Last Run of the Original articulated Nebraska Zephyr
The Burlington Railroad introduced to America the streamlined, high speed diesel powered passenger train in the mid l930's with its fleet of "Zephyrs" (Greek word for "Goddess of the West Winds". Built in partnership with the Budd Company of Philadelphia, by the early l940's, the Zephyr fleet ran between Chicago and Terminals of the Twin Cities, Denver, Kansas City, Lincoln, NE, and other points.
By the late l950's, the original, articulated Zephyrs had clocked millions of miles and were getting tired. In l960, one of the last of the original articulated Zephyrs, with the trademark "shovel nose" of all the original zephyr locomotives, was the Nebraska Zephyr, that operated between Chicago and Lincoln. Here, it’s seen on its final, last run into retirement eastbound coming into Mt. Pleasant Iowa on a cold, winter day."
Photo by John J. Becht, courtesy of Forrest L. Becht