Between July 7, 1946 and April 25, 1948 the Missouri Pacific and the Pennsylvania Railroad operated the Sunshine Special jointly between New York and Texas. Low traffic west of St. Louis prompted the Missouri Pacific to withdraw from the joint operation in favor of exchanging sleeper cars. The PRR renamed its train the Texas Eagle on August 15, then finally the Penn Texas on December 12.:119
The Sunshine Special was thrust into the national spotlight on January 22, 1927 when it struck a bus carrying members of the Baylor University basketball team in Round Rock, Texas. According to reports, the bus driver, 19-year-old Joe Potter, failed to see the train approaching the crossing at nearly sixty miles per hour from the bus's right. When Potter did see the train, he felt he had no choice but to attempt to beat it across the tracks. Attempting to put more distance between the bus and the train, Potter veered to his left, moving the bus farther ahead of the train. The results were disastrous. Ten Baylor students were killed, giving rise to Baylor's longstanding tradition of remembering "The Immortal Ten."