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An advertisement for the Pennsylvania Railroad's Spirit of St. Louis.

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The named honored the airplane Spirit of St. Louis, flown the month before by Charles Lindbergh from New York to Paris. The Spirit of St. Louis remained in service through the inception of Amtrak, finally disappearing from the timetable in July 1971. It was replaced by the National Limited.

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Named Passenger Trains

Pennsylvania Railroad 4227 and 4307 (E7A and E8A) with Train 31, The Spirit of St. Louis arriving at Dayton Ohio Union Station on July 15, 1967. A Roger Puta Photograph.
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Penn Central's Spirit of St. Louis in 1970.

PC E8A 4303 with Train 31, The Spirit of St. Louis - Cincinnati Limited, at Altoona, PA on February 22, 1969. Photo by Roger Puta.

Spirit of St. Louis drum head.
A Spirit of St. Louis advertisement.

Penn Central EMD E-8 No. 4296, a 2,250 hp A1A-A1A diesel-electric locomotive departs Penn Central Station, Pittsburgh, July 1970 with the "Spirit of St Louis" St-Louis-Cincinnati-Pittsburgh-Philadelphia-Washington express consisting of a mere 4 cars - a shadow of it's former prestigious self.     Hugh Llewelyn [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Penn Central E8A 4306 with Train 31, The Spirit of St. Louis, at Indianapolis, IN on December 14, 1970.  Photo by Roger Puta.

Spirit of St. Louis
The Spirit of St. Louis was a named passenger train on the Pennsylvania Railroad and its successors Penn Central and Amtrak between New York and St. Louis, Missouri. The Pennsylvania introduced the Spirit of St. Louis on June 15, 1927, replacing the New Yorker (eastbound) and St. Louisian (westbound); that September its schedule was 24 hr 50 min each way.

PC E8A 4303 with Train 31, The Spirit of St. Louis - Cincinnati Limited, at Altoona, PA on February 22, 1969. A Roger Puta Photograph.

Pennsylvania Railroad 4227 and 4307 (E7A and E8A) with Train 31, The Spirit of St. Louis arriving at Dayton Ohio Union Station on July 15, 1967.   Photo by Roger Puta.

Penn Central E8A 4306 with Train 31, The Spirit of St. Louis, at Indianapolis, IN on December 14, 1970. A Roger Puta Photograph.