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    Default Kansas City-Florida Special

    I would appreciate any known information on the Frisco´s Kansas City-Florida Special.

    There is the excellent TRRA publication #69 on the Texas Special but I know of nothing of the Florida trains except the info that has been posted regarding the Sunnyland.


    Joe Toth
    Last edited by Joseph Toth; 08-31-2011 at 10:05 AM. Reason: correction
    Joseph Toth
    The Trinity River Bottoms Boomer


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    Aug 2007
    Springfield MO

    Default Re: Kansas City-Florida Special

    The Kansas City-Florida Special ran from Kansas City to Birmingham with sleeping and chair cars carried by other RR's (SR, ACL, FEC) to Florida. It was dieselized in 1950. It was a heavy mail and express hauler from the Southern states for California and the West through Kansas City connections. The consist around 1960 through Springfield (Usually eleven cars) was four to six heavyweight "baggage" cars with storage mail and express; a 30' RPO-baggage, two chair cars, a HW diner-lounge, and three sleeping cars. An all silver SR chair car was in the "pool" and "foreign" line express cars were frequently seen in the train (ACL, SAL, SCL, N & W, SR, C of Ga., IC). A full 60' RPO ran from Memphis to Birmingham.

    Last edited by TAG1014; 08-31-2011 at 10:43 AM. Reason: Spelling.

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    Default Re: Kansas City-Florida Special

    Frisco #105 & 106. KC-Memphis-Birmingham-Jessup-Jacksonville (via ACL)-Miami (through car via FEC). Birmingham-Jessup via Southern. Of course the route was cut back and cut back and even included some strange consists (see "Oh, Mr. Pullman" article by David P. Morgan which appeared in Trains magazine in the 60's, AND, for a short time Pulllman assigned UP equipment KC to Birmingham. One "Cliff Notes" reference is Lyle Key's "Midwest Florida Sunliners". Also , Mike Condren's site contains all sorts of interesting KCFS stuff. I have an interesting chart of car assignments I made up for an article on the KCFS I wrote years ago for the Southern Ry. Historical Association that was never published. Will post as soon as I can dig it up.

    (Rancho Bob)

    ** I want to say for a time that the KCFS was routed to JAX, in early heavyweight days, via the Georgia Southern & Florida from Atlanta to JAX. Need to dig out my research material.
    Last edited by Rancho Bob; 08-31-2011 at 07:59 PM. Reason: added info

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    Default Re: Kansas City-Florida Special

    What a neat train to model in any scale!

    Your artical Buck, belongs in The Meteor!!!

    Like TRRA´s #69 on the Texas Special, it has been a long time coming.

    Thanks to all, so far, for the info on the KCFS!

    Joe Toth
    Last edited by Joseph Toth; 09-01-2011 at 08:14 AM. Reason: Correction
    Joseph Toth
    The Trinity River Bottoms Boomer


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    Default Re: Kansas City-Florida Special

    The Kansas City-Florida Special was apparently inaugurated in (approximately) November 1911. Can anyone provide an exact date?

    Bill Pollard

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