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The Zephyr: Speeding From The World Of Tomorrow

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:43 AM
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by Eric last modified Aug 10, 2011

Continuing the trend this week of posting vintage photos I've found that feature cool and important design, here's a look at a real photo postcard from the 1930s showing "The Zephyr", built by the Budd Company in 1934 for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. Read more after the jump... This sleek, stainless steel Streamline Modern "Silver Streak" train set a speed record for travel between Denver and Chicago on May 26, 1934 when it...




 

 

Train Continuing the trend this week of posting vintage photos I've found that feature cool and important design, here's a look at a real photo postcard from the 1930s showing "The Zephyr", built by the Budd Company in 1934 for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. Read more after the jump...

This sleek, stainless steel Streamline Modern "Silver Streak" train set a speed record for travel between Denver and Chicago on May 26, 1934 when it made a 1,015-mile (1,633 km) non-stop "Dawn-to-Dusk" dash in 13 hours 5 minutes at an average speed of 77 mph.

The train became an instant success to the American public, languishing in the grip of the Great Depression and looking for something representing an inspirational, technology-driven future.

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If you'd like to learn more about this remarkable train, follow the link. If you're in Chicago, you can visit this "Silver Streak" at the Museum of Science and Industry. Plan your trip here.

Postcard image via PrairieMod/Color image via msichicago.org



 

 

 
 
 

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