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["Sunbeam" train leaving Dallas]

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.
Date: October 5, 1952
Creator: Plummer, Roger S.
Partner: Museum of the American Railroad

["Twin Star Rocket" departing from Dallas]

Description: Rock Island's " Twin Star Rocket" train No. 17, southbound, headed by diesel locomotive No. 677, enroute from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Houston, leaves Dallas on the last portion of its run in 1951. This was one of the finest streamliners operating in the nation. Its route from the Twin Cities of the north to the Texas' metropolis adjacent to the Gulf covered a rail distance of 1,363 miles.
Date: 1951
Creator: Plummer, Roger S.
Partner: Museum of the American Railroad

[Advent of the Streamliners]

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).
Date: 1940~
Partner: Museum of the American Railroad