Gulf, Mobile and Ohio achieved streamliner fame in 1935 with its Rebel, which provided service between New Orleans and Jackson, Tennessee–later extended to St. Louis. In 1947, GM&O purchased the bankrupt Chicago & Alton, which ran as many as seven trains a day between Chicago and St. Louis.
This timetable cover pictures the Rebel cruising by some southern bayou, but GM&O discontinued that train in the 1950s. The only GM&O passenger service left in 1962 were four Chicago-St. Louis trains on the former Alton route and a bus from Springfield to Jacksonville, Illinois, a distance of about 35 miles. The timetable shows that the overnight Midnight Special had sleeping cars and the southbound Abraham Lincoln left Chicago with a sleeping car that went through to Little Rock and Hot Springs, Arkansas on the Missouri Pacific. The northbound connection was with the Midnight Special.