1961 Burlington Condensed Timetable

This version of Burlington’s timetable is just six pages long. One page has Chicago-Denver-Oakland. A second has Chicago-Minneapolis-Pacific Northwest with Chicago-Kansas City tucked in underneath it. A third page has a map with timetables for St. Louis-Minneapolis and Denver-Houston beneath it. A half page has Kansas City-Billings and Denver-Billings.

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Two full pages are devoted to train and sleeping car fares, something that is usually left out of condensed timetables. Chicago-Denver was $31.46 coach, plus $7.40 for a parlor car seat or $8.50 for a Slumbercoach, the extra $1.10 being well worth it. The same trip with a lower berth, which required a first-class ticket, was $52.50. Multiply prices times eight to get today’s dollars.

1960 Dude Ranches

Burlington’s 1947 dude ranch booklet, shown here last week, has a very different cover from this one, but inside they are almost identical. Most of the text and pictures are the same, so much so that it is a surprise to find a picture that has changed. One photo in the 1947 booklet shows a woman with a clearly dated hairstyle, but some others seem to have been changed for little or no reason.

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The lists of ranches have changed, of course. The number of ranches in the Cody area (which now includes ranches as far away as Gallatin Gateway) has grown from 50 to 54, while the number in Colorado has grown from 30 to 45. The number listed for northwestern Montana and “other,” however, has shrunk from 19 to 9. I fondly remember visits to at least two of the Gallatin Gateway ranches, Lone Mountain and Elkhorn, and I’m sure many more on these lists are still active.

Vacation Guide and Map

The vacation guide side of this brochure has 7″x9″ panels devoted to each of Burlington’s most scenic destinations: Glacier, Rocky Mountain, and Yellowstone parks, the Pacific Northwest, and California. Half panels briefly describe the Black Hills, dude ranches, and the Mississippi River scenic line.

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The map doesn’t quite show the entire 48 contiguous states, as the Texas and Florida panhandles are off the page. It is always interesting to see what railroads are emphasized on these maps. The Burlington’s own lines, of course, are thickest, but GN, NP, and SP&S aren’t much thinner. Rio Grande, Santa Fe, and Western Pacific are next thickest, but surprisingly Southern Pacific and the Golden State portion of Rock Island’s line are just as thick as is UP’s Salt Lake-LA route. Eastern and Canadian railroads are next, and Union Pacific’s line from Cheyenne to Oregon are in the same category. The thinnest lines are reserved for Union Pacific and other railroads that compete directly with the Burlington plus various branch lines that offer little or no passenger service.

Burlington 1955 Breakfast Menu

This is just a card rather than a folder, which means it was probably for a secondary train such as the Blackhawk rather than one of the zephyrs. The Blackhawk served as the overnight Chicago-St. Paul connection with the Western Star and offered breakfast before arriving in Chicago.

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A full meal of fruit, juice, or cereal, omelette or eggs and meat, toast, and beverage was $1.50, or about $14 in today’s money. Just fruit or juice and cereal, toast, and beverage was $1.10, or about $10 in today’s money.

Burlington May, 1951 Timetable

Burlington’s 1947 timetable featured a steam locomotive and a shovel-nosed Diesel on the cover. Three-and-a-half years later, the timetable has a shovel-nose and an E5 on the cover. Soon both sides would be E5s; I don’t believe there was a time when both sides were shovel noses.

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This timetable is filled with ads for zephyrs: the Twin Zephyrs on page 9; California Zephyr on page 11; Denver Zephyr on page 16; Silver Streak Zephyr on page 20; and the Nebraska Zephyr on page 22. The back cover simply invites people to “Go West. . . go Burlington!” One of the drawings on the back cover ad shows the streamlined ferry Kalakala in Puget Sound with a fluted, streamlined train in the foreground–which is out of place as none of the Northwest railroads used fluted equipment.

Nebraska State Capitol Lunch Menu

The Nebraska state capitol is unusual in that, instead of having a traditional large dome, it has a tower with a small dome on top. The Louisiana state capitol was modeled after Nebraska’s, but without a dome on top. Other state capitol buildings without domes include Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, New York, and North Dakota. Oregon’s has a dome, sort of, but it is flat on top; some say it was designed to look like a tree stump.

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This menu was used for an Aid Association for Lutherans tour group. The unpriced and rather unimpressive menu offers fish saute, stewed chicken, or short ribs of beef, with soup or tomato juice, whipped potatoes, peas, iceberg lettuce, bread, dessert, and beverage.

1949 Mississippi River Breakfast Menu

The Burlington liked this image so well it used it on postcards, the Twin Zephyrs along-the-way booklet, and many other places. The back cover includes several paragraphs on Mississippi River scenery illustrated by a couple of muddy pictures of what appear to be shovel-nosed zephyrs.

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This breakfast menu is dated July 1, 1949, and was used for a tour called the “Empire State Grotto Special.” Breakfast was $1.50 ($15 in today’s money) and included fruit or juice, cereal, eggs and meat, toast or muffins, and a beverage.

The Denver Zephyr in 1948

This is a post-war update of a 1936 brochure that was issued when the train was new. The 1936 edition was a fold-out brochure with a total of 18 panels while this is a stapled booklet with 16 pages about the same size as the brochure’s panels. Despite being cramped for space, whoever made up this booklet left two of the pages nearly blank.

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Many of the photographs in the 1936 brochure was probably taken at the Budd plant and have no people in them. Several of these photos are reused in the 1948 edition, but most of the photos have models pretending to enjoy their trip on a slightly dated looking train.

Vacation in the West This Summer

This eight-panel brochure summarizes the premiere tourist destinations reachable on the Burlington and its partner railroads. The Colorado Rockies, Glacier, and Yellowstone each get a full panel. The Black Hills, California, Pacific Northwest, and dude ranches each get half a panel.

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Another panel promotes “the celebrated Zephyrs those streamlined, Diesel-powered wonder trains made of gleaming stainless steel.” The back cover is a map of the Burlington and its connections.

1947 Dude Ranches

Burlington’s pre-war dude ranch booklet focused on ranches around Cody, Wyoming. This one not only lists 50 ranches in that area (twice as many as the 1931 booklet), it also includes more than 30 ranches in Colorado, more than a dozen in northwestern Montana, and a handful in eastern Washington.

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The cover art is signed Gannam, for John Gannam, who was born in Lebanon in (according to most sources) 1907. His family moved to Chicago when he was young and he eventually became a magazine and advertising illustrator. Although he had rarely been out West, he often painted cowboys, which might be why he was picked to do this cover. Most sources say he died in 1965.