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Pioneer Zephyr's Giant Knife

The Pioneer Zephyr, the Burlington Railroad's famous streamliner, cut its own birthday cake with this giant knife. The celebration of the streamliner's tenth anniversary was held at the Lincoln depot in 1944. The Zephyr's forward movement triggered a mechanism that released the knife. The ceremonies were broadcast nationwide over the Blue Radio Network originating from radio station KFOR in Lincoln. The giant knife is currently on display as part of the Nebraska Unwrapped exhibit at the Nebraska History Museum.

Giant knife, used to cut cake celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Pioneer Zephyr, Lincoln, 1944.  Source: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company, Chicago, Illinois

Giant knife, used to cut cake celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Pioneer Zephyr, Lincoln, 1944.  Source: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company, Chicago, Illinois

Giant knife, used to cut cake celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Pioneer Zephyr, Lincoln, 1944.  (Source: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company, Chicago, Illinois)

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