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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 144 (International)
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: July 23, 2015 06:38PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 144 (International) - 07/23/15

This day in Railroad History

July 23, 1912
The Edward G. Budd Mfg. Co was founded yesterday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously, Edward Budd had been employed by Hale & Kilburn, who had produced hundreds of Budd-designed all-steel passenger cars for the Pullman Company. During 1911 Hale & Kilburn was acquired by JP Morgan, and the new management had no experience in the metal-stamping business. Budd quickly became frustrated and resigned. The Budd Compamy became a pioneer in the manufacture of all-steel automobile bodies, with customers including Packard, Peerless, Cadillac, Franklin, Jeffery and Willys-Overland. Following a European visit in 1930, Budd wanted to manufacture railway cars using an outer skin made from the new stainless steel. Unfortunately, conventional welding techniques destroyed the material. By 1933 that had been resolved and paved the way for Budd's next stainless-steel clad train, which would debut in 1934. The "Zephyr" was the first stainless steel train in America. It was sold to the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad who christened it the Burlington Pioneer Zephyr. It launched the streamliner craze and soon hundreds of streamlined cars and locomotives were coming out of the Hunting Park plant with names like Rocket, Silver Meteor, Champion, Mark Twain, Flying Yankee, Super Chief and El Capitan.

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