Sunshine Special

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Combined Missouri Pacific trains No. 2 and No. 22, the Sunshine Special, backs into the station at St. Louis, Missouri on August 16, 1940.
"Drumhead" logos such as this often adorned the end car on the Sunshine Special.

The Sunshine Special was inaugurated by the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad (Missouri Pacific Railroad) on December 5, 1915, to provide a premium level of passenger train service between St. Louis, Little Rock, and destinations in Texas. Until being shifted into a secondary role by the Texas Eagle diesel powered streamliner in August 1948, the Sunshine Special served as the flagship of Missouri Pacific Railroad's passenger train service. The last vestige of the Sunshine Special name did not disappear from Missouri Pacific timetables until 1962.


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