Flashback Friday- Let’s look back to the mid-morning hours on an unknown day in 1963. Here we are riding in the cab of one of the Burlington’s iconic E-8’s. This is the Conductors view from train #21, the westbound “morning Zephyr”. Train #21 is rolling across the Rock River bridge as it approaches Oregon. In 1963 train #21 left Chicago’s Union Station at 8:00 am and arrived in Minneapolis at 3:00 pm. Including its 8 stops along the route, the train still averaged a speed of 66 miles a hour.
The photo was taken by Karl Rethwisch, photo credit to him.