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Kansas City–My Kind of Railroad Town: Part 2

November 7, 2013
Continuing our tour of Kansas City from my September trip we find KCT (WAMX) 1507 passing a long abandoned KCT Terminal Tower.

Continuing our tour of Kansas City from my September trip we find KCT (WAMX) 1507 passing a long abandoned KCT Terminal Tower.

Here is some more from my visit to Kansas City back in early August. This post is heavy on history. There will be a look at a “what was old is new again,” a promising future for rail transit in this town.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

A grab shot of the KCT transfer to the KCS. We had just pulled up and it showed up.

A grab shot of the KCT transfer to the KCS. We had just pulled up and it showed up.

Three views of the former "Bean Branch" in downtown KC. This line branched off the old KCS main down near the river and went up a very steep hill to reach a coffee bean distributor. It has been out of service for many years but this short section of track remains in place.

Three views of the former “Bean Branch” in downtown KC. This line branched off the old KCS main down near the river and went up a very steep hill to reach a coffee bean distributor. It has been out of service for many years but this short section of track remains in place.

In the second closer view of the two brick buildings, that little covered area on the right building was where the hoppers were spotted. IIRC, the KCS used Shay steam locomotives on this line.

In the second closer view of the two brick buildings, that little covered area on the right building was where the hoppers were spotted. IIRC, the KCS used Shay steam locomotives on this line.

The first two views look towards downtown, the third looks toward the River. The interstate is below the bridge.

The first two views look towards downtown, the third looks toward the River. The interstate is below the bridge.

There is one remnant of the former KC streetcar lines near the Kansas state line in Kansas City, Kan. A portion of the loop is still visible. In these views we see a UP freight in the distance beyond the "Welcome to Kansas City Kansas" sign

There is one remnant of the former KC streetcar lines near the Kansas state line in Kansas City, Kan. A portion of the loop is still visible. In these views we see a UP freight in the distance beyond the “Welcome to Kansas City Kansas” sign

A closer look at the loop.

A closer look at the loop.

The base of a former wire support pole.

The base of a former wire support pole.

And where a switch used to be located.

And where a switch used to be located.

That was the old stuff. Back downtown near the Bean line was this sign proclaiming this location was going to be the new street care repair facility. The next two views are looking along the right of way that the new tracks will be on.

That was the old stuff. Back downtown near the Bean line was this sign proclaiming this location was going to be the new street care repair facility. The next two views are looking along the right of way that the new tracks will be on.

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The former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio freight house still stands down by the river.

The former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio freight house still stands down by the river.

WAMX 1701 switches in the morning with the KC skyline in the distance.

WAMX 1701 switches in the morning with the KC skyline in the distance.

As the sun sets, this former Rock Island bridge still stands, although with no tracks, a silent sentinel to a bygone era when multiple railroads called on Kansas City.

As the sun sets, this former Rock Island bridge still stands, although with no tracks, a silent sentinel to a bygone era when multiple railroads called on Kansas City.

Kansas City — My Kind of Railroad Town: Part 1

October 29, 2013

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Here is the start of the photographs that I made in Kansas City in early September. The first series is a run heading to Argentine through the West Bottoms.

There are seven units, seven different models and a good history of BNSF “heritage” paint jobs. Note the Union Pacific Georgetown ballast train heading up the ramp from the UP (ex-Missouri Pacific) main.

Even though the UP train was gaining on the BNSF train it would stop before they got side by side. I have always liked the shots with the concrete viaduct overhead down in “the bottoms” as well as the traditional shot with the old warehouses in the background.

Note the large cow atop the hillside above the cab of the BNSF SD45-2 1568 roster shot. The one photo is a close up of the Georgetown machine.

In the last one there was a three train, one track car meet with the former Union Tower in the background.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

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