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December 11, 2010

Amtrak Passenger train "Lone Star" departing Chicago in 1974

Amtrak Train #15, the Lone Star, departs Chicago for Houston on July 22, 1974.

The Lone Star was an Amtrak passenger train that operated daily between Chicago and Houston, via Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Fort Worth .

It departed Chicago at 5:00 P.M. It covered the 1,367 miles to Houston in 27.5 hours, arriving at 8:30 P.M. the next day.

From the beginning of Amtrak in 1971 until May 1974, the train was named the Texas Chief, as it had been when it was operated by the Santa Fe.

When the AT&SF felt that Amtrak was not upholding Santa Fe service standards, it revoked the permission it had given Amtrak to use the “Texas Chief” trademark.

Amtrak re-named the train Lone Star. The train was discontinued in 1979 due to federal government budget cuts.

The Lone Star was an Amtrak passenger train serving Chicago, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Houston and intermediate points. From Amtrak’s inception in 1971 until May 1974, the train was known as the Texas Chief, as it had been under the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The name change was prompted by the AT&SF’s determination that Amtrak’s trains no longer met its service standards and so required Amtrak to stop using the Chief nameThe Lone Star was an Amtrak passenger train serving Chicago, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Houston and intermediate points. From Amtrak’s inception in 1971 until May 1974, the train was known as the Texas Chief, as it had been under the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The name change was prompted by the AT&SF’s determination that Amtrak’s trains no longer met its service standards and so required Amtrak to stop using the Chief name..
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