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50th issue of Burlington Bulletin

Published: March 26, 2015
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“Dawn-to-Dusk Club” passengers, including Zeph the Burro, arrive in Chicago on May 26, 1934, after a record-setting nonstop run from Denver aboard the Pioneer Zephyr to mark the Century of Progress World's Fair. Library of Congress photo.
The Burlington Route Historical Society is celebrating the 50th issue of its flagship publication, Burlington Bulletin. Authored by Chicago, Burlington & Quincy historian John W. “Bill” Schultz, the anniversary issue is a comprehensive study of the Burlington’s 1936 Denver Zephyr.

In addition to a thorough examination of the origins of the famous streamliners and their operation, inside and out, the text explores their role in the eventual collapse of the Pullman monopoly, the record-setting Denver-Chicago nonstop run, and the little-known attempt by one or more saboteurs to dynamite the Zephyr off the tracks during World War II. The issue closes with brief coverage of the train sets’ reassignment to the Denver-Dallas Zephyrs of subsidiaries Colorado & Southern and Fort Worth & Denver, and the disposition of the equipment after its retirement in April 1965.

In addition to expert text, the 148-page, perfect-bound, softcover issue features 178 historical black-and-white and 12 color photos as well as color reproductions of the train’s brochures, menus and advertising. Railfans will appreciate the equipment drawings and full roster.

With a cover price of $45, the 50th Burlington Bulletin is available at wholesale pricing for retailers. Other issues also are available and may be seen at www.burlingtonroute.com/costore/company.htm. For pricing and terms, retailers can contact BRHS Hobby Shop Sales, P.O. Box 485, Sutherland, NE 69165 or email ShopSales@BurlingtonRoute.com.