7/6/96

                    Twin Star Rocket Consists
                       Minneapolis-Houston

#507 SB 
#508 NB


(pre-history)
9-29-37 New Minneapolis-Kansas City Rocket
(first two cars articulated) 
bage-dinette-chair   404 Arrow Head          405 Mesabi
76 chair             304 Chippewa            305 Ioway
chair-parlor-obs     454 Minnesota           455 Missouri


11-15-38 New Kansas City-Dallas Rocket
(first two cars articulated; sets came from other assignments)
bage-dinette-chair   402 Cherokee Strip      403 Cimarron Trail
76 chair             302 Sunflower State     303 Chisholm Trail
chair-parlor-obs     452 Lone Star           453 Sooner State


1-14-45 Twin Star Rocket inaugurated w/E3A-E6A diesels (3 train sets)


3-18-45 Actual #507 Teague, TX

E6A                  628
bage-RPO             800
bage-dinette-chair   403 Cimarron River
76 chair             303 Chisholm Trail
chair                315 Hawthorne
8-5                  Pu  Forest Canyon
chair-parlor-obs     452 Lone Star


6-3-45 RI TT
             car#    (possible cars*)
hvywt RPO-bage
(dorm)chair  55/65   320-322
chair        54/64   309-319
chair        53/63   309-319
diner                422 Yucca               423 Sahuaro
                     424 Ocotilla
8-5          51/61   Pu  Forest Canyon       Pu  Thompson Canyon                                 KC-Hou
parlor-lnge  50/60   454 Minnesota           455 Missouri
                     202 Kansas City

6-25-46 loco assignments for Minn-Houston R-507-508

E3A                  625                     626
E6A                  629


1947 new

68 coach             324-328


1-5-48 RI circular
                    (possible cars)
bage-mail                                                    KC-Hou
bage-dinette         402-405
76 chair             303-305
54 chair             318
52 chair             308
8-5 sleeper          Pu  Forest Canyon        Pu  Thompson Canyon 
parlor-obs           452-455


7-1-48 assignments

E7A                  633-634


8/9-48 new

8-6-4 sleeper        Pu  Northern Lakes      Pu  Gulf Coast
                     Pu  North Woods


3-49 new

F7A/B                675-677


6-20-49 RI PR letter to Jim Bennett 
(403 & 303 articulated)
bage-dinette-chair   403 Cimarron River
chair                303 Chisholm Trail
chair                207 Faribault
chair                314 Mistletoe
chair                319 Narcissus
(missing sleepers & obs)


1-22-50 RI TT
             car#   
(unknown head end, unknown order)
chair        578/588
chair        577/587
chair        576/586
dining              
8-6-4        573/583
8-5          571/581                                          KC-Hou
parlor-lnge  570/580


1950 Minneapolis-LA chair & sleeper via #3/#4 (GS)


1952 E8A (650 series) & E7B assigned


4-1-52 RI circular (3 sets)

30' RPO-bage                                                Mpls-KC
30' RPO-bage                                                KC-Hou
72 chair LW
72 chair LW
52/54 chair LW
chair LW (Fri.Sat.Sun)                                      ElR-Hou
diner
chair LW                 (when operated)                    Mpls-KC
chair LW     37/47                                          Mpls-KC(Tuc(LA) #3/#4)
6-6-4        575/46                                         Mpls-KC(Tuc(LA) #3/#4)
8-6-4        573/583
6-6-4        571/581                                        KC-Hou
prlr-obs     570/580


9-26-54 RI condensed TT

(unknown head end, unknown order)
chair (1 or more)
chair                                                        Mpls-KC(LA/GS/SP)
diner
8-5                                                          KC-Hou
8-6-4
6-6-4                                                        Mpls-KC(LA/GS/SP)
prlr-lnge-obs


11/12-54 New

8-6 sleeper          Pu  Lake Nokomis        Pu  Buffalo Bayou
                     Pu  San Jacinto


4-4-55 RI TT
              car #
(unknown head end, unknown order)
chair  
chair         36/46                                          Mpls-KC(LA/GS/SP)
diner
8-6           571/581                                        KC-Hou
8-6-4         573/583
6-6-4         574/584
8-6           575/45                                         Mpls-KC(LA/GS/SP)
prlr-lnge-obs 570/580


4-8-55 Actual NB Des Moines (partial)*

. . .
6-6-4
8-6-4
prlr-diner-obs       434 El Reno


4-25-58 RI circular & RI condensed TT
             car#
bage-mail                                                    StP-KC
60' RPO bage                                                 Mpls-KC
30' RPO bage                                                 KC-Dal
bage                                                         KC-Hou
bage
chair  L.W.
chair  L.W.
dorm chair L.W.
diner
chair  L.W. Fri-Sun                                          Dal-Hou
chair  L.W. Fri-Sun                                          Dal-Hou
chair  L.W.                                                  Mpls-KC
chair  L.R.  36/46                                           Mpls-KC(LA/GS/SP)
8-6          575/45                                          Mpls-KC(LA/GS/SP)
8-6          576/586                                         KC-Hou
8-6-4        573/583
parlor-obs   570/580


1958 Pullmans withdrawn from lease & numbered (exc. GS)

8-5 sleeper          620 Forest Canyon       621 Thompson Canyon
8-6 sleeper          634 Lake Nokomis        635 Buffalo Bayou
                     636 San Jacinto
8-6-4 sleeper        642 Northern Lakes      643 Gulf Coast
                     644 North Woods



58-59 renumbered #17/#18


10-25-59 RI TT & 4-29-62 RI condensed TT

(unknown head end cars, unknown order)
chair 
chair                                                        Mpls-KC(LA/GS/SP)
diner
8-6 sleeper                                                  Mpls-KC(LA/GS/SP)
8-6 sleeper                                                  KC-Hou
8-6-4 sleeper
parlor-lnge


1960 reblt 

RPO-bage     754-759


Summer-64 RI circular
   
Jeep (mail) (SB:WThF;NB:ThFSa)                               KC-Hou
RPO                                                          KC-Dal
bage                                                         KC-Hou
bage (exM) (SB:bage-mail)                                    StP-KC
RPO                                                          Mpls-KC
bage                                                         
coach  LW                                                  
coach  LW (FSu)                                              Dal-Hou
coach-dorm
diner
lounge
coach  LW                                                    Mpls-KC
coach  LW                                                    Mpls-KC(LA/GS/SP)
8-6 sleeper                                                  Mpls-KC(LA/GS/SP)
8-6 sleeper                                                  Mpls-KC
8-6-4 sleeper                                                KC-Dal


9-14-64 Cut back from Houston to Ft. Worth


7-1-65 sleepers dropped


1-66 RI circular

Jeep-mail (SB:WThF;NB:ThFSa)                                 KC-FtW
RPO                                                          KC-FtW
bage                                                         KC-FtW
bage (exM) (SB:bage-mail)                                    StP-KC
RPO                                                          Mpls-KC
bage                                                         
coach  LW                                                  
coach-dorm
coach  LW                                                    Mpls-KC
snack-lounge
coach  LW  (SB only)                                         Mpls->KC(LA/GS/SP)


10-30-66 last run (replacement Plainsman: Mpls-KC)


(post-history)

6-16-69 Actual #17 Minneapolis

E8A                  660
E8B                  617
bage                 4399
diner                431 Little Rock
chair                361 Spirit Lake
chair                337 Iowa City
bage                 4329
bage                 4308


7-7-69 last run


Abbrevations: Jeep=ex-army sleeper, LW=lightweight, LR=leg rest
   GS=Golden State

Sources: Car Names, Numbers & Consists - Robert J. Wagner
 * Passenger Train Journal 3/95
   The Official Pullman-Standard Library - Randall & Anderson
       Vol. 8 Rock Island 
   Some Classic Trains - Arthur D. Dubin

Thanks to Steve Hile, Fred Frailey, Greg Stout & others.

Please report additions/corrections to John Matrow, 2753 N. Pershing,
Wichita, KS 67220