Steam Locomotives On The Kansas Division (KD) Wichita Line - Carthage, Wichita, Burrton Subdivisions

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  1. railroadpete

    railroadpete Member Supporter

    Does anyone here know what steam power was assigned to Kansas Division (KD) during the later days of steam?

    The Wichita Line or KD included the Carthage Subdivision, Wichita Subdivision and Burrton Subdivision.

    Did the weight restrictions on this line restrict any locos bigger than a light mikado?

    Knowledge much appreciated!


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  2. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    The ETTs have a section which provide the Cooper's Bridge rating for each locomotive class as well as the bridge class for each subdivision.

    This is from the 1947 Northern Division.

    The little ten-hundreds, ten-wheelers, and the 182-class, 4-4-0's handle passenger traffic on the KD line.

    The Bolsheviks, the 1200's, 1300's, and the light mikados worked parts of the line.

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  3. railroadpete

    railroadpete Member Supporter

    Thank you so much Karl!

    This leads to another question.

    Did the three or so (4001, 4003, 4008) light mikados that worked from Wichita to Neodesha have to go through Carthage to get to The Springfield Shop for servicing?

    Or did they take another route to get there?

    The reason I am asking is that Broadway Limited Imports made the N-scale version of their USRA Mikado of that exact prototypical model that would accurately represent them.

    I am building a museum quality diorama of Carthage from the steam to diesel transition era and accurate steam power in N-scale is difficult for Frisco and Mopac, without having to do some tenuous, radical kit-bashing.

    These light mikes that Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) sold off to Frisco and Mopac may work.

    Depends on how many of such locomotives actually ever ran through Carthage on either railroad.
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