Friday, 17 January 2014

Carriages of Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, U. S.A.

Burlington's afternoon fleet to the Twin Cities lines up in Chicago in the late 1950's. Northern Pacific's Vista Dome "North Coast Limited" is rounded out with a 390 series sleeper-observation car containing four bedrooms and one compartment in addition to its buffet observation lounge. It was built in 1948 when NP streamlined the "N.C.L.," Great Northern # 1197, "Grand Coulee" bring up the rear of the Great Dome "Empire Builder". Pullman-Standard built the car in 1947, for the firtst streamlined "Empire Builder". When domes were added to the "E.B" in 1955, the "Coulee" observations were re-built and six roomettes were added. Burlington's Vista Dome Observation " Silver Terrace" was built by Budd for the "Kansas City Zephyr", but here it is carrying the markers of the Chicago to Twin Cities "Afternoon Zephyr". The "Zephyr" terminates in Minneapolis, and the "N.C.L" and "E.B" are turned over to their respective parent roads for their transcontinental journey to Seattle and Portland.

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