List of named passenger trains of the United States (N–R)

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This article contains a list of named passenger trains in the United States, with names beginning N through R.

N[edit]

Train Name Railroad Train Endpoints Operated
Nancy Hanks II Central of Georgia Atlanta, GeorgiaSavannah, Georgia 1947–1971
Napa Valley Wine Train Napa Valley Railroad Napa, CaliforniaSt. Helena, California 1989–
Narragansett Pennsylvania Railroad
New Haven Railroad
Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaBoston, Massachusetts  
Narragansett Amtrak New York, New YorkBoston, Massachusetts 1971–?
National Limited Baltimore & Ohio New York, New YorkSt. Louis, Missouri 1925–1971
National Limited Amtrak New York, New YorkKansas City, Missouri 1971–1979
Naugatuk New York, New Haven, & Hartford New York, New YorkWinsted, Connecticut  
Navajo Santa Fe Chicago, ILLos Angeles, CA
Nebraska Zephyr Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Chicago, IllinoisLincoln, Nebraska 1947–1971
Nellie Bly Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania–Reading Seashore Lines
New York, New YorkAtlantic City, New Jersey & Washington, D.C.–Atlantic City –1961
Neptune New Haven New York, New YorkWoods Hole, Massachusetts  
New England States Limited Central Vermont Railway New York, New YorkMontreal  
New England States New York Central
Penn Central
Chicago, IllinoisBoston, Massachusetts 1938–1967
New England Wolverine New York Central Detroit, MichiganBoston, Massachusetts  
New Royal Palm Southern Railway
Florida East Coast Railway
Cincinnati, OhioMiami, Florida 1949–1955
New York & Boston Special Michigan Central Chicago, IllinoisBoston, Massachusetts  
New York Clocker Central Railroad of New Jersey AllentownJersey City
New York Mail Lackawanna Railroad Chicago, Illinois via Buffalo, New York
Hoboken, New Jersey
 
New York Special New York Central Chicago, IllinoisToledo, Ohio
Chicago, IllinoisBuffalo, New York
 
New Yorker Amtrak Various Northeast routes Various
New Yorker Lackawanna Railroad
Nickel Plate
ChicagoHoboken –1963
New Yorker Pennsylvania New York, New YorkDetroit, Michigan  
Niagara Falls & Eastern Express Michigan Central Chicago, IllinoisBoston, Massachusetts  
Niagara Rainbow Amtrak New York, New YorkDetroit, Michigan 1976–1979
Nickel Plate Limited Nickel Plate ChicagoBuffalo 1929–1954
Nightingale Chicago & Northwestern Omaha, NESt. Paul–Minneapolis, MN 1950
Night Diamond Illinois Central Chicago, IllinoisSt. Louis, Missouri  
Night Express Central Vermont New York, New YorkMontreal, Quebec  
Night Express Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Detroit, MichiganCincinnati, Ohio  
Night Express Grand Rapids & Indiana Chicago, IllinoisGrand Rapids, Michigan  
Night Express Pere Marquette Chicago, IllinoisTraverse City, Michigan  
Night Owl Amtrak Washington, D.C.Boston, Massachusetts 1972–1997
Noon Daylight Southern Pacific   1940–
Noon Flyer Grand Rapids & Indiana Chicago, IllinoisGrand Rapids, Michigan  
North Coast Hiawatha Amtrak Chicago, IllinoisSeattle, Washington 1971–1979
North Coast Limited Northern Pacific Chicago, IllinoisSeattle, Washington 1900–1971
North Shore Limited New York Central New York, New YorkChicago, Illinois  
North Star Amtrak Chicago, IllinoisDuluth, Minnesota 1978–1986
North Star New York Central New York, New YorkCleveland, Ohio
North Star Pennsylvania Chicago, IllinoisMackinaw City, Michigan  
North Woods Hiawatha Milwaukee Road Chicago, IllinoisMinocqua, Wisconsin  
Northeast Regional Amtrak
Northern Arrow Pennsylvania Cincinnati, OhioMackinaw City, Michigan  
Northern Michigan Express Detroit and Mackinac Railway Detroit, MichiganCheboygan, Michigan  
Northern Michigan Special Milwaukee Road Chicago, Illinois  
Northerner New York Central Detroit, MichiganMackinaw City, Michigan  
Northland Express Pennsylvania Cincinnati, OhioMackinaw City, Michigan  

O[edit]

Train Name Railroad Train Endpoints Operated
Ohio Special New York Central Detroit, MichiganCincinnati, Ohio  
Ohio State Limited New York Central New York, New YorkCincinnati, Ohio 1924–1967
Oklahoma Rocket Rock Island Lines Kansas City, MOOklahoma City, OK 1950
Oklahoman Frisco St. Louis, MissouriOklahoma City, Oklahoma 1965–1967
Old Dominion Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Washington, D.C.Richmond, Virginia 1947–
Olympian Milwaukee Road Chicago, IllinoisSeattle, Washington 1911–1947
Olympian Hiawatha Milwaukee Road Chicago, IllinoisSeattle, Washington 1947–1961
Orange Blossom Special Seaboard Air Line Railroad New York CityMiami 1925–1953
Oregonian Oregon & California
Southern Pacific
San Francisco, CaliforniaPortland, Oregon–via Siskiyou Line 1887–1926
Oriental Limited Great Northern Chicago, IllinoisSeattle, Washington 1905–1931; 1947–1951
Orleanean Missouri Pacific, Gulf Coast Lines New Orleans, LouisianaHouston, Texas 1923–1964
Overland Flyer Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Chicago and North Western ChicagoSan Francisco 1887–1896
Overland Limited Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Chicago and North Western ChicagoSan Francisco 1896–1963
Owl Lackawanna HobokenBuffalo
Owl New Haven New York, New YorkBoston, Massachusetts  
Owl Southern Pacific DallasHouston[1]  
Owl Southern Pacific San Francisco, CaliforniaLos Angeles, California[2]  
Ozarker Missouri Pacific St. Louis, MissouriFort Worth, Texas  
Ozark State Zephyr Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, Alton St. Louis, MissouriKansas City, Missouri 1936–1939

P[edit]

Train Name Railroad Train Endpoints Operated
Pacemaker New York Central New York CityChicago, Illinois
Pacific Express Erie Hoboken, New JerseyChicago, Illinois  ?
Pacific Express Michigan Central New York, New YorkChicago, Illinois  
Pacific International Northern Pacific
Great Northern
Union Pacific
Seattle, WashingtonVancouver, British Columbia  
Pacific Limited Grand Trunk Western Chicago, Illinois–Montreal, Quebec  
Pacific Surfliner Amtrak San Diego, CaliforniaPaso Robles, California 2000–
Palmetto Amtrak New York, New YorkSavannah, Georgia 1976–present
Pan-American Louisville & Nashville Cincinnati, OhioNew Orleans, Louisiana 1921–1971
Panama Limited Illinois Central Chicago, IllinoisNew Orleans, Louisiana 1908–1971
Paul Revere New York Central Buffalo, New YorkBoston, Massachusetts
Peach Queen Southern Railway
Pennsylvania Railroad
New York, New YorkAtlanta, Georgia  
Pelican[3] Southern Railway,
Norfolk and Western Railway
Washington, D.C.New Orleans, Louisiana
Peconic Bay Express Long Island Rail Road Long Island CityGreenport, New York 1926–1950
Peninsula 400 Chicago and North Western Railway Chicago, IllinoisIshpeming, Michigan 1942–1971
Peninsular Pere Marquette Detroit, MichiganGrand Rapids, Michigan  
Penn Texas Pennsylvania New York, New YorkSt Louis, Missouri  
Pennsy Aerotrain Pennsylvania   1956–1956
Pennsylvania Limited Pennsylvania New York, New YorkChicago  
Pennsylvanian Amtrak New York, New YorkPittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1980–
Peoria Rocket Rock Island Chicago, IllinoisPeoria, Illinois 1937–1978[4]
Pere Marquette Amtrak Chicago, IllinoisGrand Rapids, Michigan 1984–present
Pere Marquette Pere Marquette, Chesapeake and Ohio Detroit, MichiganGrand Rapids, MichiganChicago 1946–1971
Pershing Square New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad BostonNew York City
Piedmont Amtrak Raleigh, North CarolinaCharlotte, North Carolina 1995–
Piedmont Limited Southern New YorkNew Orleans 1899–1976
Phoebe Snow Lackawanna, Nickel Plate Road
Erie Lackawanna, Nickel Plate Road
Hoboken, New JerseyBuffalo, New York as DL&W
Hoboken, New JerseyChicago, Illinois as EL
1949–1961, reinstated 1963–1966
Pilgrim   New York, New YorkBoston, Massachusetts  
Pine Tree Acadian Boston & Maine
Maine Central
Canadian Pacific
Canadian National
Boston, MassachusettsHalifax, Nova Scotia 1929
Pinellas Atlantic Coast Line St. Petersburg, FloridaJacksonville, Florida  
Pioneer Gulf Coast Lines, later

Missouri Pacific

Houston, TexasBrownsville, Texas  ? – 1964
Pioneer Amtrak Salt Lake City, UTPortland, OR  
Pioneer Limited Milwaukee Road Chicago, IllinoisMinneapolis, Minnesota 1898–1970;
Pioneer Zephyr Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Kansas City, MissouriOmaha, NebraskaLincoln, Nebraska

Galesburg, IllinoisSpringfield, Missouri

1934–1960
Pittsburgher[5]:137–139 Pennsylvania Railroad PittsburghNew York City 1924–1964
Pocahontas[6] Norfolk and Western Railway Norfolk, VirginiaCincinnati, Ohio –May 1971
Pocono Express Lackawanna
Erie–Lackawanna
BuffaloHoboken (for New York) –1965
Ponce de Leon New York Central Detroit, MichiganCincinnati, Ohio  
Ponce de Leon Southern CincinnatiJacksonville 1924–1960s
Pony Express New Jersey Transit Hoboken, New JerseyMonmouth Park Racetrack 1980–2006
Portland Rose Union Pacific ChicagoPortland, Oregon
DenverPortland, Oregon
Kansas CityPortland, Oregon
1930–1971
Potatoland Special Bangor & Aroostook BangorVan Buren, Maine –1959
Powhatan Arrow[7] Norfolk and Western Railway Norfolk, VirginiaCincinnati, Ohio 1946–1969
Prairie Marksman Amtrak Chicago, IllinoisEast Peoria, Illinois 1980–1981
Prairie State New York Central Chicago, IllinoisToledo, Ohio  
Prospector Rio Grande Denver, ColoradoSalt Lake City, Utah/Ogden, Utah 1941–1942; 1945–1967
Puget Sound Amtrak Seattle, WashingtonPortland, Oregon 1971–????

Q[edit]

Train Name Railroad Train Endpoints Operated
Quaker City Express Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaAtlantic City, New Jersey  
Quad City Rocket Rock Island Chicago, IllinoisRock Island, Illinois -1978[4]  
Queen and Crescent Limited Southern Railway Cincinnati, Ohio-New Orleans, Louisiana 1926-1949
Queen of the Valley Central Railroad of New Jersey Jersey CityHarrisburg –1967

R[edit]

Ranger

Train Name Railroad Train Endpoints Operated
Rainbow Special Missouri Pacific Little Rock, ArkansasKansas City, Missouri 1921–1954
Ranger Santa Fe Chicago, ILKansas City, MO
Raritan Clocker Central Railroad of New Jersey Jersey CityAllentown
Rebel Gulf, Mobile & Northern New Orleans, LouisianaJackson, Tennessee 1935–1940
Red Arrow Pennsylvania New York, New YorkDetroit, Michigan  
Red Bird[8] Chicago Great Western Minneapolis, MinnesotaRochester, Minnesota ca. 1924-1932
Red River Great Northern St. Paul, MinnesotaGrand Forks, North Dakota 1950–
Redwood Northwestern Pacific San Rafael, CaliforniaEureka, California  
Regional Amtrak Boston, MassachusettsNewport News, Virginia  
Resort Special Pere Marquette Detroit, Michigan/Chicago, IllinoisBay View, Michigan  
Rio Grande Zephyr Rio Grande Denver, ColoradoSalt Lake City, Utah 1970–1983
Rochester 400 Chicago & North Western Chicago, IllinoisMankato, Minnesota 1960–1963
Rochester Special[9] Chicago Great Western Minneapolis, MinnesotaRochester, Minnesota 1923-ca. 1924 (became the Red Bird)
Rocky Mountain Rocket Rock Island Kansas City, MissouriDenver, Colorado 1939–1966
Roger Williams New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad New York, New YorkBoston, Massachusetts  
Rogue River Southern Pacific Portland, OregonAshland, Oregon 1928?–1952
Royal Blue Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Central Railroad of New Jersey
Reading Railroad
Jersey City, New JerseyWashington, D.C. 1890–1958
Royal Palm Southern
Florida East Coast Railway
Cincinnati, OhioMiami, Florida 1920s–1970

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maiken, Peter T. (1989). Night Trains. Beloit, Wisconsin: Lakme Press. ISBN 0-9621480-0-8 OCLC 20461978; Kratville, William W. (1967). Steam, Steel & Limiteds. Omaha, Nebraska: Kratville Publications. OCLC 1301983; Official Guide of the Railways, August 1954, p. 888. Trains 5-17 and 18-2.
  2. ^ Maiken (1989); Kratville (1967); Official Guide, August 1954, p. 895. Trains 57 and 58. This is a rare (perhaps unique) instance of a railroad operating identically-named trains on two completely separate routes at the same time.
  3. ^ Norfolk and Western Railway, October 27, 1957 timetable, pp. 5, 9.
  4. ^ a b see Prairie Marksman
  5. ^ Welsh, Joe (2006). Pennsylvania Railroad's Broadway Limited. Saint Paul, MN: Voyageur Press. ISBN 9780760323021. OCLC 65425926. 
  6. ^ Norfolk and Western Railway, October 27, 1957 timetable, pp. 5, 7.
  7. ^ Norfolk and Western Railway, October 27, 1957 timetable, pp. 5–6.
  8. ^ Dubin, Arthur D. 1974. More Classic Trains (Milwaukee: Kalmbach)
  9. ^ Dubin, Arthur D. 1974. More Classic Trains (Milwaukee: Kalmbach)