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  Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
 Decade: 1940-1949
[Advent of the Streamliners]

[Advent of the Streamliners]

Date: c. 1940
Creator: unknown
Description: This photograph portrays the dawn of a new era in railroading - advent of the streamliners in the late 1930s and early 1940s, plus modernization of the " Age of Steam" streamlining steam motive power. The splendor of Southern Pacific's "The Sunbeam" is shown. This train went into service between Dallas and Houston on September 15, 1937 - traversing the rail distance: 265 miles in 265 minutes. The consist of eight lightweight cars is headed by Engine No. 652, a Pacific type 4-6-2 streamlined steam locomotive with disc drivers, air horn and equipped with a Vanderbuilt tender (an oil burner).
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
["The Bluebonnet" in Cuba, Missouri]

["The Bluebonnet" in Cuba, Missouri]

Date: c. 1948
Creator: Plummer, Roger S.
Description: St. Louis - San Francisco (Frisco) Railway's de Luxe passenger train - "The Bluebonnet" (jointly operated with the Missouri - Kansas - Texas Railroad) train No. 8, northbound, headed by Engine No. 4501, a Northern type 4-8-4 locomotive, rolls on the high iron at a speed of a mile a minute through the town of Cuba, Missouri, enroute to St. Louis.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
[Chesapeake and Ohio's "The George Washington"]

[Chesapeake and Ohio's "The George Washington"]

Date: c. 1943
Creator: unknown
Description: Awaiting the hour of departure the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway's "The George Washington" train No. 2, eastbound, headed by Engine No. 307, a mighty Hudson type 4-6-4 locomotive, stands in the Cincinnati Union Station as the conductor and engineer make a last minute check of the time indicated by their respective watches, circa 1943.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
[Chicago and North Western Railway's passenger station]

[Chicago and North Western Railway's passenger station]

Date: c. 1948
Creator: Allison - Lightall
Description: This photograph depicts one of the nations finest railroad passenger stations - Chicago and North Western Railway's Chicago passenger station. Sign above the station says" Streamliners, North Western, Union Pacific"
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
[Cotton Belt motor train in Tyler, Texas]

[Cotton Belt motor train in Tyler, Texas]

Date: c.1949
Creator: Plummer, Roger S.
Description: Cotton Belt's motor train No. 401 powered by gas-electric motor car No. 16 arriving in Tyler, Texas.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
[The "Katy Flyer" departing from Denison, Texas]

[The "Katy Flyer" departing from Denison, Texas]

Date: c. 1949
Creator: Plummer, Roger S.
Description: Missourri - Kansas - Texas (Katy) Railroad's oldest name train: the "Katy Flyer" train No. 6 northbound, headed by Engine No. 395, a Pacific type 4-6-2 locomotive with a consist of eight standard heavyweight cars, departing from Denison, Texas enroute to St. Louis.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
[Locomotive rolls through Texas countyside]

[Locomotive rolls through Texas countyside]

Date: c. 1949
Creator: Plummer, Roger S.
Description: Missouri Pacific Railway's train No. 32 southbound, headed by Engine No. 1158, a Pacific type 4-6-2 locomotive, with a consist of seven standard heavyweight cars - rolls through the Texas' countryside, approaching the Lone Star State's capital city of Austin.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
["North Coast Limited" departing from St. Paul, Minnesota]

["North Coast Limited" departing from St. Paul, Minnesota]

Date: c. 1941
Creator: unknown
Description: The Northern Pacific's de Luxe "North Coast Limited" westbound, headed by engine No. 2671, a Northern type 4-8-4, locomotive departing from the St. Paul Union Station in 1941. This beautiful engine was among the last steam locomotives to power the famous train prior to "dieselization".
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
[Santa Fe's "Queen of the Rails"]

[Santa Fe's "Queen of the Rails"]

Date: c. 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Santa Fe's "Queen of the Rails" - the "California Limited" train No. 4 eastbound, headed by Engine No. 2928 - a Northern type 4-8-4 locomotive, and a consist of fourteen standard heavyweight cars- crosses the Canyon Diablo Bridge near Winslow, Arizona. Observe this locomotive's automatic-type, elevating smokestack, designed to increase the up-draft, thereby increasing combustion efficiency in the firebox.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
["The Southerner" crossing the Trinity River in Texas]

["The Southerner" crossing the Trinity River in Texas]

Date: c. 1948
Creator: Plummer, Roger S.
Description: One of the Texas and Pacific Railway's finest long-distance passenger consists, " The Southerner" train No. 8 eastbound, headed by Engine No. 908, a 900 class Mountain, type 4-8-2 locomotive, crossing the Trinity River Bridge, enroute from Fort Worth into Dallas.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
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