The St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt) Railway's "Lone Star Limited" train No. 11, westbound, headed by Engine No 677, a Mountain type 4-8-2 locomotive,

at the Dallas Union Terminal Station, June 1951. It has completed the run from Memphis, Tennessee. This was one of the finest passenger trains operating in the Southwest.

Plummer, Roger S. ["The Lone Star Limited" at the Dallas Union Terminal]photographJune 1951; ( July 23, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Museum of the American Railroad.


Lone Star drumhead.


The Lone Star Limited, also known as the Lone Star, was a passenger train operated by St. Louis Southwestern Railway (Cotton Belt) between Memphis, and Dallas, with through connections via Cotton Belt parent, Southern Pacific, for San Antonio, El Paso, and ultimately Los Angeles. There were also through cars operating between Memphis, Lewisville and Shreveport. At various times during the train's operation, connecting services were also provided from Brinkley to St. Louis. The train was discontinued on November 1, 1952, as a part of extensive passenger train restructuring by St. Louis Southwestern. The Lone Star was replaced by trains number 107 and 108 which connected with the Cotton Belt mainline at Mount Pleasant, Texas.


Lone Star Limited Route.

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Lone Star Limited Overview

Service type: Inter-city rail
Status: Discontinued
Locale: Southwestern United States/Southeastern United States
First service: 1928
Last service: November 1, 1952
Former operator: St. Louis Southwestern Railway
Route Termini: Memphis, Tennessee / Dallas, Texas
Distance traveled: 481.4 miles (774.7 km)
Service frequency: Daily
Train numbers: Southwestbound: 1, Northeastbound: 2
On-board services
Seating arrangements: Reclining seat coaches
Sleeping arrangements: Sections and drawing room
Catering facilities: Dining car
Observation facilities: Observation car