Nothing new today - just a re-issue of my old blogpost with different images:
Automatically retractable steps were an advanced feature for 1935:
Zephyr was the 'face' of Burlington Route. Designed by Budd engineer Walter B. Dean, the train was three articulated compartments.
The exterior design of the train was left to aeronautical engineer Albert Gardner Dean (Walter Dean's younger brother) who designed the sloping nose shape, with architect John Harbeson and industrial designer Paul Philippe Cret devising a way to strengthen and beautify the sides with the train's horizontal fluting.
The first Zephyr was completed by Budd Company on April 9, 1934, powered by an 8-cylinder, 600-horsepower (447 kW), 8-201-A model Winton engine. Like the diesel-electric locomotives that soon displaced the steam locomotive on American railroads, this engine powered an electrical generator; the electricity it generated was then fed to electric traction motors connected to the axles in the train's front truck.
Union Pacific M-10000 City of Salina:
Built by Pullman-Standard, the City of Salina was powered by a 600 hp (450 kW) V12 distillate engine was from General Motors' Cleveland subsidiary, the Winton Engine Company. Designed by Martin P Blomberg (Pullman) and Harley Earl (GM) and delivered to the railroad on February 12, 1934, at a cost of $230,997, it was the first internal combustion engine, lightweight streamlined express passenger train in the United States.
Later version of the M-10000 train - diesel-powered M-1003-M-1006 City of Denver / City of Los Angeles streamliners:
All passenger-carrying cars were air-conditioned, with radio communication between them. The train was painted in a two-tone green livery, "Cypress Green" on the nose and below the window sills with "Cedar Green" above, separated by an aluminum strip. Extensive aluminum trim was applied. The Green Diamond's nickname was the "Tobacco Worm," because of its green color.
(via paul.malon @ Flickr)
The trainset was withdrawn from service on Feb. 28, 1947, being replaced by a new Green Diamond, an E-unit-hauled streamliner with regular lightweight cars, and sold for scrap in 1950.
Another 'first' - City of San Francisco luxury train with a EMC E2 diesel locomotive which as a single unit developed 1,800 horsepower (1,300 kW). Typically operated as a unit set (A-unit - B-unit - B-unit), the three unit lashup developed 5400 horsepower.
(via paul.malon @ Flickr)
Important date: August 12, 1939, an act of sabotage sends the City of San Francisco flying off of a bridge in the Nevada desert; two dozen passengers and crew members are killed and many more injured, and five cars are destroyed.
Want more streamlined trains? Just tell me.
Images: paul.malon, Shook photos @ Flickr, Gateway Division NMRA