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#125

Christmastime, circa 1951, on the P&LE

Burlington Route's Exposition Flyer. Before the CA Zephyr was introduced between Chicago and San Francisco after WWII, Burlington-Rio Grande- Western Pacific operated pre WWII equipment with a fine train called the Exposition Flyer. Named after the San Francisco Exposition. The Burlington had acquired several "Shovel nose" passenger locomotives from GM prior to the war and it was often times used to pull the Exposition Flyer. Here, from a Burlington advertisement of WWII, is the flyer depicted running through a hearty winter snowstorm in the mountains.

Burliington passenger service was amoung the finest in the nation, even up to the Amtrak era. The Exposition, beforte the completion of the Zephyr fleet in the late 1940's was a flag ship of the "2"s passenger service. May this rendition of the Shove Nose, original design streamlined diesel locomotives bring to you and yours a glimpse of rail holiday passenger travel of yesteryear and a wonderful holiday season and healthy and prosperous New Year.

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