Celebrate the Rich History
OF THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY
What's in a Name
CB&Q, THE BURLINGTON ROUTE
Throughout its history, the CB&Q has been known by several names and nicknames – often used interchangeably.
While officially the railroad was named the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy, a few of its common nicknames were … CB&Q, the Q, Burlington Route, and the Burlington.
Here's a Sneak Peek of the CB&Q Display
Many thanks to the BNSF Foundation for sponsoring the CB&Q display and the members of the Burlington Route Historical Society who combed their archives to create it.
This year’s 32 panel Celebrate-a-Railroad Display is spectacular!
Parade of Progress
In just over a century, the Burlington went from a 12-mile route using the borrowed Galena & Chicago Union 4-2-0 Pioneer to traversing over 8,000 route-miles and introducing the massive EMD SD45.
The Burlington was known to be a driving force in the development of better, more powerful, and more efficient motive power. In 1965, the Burlington calendar illustrated its locomotion milestones in the “Parade of Progress” when posing five landmark locomotives on the Galesburg roundhouse leads.
A 3-Way Race to Chicago and the Twin Cities
To say that railroads were extremely competitive, is an understatement. To be the first, fastest and best perceived was a daily operating mantra. Railroad execs would meet on holidays. Nothing stood in their way.
The CB&Q was no different. There was a fierce competition between the Burlington and both the Chicago & North Western and Milwaukee Road for passenger traffic between Chicago and the Twin Cities.
On January 2, 1935, the C&NW fired the first shot with the introduction of their famous “400” trains. The Burlington followed a short three months later with the diesel-powered, streamlined Twin Cities Zephyr. Not to be left in the dust, the Milwaukee inaugurated their steam-powered, streamlined Hiawatha trains only a month after the Zephyrs.
Burlington Twin Cities Zephyrs
Chicago & North Western 400s
Commemorative Items Celebrating the CB&Q
At one time, the utilitarian 40’ boxcar was the mainstay of the Burlington as well as other US railroads. The Burlington was proud to recognize the equipping of one of the Havelock-built 40-footers with the 100,000th set of Unit Trucks. The Havelock forces finished this car in July of 1948 and painted it in the one-of-a-kind green and cream paint scheme so that it would stand out from its then standard boxcar red. The car was proudly displayed by the Q and the Unit Truck Corporation at the Chicago Railroad Fair. Because of this important milestone, it has been chosen for this year’s Trainfest model of the year!
The 32-panel museum quality displays we’ve created for each of the railroads we’ve “celebrated” through the years are downloadable. Just click on the links below. Enjoy!
Each display consists of 32 panels (72” H x 36” W) with Velcro mounting tabs on the back. Rental is $250 per 10-week period. Any group requesting the exhibit is responsible for covering shipping to and from Milwaukee, and must have insurance. Fill out the form below for more information.