959
Former operator: Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Start: Lincoln, Nebraska
End: Kansas City, Missouri
Distance traveled: 250 miles
Average journey time: Eastbound: 5 hrs 50 min; Westbound: 5 hrs 35 min
Service frequency: Daily
Train numbers: Eastbound: 20, Westbound: 21
Classes: Coach and Parlor
Seating arrangements: Two 52-seat coaches
Catering facilities: 24 seat diner in Parlor-observation car
Observation facilities: 22 seat Parlor-observation car
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