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Missouri Pacific Railroad


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March 10, 1940

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The Missouri Pacific Railroad (MoPac) was one of the first railroads in the United States west of the Mississippi River. The MoPac was a large and aggressive railroad servicing an area west, south and southwest of St. Louis, Missouri, as far as the Mexican border, Denver Colorado on the west and New Orleans on the south. It had extensive trackage in Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, Tennessee and Louisiana
The MoPac was formed by the combination of many fair sized railroads including the St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern, Central Branch Union Pacific, Texas and Pacific, International Great Northern, Houston and Great Northern, New Orleans Texas and Mexico, San Antonio Uvalde and Gulf and many other smaller lines.
During the 30's and 40's the MoPac connected with the Alton Railroad out of Chicago to provide through sleeping car service to Hot Springs Arkansas. The MoPac was relatively slow to move into the streamlined diesel-electric passenger train competition, the first "Eagle" (St. Louis-Kansas City-Omaha) being introduced in 1940, and the
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"Texas Eagle" in 1948. However, the MoPac was fully dieselized by 1955.
Later ,in the 60's, the MoPac gained entrance into Chicago through acquisition of portions of the C&EI and trackage rights, and also made further acquisitions in Oklahoma, and in Illinois (Alton and Southern) .
The company merged with Union Pacific in 1982.

Short History of the Missouri Pacific Railroad
Missouri Pacific, Predecessors & Subsidiaries Chronological History
1851 - St. Louis Iron Mountain RR approved by Missouri
1851 - Groundbreaking for Pacific Railroad of Missouri (direct predecessor to the Missouri Pacific)
1852 - First passenger train on Pacific Railroad
1868 - Central Branch Union Pacific RR completed to Waterville, KS
1869 - Pacific RR gauge changed from 5'6" to 4'9"
1871 - The Texas & Pacific Railway incorporate to build a line from Marshall, Texas on through El Paso to San Diego, CA.
1873 - I-GN (International-Great Northern) formed
1873 - The railroad debt crisis occurs
1876 - The Missouri Pacific Railway is created by the investors who purchased the Pacific Railroad.
1879 - Jay Gould acquires controlling interest in Missouri Pacific.
1879 - Sedalia, Warsaw & Southern Rwy formed (3' gauge)
1881 - St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern (SLIMS) acquired by Missouri Pacific Railway
1886 - Houston & Great Northern RR formed
1907 - New Iberia and Northern RR incorporated
1909 - Crystal City & Uvalde RR incorporated
1912 - San Antonio Uvalde and Gulf incorporated
1915 - MP and SLIM&S declare bankruptcy and are placed into receivership. Jay Gould loses control of the railroad.
1915 - First run of the "Sunshine Special"
1916 - NOTM (New Orleans, Texas & Mexico) gains control of NI&N (New Iberia & Northern).
1917 - St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern (SLIMS) and Missouri Pacific Railway reorganize and merge which in turn creates the Missouri Pacific Railroad Co.
1922 - I-GN (International-Great Northern) organized
1924 - NOTM (New Orleans, Texas & Mexico) gains control of H&BV (Houston & Brazos Valley)
1924 - NOTM gains control of I-GN (International-Great Northern).
1924 - MP gains control of NOTM (New Orleans, Texas & Mexico) and its subsidiaries.
1925 - NOTM gains control of SAUG (San Antonio, Uvalde & Gulf) and AB (Asphalt Belt).
1926 - NOTM gains control of SL (Sugarland), A&G (Asherton & Gulf), and RGC (Rio Grande City).
1926 - MP gains control of NOLC (New Orleans & Lower Coast).
1926 - NOTM gains control of SAS (San Antonio Southern).
1927 - T&P gains control of A&S (Abilene & Southern).
1927 - Double tracking of St. Louis to Jefferson City opened
1927 - CHTT (Chicago Heights Terminal Transfer) sold to C&EI.
1928 - MP gains control of T&P (Texas & Pacific).
1929 - MRBT (Mississippi River & Bonne Terre) leased by M-I.
1929 - MP gains control of M-I (Missouri-Illinois).
1931 - MP gains control of DK&S (Doniphan, Kensett & Searcy).
1932 - T&P gains control of FWB (Fort Worth Belt).
1933 - MP declares bankruptcy and is placed in trusteeship.
1939 - Diesel-electric locomotives are introduced on the Missouri Pacific.
1940 - In March first run of the "Eagle" streamliner
1942 - 77 trains in one day on single track between Dupo and Thebes, Illinois
1948 - First run of the "Texas Eagle"
1948 - Last run of electric interurban on HNS (Houston North Shore)
1948 - In October first run of the "Valley Eagle" service
1955 - Missouri Pacific retires its last steam locomotive.
1956 - A 23-year trusteeship, the longest in U.S. rail history, ends as MP is reorganized.
1956 - Paul J. Neff becomes president of MP
1956 - GCL (Gulf Coast Lines - NOTM, BSL&W, O&NW, NI&N, ISM&E, SLB&M, IGN, SAS, SAUG, AB, SB&RGV, SL, H&BV, HNS) are absorbed into MP.
1961 - Downing B. Jenks becomes president of MP
1964 - T&P gains control of KO&G (Kansas, Oklahoma & Gulf), and Midland Valley Railways. The KO&G-MV partner, OC-A-A (Oklahoma City-Ada-Atoka Railway), is sold to the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe.
1967 - MP gains control of C&EI (Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad).
1968 - MP & C&NW gain joint control of A&S (Alton & Southern).
1969 - MP sells the Evansville line (eastern side) of C&EI to Louisville & Nashville, and the Chicago to Woodland junction passes into joint MP-L&N ownership.
1970 - KO&G (Kansas, Oklahoma & Gulf) absorbed into T&P [MP].
1976 - The parent corporation, Mississippi River Corp., is renamed the Missouri Pacific Corp.
1976 - The Chicago & Eastern Illinois and Texas & Pacific subsidiaries are absorbed into MP.
1978 - TPMPT (TP-MP Terminal RR of New Orleans) absorbed into MP.
1978 - A&S (Abilene & Southern), T-NM (Texas-New Mexico), NO&LC (New Orleans & Lower Coast), FWB (Ft. Worth Belt), M-I (Missouri-Illinois), SJB (St. Joseph Belt) & UT (Union Terminal) absorbed into MP.
1980 - The Union Pacific, Missouri Pacific and Western Pacific railroads file merger applications with the Interstate Commerce Commission. Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific ceases operations. In the following years, many of its lines are sold to other railroads, including MP, SSW and MKT.
1982 - The UP-MP-WP merger is approved by ICC. UP gains control of MP & WP after being granted control of Missouri Pacific on December 22.
1982. The merger application was filed on September 15, 1980, and the application was approved by the ICC on October 20, 1982. The approval was contested in court and was cleared by the courts on December 22, 1982. As conditions of the merger, SP gains trackage rights from Kansas City to St. Louis via MP.
1987 - SEKR (Southeast Kansas) created by MP line sale.
1987 - GSW (Great Southwest) absorbed into MP.
1987 - JSW (Jefferson Southwestern) absorbed into MP.
1987 - GCRC (Golden Cat) created by MP line sale.
1987 - WMW&NW (Weatherford, Mineral Wells & Northwestern) absorbed into MP.
1988 - UP gains control of MKT (Missouri-Kansas-Texas - 'Katy').
1989 - MKT leased/merged with MP.
1989 - GH&H (Galveston, Houston & Henderson) merged into MP.
1997 - On January 1, the Missouri Pacific Railroad legally merges into Union Pacific Railroad, with UPRR remaining as the surviving corporation.

MoPac Map
Missouri Pacific Timetable Map - March 10, 1940


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Official Guide- April 1940
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