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For many years, the Blue Streak Merchandise was advertised as the fastest freight train in the United States.  It originally ran from East St. Louis to Pine Bluff and would eventually operate between East St. Louis to Los Angeles.  Over the years, it went through many iterations, but the objective was always fast service at premium pricing. 

Transcontential Blue Streak and Auto Par

Transcontinental Blue Streak and Auto Parts Trains - 1931 - 1994.  This chart is from David M. Bernstein's recent book "Southern Pacific's San Antonio Division 1960 - 1996," and used with his permission.

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