CB&Q 9900 Pioneer Zephyr by Chuck Zeiler Via Flickr: Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad 9900 Pioneer Zephyr at Omaha, Nebraska on an unknown day in March 1960, Kodachrome by Dick Rumbolz, Chuck Zeiler collection. Number 9900 made its last run on March 20, 1960 from Lincoln to Galesburg, then was overhauled at Aurora and towed to Chicago, donated to the Museum of Science and Industry on May 26, 1960. Since its construction in 1934, it had traveled 3,222,898 miles.
I ran across these units sitting quietly in the country just north of Gibson City, Illinois. That town is headquarters for the short-line railroad that goes by “The Bloomer Line”. The locomotives sport a fetching paint scheme that is strongly reminiscent, if not identical, of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
It looks like the first unit may have come from the Illinois Central, given its distinctive “frog eyes” headlight. This checks out—the EMD GP9 was built in 1957 for the IC; it would have gotten the headlight arrangement when rebuilt in Paducah. The second unit began life in 1958 for the Northern Pacific, also as a GP9. The final unit was built in 1965 as a GP35 for the Texas and Pacific Railway—but now is considered a GP38-2 after its rebuilding.
Two images by Richard Koenig; taken August 18th 2017.
CB&Q E5 9914A by Chuck Zeiler Via Flickr: Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad E5 9914A, named Silver Arrow, at Hazeltine, Colorado on June 14, 1949, photographer unknown, print by Tom Klinger, Chuck Zeiler collection. Number 9914A was built in June 1941 ( c/n 1301 ), was sold to the C&S on September 20, 1961, becoming C&S 9955, retired March 15, 1968 and traded to EMD. The training B unit was either 9906B or 9907B, one of the two EA B-units built for the original Denver Zephyr, that Zephyr is seen trailing the power in this photo.
CB&Q Zephyr 9900 by Chuck Zeiler Via Flickr: Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad 9900 at Weston, New Jersey on April 17, 1934, photograph by the Budd Company, Chuck Zeiler collection. Number 9900 was released from the Budd’s Philadelphia plant on April 10, 1934 and began a nationwide tour. It is seen here on a run out of New York City on the Reading at Weston.
CB&Q E9 9994 by Chuck Zeiler Via Flickr: Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad E9 9994 eastbound on the combined North Coast Limited and Empire Builder at Rochelle, Illinois on November 14, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. I was riding the steam excursion seen on the left waiting for this train to pass.
“Jesse Bussey, originally from Greene County, Pennsylvania, bought the land for the town of Bussey in 1867. He laid out the town of Bussey on the line of the Albia, Knoxville and Des Moines Railroad in 1875, the same year the line was acquired by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. Mr Bussey went into the lumber and grain business there. By 1880, the population was close to 100, with four general merchandise stores and one drug store. The town was incorporated in 1895. There were some problems with the initial incorporation, so a second vote was held in 1899, after which James Bussey was elected as the first mayor.”
CB&Q 9900 by Chuck Zeiler Via Flickr: Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad 9900 at West Quincy, Missouri on June 24, 1957, photograph by G. E. Lloyd, print by Gordon C. Bassett, Chuck Zeiler collection. There appears to be a baggage car coupled to the rear.
Caption: “To celebrate the centennial of the opening of its Chicago to Aurora, Illinois line, the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy very temporarily painted its queen of fan trips, Northern 5632, gold. The scene here is a light-engine positioning move in Aurora on May 24, 1964.”