I keep a notebook where I gather bits and pieces of (usually passenger car) information. This info is from various places and some of it has been posted before, but here is what I've compiled about the Kansas City-Florida Special's big diners: "Kansas City" was the only car actually decorated with shadow stripes as such. It was converted to diner-lounge (from 1508) in April 1936 and wore the Frisco green paint scheme. In April 1941 it was painted in the blue/gray Firefly-Meteor colors. In May 1947 it was painted back to green. It was painted in the shadow stripe scheme w/red trim (on the ends, roof and window area) and silver trucks in October 1950. The stainless fluting was added (still with red trim) April 1955. All these cars probably had black trucks at times after fluting was added (see "Frisco In Color" page 120). "Springfield" was converted (from 1510) in October 1937--Painted ALL red w/ Scotchlite lettering in October 1952--Name was changed to "Memphis" 6-19-54--Fluting added April 1955. "Birmingham" was converted (from 1509) 4-36--Fluting w/red trim added 12-54. All these cars had small crew sleeping areas added about 1959. From 1956 Assignment List, Each Car Was Equipped With: --32 Diner Seats --10 Lounge Seats (9 on “Birmingham”) --2 Settees (Seating two each) --2 Cocktail Tables (Seating 3 each) --Radio, No vestibules. If you, like me always wondered what/why the big red and stainless KCFS diner was doing parked at the Springfield Depot during the day (Appearing in lots of photos by Arthur Johnson, Mike Condren and others), here's how it was handled: The car would arrive from Memphis and Birmingham at 2:15 AM on tr. 106 and during the day it was turned, had supplies replenished and was parked by the business cars across from the depot building. Early the next morning the car was coupled to tr. 105 and departed southbound at 3:30 AM. Tom G.