Looking for Information on CB&Q/BN Mississippi River Lines

Looking for Information on CB&Q/BN Mississippi River Lines

Post by Bill Hi » Mon, 09 Sep 1996 04:00:00



Due to several factors, I will likely have the opportunity to move into a
larger house in the next year which substantially increase the amount of
space for my model railroading.

Because of this, I am thinking over ideas on sections of the CB&Q to model
that is different than sections already being done in my area. Looking
through old CB&Q Employee timetables, the North Market (St. Louis and West
Quincy subdivision of the CB&Q appears to have several interesting
factors:

1. The line was single track (CTC part way, ABS the other part).

2. During the early-mid 60's (the time period I would be modeling), the
line had 4 passenger trains a day and 9 scheduled freight trains a day.

3. One of the passenger runs was the Zephyr-Rocket. I've been told by an
ex-CB&Q employee that Rock Island power was used on this train every other
day.

4. MKT shared trackage rights for part of the trackage near St. Louis and
ran four trains a day with time scheduled to do switching at Q's at West
Alton and to also do interchange with other railroads at Alton.

5. The line appears to run along the river bluffs much of the way giving
scenic possibilities.

6. The GM&O secondary main crossed at Louisiana. This interchange was
written up in Kalmbach's small railroads you can model.

7. There were several moderate size towns along the way that would
provide operational interest.

Since most of trains were scheduled to run at night, I have not found
many pictures of trains and facilities on this route. I'm looking for
several things and comments on these ideas:

- If anyone has track diagrams of the various yards/rail layout in the
towns on the Q between West Alton and West Quincy, I would be interested
in getting details about these or purchasing copies of the diagrams.

- What kind of power sets would be appropriate on the MKT trains in the
'64-'66 timeframe?

- Did the GM&O station a switcher at Louisiana to handle interchange and
local work? And what was the typical power?

Thanks in advance.

 --
-Bill
Northwest - West - Southwest - Everywhere West - Burlington Route

 
 
 

Looking for Information on CB&Q/BN Mississippi River Lines

Post by Tim O'Conno » Tue, 10 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> What kind of power sets would be appropriate on the MKT trains in the
> '64-'66 timeframe?

Weird humpback EMD rebuilds of Alco and Baldwin roadswitchers. Also GP7
and F3 units. All painted in Katy's simple red scheme. I can't recall if
Katy had any GP35's or U25B's, but it's possible. There are some picture
books on the market with MKT diesels.

 
 
 

Looking for Information on CB&Q/BN Mississippi River Lines

Post by Bill Hir » Wed, 11 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> Weird humpback EMD rebuilds of Alco and Baldwin roadswitchers. Also GP7
> and F3 units. All painted in Katy's simple red scheme. I can't recall if
> Katy had any GP35's or U25B's, but it's possible. There are some picture
> books on the market with MKT diesels.

I have the Diesel Locomotive Rosters book. It shows that MKT bought 12
GP-40's
in 1966 (after John Barringer took over apparently). Before that, the
newest
power was listed was some F9B's which were probably wreck rebuilds. I
was
wondering how odd the AS-16's looked after repowering as they would add
some
interesting variety.

- Bill