Williams, Mark MMR

State: 
CA
Country: 
USA
Bio: 

Like so many of us, I had a train set as a Christmas gift (American Flyer) as a child... and then life happened, and there seemed to be no time for model trains! I got back into the hobby in my late 40's, and have built four layouts since (two of which have been sold, but I still have the socond and fourth and enjoy them in rotation). Each of these have been small enough to transport to various shows and exhibitions, and each has had a different theme. My interest in the CB&Q and its Zephyrs comes form the fact that I was born in Illinois and rode on some of their trains as a kid and as a young adult, including the fabled California Zephyr.


Clinics Presented:

CB&Q's Pioneering Zephyr - The history of the first of the Silver Trains

Clinician: 

The history of the CB&Q's Pioneer Zephyr, one of the first diesel streamliners. Learn how Ralph Budd conceived of an all-stainless steel, diesel-powered, streamlined passenger train, designed from the start to be the 'last word' in rail passenger travel.... the Zephyr. We'll begin with the early planning in the 1930's, follow the train through it's long history on various routes, and conclude with the train's permanent home in the refurbished Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Friday, Aug 28 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

Silver Thread to the West - The history of the California Zephyr

Clinician: 

The history of the CB&Q's California Zephyr, one of the last great named passenger trains. Learn how three great railroads cooperated to provide fast, comfortable, family-friendly service from Chicago to Oakland and San Francisco in some of the most stylish passenger cars Budd ever manufactured. We'll begin with the early planning in the 1940's and conclude with the last scheduled trip prior to Amtrak taking over the route in 1970.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Friday, Aug 28 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens