Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Denver Zephyrs

The Denver Zephyr was a streamlined passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad between Chicago and Denver. It operated from 1936 to 1973. The Denver Zephyr continued operating after the Burlington Northern Railroad merger in 1970. BN conveyed the train to Amtrak in 1971; Amtrak would merge it with the Chicago–Oakland San Francisco Zephyr and drop the name in 1973.

**UPDATE** The photo below (not a postcard) was sent to me by reader inquiring about another post and saw the Denver Zephyr card. She was kind enough to send me a scan of a great family photo taken sometime between 1934 and 1936 next to the Mark Twain Zephyr. On the back of the photo is written "Maiden Zephyr". From what I could find out, the first service trip from Hannibal to St. Louis was on Sunday October 27th, 1935. There was a ceremonial event on October 25th and normal service on October 28th. So somewhere in that timeline is when the picture was taken...BTW, the Mark Twain Zephyr is for sale!

More on the Mark Twain Zephyr here:

Santa Catalina Island, California - North End of Avalon Bay

This unused Mitchell postcard above, shows the untarnished Avalon Bay in the late teens or early twenties. It is at this location that the famous Casino Ballroom was built in 1929.