[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
["Sunbeam" train leaving Dallas]

["Sunbeam" train leaving Dallas]

Date: October 5, 1952
Creator: Plummer, Roger S.
Description: In an era of rapid transit in Texas the Southern Pacific's advertisements cited the "Sunbeam" trains - modern streamliners - as the apex in luxury and speed between Dallas and Houston - an elapsed time of four hours and twenty-five minutes. This view portrays the "Sunbeam" train No. 14 southbound headed by Engine No. 651 - a streamlined Pacific type 4-6-2 locomotive - rolling out of Dallas Union Station, enroute to Houston on the afternoon of October 5, 1952.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
[Southern Pacific engine at the Cadiz St. Roundhouse in Dallas]

[Southern Pacific engine at the Cadiz St. Roundhouse in Dallas]

Date: c. 1950
Creator: Plummer, Roger S.
Description: Observe this masterpiece of streamlined steam motive power - bearing the name "Sunbeam", Southern Pacific's Engine No. 652, a Pacific type 4-6-2 locomotive, on the turntable at the Cadiz Street Roundhouse in Dallas, Texas.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
["The Crescent" in the Georgia mountains]

["The Crescent" in the Georgia mountains]

Date: c. 1960
Creator: unknown
Description: "The Crescent" on w of Southern Railway's deluxe streamliners, crosses the mountains of north Georgia. It carried private room Pullman cars between New York and New Orleans and reclining-seat coaches between Washington D.C. and Atlanta and New Orleans.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
["Aztec Eagle" departing from Mexico City]

["Aztec Eagle" departing from Mexico City]

Date: c. 1960
Creator: unknown
Description: "The Aztec Eagle" train No. 1 northbound, modern streamlined passenger train of the National Railways of Mexico departing from Mexico City on the 802 mile run to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico located on the Rio Grande opposite Laredo, Texas. Circa 1960.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
["The Green Diamond" leaving Chicago]

["The Green Diamond" leaving Chicago]

Date: c. 1955
Creator: unknown
Description: Illinois Central's modern streamliner "The Green Diamond" train No. 21, southbound, leaving Chicago enroute to St. Louis.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
["The Colonial" rolling from Boston to New York]

["The Colonial" rolling from Boston to New York]

Date: 1960
Creator: unknown
Description: The New Haven's modern streamliner, "The Colonial" enroute between Boston and New York.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
["Sunbeam" under a Texas sky]

["Sunbeam" under a Texas sky]

Date: 1952
Creator: J.F. Curry
Description: Under a beautiful Texas sky, Southern Pacific's modern diesel powered streamliner "Sunbeam" train No. 14, southbound, rolls on a mile-a-minute schedule enroute from Dallas to Houston.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
["Super Chief" in Colorado]

["Super Chief" in Colorado]

Date: 1960
Creator: Meitz, Frank
Description: Santa Fe's "Super Chief" daily all-Pullman streamliner operating between Chicago and Los Angeles, ascends the steep grades near the old Dick Wootton Ranch at Wootton, Colorado.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
["Blue Bird" near St. Louis, Missouri]

["Blue Bird" near St. Louis, Missouri]

Date: c. 1958
Creator: unknown
Description: Wabash Railroad's famous streamliner "Blue Bird" train No. 24 northbound, powered by diesel locomotive No. 1002 with domes on Pullman cars and coaches. glides through beautiful Forest Park, St. Louis, enroute to Chicago.
Contributing Partner: Museum of the American Railroad
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