The Gregarious Railfan
The Great Named Passenger Trains in the U.S.
A Selected List:         
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe    "On the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe"  Johnny Mercer   
     
The Chief,   The El Capitan,   The Super Chief      
B&O   
    
The Capital Limited   
CB&Q   
    
The California Zephyr   
C&O   
    
The George Washington    
Erie Lackawanna   
     
The Phoebe Snow   
The Great Northern   
     
The Empire Builder   
Illinois Central   
     
The City of New Orleans,  "City of New Orleans" Arlo Guthrie   The Panama Limited   
L&N   
     
The Pan-American   "Pan-American" Hank Snow   
The Milwaukee Road   
     
The Hiawatha   
New York Central   
     
20th Century Limited   
Norfolk & Western   
     
Pocahontas,   Powhatan Arrow   
Pennsylvania RR   
     
Broadway Limited   
Seaboard Air Line   
     
Orange Blossom Special   "Orange Blossom Special"  Johnny Cash   
Southern Pacific   
     
Coast Daylight,   Shasta Daylight   
Union Pacific   
     
City of Los Angeles     

"The Wabash Cannonball"  Boxcar Willie   The Wasbash Connonball was an entirely fictitious train contrary to popular belief.

     
Description:  Beginning in the mid 1920s the passenger railroads of this country were locked in fierce competition for
the customer's dollars. As part of their marketing, They started naming their trains, painting their trains in bright
corporate colors and offering amenities to woo customers, Thus the famous named trains were born.  This page will
provide a variety of links, and because there were so many great trains, I can't list them all here but I will create a
list of just some of the standouts.  The links provided will give much info about the individual trains.  Many of these
Train survived into the Amtrak era. TGR   also decided to add some appropriate (in my view) musical links.
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero is the publisher of RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.      
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