Tue - August 21, 2018 9:07 am  |  Article Hits:642     A+ | a-
To ensure that any orders for shirts that come in the mail are received in time to be delivered at the Fall Meet, the orders will need to be in the mail no later than this coming Friday (August 24th). 
Meetings  |  Thu - July 26, 2018 4:59 pm  |  Article Hits:1470     A+ | a-
The 3007 (now at IRM in Union, IL) on Quinsippi Island
The 3007 (now at IRM in Union, IL) on Quinsippi Island
The details for the Quincy Fall Meet have been added to the Meetings page and the Online Registration is now available.  Click here to register.
Announcements  |  Wed - June 27, 2018 3:44 pm  |  Article Hits:1375     A+ | a-
Burlington Bulletin No. 55 Cover
Burlington Bulletin No. 55 Cover
Coming to a mailbox close to you...Burlington Bulletin No. 55 has been mailed from JPA in Pontiac, Illinois, this afternoon.
Company Store  |  Sun - June 3, 2018 10:18 pm  |  Article Hits:1521     A+ | a-
Notice to Trespassers
Notice to Trespassers
To order, please print out the following order form and mail in with a check or money order.

Company Store  |  Sun - June 3, 2018 10:01 pm  |  Article Hits:1808     A+ | a-
XM25/26 Car Project Flyer
XM25/26 Car Project Flyer
To order, please print out the following order form and mail in with a check or money order. Also available in the Company Store, but without the quantity discount.

Tue - May 22, 2018 3:17 pm  |  Article Hits:776     A+ | a-
April 2018 FOBNR's The Expediter
April 2018 FOBNR's The Expediter
Two BRHS members have articles in the April 2018 issue of The BN Expediter, the official publication of The Friends of the Burlington Northern Railroad.  Director and V.P. of Projects, Leo Phillipp, has his article, Working the "Mails" to West Chicago,  published on pages 12-16 and past Director and Calendar Editor, Gary Olszewski, has Part 2 of his Oral History as interviewed by Dave Poplawski, A Career on the BN and BNSF, published on pages 17-23. (Part one is in the January 2018 issue)  As a bonus in this issue, there is an article that provides recent information and photographs of the Aurora/West Chicago Branch of the Q, BN and BNSF.  Issues are available for purchase from their Company Store at http://fobnr.org/bnstore/bnstore.htm.
Announcements  |  Thu - April 19, 2018 7:02 pm  |  Article Hits:2403     A+ | a-
Silver Club in service on the North Shore Scenic Railroad in Duluth, MN.
Silver Club in service on the North Shore Scenic Railroad in Duluth, MN.

The newest car in service on the North Shore Scenic Railroad, which operates between Duluth and Two Harbors, Minnesota, is CB&Q dorm-buffet-lounge car No. 250, the Silver Club. Built for the new California Zephyr by Budd in November of 1948, the car has had quite a journey before ending up on the shores of Lake Superior. The car passed into BN ownership upon the merger before going to Amtrak in 1971. It lasted on Amtrak for about 10 years before being put into storage. Silver Club went into private ownership in 1984 and passed through multiple owners before ending up in Fargo, North Dakota, in the collection of Dirk Lenthe in 1995.

Plans to restore the car had come and gone and by the time it reached North Dakota, the interior was a mess. By about 2012, the windows on the car had been replaced, along with the wheelsets, but not much work had been done on the interior. It was at this time that plans were put into motion to donate the Silver Club to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum for use on the North Shore Scenic Railroad. The first stop on the trip to Duluth was to the Friends of the 261 shop at Minneapolis Junction in Minneapolis in 2016. It was here that most of the restoration would take place.

The car was stripped down to the bare walls in order to remove asbestos and facilitate work on the HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. The dormitory area was removed and made into a lounge featuring wood grained walls. The built in seating in the coffee shop and lounge, except for the two booths at the end of the car adjacent to the restrooms, had already been removed prior to the car being donated to the museum. Wood grained walls were also installed in these areas as well. In the dome, the seats were reinstalled in facing pairs with tables in between.

In the lounge area underneath the dome, a large photo of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and harbor area was installed, reminiscent of the cable car scene which was located on the opposite side of that wall. The buffet/bar area is still in place, but have not been restored at this time and are closed off. Also yet to be restored are the restrooms at the lounge end of the car and the steward’s and Zephyrette’s compartments at the dormitory end of the car.

To complete the exterior of the car, new letterboards and nameplates were made and affixed to the car. The letterboards currently read “Burlington,” but there are plans to make new letterboards with “Duluth Zephyr” on one side and “California Zephyr” on the other or something to that effect. With the majority of the restoration work completed, the Silver Club was pressed into service as part of the Milwaukee Road No. 261’s early June 2017 excursions on the Red River Valley & Western Railroad in southeastern North Dakota for the RRV&W’s 30th Anniversary. Needless to say, the car was a hit.
    Silver Club arrived in Duluth in mid-June 2017 and was placed into service on the North Shore Scenic Railroad’s daily Duluth Zephyr excursions. Also in service on the NSSR during the 2017 operating season was CB&Q Vista-Dome No. 558, Stampede Pass, off the Northern Pacific North Coast Limited, giving the NSSR two Q dome cars for passenger use.

After being in service for about a month and half, the Silver Club was sent back to North Dakota in mid-August to the Northern Plains Railroad. NPR was celebrating 20 years of service on their ex-SOO Wheat Line and what better way is there to do so than with an excursion train over the line with a dome car? After four days of excursions on the plains of eastern North Dakota, the Silver Club returned to Duluth to finish out the remainder of the 2017 operating season on the NSSR. As thanks for letting them use the Silver Club on their celebration excursions, the Northern Plains Railroad is paying for the restoration of the restrooms.

The final piece of restoration on the Silver Club is the steward’s and Zephyrette’s compartments. The Lake Superior Railroad Museum has reached out to the BRHS and its members to spearhead the final push for donations to finish the compartments. It is expected to take roughly $5,000-$8,000 to restore these compartments back to their original appearance. These funds will be used for painting, upholstery and flooring work. Since this is car #250, the BRHS has gotten the ball rolling with a donation of $250 and will be matching the first $750 in member donations, for a potential total of $1,000 from the Society itself. If you would like to donate, you may send a check made out to BRHS with “Silver Club” on the memo line to BRHS Silver Club, P.O. Box 31, Superior, WI, 54880-0031.

Restoration work has amounted to almost a quarter of a million dollars to this point and the finish line is in sight. Make plans to visit Duluth and the North Shore Scenic Railroad soon and ride the Silver Club.
Publications and Photos  |  Wed - April 18, 2018 8:41 pm  |  Article Hits:1235     A+ | a-
2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of the BRHS and the 170th Anniversary of the CB&Q. To mark this occasion, the theme of the 2019 BRHS Calendar will be "A Systemwide Look at the Q." Since our calendars feature 14 photos and the Q served 14 states, we have decided to have each month and the cover feature a different state. As such, we are asking you to submit photos for consideration in the calendar. Photos must be of the Q, of high quality that will look good when printed as a full calendar page, and, most importantly, a photo that is yours or from you collection that we would be able to get the rights to. If you have slides, you can send a scan of the slide for consideration and, if selected, you can send the slide to us for high resolution scanning or we can provide the specs we need for the scan. 
So, dig into your files and send your favorite photos from each state the Q served (Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Kentucky). Entries can be sent to publications@burlingtonroute.org and should be sent as soon as possible. We would like to start going through the submissions at the beginning of June. 
We also have the calendars through 2023 planned out and one of them is to feature Lines West exclusively.
Any questions, please let us know!
Bryan J. Howell 
BRHS VP Publications
Paul Lindauer
BRHS Calendar Editor
Tue - March 27, 2018 9:28 am  |  Article Hits:693     A+ | a-
Representing the BRHS at the March 24, 2018 La Grange Train Show were, from left to right, Al Kamm III, Jim Singer and Dick Kasper.
Wed - March 14, 2018 10:22 am  |  Article Hits:718     A+ | a-
Zephyr 76 Cover
Zephyr 76 Cover
Arriving soon in a mailbox near you!  Zephyr 76 contains our annual recap of the BRHS Fall Meet and Annual Business Meeting, with award presentations and contest winners.  Three short features include Pete Hedgpeth's "Recollections," Brian Holtz's "Romance on the DZ" and Bryan Howell's "Silver Club's New Home."  Also included is the obituary for member Bob Jensen by Hol Wagner, and the regular items: President's Corner, System News, Society News, Archive News, Classifieds, New Products, Last Call, Call Board, Where to Write and last but not least, the Errata Column.  If you are not a member, (although we highly recommend joining) this issue is available to purchase from the BRHS Company Store.