Here are a couple of photos of the Cook Station water tank taken 06-02-2010, almost 60 years after the last steam locomotive took on water there. A 1982 article in Trains magazine written by a man who traveled from Pennsylvania to Salem in 1949 described the journey that he took over the Frisco, including his ride in the caboose from Cuba to Salem. Consolidation no. 957 was the locomotive used on his trip, and since the first diesel came to the branch in 1950, I have to wonder if 957 was in fact the last steam engine used on the line. Water was supplied by a nearby spring, and channeled through a concrete aquaduct about 300 to 400 yards to the tank. I remember the Cook Station Mercantile, which sets right behind it, still being open for business when I graduated from high school in 1996. Me and a couple of buddies were going on a float trip on the Meramec from Short Bend to Cooks in July of that year, and we stopped at the store to get a few things. There was a deck on the back of the store at that time, which we walked out onto. We looked into the tank (which was nothing more than an open concrete reservoir), and it was full of rainbow trout! Guess the owner of the mercantile brought a few over from Benton Creek and stocked the tank. I wish I could've got a little closer to it, but the mosquitos were about to carry me off. Pat Moreland, Union Mo.