Sunday, August 8, 2010

New locomotive: Pioneer Zephyr

The Pioneer Zephyr is a diesel-powered railroad train built by the Budd Company in 1934 for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q), commonly known as the Burlington. The train featured extensive use of stainless steel, was originally named the Zephyr, and was meant as a promotional tool to advertise passenger rail service in the United States.
On May 26, 1934, it set a speed record for travel between Denver, Colorado, and Chicago, Illinois, when it made a 1,015-mile (1,633 km) non-stop "Dawn-to-Dusk" dash in 13 hours 5 minutes at an average speed of 77 mph (124 km/h). For one section of the run it reached a speed of 112.5 mph (181 km/h), just short of the then US land speed record of 115 mph (185 km/h). The Burlington's contemporary passenger trains plied the same distance in around 25 hours.

The real specifications for this locomotives are (taken from wikipedia):
  • Units built: 1
  • Total unit length: N/A
  • Weight: N/A
  • Top speed: 181 km/h
  • Power output: 447 kW

The Burlington Pioneer Zephyr (credits here)

The Zephyr observation car

Simutrans screenshot

Simutrans object data

TypeDiesel Multiple Unit
NameZephyrZephyr CarObs. Car
Max.Speed180 Km/h
Power447 kWN/A
Intro Year1934
Retire Year1960

You can download the addon for the original livery at The Simutrans Boxroom.

For more information on this locomotive check the following links:

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