1965 Rocky Mountain Rocket
Chicago to Denver
The consist includes an E8A, a baggage car, a buffet lounge, and a 68-seat coach.
The gifs used were made by me, and can be found at the link below. They have my name in the description.
Rock Island E8 647
Rock Island E8 647 on Train # 8, The Rocky Mountain Rocket, at Joliet, Illinois on July 11, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built in June 1951 ( c/n 14279 ) on EMD Order 2032A. If it’s on schedule, the time is 7:55 AM CST, or 8:55 AM locally ( Daylight Savings Time ). This train left Colorado Springs AND Denver at 11:30 PM the evening before, joined together at Limon Colorado and became Train # 8 to Chicago. With one of the E8’s running in reverse, I’m not sure how they did that. At inception, this train utilized custom-built E6 B-units (classed AB6) with cab controls added, as the trailing power unit, and the train was combined (or split) at Limon, each unit taking a portion of the train from or to either Denver or Colorado Springs. In addition to a sleeping car, diner, and club-lounge, # 8 has reserved seat chair cars, and according to the June 1965 Official Guide, picked up an additional chair car at Rock Island, Illinois.
On June 27, 1965 nothing along Colorado’s Joint Line is as it should be. Ten days after massive floods shut down almost all rail traffic into and out of Denver, trains are just starting to move again, though hesitantly and on track that is freshly patched together. Missouri Pacific has been terminating St. Louis-Denver Train 11-12, the Colorado Eagle, in Pueblo, but today full Denver service – of a sort – is being restored, as a very dusty E8A 31 makes its way south past Palmer Lake with a stub train consisting of a Rio Grande baggage car and coach. The 31 is a onetime Texas & Pacific unit.
CB&Q E9 9988B
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad E9 9988B eastbound on the first section ( the marker lights displayed green ) of Train Number 10, the Denver Zephyr, at Naperville, Illinois on December 31, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
CB&Q E7 9926A
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad E7 9926A on the second Train # 10, the eastbound Denver Zephyr at Aurora, Illinois on December 19, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Built in September 1947 (c/n 4433) on EMD Order E792A, retired in September 1969 and dismantled in December 1969, it is seen here heading the second section of Train # 10. Behind the motors appears to be a Southern Pacific car, most likely a sleeper. The first section would have most of the normal Denver Zephyr consist, including the baggage cars and dormitory car. The second section would need a stand-in dorm car for the train crew (porters and dining car staff), and the SP car likely was filling in.
CB&Q E8 9942B
The Conductor was handing up orders to CB&Q E8 9942B heading Train # 1, the Denver Zephyr, at Chicago Union Station on October 23, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
CB&Q E7 9935A
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad E7 9935A eastbound on Train # 10, the Denver Zephyr, at Naperville, Illinois on September 12, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Built in March 1949 (c/n 8490), it became BN 9919 and was sold for scrap on November 4, 1970. It is seen here leading the Denver Zephyr east, and about 28 miles left on the train’s 1034 mile overnight journey. It was unusual for the CB&Q to leave the MU hatch open and the MU hoses in place on the front of the lead locomotive, suggesting that perhaps this was not the lead locomotive when it left Denver the previous day. One might speculate that perhaps the lead locomotive had a mechanical failure, or perhaps encountered a foreign object somewhere during the trip and was removed, and there was not sufficient time for the terminal crew to close the hatch and remove the hoses.
CB&Q Alco S2 9305
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad Alco S2 9305 at Denver, Colorado on August 27, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. The switcher is coupled to the SILVER VERANDA (CB&Q 236), the end car of the Denver Zephyr and is preparing to pull the train away from the station for turning and servicing.
CB&Q E9 9985A
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad E9 9985A heading either Train Number 1 or 10, the Denver Zephyr, at Denver, Colorado on August 26, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
CB&Q E8 9973
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad E8 9973 and E9 9992 at Naperville, Illinois on August 11, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. On the left 9973 was bringing a Dinky to a station stop at Naperville, and on the right 9992 was passing with Train Number 1, the Denver Zephyr, on the first 28 miles of its overnight run to Denver 1034 miles west of Union Station in Chicago. This was a daily occurrence at about 6:30 PM in Naperville during the 1960’s.