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The Sam Houston Zephyr
The Twin Star Rocket
Trains 11 and 12
Burlington Route (Fort Worth & Denver)
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific
May 28, 1950

The Texas Zephyr
10.0 Denver, CO
465.4 Amarillo, TX
801.5 Fort Worth, TX (Texas & Pacific Sta.)
835.1 Dallas, TX (Union Depot)
The Twin Star Rocket continues to Minneapolis/St. Paul
0 Minneapolis, MN
10.9 St. Paul, MN
489 Kansas City, MO
870 El Reno, OK
1,083 Fort Worth, TX (Union Sta.)
0.0 Fort Worth, TX
33.6 Dallas, TX (Union Depot)
64.4 Waxahachie, TX
76.7 Bardwell, TX
87.0 Emhouse, TX
95.5 Corsicana, TX
103.9 Navarro, TX
113.0 Streetman, TX
120.8 Kirvin, TX
131.2 Teague, TX
137.4 Freestone, TX
142.2 Donie, TX
150.9 Newby, TX
158.9 Concord, TX
167.1 Flynn, TX
176.0 Normangee, TX
183.8 North Zulch, TX
193.8 Iola, TX
205.1 Singleton, TX
210.3 Shiro, TX C
216.5 Richards, TX C
223.7 Dacus, TX
229.7 Dobbin, TX
250.8 Tomball, TX
257.6 Belt Junction, TX
283.2 Houston, TX (Union Station)

See also:

Texas Zephyr

Twin Star Rocket


Rock Island

Named Passenger Trains

The modern Sam Houston Zephyr.

Sam Houston Zephyr Overview
Service type: Inter-city rail
First service: 1936
Last service: 1966
Start: Fort Worth, Texas
End: Houston, Texas
Distance traveled: 283.1 miles (455.6 km)
Average journey time: 5 hours
Train numbers: 3 and 4
On-board services
Observation facilities: Observation-parlor-diner
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
Track owners: Burlington-Rock Island Railroad

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The modern Sam Houston Zephyr was also a real beauty, circa 1944.

A Sam Houston Zephyr Slideshow.

The first trainset of the line sadly was destroyed by fire in 1944.

Sam Houston Zephyr
The Sam Houston Zephyr was a named passenger train operated by the Burlington-Rock Island Railroad, a subsidiary of both the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. It was the first streamlined passenger train in Texas.

Inaugurated on October 1, 1936, the year of the Texas centennial celebrations, the streamlined train was named for Texas hero Sam Houston. On its original schedule, the train ran from the Texas and Pacific station in Fort Worth to Union Station in Houston in exactly five hours, making only four intermediate stops in Dallas, Waxahachie, Corsicana, and Teague.

The train was designated number 3 southbound, and number 4 northbound. Its chief competitor was the Sunbeam, operated by the Texas and New Orleans Railroad (a subsidiary of the Southern Pacific) on a parallel route between Dallas and Houston.

One of the original trainsets from the Twin Cities Zephyr, number 9901, was transferred to begin this new route. While under the management of the Rock Island, Zephyr 9901 power car was destroyed by fire on December 19, 1944. The Rock Island did not maintain the train properly; the cause of the file was oil residue which poor maintenance failed to remove. Because equipment was needed to keep the busy line running, the Rock Island replaced its Texas Rocket with the new Twin Star Rocket in July 1945. Like many other passenger trains that experienced declining revenues in the face of competition from automobiles and airplanes in the 1950s and 1960s, the Sam Houston Zephyr was discontinued in 1966.