List of named passenger trains of the United States (S–Z)

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

S[edit]

Train Name Railroad Train Endpoints Operated
Sacramento Daylight Southern Pacific Lathrop, CASacramento, CA 1946–1971
Safety Express Chessie System   1980–1981
Saint Santa Fe Los Angeles, CASan Francisco, CA  
St. Clair Amtrak Chicago, ILDetroit, MI 1971–1980
St. Lawrence Express New York Central New York CityUtica, New York
St. Louis Limited Wabash Detroit, MISt. Louis, MO  
St. Louis Special[1]:235 Southern Asheville, NCSt. Louis, MO 1912–1917
St. Louis Special Wabash (Wabash renamed train Wabash Cannon Ball 4/50) Detroit, MISt. Louis, MO 1949–1964
St. Louis Mule Amtrak St. Louis, MOKansas City, MO 1980–2009
Salt City Express   New York, NYSyracuse, NY  
Salt Lake Special Union Pacific Butte, MTSalt Lake City, UT  
Sam Houston Zephyr Burlington-Rock Island Railroad Fort Worth, TXHouston, TX 1936–1966
San Diegan Los Angeles, CASan Diego, CA 1938–2000
San Francisco Challenger Southern Pacific and Union Pacific Chicago, ILSan Francisco, CA 1936–1947
San Francisco Chief Santa Fe Chicago, ILSan Francisco, CA 1954–1971
San Francisco Overland Southern Pacific San FranciscoOgden, Utah 1947–1963
San Francisco Zephyr Amtrak Chicago, ILOakland, CA 1972–1983
San Joaquin Daylight Southern Pacific Los Angeles, CASan Francisco, CA 1941–1971
San Juan Express Denver & Rio Grande Western Alamosa, CODurango, CO 1937–1951
San Joaquin Amtrak Bakersfield, CAOakland, CA/Sacramento, CA 1974–present
Sangamon Illinois Terminal Railroad St. Louis, MOPeoria, IL 1950–1956
Santa Fe De Luxe Santa Fe Chicago, ILLos Angeles, CA 1911–
Scenic Limited[2] Denver & Rio Grande Western, Missouri Pacific Railroad, and Western Pacific St. Louis, MOSan Francisco, CA 1915–1946
Scout Santa Fe Chicago, ILLos Angeles, CA  
Scranton Flyer Central Railroad of New Jersey Philadelphia, PAScranton, PA
Seminole Illinois Central Railroad, Central of Georgia Railroad, and Atlantic Coast Line Chicago, ILJacksonville, FL 1909-1969
Senator Pennsylvania Railroad and New Haven Railroad; later Amtrak Washington, DCBoston, MA  
Senator Southern Pacific Oakland, CASacramento, CA  
Shasta Daylight Southern Pacific Oakland, CAPortland, OR 1949–1967
Shavano Denver & Rio Grande Western Salida, COGunnison, CO 1937–1940
Shawnee Illinois Central/Amtrak Chicago, ILCarbondale, IL 1969–1986
Shelter Island Express Long Island Rail Road Long Island CityGreenport, NY 1901–1903, 1923–1942
Shenandoah Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Washington, DCCincinnati, OH  
Shenandoah Amtrak Washington, DCCincinnati, OH 1976–1981
Shinnecock Bay Express Long Island Rail Road Long Island CityMontauk, NY 1926–1950
Shoppers Special Pere Marquette Chicago, ILGrand Rapids, MI  
Shoreland 400 Chicago and North Western Railway Chicago, ILGreen Bay, WI  
Shreveporter Louisiana and Arkansas Hope, ARShreveport, LA 1928–1961
Silver Comet Seaboard Air Line New York, NYBirmingham, AL 1947–1969
Silver Meteor Seaboard Air Line, later Amtrak New York, NYTampa, FL/Miami, FL 1939–present
Silver Star Seaboard Air Line, later Amtrak New York, NYTampa, FL/Miami, FL 1947–present
Silver Streak Zephyr Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Kansas City, MOLincoln, NE 1940–
Silverliner Service   Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaHarrisburg, Pennsylvania  
Sioux Milwaukee Road Chicago, ILRapid City, SD 1929–1971
Skyland Special Southern Ashville, NC/Charlotte, NCJacksonville, FL 1950s
Skunk California Western Railroad Fort Bragg, CaliforniaWillits, California 1926–
Somerset Hills Express Lackawanna, Erie Lackawanna, Conrail, New Jersey Transit Hoboken, New JerseyGladstone, New Jersey 1940s–2001
Soo-Dominion Soo Line and Canadian Pacific Minneapolis–Saint Paul, MNVancouver, BC  
South Shore Express New York Central Chicago, ILToledo, OH  
South Wind Florida East Coast, Pennsylvania, Louisville and Nashville and Atlantic Coast Line Chicago, ILMiami, FL 1940–1971
Southern Belle Kansas City Southern Kansas City, MONew Orleans, LA 1940–1969
Southern Crescent   Boston, MANew Orleans, LA 1970–1979
Southern Michigan Express Detroit and Mackinac Railway Detroit, MICheboygan, MI  
Southern Scenic Missouri Pacific Memphis, TNKansas City, MO 1931–1952
Southerner Pennsylvania and Southern New York, NYNew Orleans, LA 1941–1970
Southerner Missouri Pacific and Texas and Pacific Kansas City, MONew Orleans, LA 1925–
Southland Pennsylvania, Louisville & Nashville, Central of Georgia, Atlantic Coast Line Chicago, ILSt. Petersburg, FL
Southwest Chief Amtrak Chicago, ILLos Angeles, CA 1984–present
Southwest Limited Amtrak Chicago, ILLos Angeles, CA 1974–1984
Southwest Limited Milwaukee Road Chicago, IL/Milwaukee, WIKansas City, MO 1903–1958
Southwestern Limited New York Central New York, NYSt Louis, MO  
Speed Merchant Boston and Maine Boston, MAPortland, ME  
Spirit of California Amtrak Sacramento, CALos Angeles, CA 1981–1983
Spirit of St. Louis Pennsylvania, later Amtrak New York, NYSt Louis, MO 1927–1971
Sportsman Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Detroit, MIGrand Rapids, MI  
Star Lehigh Valley Railroad New York, NYBuffalo, NY  
Star Missouri Pacific Fort Worth, TXGalveston, TX 1926–1936
Starlight Southern Pacific Los Angeles, CASan Francisco, CA  
State House Amtrak Chicago, ILSt. Louis, MO  
State of Maine Express New York, New Haven & Hartford and Boston & Maine New York, NYPortland, ME 1913–1960
Statesman   Boston, MAWashington, DC  
Steeler Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, PACleveland, OH 1948–1950
Streamliner Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway Spokane, WAPortland, OR –1970
Sundown   New York, NYBoston, MA  
Sunflower Missouri Pacific St. Louis, MOWichita, KS 1924–
Sun Tan Special Southern Pacific San Francisco, CASanta Cruz, CA  
Sunbeam Texas and New Orleans Houston, TXDallas, TX 1925–1955
Sunland Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac and Seaboard Air Line Washington, DCMiami and Tampa, FL 1950s
Sunnyland Frisco and Southern Memphis, TNPensacola, FL/Atlanta, GA 1953
Sunrise Special Pennsylvania Railroad and Long Island Rail Road Pittsburgh, PAMontauk, NY 1922–1942
Sunset Limited Southern Pacific, later Amtrak Los Angeles, CANew Orleans, LA 1894–present
Sunshine Special Missouri Pacific and Texas and Pacific St. LouisSan Antonio 1915–1948
Super Chief Santa Fe, later Amtrak Chicago, ILLos Angeles, CA 1936–1974
Suwannee River Special Southern and Seaboard Air Line St. Petersburg, FLCincinnati, OH 1920s

T[edit]

Train Name Railroad Train Endpoints Operated
Tennessean Missouri Pacific St. Louis, MO-Memphis, TN 1927–1948
Tennessean[3] Southern,
Norfolk and Western
Washington, DC-Memphis, TN 1941–1968
Texan Missouri Pacific St. Louis, MO-Fort Worth, TX / Houston, TX  
Texas Chief Chicago, IL-Galveston, TX 1948–1974
Texas Eagle Missouri Pacific St. Louis, MO - Galveston, TX / St. Louis, MO - San Antonio, TX / St. Louis, MO - El Paso, TX 1948- 1970
Texas Eagle Amtrak Chicago, IL-San Antonio, TX  
Texas Rocket Rock Island Fort Worth, TX-Houston, TX
Kansas City, MO-Dallas, TX
1937-1938
1938-
Texas Special Katy - Frisco St. Louis, MO-San Antonio, TX 1915-1965
Texas Zephyr Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Denver, CO-Dallas, TX 1940-1967
Tex-Mex Express Texas Mexican Railway Corpus Christi, TX - Laredo, TX  
Thoroughbred Monon Railroad Chicago, IL-Louisville, KY 1948-1967
Three Rivers Amtrak New York, NY-Chicago, IL 1995-2005
Timberliner New York Central Detroit, MI-Mackinaw City, MI -1962
Tippecanoe Monon Railroad Chicago, IL-Indianapolis, IN 1947-
Toledo - Detroit Express New York Central Detroit, MI-Toledo, OH  
Tom Taber Express Lackawanna, Erie Lackawanna, Conrail, New Jersey Transit Hoboken, New Jersey-Dover, New Jersey 1940s-1996
Tomahawk[4] Milwaukee Road Chicago, IL - Woodruff, WI
Torpedo Ann Arbor Frankfort, MI-Toledo, OH  
Tourist Flyer Santa Fe San Francisco, CA-Chicago, IL  
Trail Blazer Pennsylvania Chicago, IL-Pittsburgh, PA 1939-1959
Treasure Island Special Union Pacific Chicago, IL-San Francisco, CA 1939-
Tulsan Santa Fe Chicago, IL-Tulsa, Oklahoma  
Turboliner Amtrak New York, NY-upstate New York (exact route unknown)
Chicago, IL-Milwaukee, WI
Chicago, IL-Detroit, MI
1970s–1995
mid-1970s–early 1980s
Turbo USDOT, New Haven Railroad, Penn Central, Amtrak New York, NY-Boston, MA 1968-
Twentieth Century Limited New York Central New York, NY-Chicago, IL 1902-1967
Twilight Lackawanna Hoboken-Buffalo -1965
Twilight Limited Amtrak Chicago, IL-Detroit, MI 1976-2004
Twilight Limited New York Central Chicago, IL-Detroit, MI -1971
Twin Cities 400 Chicago and North Western Railway Chicago,IL-Minneapolis,MN-Saint Paul, MN 1935–1963
Twin Cities Hiawatha Milwaukee Road Chicago, IL-St. Paul, MN 1935-1971
Twin Star Rocket Rock Island Minneapolis, MN-Houston, TX 1945-1967[5]

V[edit]

Train Name Railroad Train Endpoints Operated
Valley 400 Chicago and North Western Railway Chicago, IL-Green Bay, WI  
Valley Eagle Missouri Pacific Brownsville, TX - Corpus Christi, TX - Houston, TX Oct 31, 1948 - July 1, 1962
Valley Express New York Central Chicago, IL-Detroit, MI  
Valley Flyer Santa Fe Oakland, CA-Bakersfield, CA  
Valley Forge Amtrak New York, NY-Harrisburg, PA 1973-1990
Valpo Local Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central, Conrail, Amtrak Chicago, IL-Valparaiso, Ind 1869-1991
Vermonter Amtrak Washington, DC-St. Albans, VT  
Viking Chicago & North Western Railway Chicago, IL-St. Paul, MN

W[edit]

Train Name Railroad Train Endpoints Operated
Wabash Cannon Ball Wabash Railroad Detroit, MI-St. Louis, MO 1950-1964
Wabash Cannon Ball Norfolk and Western Detroit, MI-St. Louis, MO 1964-1971
Wall Street Reading and Jersey Central Philadelphia, PA-New York, NY  
Washington - Detroit Limited Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Detroit, MI-Baltimore, MD  
Washington Irving New York Central New York, NY-Albany, NY  
Washingtonian Amtrak Montreal-New York City 1972-1974
Washingtonian Boston and Maine Railroad Montreal-New York City
Washingtonian Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Baltimore-Cleveland 1941-1956
Water Level Express New York Central New York, NY-Buffalo, NY  
Water Level Limited New York Central Chicago, IL-Toledo, OH  
West Virginian Amtrak Washington, D.C.-Parkersburg, WV 1971-1972
West Virginian Baltimore & Ohio New York-Parkersburg, WV -1962
Western Express New York Central Chicago, IL-Detroit, MI  
Western Star Great Northern Chicago, IL-Seattle, WA & Portland, OR 1951-1971
Westerner Missouri Pacific-Texas & Pacific and Southern Pacific St. Louis, MO - Los Angeles, CA  
Westerner Lackawanna Railroad, Nickel Plate Road Chicago - Hoboken -1963
Whippoorwill Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad Chicago, IL-Evansville, IN 1946-1948
Will Rodgers St. Louis-San Francisco Railway    
Willamette Valley Amtrak Portland, OR - Eugene, OR 1980-1982
Winnipeg Express Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie and Canadian Pacific Minneapolis-St. Paul-Winnipeg, MB 1909–1928
Winnipeg Limited Great Northern Minneapolis-St. Paul-Winnipeg, MB
Winnipeger Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie and Canadian Pacific (1928–1960)
Soo Line and Canadian Pacific (1961–1967)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Winnipeg, MB
Wolverine Amtrak Chicago, IL-Pontiac, MI  
Wolverine New York Central Chicago, IL-Detroit, MI-New York, NY  

X, Y, & Z[edit]

Train Name Railroad Train Endpoints Operated
Xplorer New York Central Cleveland, OH-Cincinnati, OH 1956-
Yankee Clipper New Haven Railroad New York City (Grand Central Terminal) - Boston, Massachusetts circa 1930
Zephyr Rocket Chicago, Burlington & Quincy and Rock Island St. Louis, MO-Minneapolis, MN 1941-
Zephyrette Western Pacific Salt Lake City, UT-Oakland, CA 1950-1960
Zipper Chicago & Eastern Illinois Chicago, IL-St. Louis, MO[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sanders, Craig (2003). Limiteds, Locals, and Expresses in Indiana, 1838–1971. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-34216-3. 
  2. ^ Although operated with "through cars" the Scenic Limited did not use through trains, so technically, each of the three railroads had its own train with the same name that operated in conjunction with the other two trains with the same name. In 1941 the Missouri Pacific Railroad renamed its Scenic Limited the Colorado Eagle.
  3. ^ Norfolk and Western Railway, October 27, 1957 timetable, p. 8
  4. ^ Milwaukee Road, September 24, 1950 timetable, pp. 8, 11, 25
  5. ^ streamlinerschedules.com
  6. ^ Kratville, William W. (1967). Steam, Steel & Limiteds. Omaha, Nebraska: Kratville Publications. OCLC 1301983

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