River Division Operations - Introduction Introduction Last Updated 1-9-2003 When one looks at the Frisco’s River Division, one sees a variety of topography and scenery that lends itself very well to modeling. From the high bluffs along the Mississippi River to the pancake-flat Bootheel, not to mention an abundance of junctions between different Frisco subdivisions and other railroads, there is indeed a lot from which the modeler can choose. Regardless of the modeler’s choice of region or era, a comprehensive summary of River Division operations is necessary in order to gain a better overall understanding of the Division, even if one’s modeling emphasis shies away from operations-oriented modeling. This summary will break down the Division’s operations by: 1. General Operations Information and Background 2. Passenger movements 3. Freight movements 4. 1920's Operations 5. 1930’s Operations 6. 1940's Operations 7. 1950's Operations 8. 1960's Operations 9. 1970's Operations 10. Modeling the River Division One note of clarification: when referring to “mainline,” this denotes the St. Louis/Chaffee Subdivision; that is, the direct line between St. Louis and Memphis. “Branch” or “branchline” trains refer to the reticular rail lines running throughout northeast Arkansas and the Missouri Bootheel, such as the Hoxie/Leachville Subdivisions, along with their respective branches. As an additional point of clarification, even-numbered trains were northbounds; odd-numbered trains were southbounds (I add this since I have trouble remembering this!). The following information is the result of what I have collected, thanks to the synergy provided by the FMIG. Anyone who has either information that might add to the discussion or information to clear up inaccuracies is welcome to contribute by contacting me.