The Midwestern United States—roughly
for the purposes of this website, the territory between and including
the states of Kansas and Ohio and points north—was second only to the
Northeast in density and concentration of railroad activity in North
America. But with
line clearances which were as a rule more generous than in the urban
Northeast allowing the widespread use of dome cars and other premium
equipment, the variety of services here took a back seat to nobody.
The Abraham Lincoln
One of the first streamliners in the
Midwest, the Abraham
would enter service with then-B. & O. affiliate Alton between
Chicago and St. Louis in 1935. It would still be operating 30 years
Abraham Lincoln/Ann Rutledge
- August, 1950
Road's overnight service between Chicago and Omaha, with connecting
service to the west in the years of U. P.-MILW cooperation after 1955.
The Arrow - July, 1957
The Wabash Railroad's spectacular domeliner
competed in the Chicago to St. Louis market.
Blue Bird - August,
The City of Salina
Pacific and Pullman-Standard opened the streamliner era with this
pioneering trainset, which operated in revenue service between Kansas
City and Salina, Kansas.
City of Salina
- September, 1938
Flagship of the Chicago &
North Western, this
speed demon was named after its ability to cover 400 miles in as many
minutes on its run from Chicago to Minneapolis/St. Paul via Milwaukee.
The "400" - June, 1941
The Green Diamond
Illinois Central's first streamliner served St. Louis and Chicago, via
- September, 1938
York Central's homebuilt streamliner served the cities of Detroit,
Toledo and Cleveland.
Mercury - September, 1938
Minneapolis & St. Louis RailwayThis
lightly trafficked road provided a freight bridge service from South
Dakota and the Twin Cities to Peoria, Illinois. Local passenger service
was provided from Minneapolis south to Des Moines and west to
Trains 3 and 4 - July, 1957
original Eagle in Missouri Pacific's fleet
connected St. Louis with Kansas City and Omaha.
The Eagle - June, 1941
Missouri River Eagle
- April, 1971
The Nickel Plate
Nickel Plate Road operated this nocturnal streamliner between Chicago,
Cleveland, and Buffalo NY. Eventually it would be renamed the City
of Chicago/City of Cleveland.
Limited - August 1950
The Peoria RocketRock Island's original fleet of streamlined Rockets would enter service in late 1937. These trains provided service from their namesake cities to Chicago.
The Des Moines Rocket
The Peoria Rocket/The Des Moines Rocket - September, 1938
streamliner service launched by the Pere Marquette Railway, the
Michigan affiliate of (and later merged into) Chesapeake &
Originally operated between Detroit and Grand Rapids; later service
expanded under the same name from Grand Rapids to Chicago.
- June, 1947
The Pioneer Zephyr
original stainless steel, Diesel-powered streamliner entered service
for the Burlington in November 1934 between Kansas City, Omaha, and
- September, 1938
new name for the Monon's day train between Chicago and Louisville,
Kentucky following John W. Barriger's revitalization of the
- March, 1951
The Twin Zephyrs
Burlington operated these pioneering streamliners, offering morning and
afternoon service both ways, between Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Twin Zephyrs -
Vista-Dome Twin Zephyrs - May, 1948
The "Wabash Cannon Ball"
The Wabash Railroad brought the
train to life when it renamed its daytime St. Louis-Detroit express
after the popular song.
Wabash Cannon Ball
- December, 1952
Track 2: Three New York Central overnight midwestern trains included
with the New
5: The Hiawatha
Track 12: The "Chippy" and Santa Fe Mixed Local Trains 71 and 72
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