Edward G. Budd Honored

as 2015 Railroad Hall of Fame Indcutee



The National Railroad Hall of Fame’s 2015 Inductee, Edward Gowen Budd, was honored in a ceremony in St. Louis on October 2nd.  The ceremony was held at St. Louis Union Station in conjunction with the annual convention of the American Association of Private Railcar Owners. 


Hall of Fame Chair Jay Matson said, “Budd’s pioneering advances in manufacturing techniques transformed the passenger and commuter trains of the world.  Honoring him at a convention of private railcar owners, many of whom own Budd-built railcars, was a natural fit.” 

Budd founded the E.G. Budd Manufacturing Company in Philadelphia in 1912.  He made history in 1934 when he introduced the nation’s first stainless-steel, diesel-streamliner, the Pioneer Zephyr.  The Zephyr’s stainless-steel fluted skirt structure was made with Budd’s proprietary shot-welding process, a breakthrough that inaugurated the modern age of metal fabrication.  The three-car streamliner’s light weight and aerodynamic shape improved fuel economy and enabled it to travel faster than any train had traveled before.  


This landmark train was arguably the most significant machine to roll on American rails in a generation, and it changed the way railroads viewed passenger trains and diesel engines.  The Zephyr launched a streamliner craze that produced such railroad icons as the Rocket, Silver Meteor, Champion, Mark Twain, Flying Yankee, Super Chief, and El Capitan.


The National Railroad Hall of Fame was established in 2003 when resolutions of the U.S. Congress recognized the organization and designated its home in Galesburg, Illinois.  Inductions are conducted on an annual basis.  The organization accepts nominations from members of its Nominations and Inductions Committee, as well as from the general public.  More information and nomination forms are available at www.nrrhof.org.

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