Kansas City Southern Railway (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
Kansas City Southern Railway (Images of Rail)

The Kansas City Southern Railway initially offered freightservice to the immediate Kansas City area south. As the lineexpanded toward Texas, each tiny community had its own railwaystation with access to daily passenger service andless-than-carload lot freight services. No one could have foreseenthat the road would eventually haul international import and exportgoods or that its line would reach into Mexico. Photographs in thisbook include the railway's involvement in operating steam enginesover its lines as well as pictures from the files of esteemed railphotographers Harold K. Vollrath and Gary Coates.Thad Hillis Carter grew up riding the Southern Belle and FlyingCrow passenger trains. His love for railroads has taken him overthe United States riding Amtrak and tourist lines, and he offerspersonal recollections of trips on Kansas City Southern passengertrains until their discontinuance in 1969. He wrote for RailClassics magazine from 1984 to 1991 and also wrote railroad historyarticles for the Tyler Chamber of Commerce in Texas and ShreveportMagazine. He is the author of Tracking the Past, a booklet aboutbranchline railroad operations. Carter currently serves as aminister in the United Methodist Church.