Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 1934

Mother got up for a while today. I straightened up the house.

Pioneer Zephyr

On May 26, 1934, the diesel-powered railroad train set a speed record for
for travel between Denver, Colorado, and Chicago, Illinois, when it made a 1,015-mile
(1,633 km) non-stop "Dawn-to-Dusk" dash in 13 hours 5 minutes at an average speed of
77 mph (124 km/h). For one section of the run it reached a speed of 112.5 mph (181 km/h),
just short of the then US land speed record of 115 mph (185 km/h). The historic dash i
inspired a 1934 film and the train's nickname, "Silver Streak".

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