& Missouri River Railroad
BRHS Operating Session Photos
September 12, 2002
All photos courtesy of Richard Landon of Grayling, Michigan
Dispatcher Train Sheet (PDF File)
Burlington Route Historical Society held their 2002 Annual Meet in St.
Louis. On Thursday
September 12th, we held two operating sessions on the B&MRR. The goal was to recreate 16
hours of trains through Burlington, Iowa as they actually ran in September of 1963. Several of my
BRHS compadres, Loren Johnsen, Tom Johnson, Russ Jandes, Phil Hansen and Rich Gortowski
assisted by bringing equipment to fill in my gaps. We came very close to recreating all of the
trains in this session, we were only short two fruit trains due to a lack of refrigerator cars.
There are several folks in these photos
whom I have not seen in quite a while and have
| The Westbound
trains staged in Galesburg from left to right are:
Train No. 73 a Daily Time Freight on GS2 track with F3A/F3B/F2A set 125A/125B/150A
ADV CD the Chicago Denver Merchandise on GS3 track with F3A/F3B/F7A set 164ABC
Train No. 11 the Nebraska Zephyr on GS4 track with E7A/E7A set 9924A/9920B
Train No. 17 the California Zephyr on GS5 track with E8A 9939A and E9A /9948B
| The Eastbound
trains staged in "Ottumwa". Since at the time of this
operating session I only had
one Nebraska Zephyr consist, we briefly moved the upper staging yard eastward from Creston to
Ottumwa. From left to right are:
Train No. 74A Daily Ex. Sunday Meat on OS1 track with Blackbird SD7s 300/303
Train No. 18 the California Zephyr Denver on OS2 track with E8A 9939A and E9A 9948B
Train LW68 a Daily Fruit on OS3 with GP20 929 (GP20 900 had problems and was removed)
Train No. 10 the Denver Zephyr on OS4 track with E5A/E5B 9915A/9915B
X4000 an NRHS Excursion from Lincoln to Galesburg on OS6 track with S4A 4-8-4 No 4000
pulling an SSS coach, a Slumbercoach, CB&Q Pattern Dome "Silver Dome" and CB&Q
business car "Burlington" bringing up the markers.
preparation for the operating session, I review the Trainsheets with everyone
before we start the
| Signing up
positions for the session - ??? and ??? study the trainsheet as Russ
watches. In the background Q Passenger Train Author, Bill Glick and ??? appear to be in a deep
discussion. Kevin Schelen (BNSF Dispatcher for this portion of the BNSF) volunteered to be the
Dispatcher, Steve Holding (BNSF Dispatcher for Union Tower, Chicago) quickly volunteered to be
the Mississippi River Bridge Tender. Tom Johnson and Loren Johnson became our Galesburg
and Ottumwa hostlers and many others became our engineers.
| Here, looking
east at the "Ottumwa" staging yard, we find Loren Johnson
(elbows on the layout)
making sure everything is ready for the start of the session. Phil Hansen's "Spam Extra" can be
seen in the foreground - the mock Spam can cleverly conceals highly classified Atomic weaponry
headed for the Atomic Energy Commission's operations located just west of West Burlington at
the Dayman wye.
| Prior to
taking out the first train of the operating session, Engineer Richard
Landon poses for a
mug shot with me. On the fast clock it's 3:00 am and No. 7 the legendary "Fast Mail" from
Chicago to Denver is ready to depart Galesburg. Richard has his train sheet and Digitrax DT300
throttle and is ready to go.
| On the fast
clock it's 4:43 am and No. 7 is crossing the Mississippi approaching
Loren Johnson (L) is taking a closer look at the train while Bill Glick and Greg Koon (to the right) are part of the Burlington Yard crew waiting for the Fast Mail's arrival.
|Greg & Bill watch No. 7 pass Wood Tower with an E7A/E8A lash-up of 9924AB and 9940B. A Baldwin VO-1000 is parked on the Stock Yard lead and an NE-12 sits on the future scale track.|
| Here we catch
a glimpse of why the Burlington Yard crew is waiting - behind the SSS
chair car is
a specially equipped flat with two E-unit trucks and tractions motors from the Q's Chicago Zephyr
Pit, on their way to the West Burlington Shops for a complete overhaul.
|No. 7 impatiently waits at the Burlington Depot (scale drawings in position to the right).|
Burlington Yard crew in the SW-1 that is approaching the rear of the
train, will pull the flat off
and they will follow the mail up the hill to deliver the trucks to the shops.
| Finally, No.
7 departs Burlington. Don Benson (in the black shirt & cap),
Cliff Salmon (in the
Burlington T shirt) and ??? watch it's departure.
| ??? (in the
red shirt) and ??? (in the white shorts) watch the SW-1 following No. 7 up
Burlington Hill. The SW-1 is just above Mel Hendricks' head on the westbound main, while No. 7
can be seen looping around the helix on its way up the hill.
Johnson's Denver Zephyr, Train No. 10, is getting a lot of
attention. From Left to right are
Tom Johnson (red T-shirt), ??? (Blue flowered blouse), Terry Ulrich, Loren Johnson, ???, Russ
Jandes, Cliff Salmon and today's Bridge Tender, Steve Holding. All are watching the DZ
approaching the West Burlington Depot. On the point today, are an A-A pair of stainless steel
sheathed E5 locomotives that were totally unique to the Burlington. Yes, I'm aware that the depot
is inappropriately painted and decorated with a Burlington Northern monogram. My oxide red with
bronze green-trimmed version of the depot (appropriate for this 1963 operating session) had
recently been presented to the late Robert Brown as a "thank you" for assisting me in creating an
accurate depot kit.
| As No. 7
continues to climb the West Burlington Hill, it meets an on time Denver
No. 10, scheduled to arrive at Burlington at 5:57 am.
| No. 7 (on the
left, westbound main) has just passed the West Burlington Shop
locomotives in various states of repair are parked outside the shops to No. 7's right. Our
Dispatcher for today's session is Kevin Schelen (right).
|No. 7 continues westward through the rich, Iowa farmlands as it approaches Ottumwa.|
| Caught using
the five finger crane! We can also see the headlight of the Advance
CD, a Chicago
to Denver Merchandise 62, a daily merchandise freight led by an F3A/F3B/F7A set numbered
164ABC. This train left Galesburg at 9:45 AM and will be turned in Ottumwa at 12:15 PM to
becomes Train #62. To the right, you can see the Rock Island RPO waiting for the northbound
Zephyr Rocket to go back to Minneapolis.
| The Advance
CD has just passed the Moehn Brewery and its traction motors are grinding
lift their tonnage up the West Burlington Hill.
| We skip ahead
to around 3:00 pm and the CD/CGI (Chicago Denver/Grand Island) freight with
bevy of GP30s (Q 955, UP 844 and Q 972) head westward over the drawspan section of the
Mississippi River bridge. The CD/CGI is the longest train running today, with 65 cars!
passing through the Burlington Station, ready to head around the curve
Burlington's Main Street. If you look closely, the markers are being brought with both a Q waycar
followed by a UP caboose that are just rounding the curve off of the bridge. Russ is enjoying
watching the action through Burlington today.
| Train No.
99, the Quincy/Burlington Way Freight, was brought to Burlington today with GP7 No.
265. After the Burlington crews have worked the train, the dispatcher has called an extra with
265 to head westward to Albia and eventually Des Moines to clear congestion in the Burlington
|Phil Hansen is keeping a close eye on Extra 265 as it departs Burlington's yard.|
| Here Extra
265 begins its ascent of the West Burlington Hill as it passes where the
bridge will be located.
| Here, ??? is
getting ready to take out the last train of the session, Train No. 74A a
Sunday Meat train powered by a pair of Blackbird SD7s Nos. 300 and 303. This train departs
Ottumwa at 5:00 PM and is handed over to the Chicago Division crews at Galesburg at 8:45 PM.
|| The BRHS had
arranged for the Galesburg Railroad Museum to display their Burlington
switcher and preserved EA units from the original Denver Zephyr, 9906A&B, Silver King & Queen.
Also on display at the Galesburg coaling tower built by the Pages of Peoria, were EMD's GP30
Demonstrator unit and one of Sperry Rail's inspection cars. The BRHS had chartered the St.
Louis Museum of Transport's Mark Twain Zephyr for an excursion today from St. Louis up the
K-Line to Burlington and then eastward to Galesburg. They will return to St. Louis on the 9903
the following day.