SANTA FE 789 CLASS BUILT BY BALDWIN. Built in Philadelphia in 1902
by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, #811 is the last of 23 such units of the
789 class. Between 1907 and 1910, it was changed from a four cylinder vauclain
compound to single expansion cylinders. In 1923, it was converted to oil
at the Topeka shops using some parts manufactured in Atchison.
MISSOURI PACIFIC #121175 EAGLE MERCHANDISE CAR. This 40 foot car
was used for less-than-carload merchandise between MP lines and Texas &
Pacific freight stations. This car never interchanged with other railroads.
SANTA FE CABOOSE #999468. Built in 1928, it was rebuilt in 1975
and again in 1981. While the main use of the caboose was to serve as an
office for the conductor, it also served as the supply department for the
entire train crew.
MISSOURI PACIFIC CABOOSE #13569, WIDE VISION. In the gaudy lexicon
of railroad jargon, the caboose has more names than any other property
in the work of the high iron. It is known as a caboose, crummy, way car,
van, cage, doghouse, dronehouse, bouncer, bedhouse, buggy, chariot, shelter
house, glory wagon, hack, hut, monkey wagon, pavilion, palace, parlor,
brainbox, zoo, diner, kitchen, shanty, cabin car, and perambulator. There
are probably others in a variety only bounded by limitations of human imagination.
CHICAGO BURLINGTON & QUINCY RAILROAD POST OFFICE/BAGGAGE
#1604 SILVER POUCH. The Q bought its first standard lightweight RPO/Baggage
in 1940. Silver Pouch was the last such car purchased by the CB&Q.
Built in October 1952, it went into service on the Kansas City Zephyr between
Kansas City and Chicago on February 1, 1953. On October 28, 1956, Silver
Pouch was transferred to Denver Zephyr service where it served for several
years before returning to the KC Zephyr. In 1970, Silver Pouch was on the
KC Zephyr on its way to Chicago when the cancellation of railway mail service
was announced. Silver Pouch was placed in company service when Amtrak was
formed in 1971.
BURLINGTON NORTHERN CABOOSE #10410. Originally
a CB&Q caboose. Future plans are to restore to the CB&Q colors.
MISSOURI PACIFIC SNOW PLOW #MPX5790. One of six such plows built
in the 1920ís at the MP shops in Atchison. The plow was built in 1928 using
an ex-steam tender. This plow spent most of its service years on the MP
Central Branch, showing up occasionally on the Omaha line.
KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN BAY WINDOW CABOOSE
MISSOURI PACIFIC M of W DINING CAR #14259. The were a total of
50 built by the MoP at DeSoto in 1962, and were among the more unusual
cars of the fleet, a 70-foot express car in the 135-series for express
and mail handling in the 1960's. They were seen all over the system but
their assignment was short-lived. Soon after thier introduction in the
'60's, mail service switched off-rail and the express cars lost their major
assignment. The Postal Service had changed contracts and went with the
airlines. Due to a light-weight construction, the cars use for anything
other than LCL service was very restricted. They were limited in general
freight handling, thus those that escaped the dead lines were sent to MOW
service earlier than thier contemporariesfound in a variety of MoW work.
The Express cars that stayed in revenue service are long-gone, but those
that survived can still be found in MoW service today working for the Union