|Flashing by at
nearly 100 miles an hour, the City of Denver blazes across the flatness
of eastern Colorado, leaving a blizzard of snow in its speedy wake.
When the City of Denver was inaugurated in June of 1936, it was
not only the fastest train on the Union Pacific, it was the fastest
long distance passenger train in the United States. Covering the
1048 miles between Chicago and Denver in 16 hours, including eight
stops, the City of Denver had an average speed of 65.4 miles per
hour. For the 360 miles between Denver and Omaha, it was the fastest
train in the world, averaging an amazing 75 miles per hour. The
train will race into the night crossing Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa,
and Illinois, before reaching the bumper posts at the Chicago and
North Western’s terminal in the Windy City the next morning.