The Sunnyland (107/108)
From the October, 1925 edition of "The Frisco Employee's Magazine" via the Springfield-Greene County Library-cla
On the fifth day of October, just outside the train sheds of the Kansas City, Missouri, union station, the "Sunnyland", new crack train to Florida via Frisco Lines, will be christened, as she leaves on her maiden trip.
"The Sunnyland," out as No. 107, and back as No. 108, is filling a need for through Florida service from the Middle West, over teh railroad that can give the most direct routing. The unparalled travel to Florida throughout the past spring and summer has made the "Sunnyland" imperative. With the real estate and building boom still gaining and more people pouring into the Florida peninsula each day, the Frisco felt the neccessity for a new train for the winter months, when Florida travel is heaviest.
The christening services of the "Sunnyland" will be performed before a battery of newspaper cameras and officials of the Frisco. The passengers of the maiden trip will also be included and the grouping will be around the engine.
Miss Jeanne Koontz, daughter of Mr. J.R. Koontz, vice-president in charge of traffic, will break a bottle of Fred Harvey water over the cowcatcher of the engine -- and a few minutes later the "Sunnyland", companion train of the famous Kansas City-Florida Special, will be on its way to Florida.
The new train will run over the Frisco Lines to Birmingham, Ala., Southern Railway from Birmingham to Hampton, Seaboard Air Line Railway to St. Petersburg. A section of the train will also be run over the Illinois Central tracks from Memphis to New Orleans.
Through sleeping car service will be provided from Kansas City to St. Petersburg, from Kansas City to Atlanta, from Kansas City to New Orleans, from Memphis to Portsmouth. The latter will be operated through as at present, the only change being that the car will run on trains 107 and 108 which replace trains 103 and 104 between Memphis and Birmingham.
Dining car service will be provideid all the way with Fred Harvey's splendid service in charge.
Oil-burning locomotives will be run out of Kansas City, Mo.
Following is the schedule:
(Modeling the Frisco's Northern Division - Kansas City Terminal in HO-Scale c. 1943)