MP 124?, steam engine
Location, city park?
Only the front-end
exists because the city fathers didn't want a steam engine donation.
4124, EMD GP7 diesel engine
The GP7 project is operated by the Downs
Historical Society, Downs
work on this GP-7 into Missuri Pacific liverly began in 1999 . Refinished
into authentic Missouri Pacific blue & gray Eagles scheme, with the
original lettering patterns. The original MP 4124 was most likely the
number of the first diesel in Downs during the wheat harvest of 1950.
This GP7 was originally
ex-New York Central and Conrail #5712 from Kyle Railroad. It was never
owned by MoPac.
Brush reports that #4124 was moved to a permanent section of track immediately
east of the one-story brick Downs Missouri Pacific Depot (which will begin
major restoration in May, 2002).
2707 / IM 635, steam engine
Iron Mountain loco is located at the StLIM
National Museum of Transport,
314-965-7998, I270 exit 8 follow signs, 3015
Barrett Station Rd 63122
at the NMOT include:
- MPHS Archives
MP X-136 Wrecker
ART 52461 Reefer American Refrigerator Transit
SLIM&S 9779 Buggy car
MP 750 Parlor-Observation
CEI 405 Commuter coach
HNS 604 Passenger car
MP 6210 commuter coach
MP 4502 / 975,
ALCo RS-3 diesel engine
Project operated by the St. Louis Chapter NRHS, 2129 Barrett
Station Road, PMB 271 St. Louis, Mo 63131-1638
This RS-3 was one
of only two MP RS-3s never re-engined by MoPac. Restoration began in 2000
of this engine into it's original blue and gray scheme.
The Museum of Transport
in St. Louis was able to acquire a former Missouri Pacific RS-3 road number
4502 / 975. This Alco unit is unique in that it is one of the few units
of this class that were never re-engined by the Missouri Pacific. Prior
to starting the GP-12 rebuild program in the 1960's on their fleet of
RS-3's, the MoPac traded the 4502 / 975 and the 4504 / 977 to the Bauxite
and Northern for an SW-1200 switch engine. As a result this locomotive
escaped the rebuilding program. Eventually Equity Grain Coop of Houston
purchased both units from the Bauxite and Northern, renumbering them as
#1 and #2 respectively. The 4502 / 975/ #1 was retired in 1992 with a
broken crank. With the 4504 / 977 / #2 being retired in 1992 due to a
failure of a lower main bearing.
these units where donated to the Houston Chapter of the NRHS. The chapter
then sold all the units to an individual in the Houston area. In 1995,
this individual offered the #4502 to the Museum of Transport for a nominal
In January of 2000,
the cosmetic restoration of the MoPac RS-3 to its "as delivered" paint
scheme began through the efforts of the NRHS and the Museuem of Transportation
members and volunteers. (Background from RS-3 Project website)
2001 was a very good year for the Museum, with the ARM, NRHS and NMRA
conventions. Given the work load on the volunteers and the desire to keep
the museum fairly presentable, the museum staff and the volunteers working
on the RS-3 made a decision to not start any major tasks on the locomotive
What little time we
had was spent on cleaning and removing grease, oil and rust accumulations,
removal of the hood doors for paint stripping and repairs, and stripping
paint from unit. The glazing has been removed and stored. Presently we
are waiting for some warmer weather to resume work on the unit, this is
required because the stripper does not function below about 60 degrees.
Please note that this
project is funded by a grant from one of the St Louis Section NRHS members.
The main problem we face in completing the restoration is getting volunteers,
to date we have had six volunteers working on the project. To the best
of my knowledge, none of these are members of the MPHS.
What You Can Do:
If any MPHS members are interested in helping they are more than welcome
to join us. Please have them contact me (Steve Linhardt), I am listed
in the St. Louis white pages and will be at the museum most weekends or
they can contact me via E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
. It is important that we know who and when volunteers are going to show
up, nothing is more frustrating to a volunteer than to show up and not
have work available.
On another front there
may be a few other things that some MPHS members could help us out with.
We could really use a couple of good color
prints of this or one of its sisters in the original blue and grey
paint. A side shot and both ends would be helpfully.
When we received the
unit it was missing the air horns, marker lights and builder plates. The
air horns appear to have been the long version of the Wabco E-2. We
need to get two of the horns and all four of the markers. (Steve Linhardt)
- Former Texas & Pacific Steamer is at the Texas State Railroad
in 1993. Here the locomotive was repainted and renumbered into its
original number for a photographers weekend. - Steve Rude Photo/Jay
/ T&P 316, 4-6-0
Housed at Texas State Railroad at Palestine (Rusk Shop),
This engine is fully
restored and repainted. TSRR No. 201 (Built by A. L. Cooke, 1901, 79 tons,
4-6-0) is the former No. 316 on the T&P, and then as 316 on the P&MP (Paris
& Mount Pleasant).The T&P would then buy it back from the P&MP and sent
it to Abilene, TX as T&P 75. In May 1974, it was donated to the Texas
State Railway and was restored at TSR 201. The engine is class D-9, with
4-6-0 wheel arrangement at 4'-8.5" guage. It is owned by TSRR (as T&P)
Texas State Railroad, and housed at Palestine, TX. It is operational.
It is presently used as a backup to three other operating steam locomotives
and usually can be seen at the Rusk shop.
|Texas State RR / T&P
316 - near
Rusk, Texas - photo © Gary Morris
|TSRR 201 / T&P 316
- lettered as #201 here. The Texas State 4-6-0 (ex T&P ex Paris
& Mt Pleasant) seen between Rusk and Palestine,Texas; May 1982
- photo © Gary Morris
- as seen more recently on display in Texas - photo © Chris
2-10-4 steam engine
Housed at Texas State Railroad at Palestine (Rusk Shop),
Only a few years
back this was a fully restored and operational steam engine once leased
out for rail excursions by a Texas agency. The 610 is a 2-10-4 Lima built
locomotive. The 4'-8.5" guage, I1a class locomotive is owned by Texas
State Railroad and resides today at the Palestine shop, occasionally on
display there. Due to budget constraints there are no plans to restore
No. 610 to operating condition at this time.
- in a dramatic night shot on Freedom Train at Houston Union Station,
February 1976 - photo © Gary Morris
addition to the above, there is a report of a 0-6-0 (no number, no location)
in storage somewhere in the South which is in very poor condition, and
- there has also been a report of an ex- New York Central 3001 that came
to T&P as no. 909 that has been preserved.
(410) - an E-4-A, 2-8-2, 4'-8.5", T&P (FW&D) is reported to be displayed
at a city park (Pope & S.Wash) in Marshall, Texas.Ê
- aÊ 4-4-0 / 4'-8.5" is said to still be at the bottom of Village Creek
near Handley (annexed in 1946, it is now part of far west Arlington /
east Ft. Worth), Texas. T&P 642 was/is an 'American' class 4-4-0 that
fell into Village Creek near Handley, TX during a flood in 1885. A group
of investors hope to turn the old T&P Passenger Terminal in downtown Ft.
Worth into a railroad-themed hotel, and they're hoping to get the funds
to extract the engine still buried under the creekbed.
(0-6-2) and "Rosa" (0-4-4) - a pair of narrow guage sugarcane
steam engines once owned by a Donaldson, Louisiana branch of the T&P
were reported to be preserved and running in the Lampasas, Texas on the
Westerfield Railroad as recently as late 1995. (Read the whole story
in the Spring & Summer 1996 MPHS EAGLE Magazine)
Rio Grande Railroad
Company #1 - a 2-4-2 42-inch guage steamer is possibly the oldest
surviving U. S. narrow guage locomotive. Due to the twists and turns of
railroad mergers and divisions over the past 100 years this very old engine
has ties that link it to the rosters of several roads including the St.
Louis, Brownsville & Mexico Railway Co., a subsidiary of the Missouri
Pacific. RGRR No. 1 was reported to still be in existence in Brownsville,
Texas as late as 1992, though it has suffered many modifications and considerable
corrosion over the last century plus. (read about it in the Winter
1992 MPHS EAGLE Magazine)
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