Today is the anniversary of the Zephyr's run from Denver to the Chicago World's Fair.
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That's pretty cool about the Zephyr. That's a train I would like to learn more about.
You might try a Google search, as there is a wealth of information out there (including a few books I seem to remember) about the Pioneer Zephyr, which is fully restored and on display indoors at the Museum of Science and Industry, in Chicago.
You should ride one, sit in the seats feal the quality if the 1930's
Scotie, I have what I believe is a first run. It is an envelope commemorating the Hartford CT Armory which was built in 1909. I was assigned there in the 90's and received it as a gift in 1996. If interested, it is yours. No charge.
It is not related to the Trains hobby, but in Hartford history, in 1905, a 2-6-0 Mogul locomotive #321 kept going and poked a hole through the Roundhouse.
"The locomotive is New York, New Haven and Hartford No. 321, a 2-6-0 mogul type, just two years old at the time, and it started of its own accord and broke through the rear wall of the roundhouse. The top of the building that can be seen behind the roundhouse is the Connecticut State Capitol. Curiously, another locomotive had a similar incident on June 22, 1902 just to the right of where No. 321 smashed the back wall. Evidence of the earlier accident and repair to the wall can be seen in the photo just above the window that is partially obscured by the front of the engine. No. 321 was repaired and went on to a long, uneventful career in both freight and passenger service, and was finally retired on December 31, 1935. Source: New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association, Inc."
I may be mistaken, but I believe that the Armory may be on the site of the Roundhouse. If not, darn close. I guess this classifies as 'History Oriented' too.
Was the Zephyr in a black and white movie about a race against time? It is a beauty for sure.
The first run of the Budd built Pioneer Zephyr in 1934 was Denver to Chicago as a non-stop special.
That Mogul Locomotive #321 was built pretty tough! Only the headlamp is broken off. The pilot doesn’t even look bent. That wall looks to be about 2 foot thick brick! Just something I noticed.