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    Default Memphis Terminal Station Operations

    ADMIN NOTE - These were previously posted by Ken McElreath a few years back; while moving some threads around I (gasp) somehow purged his posts. Thankfully I had made some hard copies to keep handy at the workbench.

    I will post the dates and train numbers to the subject line under the thread.--cla
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    I have copies of 14 pages from the Memphis Stationmaster's record book from 1957. Each page shows the Frisco passenger train and car assignments for a single day. For some reason, each page shows the complete rolling stock consist of #106, the northbound “Kansas City-Florida Special,” but it only shows setouts and pickups and total consist car counts for all of the other trains.

    As time permits, I will submit information from these pages. However, the information is so extensive that I will need to break it up into pieces. I think I will start with the consists for #106 for each day.

    One thing that is fascinating is to see the car rotation cycles on the train. Since it ran from Kansas City to Miami, different cars had different rotation cycles, depending on how many cars it took to cover their portion of the run.

    For example, the full RPO car ran between Memphis and Birmingham, so it only took two cars to protect the schedule, and each car appeared in the consist every other day. Since RPOs on other trains didn’t run on Sundays, as on #807 and #808, the “Sunnyland.” Express and baggage cars would reappear every three or four days, depending on their assigned run and whether they needed an overnight stay in a terminal to be loaded. The dining cars and some coaches were on a three-day turn, because they ran from KC to Birmingham. The sleepers ran a four-day turn, because they went through to Florida.

    I realize that one would have to access a Frisco passenger car roster or ORER to see the type for each car, but I will leave that exercise to the reader, since the trainmaster’s book only showed the numbers or names. Enjoy!

    For your information the Memphis Frisco Stationmaster’s name was W.B. McCaffrey.

    Ken McElreath

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    Default SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 1957 – TRAIN #106

    Consist of #106, arriving Memphis, 1 hour 30 minutes late with 20 cars:
    SLSF 492
    REX 6124 set out, take to Ga. St. yard when empty
    SAL 701, set out, hold in station for mail loading.
    SLSF 432 set out, take to Ga. St. yard
    SLSF 2049 set out, return on #105 to Birmingham
    SLSF 439, place on head end of #806 for Saint Louis
    SLSF 370
    SLSF 428
    SLSF 189
    SLSF 1092
    SLSF 1060 set out, return on #107 to Birmingham
    SLSF 761 set out, take to Ga. St. Yard
    SLSF 1053
    SLSF 1208
    SLSF 1250
    “Birmingham” (diner-lounge)
    “Drury College”
    “Gasconade River”
    ”Douglas Fir” set out, deliver to MP at Union Station*
    “Alphine Clover” [sic], set out, deliver to MP at Union Station*

    *NOTE: Arrange to have second engine on Broadway to take these two sleepers off train 106 and deliver to MP at Union Station for their train #201 tonight, for further movement.

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    Default WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1957 - TRAIN #106

    Consist of #106, arriving in Memphis with 13 cars:

    SLSF 460
    REX 1370 - set out, take to Ga. St. when empty
    SLSF 463 - set out, hold in station for loading tomorrow
    SLSF 2045 - set out, return to Birmingham on #105 next morning
    SLSF 349 - place on heads end of #806 for Saint Louis
    SLSF 353
    SOU 578
    SLSF 1095
    SLSF 1207
    SLSF 1255
    SLSF "Kansas City"
    "Amherst College"
    "Neosho River"
    Chris Abernathy
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    (Modeling the Frisco's Northern Division - Kansas City Terminal in HO-Scale c. 1943)

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    Default MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1957

    Consist of #106 arriving Memphis, on time with 10 cars…

    SLSF 2049, set out, return on #105 to Birmingham
    SLSF 439 place on head end of #806 for Saint Louis
    SLSF 353
    CofG 419
    SLSF 1093
    SOU 1017
    SOU 806
    SLSF “Kansas City”
    “Smith College”
    ”Niangua River”
    Chris Abernathy
    Columbia, MO
    (Modeling the Frisco's Northern Division - Kansas City Terminal in HO-Scale c. 1943)

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    Default SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1957

    Consist of #106 arring Memphis, on time with 15 cars.

    REX 6765 set out, following mail and express people’s instructions.
    SLSF 469 set out, following mail and express people’s instructions.
    SLSF 462 set out, following mail and express people’s instructions.
    SLSF 2045
    SLSF 348 place on head end of #806 to Saint Louis
    SLSF 370
    SOU 578
    SLSF 1092
    SLSF 1074 set out, take to Ga. St. Yard when released
    SLSF 1073
    SOU 1021
    SLSF 1258
    SLSF “Birmingham”
    ”Trinity College”
    “Cimarron River”
    Chris Abernathy
    Columbia, MO
    (Modeling the Frisco's Northern Division - Kansas City Terminal in HO-Scale c. 1943)

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    Default FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 1957

    Consist of #106 arriving Memphis, on time with 16 cars:

    REX 7132
    REX 7323 set out; take to Ga. St. yard whem empty
    SLSF 492 set out, in station, for loading tomorrow
    SAL 704 set out, in station for mail loading tomorrow
    SLSF 2049, set out, return on #105 to Birmingham
    SLSF 344 place on head end of #806 for Saint Louis
    SLSF 370
    CofG 419
    SLSF 1092
    SLSF “Okmulgee”
    SLSF 1053
    SLSF 1208
    SLSF 1250
    SLSF “Birmingham”
    ”Drury College”
    “Gasconade River”
    Chris Abernathy
    Columbia, MO
    (Modeling the Frisco's Northern Division - Kansas City Terminal in HO-Scale c. 1943)

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    Default WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1957

    Consist of #106 arriving Memphis, on time with 14 cars:

    SLSF 463
    REX 4071 set out express, take to Ga. St. when empty
    IC 716 set out express, deliver to IC when empty
    SLSF 2049 set out, return on #105 to Birmingham
    SLSF 439 place on head end of #806 for Saint Louis
    SLSF 372
    ACL 1652
    SLSF 1093
    SOU 1026
    SOU 1017
    SOU 806
    SLSF “Kansas City”
    “Smith College”
    ”Niangua River”
    Chris Abernathy
    Columbia, MO
    (Modeling the Frisco's Northern Division - Kansas City Terminal in HO-Scale c. 1943)

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    Default Re: Memphis Terminal Station Operations

    All 14 pages of the Memphis Central Station switching activity as discussed on this thread are now posted for viewing at the Memphis Historical Railroad Pages:

    http://www.cbu.edu/~mcondren/MRP/MemphisCentralStation/Frisco_Operations.htm
    Last edited by arkrail; 11-13-2007 at 11:40 PM. Reason: make link active

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