Of the three major railroads linking Chicago with St. Louis, the Wabash was the last to introduce a streamliner by nearly 14 years. But when they finally did get around to joining the club, they did it in a spectacular way. The Budd-built equipment for the Blue Bird of 1950 featured no less than four Vista-Dome cars. The train would prove so popular that additional equipment was ordered; a Pullman-Standard built dome parlor-lounge car would join the consist by 1954.

From the pages of the Official Guide, August 1950

Wabash RR flag herald

The Blue Bird

Wabash Railroad Company
April 30, 1950

24 Train Number 21
Daily Miles Services Daily
8 55A Dp0.0 St. Louis, MO (Union Station) (CT) C R Ar 10 00P
9 08A 5.6 St. Louis, MO (Delmar Blvd.) C 9 42P
F 9 32A 8.3 Granite City, IL C F9 16P
52.3 Litchfield, IL C F 8 31P
F10 39A 84.8 Taylorville, IL C F 8 01P
11 07A Ar 113.2 Decatur, IL C Dp 7 33P
11 10A Dp Ar 7 30P
193.3 Forrest, IL C 6 14P
1 50P 279.1 Chicago, IL (Englewood Sta. - 63rd St.) C F 4 49P
2 05P Ar 285.7 Chicago, IL (Dearborn Sta.) (CT) C R Dp 4 35P

Train 24: 5 stops, 5:10, 55.3 MPHTrain 21: 7 stops, 5:25, 52.7 MPH

WABASH RAILROAD COMPANY

EQUIPMENT

SOUTHBOUND

No. 21—STREAMLINER "BLUE BIRD."
Dome Observation Parlor Car, Drawing-room (Pullman) [No. 47]..."Sleepy Hollow" Reclining, Revolving Seats.
Dome Chair Cars, Reclining "Sleepy Hollow" Seats.
Dining Car-Cocktail Lounge.
"Coffee Shop Club" for Coach Passengers.
Radio and recorded musical programs throughout train.

NORTHBOUND

No. 24—STREAMLINER "BLUE BIRD."
Dome Observation Parlor Car, Drawing-room (Pullman) [No. 42]..."Sleepy Hollow" Reclining, Revolving Seats.
Dome Chair Cars, Reclining "Sleepy Hollow" Seats.
Dining Car-Cocktail Lounge.
"Coffee Shop Club" for Coach Passengers.
Radio and recorded musical programs throughout train.