Streamliners to the Twin Cities Photo Archive

The 400, Twin Zephyrs, and Hiawatha Trains

Streamliners to the Twin Cities Photo Archive
Format: Paperback / softback, 126 Pages
ISBN: 9781583880968
Publisher: Enthusiast Books
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In 1935 an intense rivalry between the Chicago & North Western, Milwaukee Road and Burlington Route began in the busy Chicago-St. Paul/Minneapolis (Twin Cities) corridor. The competition lasted until 1971. For many years the proud 400's, bold Hiawathas and sleek Twin Zephyrs held the fastest start-to-stop times in the world. Each railroad had its own route, but all three had the same goal: to carry the maximum number of passengers between Chicago and the Twin Cities in the shortest amount of time. Which of these trains was the swiftest? The speed of all three trains was timed frequently, and each of them broke the 100 mph limit almost daily. "All Aboard" to ride the C&NW 400, "The Train That Set The Pace For The World", the Twin Zephyrs on Burlington's "Mississippi River Scenic Line" and the Hiawatha on Milwaukee Road's "Speedway of the Speedliners."

The author

John Kelly grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where his dad's best friend, an engineer on the Chicago & NorthWestern, gave him and his brother occasional midnight cab rides on C&NW freight trains from Altoona to Elroy, Wisconsin. As a teenager, he enjoyed watching C&NW, Milwaukee Road and Soo Line trains come through his home town. Given his hobby of railroad history, John has written articles for Trains magazine,, and Vintage Rails and has also authored a number of books on streamlined passenger trains, including Streamliners to the Twin Cities, Interurban Trains to Chicago, and Chicago Stations & Trains. In 2009, John co-authored Trains to Victory--America's Railroads in World War II--with Don Heimburger. Railroads of Milwaukee continues John's interest in Midwestern cities that offered passenger train service. His memories of the Milwaukee Road include photo outings to the Milwaukee Shops--in 1922 it was one of the largest rail car complexes in the United States--and diesel service facilities in the late 1970's. It was exciting to stand near the 35th Street Viaduct, he says, and take photos of the various locomotives and sprawling railroad yards. John is also a volunteer-docent for the innovative National Park Service-Amtrak partnership Trails & Rails program during the summer travel season. This program provides rail passengers with the educational opportunities that foster an appreciation of a selected region's natural and cultural heritage. He joined Trails & Rails in 2007, completing four years as a docent on Amtrak's famed Empire Builder between Chicago and Winona, Minnesota. In addition, he volunteers with the Center for Railroad Photography & Art in Madison, Wisconsin, archiving historic railroad images.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 126 Pages
ISBN: 9781583880968
Illustrations: B&W Ill: 126
Size: 10.25 in x 8.5 in x 0.37 in / 260.35 mm x 215.9 mm x 9.398 mm

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