CHICAGO, BURLINGTON & QUINCY RAILROAD. This vintage piece of Railroad history made by The Adams & Westlake Company for the CHICAGO, BURLINGTON & QUINCY RAILROAD. This lantern is marked THE ADAMS & WESTLAKE CO."ADLAKE" RELIABLE NEW YORK CHICAGO PHILA. BURLINGTON ROUTE, first US PATD 5-5-1908, last 5-9-1922. The brass burner is marked ADLAKE PAT APR. 27 1909, star wheels are loose. The extended clear glass globe is embossed Burlington Route in a square , no cracks some chips around rims. Chips can't be seen went in the lantern. Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article.
By adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Learn how and when to remove this template message. The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad reporting mark. CBQ was a railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. Commonly referred to as the Burlington or as the Q. The Burlington Route served a large area, including extensive trackage in the states of Colorado. And also in New Mexico. Through subsidiaries Colorado and Southern Railway. Fort Worth and Denver Railway. Its primary connections included Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Louis, Kansas City and Denver. Because of this extensive trackage in the midwest and mountain states, the railroad used the advertising slogans "Everywhere West", "Way of the Zephyrs ", and "The Way West". It merged into Burlington Northern. At the end of the year CB&Q operated 8,538 route-miles, C&S operated 708 and FW&D operated 1362. These totals may or may not include the former Burlington-Rock Island Railroad. Cities platted by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. The earliest predecessor of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, the Aurora Branch Railroad.
Was chartered by act of the Illinois General Assembly. The charter was obtained by citizens of Aurora. Who were concerned that the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad. Would bypass their towns in favor of West Chicago. On its route; at the time, that was the only line running west from Chicago.The Aurora Branch was built from Aurora, through Batavia, to Turner Junction in what is now West Chicago. The line was built with old strap rail and minimal, if any, grading.
The G&CU required the Aurora Branch to turn over 70 percent of their revenue per ton-mile handled on that railroad; as a result, in the mid-1850s, surveys were ordered to determine the best route for a railroad line to Chicago. The line from Aurora to Chicago was built through the fledgling towns of Naperville. And the west side of Chicago.
Regular commuter train service started in 1863 and remains operational to this day, making it the oldest surviving regular passenger service in Chicago. Both the original Chicago line, and to a much lesser extent, the old Aurora Branch right of way, are still in regular use today by the Burlington's present successor BNSF Railway. With a steady acquisition of locomotives, cars, equipment, and trackage, the Burlington Route was able to enter the trade markets in 1862. From that year to date, the railroad and its successors have paid dividends continuously, and never run into debt or defaulted on a loan?The only Class I U. For which this is true. Henry H Rogers' line, the Virginian Railway. After extensive trackwork was planned, the Aurora Branch changed its name to the Chicago and Aurora Railroad in June 1852.
And to Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad in 1856, and shortly reached its two other namesake cities, Burlington, Iowa. In 1868 CB&Q completed bridges over the Mississippi River.Giving the railroad through connections with the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad (B&MR). In Iowa and the Hannibal & St. Upon reaching the Missouri River at St. The B&MR continued building west into Nebraska as a separate company, the Burlington & Missouri River Rail Road , founded in 1869.
During the summer of 1870 it reached Lincoln. The newly designated capital of Nebraska and by 1872 it reached Kearney, Nebraska.
That same year the B&MR across Iowa was absorbed by the CB&Q. By the time the Missouri River bridge at Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Was completed the B&MR in Nebraska was well on its way to the Mile High city of Denver, Colorado. Burlington's rapid expansion after the American Civil War. Was based upon sound financial management, dominated by John Murray Forbes.
Of Boston and assisted by Charles Elliott Perkins. Perkins was a powerful administrator who eventually forged a system out of previously loosely held affiliates, virtually tripling Burlington's size during his presidency from 1881 to 1901. Burlington Route system map, 1892. Burlington lines are black; connecting railroads are red. Ultimately, Perkins believed the Burlington Railroad must be included into a powerful transcontinental system.Though the railroad as far west as Denver and Billings, Montana. It had failed to reach the Pacific Coast. During the 1880s and 1890s, when construction was less expensive.
Of the Union Pacific Railroad. Perkins felt his railroad was a more natural fit with James J.
With its river line to the Twin Cities. The Burlington Route formed a natural connection between Hill's home town (and headquarters) of St. And the railroad hub of Chicago.
By 1900, Hill's Great Northern, in conjunction with the Northern Pacific Railway. Held nearly 100 percent of Burlington's stock. In 1901 a rebuffed Harriman tried to gain an indirect influence over the Burlington by launching a stock raid on the Northern Pacific. Though Hill managed to fend off this attack on his nascent system, it led to the creation of the Northern Securities Company.And later, the Northern Securities Co. Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad steam locomotive built 1940 at West Burlington, Iowa. In service until 1956, on display since 1962 in Douglas, Wyoming.
It also extended its reach south in the Mississippi Valley region by opening up a new line from Concord, Illinois. It was during this period that the Burlington was at its largest, exceeding just over 12,000 route miles in 14 states by the 1920s. With the First World War. Having the same effect on the railroad as on all other railroads, during the 1920s, the Burlington Route had an increasingly heavy amount of equipment flooding the yards. With the advent of the Great Depression.The CB&Q held a good portion of this for scrap. Despite the decrease of passengers, it was during this time that the railroad introduced the famed Zephyrs.
In 1929, the CB&Q created a subsidiary, the Burlington Transportation Company. To operate intercity buses in tandem with its railway network. In 1936, the company would become one of the founding members of the Trailways Transportation System. And still provides intercity service to this day as Burlington Trailways.
As early as 1897, the railroad had been interested in alternatives to steam power, namely, internal-combustion engines. The railroad's shops in Aurora had built an unreliable three-horsepower distillate motor in that year, but it was hugely impractical (requiring a massive 6,000-pound flywheel) and had issues with overheating (even with the best metals of the day, its cylinder heads and liners would warp and melt in a matter of minutes) and was therefore impractical. Diesel engines of that era were obese, stationary monsters and were best suited for low-speed, continuous operation.None of that would do in a railroad locomotive; however, there was no diesel engine suitable for that purpose then. A Zephyr arriving at East Dubuque, Illinois. And built their own, sending them out to do the jobs of a steam locomotive and a single car. Steeple-cab switchers powered by distillate engines, Burlington president Ralph Budd. Requested of the Winton Engine Company a light, powerful diesel engine that could stand the rigors of continuous, unattended daily service.
The experiences of developing these engines can be summed up shortly by General Motors. I do not recall any trouble with the dip stick. Accused of gambling on diesel power, chirped that I knew that the GM people were going to see the program through to the very end. Actually, I wasn't taking a gamble at all.The manifestation of this gamble was the eight-cylinder Winton 8-201A diesel, a creature no larger than a small Dumpster. That powered the Burlington Zephyr (built 1934) on its record run and opened the door for developing the long line of diesel engines that has powered Electro-Motive locomotives for the past seventy years. These locomotives were previously used for the Zephyr passenger trains. After the Second World War, the CB&Q was inundated with the overworked steam locomotives existent in a fleet that was already beginning to dieselize. Having expanded its dieselization program rapidly, steam power was slowly put out to pasture, and on September 28, 1959, the last steam-powered commuter train from Chicago rolled to a stop in Downers Grove. Marking the end of steam operations on the railroad. As the financial situation of American railroading continued to decline through the 1960s, the Burlington Railroad merged with the Great Northern, Northern Pacific, and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle. Railroads on March 2, 1970 to form the Burlington Northern.
A merger once dreamed of by Great Northern founder James J. The passengers, including "Zeph" the burro, that rode the Zephyr on the "Dawn-to-Dusk Dash" gather for a group photo in front of the train after arriving in Chicago on May 26, 1934.The railroad operated a number of streamlined. Known as the Zephyrs which were one of the most famous and largest fleets of streamliners. The Burlington Zephyr , the first American diesel. Electric powered streamlined passenger train, made its noted "dawn-to-dusk" run from Denver, Colorado. On November 11, 1934, the train was put into regularly scheduled service between Lincoln, Nebraska. Although the distinctive, articulated stainless steel trains were well known, and the railroad adopted the "Way of the Zephyrs " advertising slogan, they did not attract passengers back to the rails en masse , and the last one was retired from revenue service with the advent of Amtrak.
Paul, jointly with Rock Island. Denver handled by CB&Q; Denver?Salt Lake City by Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. Oakland by Western Pacific Railroad. Other named passenger trains which operated on the Burlington included.
These trains were operated jointly with Northern Pacific Railway and had a different name when they were east or westbound. The club car of the Chicago Limited and the Denver Limited. The train had an eastbound and westbound name.Denver: replaced the Colorado Limited. Lincoln: replaced Nebraska Limited and replaced by Ak-Sar-Ben Zephyr. Kansas City: replaced by the American Royal Zephyr. Atlantic Express (Seattle-Tacoma-Chicago): jointly with Northern Pacific Railway.
(Denver-Yellowstone) Seasonal tri-weekly service between Denver, Colorado. Denver: replaced by the Aristocrat. Oakland in conjunction with D&RGW and WP prior to the launching of the California Zephyr. S flagship between Chicago and Minneapolis.
Handled the Northern Pacific Railway. S secondary transcontinental between Chicago and Minneapolis. Lincoln: replaced by the Ak-Sar-Ben. North Pacific Express (Chicago-Seattle-Tacoma): jointly with Northern Pacific Railway.
This train, along with The Aristocrat and the Colorado Limited , were promoted as companion trains to the streamlined Denver Zephyr. (Denver-Billings) operated between Denver, Colorado. Referred to affectionately as "The Night Crawler". Handled the Great Northern Railway. (Denver-Cheyenne) offered daytime service along Colorado's Front Range between Denver, Colorado.
The California Zephyr is still operated daily today by Amtrak. As trains Five (westbound) and Six (eastbound). Another Amtrak train, the Illinois Zephyr. Is a modern descendant of the Kansas City Zephyr.
And the American Royal Zephyr. The Burlington was a leader in innovation; among its firsts were use of the printing telegraph (1910), train radio communications (1915), streamlined passenger diesel power (1934) and vista-dome. In 1927, the railroad was one of the first to use Centralized Traffic Control. (CTC) and by the end of 1957 had equipped 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of its line.
The railroad had one of the first hump classification yards. At its Cicero Avenue Yard in Chicago, allowing an operator in a tower to line switches remotely and allowing around-the-clock classification. The item "BURLINGTON ROUTE CHICAGO BURLINGTON & QUINCY RAILROAD Lantern RELIABLE 1908" is in sale since Friday, March 6, 2020.
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