Psgr(?) Xtra 43 South

Discussion in 'Action Photos' started by Karl, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    By the winter of 1971 passenger cars were surplus equipment, and even the big boys were unloading this type of rolling stock. Uncle Pete found a buyer for some of its surplus passenger rolling stock in the rail-traveling Ringling Bros, Barnum, & Bailey Circus.

    The Frisco handled the approximately 20 car, Florida-bound train between KC and Birmingham. We chased the train to Paola, and we had a difficult time keeping up with it since it approached passenger train speeds. It made a gorgeous sight navigating the reverse curves through Lenexa at 95th Street.

    Drawing two covered wagons for motive power, the train looked as if passenger trains had returned to the Frisco. The only thing that spoiled that illusion was the 1200-class, wide-vsion caboose, which was tacked on the rear.

    One shot was taken at Merriam and the other at Lackmans.

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  2. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Karl - Neat photos, thanks for posting. I bet that was fun to chase. Pulling passenger cars was something FP-7's were designed to do!

    I'm surprised UP let the cars go to the circus without red-lining their name on each.

  3. gbmott

    gbmott Member

    . . . and even an FP-7 at that! Nice
  4. gbmott

    gbmott Member

    This probably needs to transition to a different thread, but as I think about it 5043 alternated with 5048 as the regular power on Monette-Paris trains 709-710 for a period in the '50's. I have always assumed that being on a two day cycle meant that the full cycle was Paris-Monett-Wichita-Monett-Paris as otherwise a single unit could make the turn on just the Paris train. But does anyone know for sure?


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