Softcover, 150 pages, small portrait format (6 x 9 in.) 120 Black-and-White photographs and illustrations.
In 1934, the Burlington Railroad's Pioneer Zephyr became the first diesel-powered streamlined passenger train to begin regular service in the United States. The rural Midwest state of Nebraska played a major role in the Pioneer Zephyr's technological achievements, beginning with its first run out of Lincoln. The stainless steel speedster had a service life of about 26 years, slightly over 14 them spent on runs originating in or passing through Nebraska. Filled with human interest stories, this is an account of the huge impact that a very historic train had on one state and its people.
Contents:Introduction, pp. 4-12;Union Pacific: First to Streamline, pp. 13-22;Enter the Zephyr, pp. 23-28;Dawn to Dusk Across Nebraska, pp. 29-36;Nebraska Tour of 1934, pp. 37-46;First in the Nation, pp. 47-68;To Denver in Advance, pp. 69-78;Lincoln-Kansas City Again, pp. 79-88;Wartime, Anniversaries and Tragedy, pp. 89-104;Absent from Nebraska, pp. 105-110;Back Where it Began, pp. 111-118;Last Run, pp. 119-126;Posterity for a Pioneer, pp. 127-135;Epilogue, pg. 136;Pioneer Zephyr Timeline, pp. 137-139;Bibliography, pp. 140-142;Index, pp. 143-149;About the Authors, pg. 150.