Does anyone have information on the St.L.-Wichita trains of the 1950's? (Tr.3-303 & 304-10) Engines, cars, sleeping cars, operations? Especially interested in the late 50's operations around Joplin.
I'm sure you already know, but the Pullmans were Drake University and Norwich University.
Yes Gordon and I also found that the 221-225 (15' RPO's) and baggage cars were used on that train in its latter days. Educated guess would be an FP-7's or passenger GP-7's; baggage, 15' RPO-baggage, coach and Pullman.?? Also I'm not sure when the service was discontinued?? I guess I'll have to do some time table research.
I have seen one photo recently showing the train in the Wichita station with an E-8.
Thanks Ken--I've been doing some research and in late 1959, the Monett-Wichita (309-310) train consist would have been something like:
--Engine (E-8, re: your post)
--Baggage (no express messenger 363 or 368)
--15' RPO-baggage (221 or 224)
--60 seat coach (1064)
--42 seat coach ("Joplin")
The consist and car numbers came from Fred Frailey on the Yahoo Passenger Car Consist chat board--not sure if 1064 and "Joplin" both would have been in the train or alternated? !959 was after the St. Louis-Joplin Pullman was taken off, but "Norwich University" and "Drake University" served as the St. Louis to Joplin sleepers earlier in the 1950's.