Kansas City Southern Railway

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Arcadia Publishing, 2009 - History - 128 pages
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The Kansas City Southern Railway initially offered freight service to the immediate Kansas City area south. As the line expanded toward Texas, each tiny community had its own railway station with access to daily passenger service and less-than-carload lot freight services. No one could have foreseen that the road would eventually haul international import and export goods or that its line would reach into Mexico. Photographs in this book include the railway's involvement in operating steam engines over its lines as well as pictures from the files of esteemed rail photographers Harold K. Vollrath and Gary Coates.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
7
Early History of the Railroad
11
Later Years
19
Steam Memories on the Kansas City Southern
29
Passenger Trains on the Kansas City Southern
37
The End of Passenger Train Service
59
The Kansas City Southern after Passenger Service
81
The Belle Is Back
103
Dining Car Menus
119
Miscellaneous
123
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About the author (2009)

Thad Hillis Carter grew up riding the Southern Belle and Flying Crow passenger trains. His love for railroads has taken him over the United States riding Amtrak and tourist lines, and he offers personal recollections of trips on Kansas City Southern passenger trains until their discontinuance in 1969. He wrote for Rail Classics magazine from 1984 to 1991 and also wrote railroad history articles for the Tyler Chamber of Commerce in Texas and Shreveport Magazine. He is the author of Tracking the Past, a booklet about branchline railroad operations. Carter currently serves as a minister in the United Methodist Church.

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