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Texas Eagle

amtk_route_TexasEagle The Texas Eagle is a 1,306-mile passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the central and western United States, numbered trains 21 and 22.. Trains run daily between Chicago, Illinois, and San Antonio, Texas, and continue to Los Angeles, California, 2,728 miles total, three days a week as a section of the Sunset Limited. Prior to 1988, the train was known as the Eagle. Amtrak's Texas Eagle is the direct successor of the Missouri Pacific Railroad and Texas & Pacific Railway train of the same name, which was inaugurated in 1948 and ultimately discontinued in 1971. The route of today's Texas Eagle is longer -- Chicago to San Antonio versus St. Louis to San Antonio -- but much of the current route makes use of the original Texas Eagle route. St. Louis to Texarkana and Taylor, Texas, to San Antonio is over former Missouri Pacific Railroad trackage, while the Texarkana to Fort Worth segment traverses the former Texas & Pacific Railway. The Eagle began in 1981, as a restructuring of the discontinued Inter-American. The Texas Eagle makes use of a typical long-distance Superliner double-level consist with one Genesis locomotive, with crew change stopes in St. Louis and Ft. Worth.
From the "city of big shoulders" to the state that made "bigness" a virtue, the Texas Eagle will truly delight and amaze you from start to finish. If having a big heart is prized, the "heart of Texas" has it all wrapped up. So many superlatives are attached to its cities and wide-open spaces that you will immediately see it for yourself: things really are bigger here in the heartland of the Southwest, and nowhere more so than your views from the big windows of the Texas Eagle. From the Windy City through to St. Louis and on to the prairies and oil fields of Texas, to the modern cosmopolitan skyscrapers of Dallas, to the state capitol at Austin, to the pine forest and immense landscape conjuring images of cowboys and stagecoaches, to the picturesque Hill Country and on to "Remember the Alamo" at San Antonio -- this is truly your introduction into the Spirit that is Texas. So prop up your boots and relax -- you're entering the Lone Star State-of-Mind-Zone!


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This page was updated on 2016-10-22