Kansas City Southern Railway
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The Kansas City Southern Railway initially offered freight service to the immediate Kansas City area south. As the line expanded toward Texas, each tiny community had its own railway station with access to daily passenger service and less-than-carload lot freight services. No one could have foreseen that the road would eventually haul international import and export goods or that its line would reach into Mexico. Photographs in this book include the railway's involvement in operating steam engines over its lines as well as pictures from the files of esteemed rail photographers Harold K. Vollrath and Gary Coates.


Thad Hillis Carter grew up riding the Southern Belle and Flying Crow passenger trains. His love for railroads has taken him over the United States riding Amtrak and tourist lines, and he offers personal recollections of trips on Kansas City Southern passenger trains until their discontinuance in 1969. He wrote for Rail Classics magazine from 1984 to 1991 and also wrote railroad history articles for the Tyler Chamber of Commerce in Texas and Shreveport Magazine. He is the author of Tracking the Past, a booklet about branchline railroad operations. Carter currently serves as a minister in the United Methodist Church.