The demand for fast passenger service between Chicago and the Twin Cities quickly outstripped what the original Twin Zephyrs of 1935 were able to supply. New equipment with a much higher passenger capacity and all the luxury touches passengers could expect for daytime travel was ordered and entered service on December 18, 1936. It appears as if the capacity may have been bumped upward yet another notch by the time of this schedule; the reference material I have available (Schafer/Welsh; Classic American Streamliners) states that the new trains had two full coaches each, but the equipment listing in the September 1938 Guide clearly states that there were three! [NOTE: Having received consist information from Alan Pettet, I see that this is correct. According to his information an additional coach/dinette was added to each set in September, 1937.]

From the pages of the Official Guide, September 1938

C. B. & Q. RR herald

The Twin Zephyrs

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
July 18, 1938

21 23 Train Number 22 24
Daily Daily Miles Services Daily Daily
8 00A 4 00P Dp 0 Chicago, IL (Union Station) (CT) T C Ar 3 00P 10 59P
R 8 34A R 4 34P 38 Aurora, IL T C D 2 23P D10 22P
5 26P 99 Oregon, IL T C
10 08A 6 08PAr 145 Savanna, IL T CDp 12 44P 8 44P
10 09A 6 09PDp Ar 12 43P 8 43P
10 46A 6 46P 185 East Dubuque, IL T 12 09P 8 09P
F11 30A F 7 30P 239 Prairie du Chien, WI T C F11 20A F 7 20P
12 23P 8 23P 298 La Crosse, WI T C 10 28A 6 28P
12 30P 8 30P 302 North La Crosse, WI T 10 22A 6 22P
F12 53P F 8 53P Miner, WI (Winona via bus) F 9 58A F 5 58P
2 30P 10 29P Ar 431 St. Paul, MN T C Dp 8 30A 4 30P
3 00P 10 59P Ar 441 Minneapolis, MN (CT) T C Dp 8 00A 4 00P

NB 18 stops, 8:15, 47.9 MPHSB 18 stops, 8:15, 47.9 mph

NB 18 stops, 8:15, 47.9 MPHSB 18 stops, 8:15, 47.9 mph

ALL TRAINS AIR-CONDITIONED

THE NEW TWIN ZEPHYRS
Hostess in attendance. Radio Reception in Cocktail Lounge, Rear Coach, Diner, Parlor Car and Individual Radio in Drawing-room.

NORTHBOUND—Nos. 21-23.

Observation-Parlor Lounge
Chicago to Minneapolis.

Parlor Car—Reclining Seats
Chicago to Minneapolis (Drawing-room, Parlor seats.)

Dining Car and Cocktail Lounge Car
Chicago to Minneapolis.

De Luxe Reclining Chair Car
Chicago to Minneapolis—3 cars.


SOUTHBOUND—Nos. 22-24.

Observation-Parlor Lounge
Minneapolis to Chicago.

Parlor Car—Reclining Seats
Minneapolis to Chicago (Drawing-room, Parlor seats.)

Dining Car and Cocktail Lounge Car
Minneapolis to Chicago.

De Luxe Reclining Chair Car
Minneapolis to Chicago—3 cars.


The Zephyrs are not excess fare trains, but all seats—both Coach and Parlor-Lounge—are reserved; individually assigned in advance and sold by number.


Consist Information
Contributed by Alan L. Pettet

TRAIN OF THE GODDESSES CONSIST

 

9904 PEGASUS Shovelnose EMC 1,800 HP Diesel Passenger Cab Unit

 

960 VENUS Articulated Auxiliary Power Buffet 32 seat Lounge Car

4626 VESTA Articulated 60 Revenue seat Coach

4627 MINERVA Articulated 60 Revenue seat Coach

4850 PSYCHE Articulated 56 Revenue seat Coach with 16 seat Dinette (Added September, 1937)

150 CERES Articulated 32 seat Dining Car

4625 DIANA Articulated 19 seat Parlor Car with 5 seat Parlor Drawing Room

225 JUNO Articulated 24 seat Parlor Lounge Observation

 

TRAIN OF THE GODS CONSIST

 

9905 ZEPHYRUS Shovelnose EMC 1,800 HP Diesel Passenger Cab Unit

 

961 APOLLO Articulated Auxiliary Power Buffet 32 seat Lounge Car

4629 NEPTUNE Articulated 60 Revenue seat Coach

4630 MARS Articulated 60 Revenue seat Coach

4851 CUPID Articulated 56 Revenue seat Coach with 16 seat Dinette (Added September, 1937)

151 VULCAN Articulated 32 seat Dining Car

4628 MERCURY Articulated 19 seat Parlor Car with 5 seat Parlor Drawing Room

226 JUPITER Articulated 24 seat Parlor Lounge Observation

 


The 1936 equipment of the Twin Zephyrs would serve this route for ten years, including the full duration of World War II.