The Western Star was a named passenger train operated by the Great Northern Railway between Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and Seattle, Washington. Through cars from the train also operated between St. Paul and Chicago, Illinois via the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, and between Spokane, Washington and Portland, Oregon via the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway.
The Western Star was inaugurated in 1951, replacing the Oriental Limited as the secondary train along the Great Northern's transcontinental route. It was discontinued on May 1, 1971 with the advent of Amtrak.
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