The Panama Limited was a premier all-Pullman car service between Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. It was operated by the Illinois Central Railroad except for its last three years (1971-74), when it was operated by Amtrak. It began service on February 4, 1911 and was named in honor of the anticipated opening of the Panama Canal.
This postcard shows a Panama Limited streamliner. The Panama Limited was streamlined in 1942.
A song immortalizing the train is credited to blues singer Bukka White, who recorded it in the 1930s. "The Panama Limited" was popularized by folk singer Tom Rush on his debut album in 1965.