The PRR's Penn Texas, numbers 3 westbound and 4 eastbound, ran between New York and St. Louis, and carried through sleeping cars to and from points in the Southwest. It was the successor to the earlier Sunshine Special, and began operating under the Texas Eagle name July 7, 1946. From July 7, 1946 until April 25, 1948 the Texas Eagle ran through from New York to Dallas, with through sleepers that continued via connections via trains to (at various times) Oklahoma City, Mexico City, Houston, El Paso, and San Antonio. As of April 25, 1948, the operation was changed so that the PRR operated the train between New York and St. Louis, with the cars being forwarded west of St. Louis on other carriers.
On December 12, 1948, the name of the PRR train was changed to The Penn Texas. Specifically, most sleepers went via Missouri Pacific and Texas & Pacific on the Texas Eagle. One through Houston car actually came out of Washington. One car was operated to Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio on the joint Texas Special, operated by the St. Louis - San Francisco (Frisco) and Missouri - Kansas - Texas (Katy). The Penn Texas must have been quite a sight, with its mixture of Tuscan Red cars from the PRR, blue and cream cars from the MoPac/T&P, and bright red and stainless cars from the Texas Special. Over the years, service reductions meant the elimination of these various through sleeper services. The Texas Special car was dropped in 1958, and the last of the MoPac/T&P cars on the Texas routes were discontinued in 1961. Even though the through sleepers were discontinued in 1961, the train continued to operate over the PRR (later PC) with The Penn Texas name between New York and St. Louis until June, 1970.
NYC had through cars from New York, and B&O had through service from Washington to Texas points, but not as many through cars as the PRR.
For the most part, sleepers in this service included 10 roomette 5 bedroom cars (10-5), 10 roomette 6 bedroom cars (10-6), and 14 roomette 4 bedroom cars (14-4).
Edited by FormerOBS, 01 March 2017 - 10:23 PM.