THE BULLETIN OF
THE MIDLAND RAILWAY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
Baldwin City, Kansas
Vol. XXIV, No. 2 www.midland-ry.org November, 2011
Railfest 2011 (Sept. 3-4-5) celebrated the 60th birth-
days of MKT 142 and NYC 8255, and the 80th birthday
of KCS RPO Car 30.
A new twist was added to this year’s event. A large
tent was erected (similar to the DOWT loading tent, and
over the same spot) to house sales of railroad memora-
bilia. Thanks to arrangements made by Bob Turner, nu-
merous vendors sold lanterns, timetables, books, maga-
zines and other collectible railroadiana Sunday the 4th.
Ernie Griffin operated his G-scale model train.
Roger and Dee Clark serenaded passengers with their
live railroad music.
Rides were offered on Tom Wheeler’s motor car,
Dean Hall’s pump car, and aboard our locomotive cab. THE STAR OF THE SHOW – Thomas the Tank Engine
The Three Sisters Inn of Baldwin operated a food at the 2011 DOWT! See more photos on pages 4-6.
concession. (Continued on page 2)
DOWT 2011 – A Photo Essay
Jake and Misty Jak- who visited DOWT this
levich, Grain Valley, MO, year. The photo essay on
who won two free Day Out pages 4, 5 & 6 tell the
With Thomas tickets from complete story.
our booth at
the Great Train
Expo of March
4, May 2011
came and rode
day, June 3!
lations to the
HERB CRAWFORD, right, and Eldon Denney being J a k l e v i c h
interviewed by a Lawrence Journal-World reporter, family! They THOMAS ‘DRIVER’ Dave Holland
center, for their Sunday newspaper edition 9/4/11. were part of keeps Thomas shined up for each day
Picture taken aboard KCS RPO 30 during the Baldwin- the 12,322 to- of DOWT, and says that Thomas is a
Norwood run, Sept. 3, 2011 of Railfest Weekend. tal passengers “really useful engine!”
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(Cont. from page 1)
And, of course, our friends with
The Kansas City Railway Mail
Clerks took their positions on-board
KCS RPO 30. Charles Pitcher and
Adrian Hertog operated a Kansas
Operation Lifesaver booth on-board
Some 745 passengers rode over
the three-day event, a whopping
214 passenger increase over 2010!
Even the Lawrence and Baldwin
City newspapers published great ar-
ticles about the event.
PRESENTERS ADRIAN HERTOG and Charles Pitcher at the KS Opera-
tion Lifesaver booth, riding Kansas City Southern Railway Post Office Car
No. 30 traveling between Baldwin City and Ottawa, KS. Taken 9/3/11 dur-
ing Midland Railway’s Labor Day weekend “Railfest” event.
Lucky Thomas Fans Win Train Sets
Two very lucky fans of Thomas
the Tank Engine each won a Kan-
sas Operation Lifesaver model train
Midland Railway of Baldwin
City, KS, held its 10th annual Day
Out With Thomas event June 3-4-5;
10-11-12. Alison Schueman of Fort
Riley, KS, won a train set the first
weekend; Ethan McCall of Green-
NYC 8255 AND MKT 142 run wood, MO, won the second week-
around the train on the passing end. Presenter Charles Pitcher
track at Ottawa Junction one day shipped the train set to Alison, then
during Railfest, Labor Day Week- personally presented the other train DAY OUT WITH THOMAS 2011
end, September 3-4-5, 2011 set to Ethan on June 22. Charles Winner! Little Ethan McCall of
says little Ethan was so excited he Greenwood, MO, gleefully accepts
Annual Meeting could hardly contain himself! his Kansas Operation Lifesaver
Date Helping Charles at the Kansas model train set from presenter
Operation Lifesaver booth during Charles Pitcher on 6/22/11. The
During the September 24 other winner was Alison Schueman
Board meeting, a tentative DOWT were Kenneth Walters, Alan (not pictured) of Fort Riley, KS.
decision was made to hold the Bixler, Darlene Osterhaus and Shari
Westfall. In addition, Bob Hruska ciates our partnership with Kansas
2012 Annual Meeting on Sat-
manned our ever-popular informa- Operation Lifesaver and its Execu-
urday, Mar. 3. Watch for fur-
tion table. tive Director, Mrs. Darlene Oster-
Midland Railway greatly appre- haus.
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Halloween Night Trains of Terror Were a Scream!
Norwood was converted into a meat processing
plant known as the Norwood Meat Company during
our Halloween Terror Fest.
Thank you to the Baldwin Theatre group for their
making this an-
ful scary Hal-
you to Allen
Kinsley and his
wife for their Pendleton Market in Lawrewnce donated pumpkins
interior design skills that transformed the depot, and for and straw bales.
their donation of festive fall flowers and gourds. 1,507 riders participated in the four-night event.
An Operation Lifesaver Moment
By Ernie Griffin
On Sunday, Oct. 16, a pickup traveling westbound on
Woodson (County Line Road) had to swerve to avoid
hitting the 11 a.m. Maple Leaf train.
The train was traveling about 5 mph and Mike Beem,
engineer, was blowing the horn for the crossing. The
truck driver took evasive action to avoid a collision, but
did end up in the nearby ditch. Fortunately there were
no injuries, and a farm combine was used to pull the
truck out of the ditch.
Remember, “Any Time is Train Time.”
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CHILDREN ARE EITHER happy or scared to meet this
man, but here is a child delighted to be photographed
with Sir Topham Hatt during one of his many appear-
ances during DOWT.
MKT 5, using one of two MIDLAND TRAIN STAFF HEY, QUIT CLOWNING
new step-boxes espe- makes sure passengers around – this is serious
cially constructed for that board cars safely and business! Not at DOWT,
car. have an enjoyable trip. TERRY ROBERTS takes where on-board clowns
care of the fireman’s seat are a delight to both young
on MKT 142. and old alike.
THE CROWD GATHER at the DOWT Live Petting Zoo,
where children could view baby farm animals, and oth- EVEN THE SCALE MODEL of Thomas the Tank En-
er exotic creatures. gine fascinates our young visitors.
November, 2011 Midland Mileposts Page 5
TEMPORARY TATTOOS are certainly “in vogue” at
DOWT. Here a “Thomas Tattoo” is applied to several
SCOTT THOMAS at the
controls of MKT 142 dur-
ing the 2011 DOWT.
MARTY THE MAGICIAN
is always a crowd favor-
ite at our DOWT events.
Here, he performs his stu-
pendous feats of magic to
an enthusiastic crowd!
WITH HIS HAND ON
the throttle, Ernie Griffin
operates his scale model
Thomas the Tank Engine
train set, while Tom Ham-
ilton performs mainte- “THE BIG RED DOG”,
nance-of-way duties. one of several moon-walk
inflatables at DOWT.
“HERE COMES THOMAS!”
announces Tom Wheeler.
Tom’s deep voice is a famil-
MARVIN SUDDUTH HELPS iar sound at all our DOWT
direct passengers to board BALDWIN CITY FIRE CHIEF Allen Craig (seated) and events, announcing train
the DOWT train, in the big his staff enjoy showing off their big, red fire truck to departures and other im-
blue-and-white loading tent. young Thomas fans. portant information.
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CHARLES PITCHER, Darlene Osterhaus, Executive
Director Kansas Operation Lifesaver State Coordina-
ALAN BIXLER HELPS operate the Kansas Operation tor, and Shari Westfall, KDOT, work the Kansas Opera-
Lifesaver booth during DOWT. tion Lifesaver booth at DOWT on June 10, 2011
Ice Cream Social – A First Time Success
Over the Independence Day holiday weekend, Mid-
land ran two Ice Cream Social trains on July 2 and 3.
This was the first time we have held this event.
The Norwood shelter was adorned in a red-white-
blue 4th of July motif and patriotic music played in the
Thanks to generous donations from Sylas & Mad-
dy’s Homemade Ice Cream and Hy-Vee Grocery, both
in Lawrence, and Saucy Diane (for ice cream toppings)
and Dollar General Store, both in Baldwin City, we
were able to provide free ice cream to a total of 119 rid-
ers on our 2:00 p.m. Norwood trains.
The Planning Committee wants to expand the event
for July, 2012 to make it bigger and better – watch for
Photos by Allen Kinsley
November, 2011 Midland Mileposts Page 7
Easter Egg Hunt Trains
are a Children’s Delight
Photographs by Allen Kinsley
Saturday, April 23, started as a cool cloudy day, but
nontheless an exciting one for 974 passengers who rode
Midland’s 8th annual Easter Egg Hunt Trains. In fact,
the weather cleared that afternoon, making for a beauti-
The Planning Committee and other volunteers worked
hard to make sure everything went well, including the
distribution of hundreds of candy-filled Easter eggs.
Trains operated at 10 a.m., 12 Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
A big “Thank you” to all of the train crews, volun-
teers and Christyne Hays, who portrayed none other
than Peter Cottontail, the Easter Bunny!
Total ridership at this year’s event was a 36 passen-
ger increase over 2010!
Fueling the Midland
Information provided by comotives and MOW ma-
Cole Crockett chines. Fuel has averaged
All of us who drive cars $3.55/gallon for unleaded
have been very conscious and $3.40/gallon for #1
of the fluctuating price- off-road diesel.
per-gallon of gasoline this In 2010, the total cost
past year. We love seeing was around $10K, averag-
the price go down; and, of ing $2.65 for unleaded and
course, dislike when gas $2.52 for diesel.
prices rise! We buy fuel on an as-
Midland Railway feels needed basis, typically
the same way when it about every six weeks.
purchases diesel fuel for
its locomotives, mainte- WELCOME
We welcome new mem-
Cole Crockett orders
bers, approved during
fuel for the locomotives second half of 2011.
from Capital City Oil, a
Website Information diesel supplier in Topeka,
KS. They provide all of
Bill Deramus, Corporate
Overland Park, KS (Jun. 2011)
Need current Midland information right away? Its avail- our lubrication needs for Andy Norris, Family
able at Midland Railway’s website, www.midland-ry.org. the railroad, from fuel and Baldwin City, KS (Aug. 2011)
You can find current special events, ticket prices and engine oil to grease and Devin Zell, Family
schedules, membership application and roster photos of hydraulic fluid. Lawrence, KS (Sept. 2011)
our equipment. You can even locate it on Facebook and In 2011, Midland spent Russell Martin, Assoc.
Twitter! approximately $18,000 Leavenworth, KS (Sept. 2011)
To submit information for the website, or if you have on petroleum products,
a question, contact Allen Kinsley at akinsley.midlandry@ Warren M. Scholl, Sust.
including unleaded gaso- Shawnee Mission, KS (Sept. 2011)
yahoo.com. line, and diesel fuel for lo-
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Ballast - Our Track’s Foundation Excessive Heat
By Cole Crockett
Rock ballast is ordered Forces Train
by the job. Typically it is Cancellations
delivered to us via dump
Rarely since our inau-
truck in either 15-ton or gural train trip in 1987 has
18-ton quantities, depend- Midland Railway been
ing on the driver. forced to cancel its tourist
The size of ballast we train service due to what
use is 1½-in limestone Mother Nature’s wrath
rock, which is smaller throws at us.
than the 2½ or 3-inch However, typical of rail-
granite rock Class 1 rail- roading, our trains have
roads use. OUR TRACK IS LOOKING BETTER all the time! indeed been stopped by
This year we have or- Here is new ballast, facing north from Woodson Road high water, flood damage
dered just under 450 tons (County Line), toward Tauy Creek Bridge. and washouts, fallen trees,
of rock. Last year we pur- it up from the quarry, it we spread it with the bal- and even heavy rain or
chased about 800 tons, but costs about $10.50 per last cars by either “flood- snow. Now we have added
there were more bridge ton. ing” the track or side- excessive heat to that list.
projects requiring rock. When it’s trucked in, dumping the rock. The summer of 2011
Ballast delivered to us we spread the rock with The quarry is Hunt will go down in history as
via truck costs about $12 the backhoe and shovels. Martin Materials located one of the hottest summers
per ton and when we pick When it’s picked up by us, in Ottawa. across America’s Midwest
and Southern Plains states
Boy Scout Train Camps Insert Plenty of Ties that have been experi-
enced in many years! It
was so hot, in fact, Mid-
land chose to suspend its
operation Thursday, July
21, and Saturday-Sunday,
July 23-24. Even the 2
p.m. Norwood trip August
7 was annulled due to ex-
cessive high temperatures.
If it will make you feel
any cooler, one of our
Santa Claus Specials was
annulled December 2,
2006, because of a major
THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT, FELLOWS! Mike Pratt and Blair Adams (in safety vest) Yes, Mother Nature can
direct Boy Scouts in the proper method of inserting crossties. Taken at the 10/8/11 throw Midland her worst,
camp, it was so warm some of the boys took off their shirts! but we always seem to
be able to “weather the
By Mike Beem and Cole Crockett storm”!
The 2011 Midland Railway Train Camps were a success.
We had 696 troops attending our three spring and three fall camps from Kansas, The original BaldwinElm street,
on the north side of
Missouri and Oklahoma. Camp attendance varied from a high of approximately 140 east side of tracks, at Vliet St.
scouts and leaders to a low of 84. in the Railroad Addition.– 1873
About 200 ties have been installed during this year’s Train Camps. Directory Map.
November, 2011 Midland Mileposts Page 9
Membership Ne ws
Midland Railway recognizes special events that have Rock Island and Santa Fe railroads, but retired from
happened in the lives of some of our members. the Midwest City, OK, Water Department. He had also
Tom Wheeler and his wife, Mary, celebrated their served our country in the
50th wedding anniversary the weekend of June 18-19. United States Air Force.
A 1950’s “Movie Party” was held Saturday, June 18, at John volunteered not only
the Ritz Charles in Overland Park, and a 5 p.m. “Hot for Midland Railway but
Dog” train was operated from Baldwin to Ottawa with also the Oklahoma Na-
85 guests Sunday, June 19. Congratulations to Tom and tional Railway Historical
Mary – may you enjoy many more years together! Society and Oklahoma
Congratulations also go to Christyne Hays (Doug Railway Museum. He
Hays’ daughter), who graduated from Lee’s Summit was awarded Presenter-
West High School, Lee’s Summit, MO. Her 2011 grad- of-the-Year three times
uating class commencement exercises were held May with Oklahoma Opera-
15, and her graduation party was held at Midland Rail- tion Lifesaver. He is sur-
way in Baldwin. Christyne plans to attend Longview vived by his wife, sons
College in Kansas City. and daughters and their
Another member, Brian L. Davidson, graduated respective spouses and
from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO, on May children. He will be great-
14 and plans to open his own photography business and ly missed by his friends at
be an events photographer for a local winery! Congrat- John Ansell Midland.
uations to our recent graduates! In other news, Charles Pitcher, Bob Hruska and
Member Mike Pratt has resigned as General Man- Janice Deitrich worked the Midland display booth at
ager due to health reasons. The service Mike Pratt pro- Kansas Sampler Festival the weekend of May 7-8 in
vided to this organization cannot be properly applauded Leavenworth, KS.
here, as Mike has been a valuable asset for many years.
He has decided that other personal issues, to include
his health care and family, are currently more pressing.
Doug Hays, Director of Operations, will assume ad-
ditional General Manager duties in the interim. Mat-
ters involving the operation of the railroad should be
directed to Doug until further notice.
Welcome Allen Kinsley as our new Marketing Di-
rector, replacing Bob Hruska. Kudos to Bob for his
18 years of dedicated service to Midland. One of Bob’s
most recent projects was to engage the services of
Whistletix. This company will be used as our on-line
Tom Wheeler stepped down as Special Events Co-
ordinator at the September Board of Directors meeting. BOB HRUSKA speaking with visitors to the Midland
Ernie Griffin will replace Tom effective January 1, Railway booth during the Kansas Sampler Festival,
2012. Members of our Special Events committee in- Leavenworth, KS, 5/7/11
clude Tom Wheeler, Allen Kinsley, Doug Hays, Charles Finally, a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to our train crew
Pitcher, Ernie Griffin and Bob Hruska. caller this year, Susie Pratt (Mike Pratt’s wife), who
In sadder news, Tom Wheeler’s mother passed away called operating members and made sure that each train
in May. was fully staffed by qualified engineers and conductors.
Member John Ansell, 70, Midwest City, OK, passed Hers is a very important job, indeed, and for that we
away August 8, 2011. John at one time worked for the sincerely appreciate her work!
Page 10 Midland Mileposts November, 2011
Pitcher Makes Midland Presentation
On June 27, Charles Pitcher and tive engineer in the steam era, and
his wife, Patty, were guests of the ran the 800-series engines.
Kansas City Railway Mail Clerks Then Railway Mail Clerk member
annual reunion luncheon held in In- Charles Stephens, who worked KCS
dependence, MO, and Charles was RPO cars from Kansas City to Tex-
their guest speaker. arkana during the 1960s, presented
The topic, of course, was Midland Charles two brass RPO emergency
Railway and KCS RPO No. 30. In lamps he had “liberated” from one
brief, Charles explained the history of the last KCS RPO cars ever op-
erated - to also display on KCS 30.
Note: these items were displayed
with great pride at the 2011 Railfest
weekend, to honor our friends - The
Kansas City Railway Mail Clerks.
AFTER HIS PRESENTATION to the Getting to Baldwin
Kansas City Railway Mail Clerks re-
union 6/27/11, Charles Pitcher ac- May Be More Difficult
cepts a builder’s plate from Kansas A number of Midland members
City Southern steam locomotive live in the greater Kansas City met-
No. 804 (4-6-2 ALCO, March, 1912) ropolitan area and frequently “com-
from George Corben. The plate was mute” to Baldwin City to volunteer
CHARLES PITCHER poses with displayed on KCS RPO 30. for various positions on the railroad.
George Corben, President of Kansas and the KC Railway Mail Clerks According to a June 4, 2011, ar-
City Railway Mail Clerks at their June join forces at each annual Labor ticle from the Kansas City Star,
27, 2011, Annual Reunion, Ryan’s Day holiday Railfest weekend to planned highway improvements in
Restaurant, Independence, MO. “ride on-board, visit with our pas- -clude a $263 million interchange
of how KCS 30 was acquired by he sengers and demonstrate something rebuilding at I-435/I-35/K-10; $102
and Allen Maty; how Midland Rail- unique from a by-gone era - the job million for rebuilding US 69/I-35
way came to be; and how Midland of sorting US mail aboard a fast interchange; and $26 million for an
moving passenger train!” I-35 interchange at Homestead Lane,
Charles invited all the clerks to Gardner, all in Johnson County.
News We Can Use
If you have an article or editorial
once again “sort mail aboard KCS
30” at this year’s Railfest, Septem-
Other area projects will be $192
million for the South Lawrence,
you would like published, please send ber 3-4-5. He furnished everyone KS, Trafficway and $68 million for
it to Charles Pitcher, Editor of MILE- in attendance a Midland Champion K-7/I-70 interchange in Wyandotte
POSTS, at his e-mail: charlespitch- newspaper and brochure. Then, County.
email@example.com or to Loren Litteer, each KC Railway Mail Clerk in at- One of the most significant high-
Publisher, firstname.lastname@example.org, tendance stood and introduced him- way construction delays occurred
or via U.S. Mail c/o Midland Rail- self and reminisced about his RPO on, of all weekends, Maple Leaf
way, P.O. Box 5, Baldwin City, KS career. Festival weekend, October 15-16,
66006-0005. Attn: MILEPOSTS. At the conclusion of the meeting, by closing westbound I-435 between
In an effort to cover our events George Corben, president of the US 69 and I-35.
in a more timely manner, plans are group, presented Charles the actual These major highway projects
underway to publish MILEPOSTS builder’s plate from KCS steam lo- will continue over the next few
as Summer and Winter editions in comotive No. 804 (4-6-2 ALCO, years – so Midland members, plan
2012. Schenectady, NY, H Class, March your detours now, but don’t let this
The Editor and Publisher wishes 1912, #50625), to be displayed on road construction discourage you
to thank all the contributors that KCS 30. George’s great uncle Dal- from volunteering at Baldwin City,
made this issue possible! las C. Holler was a KCS locomo- KS. We really need you!!
November, 2011 Midland Mileposts Page 11
Locomotive and Car Repairs
Thanks to Tom Hamilton and and placed back in service.
Dick Bell, co-coordinators, along Locomotive MLR 460: Long dor-
with many helpers, the Mechanical mant GE 44-ton locomotive even
Department reports numerous proj- had some attention. The brake rod
ects have been worked on or com- assembly was put on truck making
pleted this past season. it ready to be put under the engine!
Locomotive NYC 8255: A radiator CB&Q Coach/Baggage 7301:
water leak was repaired including Midland has anticipated the return to
pipes and hoses, and a burned bat- service of this much-needed car for
tery terminal was replaced. Electri- several years, and our Mechanical
cal relays and contact switches were Department is making great prog-
rebuilt. Two batteries were repaired ress. Brake head springs, bushings
and reinstalled. and brake beams were installed in
Locomotive MKT 142: An elec- preparation to completion of truck
trical problem was corrected after ALLEN MATY MAKES repairs to
finding a defective voltage regula- one of our coaches in preparation for
tor and loose electrical connections. 2011 Day Out With Thomas event.
Also had to replace both #10 and steps were repaired. Tom Wheeler
#11 cylinder assemblies with rebuilt reported that Mike Pratt fabricated
ones (work completed by Midwest the steps with Greg Murray mak-
Locomotive). A new deck plate was ing other repairs; Dick Bell, Allen
fabricated for front short hood end. Kinsley and Mike Pratt installed
On August 21, a wheel derailed forc- them one hot summer day, and Tom
ing the cancellation of the 2 p.m. Wheeler did the spray painting. Fi-
train, but it was rerailed the next nally, Tom wishes to thank every
day with little or no damage. one who helped get this caboose
Locomotive MLR 524: A split water back in service.
line coupling was replaced. Worked
on radiator shutters. Installed three
rebuilt injectors. Changed oil and
filters, cleaned engine compartment,
NEWLY REPAIRED. The NE cor-
ner steps of ATSF caboose 999060
were rebuilt during the summer and
is now back in service.
assemblies for later installation un-
der the car.
Caboose MKT #5 and Coaches 801
& 803 had their hand brakes tested.
Work has continued on repairing the
air brakes on caboose GN #32. Eight
new brake shoes were applied to the
Halloween Spook Car. Also, some
touch-up painting was done to cars
TOM WHEELER PAINTING yellow 801, 803, CNW 441 and MLR (RI)
safety stripes on one of our coaches 2507 in preparation for DOWT. IVAN VOORHEES MAKES repairs
in preparation for 2011 Day Out With Caboose ATSF 999060: The pre- to one of our coaches before the
Thomas event. viously damaged northeast corner DOWT event.
Page 12 Midland Mileposts November, 2011
“ENS” Signs – What Are They?
Loren Litteer presented an inter- the railroads which use it to focus please visit the National Operation
esting railroad question to the edi- maintenance efforts, but also to mo- Lifesaver website at www.oli.org or
tor of MILEPOSTS: “What are the torists seeking to notify railroads of Kansas Operation Lifesaver website
blue signs attached on problems. at www.ksoli.org.
posts at all highway- By the late 1980s,
railway grade cross- an FRA evaluation Have a Railroad Question?
ings, and what are deemed the program Got a question about railroading?
they for?” a success. According Send your question by letter or e-mail
Known as Emer- to the evaluation, the to Charles Pitcher, Editor, MILE-
gency Notification toll-free number was POSTS, P.O. Box 5, Baldwin City,
Systems (ENS) signs, accepted and used by KS 66006 (charlespitcher@comcast.
they are usually at- the public, and when net). Both your question and the an-
tached below or near railroads were notified swer will be published in a future is-
the crossbuck sign at about reported cross- sue of Midland’s MILEPOSTS.
all highway-railway ing problems, they
grade crossings. Ba- responded. The evalu- Rules, Safety and
sically, the signs say ation further indicated Brakeman Training
“Report Crossing that the program was
Emergency or Prob- of relatively low cost, Classes Held
lems” to a posted and did not place an Information by Doug Hays,
1-800 number, and in- undue burden on the Director Road Operations
clude both a crossing participants, and, as it As with any railroad, safety is al-
identity code number led to timely correc- ways a number one priority. Indus-
and name of street or tion of problems, the try-approved training is the guideline
highway. ‘EMERGENCY NOTIFICA program did in fact Midland follows during instruction
In 1983, Texas es- TION SYSTEM” ENS sign improve grade cross- classes offered to its members.
tablished the first toll- posted with crossbuck at ing safety. This spring, classes were held
free call-in program College Street, Baldwin By the late 1990s, April 9 and 10 to review Midland’s
for the public to no- City, KS. NTSB recommended rules and safety instructions, our
tify a state call center of problems that railroads develop and imple- new Timetable No. 5 and General
at highway-rail crossings. The call- ment, without delay, a 24-hour toll- Code of Operating Rules (GCOR),
in system requested that a sign be free emergency notification tele- as well as locomotive operation and
posted at the crossing with the cross- phone system for use by the public switching.
ing’s unique identifying number, as in promptly reporting emergencies Taught by Doug Hays, they had
well as a toll-free 1-800 telephone at all highway-railway grade cross- a total of 51 participating members.
number. ings. Thus, the purpose of the rail- Doug says it is important to under-
At the urging of the Federal Rail- road ENS is to enhance highway stand the rules and how they apply
road Administration (FRA) and Na- and rail safety by providing the and function.
tional Transportation Safety Board motoring public the means to con- Then on May 21, Bryan Sanders
(NTSB), our nation’s major rail- veniently and efficiently notify the conducted a “hands-on” Brakeman
roads have adopted similar systems proper public and railroad authori- Training Class in Baldwin to intro-
for their crossings. ties of problems at crossings. (Ex- duce new members to our operating
The pilot projects resulted in suc- cerpted from “Pilot Programs for practices and to also provide a re-
cessfully operating ENS programs. Emergency Notification Systems at fresher course for veteran members.
The ENS system has likely resulted Highway-Rail Grade Crossings” by For Spring, 2012, Midland plans
in the prevention of numerous ac- Federal Railroad Administration, to expand its hands-on training to in-
cidents, injuries and fatalities. The May 2006). clude MOW machines to spur more
ENS program has also provided To learn more about highway- interest in our track maintenance de-
valuable information, not only to railway grade crossing safety issues, partment.
November, 2011 Midland Mileposts Page 13
Inside and Outside the Baldwin Depot
The Baldwin City depot has taken on a new look this
season. Most obviously are the new roof shingles which
were installed on the depot and shelterhouse during the
week of August 1.
Loren Litteer contacted Dr. Roger Boyd, president
of the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society, to report storm
damage to the roof that included blowing away some
shingles. Dr. Boyd replied that he was aware of the
damage and they would take care of it.
When the new brown roof raised questions, since the
depot historically has had a red roof, he contacted Dr.
Boyd again to thank the SFTHS for the new roof and
NEW DISPLAY. Currently on display in the Baldwin de-
pot Gift Shop are photographs of our “2010 Railway
Trestle Renovation Project” and “Midland Events” de-
picting current activities such as DOWT, Boy Scouts,
Railfest, etc. Pay the Gift Shop a visit and see the new
BEAUTIFUL NEW ROOF! Midland’s Baldwin City depot The shop is operated by Loren Litteer, who has the
sports a renovated roof, completed in August, 2011. This shop open every Saturday, Sunday and holiday (includ-
should protect the old depot for many years to come. ing DOWT) throughout the operating season.
to ask about the color “I spend more time during the week searching out
change. Dr. Boyd ex- new items, ordering, pricing, inventorying and stocking
plained that the Society the showcases and shelves,” Loren said. “It is especial-
wanted to use the only ly important that the shop give as good an impression as
local roofing contrac- possible by offering the best variety of railroad memo-
tor, who could not get rabilia, toys, t-shirts, caps, books, DVDs and snacks at
the same red asphalt the lowest prices possible.”
roof shingles anymore. In the beginning, older railroaders were interested
SFTHS paid for the in steam train items. Today, those have been replaced
new brown shingles by those too young to remember those now fallen-flag
which adorn both build- railroads, and the merchandise has shifted to more kid-
ings. They also erected friendly toys, books, videos and t-shirts. Special books
a new informational and other items can often be special ordered for cus-
marker sign facing NEW INFORMATION SIGN. tomers.
High street, describing Along with Baldwin depot’s This year, Loren has added new t-shirt designs,
the depot building’s new roof shingles, Santa Fe books on garden railroading, and used and collectible
history. Trail Historical Society has railroading books, as well as current railfan magazines
A very important part erected a new information such as Trains, Classic Trains and Trains 4 Kids.
of our depot building, sign giving a brief history of Also visit the new “Midland Events” bulletin board
besides the ticket office the 1906 Santa Fe Depot. in the Gift Shop.
and waiting room, is our souvenir gift shop, which pro- Contact Loren at email@example.com for further
vides snacks, drinks and railroad-related souvenirs to information.
Page 14 Midland Mileposts November, 2011
Other Area Railroad Activities
Class I railroads in our area were doing some exciting Later on September 28, the Kansas City Star reported
things this year. Union Pacific ran its famous steam lo- that KCS had given historical preservationists ten months
comotive No. 844 as the “Little Rock Express” tour, be- (or until July 30, 2012) to find a new home for the old sta-
ginning May 27. On May 31, the train departed Kansas tion. The Blue Springs Historical Society needs to raise
City’s Union Station and made a whistle stop in Buck- about $20,000 to move the
ner, MO, enroute to Jefferson City - St. Louis - Cape building.
Girardeau - North Little Rock, AR. KCS has offered to re-
move asbestos and stucco
from the depot and even
donate $5,000 toward the
building’s removal. But, if
the depot is still there af-
ter July 30, KCS will tear
it down! MILEPOSTS will
try to report the final out-
come of this historic struc-
ture in our Winter, 2012
LOOKING PROFESSION The Kansas City South-
AL and dapper, a UP Rail- ern’s 2011 Holiday Ex-
road conductor stands on press will be at Kansas
the platform at Buckner, City Union Station De-
WOULDN’T THIS LOOK GREAT on Midland rails?!! MO, during UP’s No. 844
It’s UP 844 pulling into Buckner, MO, leading the Ex- Excursion Adventure.
cember 16-17-18; Grain
cursion Adventure Tour Kansas City to St. Louis, MO, Valley, MO Dec. 19; Hig-
5/31/11 ginsville Dec. 20 and Blue Springs, MO, Dec. 21. To the
south, the train will be at Joplin, MO, December 9 and
Pittsburg, KS, on December 10. For a complete schedule,
visit www.kcsouthern.com/Holiday Express Schedule.
The October, 2011 issue of Rural Missouri-Coop
writes a fine article, “Dining on the Tracks - Columbia
(MO) Star Dinner Train recalls a bygone era.” Opened in
July, 2011, the Columbia Star Dinner Train “has offered
patrons both a gourmet meal and a chance to recapture
the romance of a bygone era on a relaxing three-hour
[train] ride [Columbia] to Centralia and back through the
rural countryside of Boone County, MO.”
UNION PACIFIC steam locomotive No. 844, pulls into The dinner train uses former Great Northern F units
Buckner, MO, for a scheduled “whistle stop” during (in Wabash paint scheme) and former Southern Pacific
UP’s Excursion Adventure Tour, 5/31/11. dining cars.
~~~~~ So, when in Columbia, make plans to have a nice and
The July 28 Kansas City Star reported that the former relaxing trip aboard the Columbia Star Dinner Train. For
1926 Chicago & Alton/Gateway Western depot (now more information, go to www.dinnertrain.com or call
owned by Kansas City Southern) in Blue Springs, MO, 573-474-2223.
was threatened to be torn down the first of August, 2011. ~~~~~
The Blue Springs Historical Society asked for a six- Ridership record: Amtrak trains carried more than 30
month delay to formulate a plan for the depot, hoping it million passengers in the past 12 months, the most in
could be moved to a smaller piece of land just across the one year since the railroad was created four decades
street from its present location. ago (1971-2011). Source: Kansas City Star, 10/14/11.
November, 2011 Midland Mileposts Page 15
Timetable No. 5
Attention all train op-
erating personnel – hope-
fully you have been
provided with the new
Midland Railway System
Timetable No. 5, effective
Sunday, May 1, 2011. The
9 page timetable includes
stops along the main line,
safety instructions, Codes
of Conduct, and a sample
Midland issued its first
timetable No. 1 on April 1,
1993. Our new Timetable
No. 5 was issued to reflect
current personnel assign-
ments and revision of lo-
cal instructions regarding
train speed limits, slow
orders, securing trains and
the latest instructions pro-
hibiting the use of mobile
telephones in the cab of a
Rails Around Missouri Book
Our own Allen Maty is now a “published photogra-
Author Michael C. Kelly has written a new railroad
book, Rails Around Missouri - The Show-Me State in
Days Past. Allen submitted some 80 slides from which
the author could choose. For the cover, Kelly picked Al-
len’s photograph of a southbound KCS Southern Belle
pulled by Engine 25 (1942 EMD E-6, 2000 HP), travel-
ing past the Grandview, MO depot.
Says the author in a May 31, 2011 e-mail of the photo,
“That’s it ... that’s the cover shot!”
The book will focus on the history of Missouri’s rail-
roads, covering the entire state. Rails Across Missouri is
due out Summer 2012! OCTOBER DECORATIONS added to the fall season
Allen also was able to publish a personal anecdote in at the depot this year. This display of pumpkins, mums,
the new book, “The Kings of Cut-Rate”, the history of bales of hay and dolls were the handiwork of Allen Kin-
Katz Drug Stores. In it, Allen tells the story of his father’s sley. Mums were also put around the depot and two
kindness in helping a lost little girl by placing her on his large doll decorations adorned both sides of the front
shoulders, finding her mother at a Katz Drug Store. door. The mantle and other decorations were inside.
Page 16 Midland Mileposts November, 2011
LL&G Railroad Trivia
Nov., 1888 – The entire train
heading to Baldwin City fell into
Coal Creek [about 3 miles north
of Baldwin] when the trestle over
the creek gave way and dropped
the entire train into the creek 20
feet below. The train consisted of a
steam locomotive, tender, baggage
car and two passenger coaches and
was headed south to Baldwin City.
No one was killed, but there were
several serious injuries and about 20
others received bumps and bruises.
an official publication of the
Midland Railway Historical Association
Charles Pitcher, Editor & Photos WORKING ON THE RAILROAD. A railroad crew laying tracks near Bald-
Produced by Loren K. Litteer win City sometime between 1895 and 1910. The workers are posed with
Champion Publishing, Baldwin City, KS their MOW handcar. Photo by Arthur Bridwell, Baldwin City. From Loren
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0005
P.O. Box 5
Midland Railway Historical Association