A Day on the
Missouri, Kansas & Texas

by John M Carr

Copyright (C) 2000

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Missouri Kansas and Texas Railroad
Freight Train Operations in 1989

The Union Pacific purchased the Katy in August 1988. Changes to the system were slow and even a year later operations on the Katy continued as if nothing had happened. However, in late 1989 and early 1990, most of the freight train schedules were suspended and the Katy ceased to exist as a separate railroad. The following freight train schedules were taken from June 23, 1989 Union Pacific Service Plans and follow the same numbering system previously used on the Katy.

MKT engine 146 Denison, TX
MKT engine 146 Denison, TX

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Train N101 operated daily from St. Louis and handled traffic Sedalia, Walker, Parsons, and TOFC for Parsons and beyond. From Parsons, it performed local work and handled traffic for Pryor, McAlester, Denison, Greenville, Garland, and Dallas. It left Gateway Yard at 800PM and arrived in Dallas at 830AM.

N102 operated daily from Dallas and handled traffic for Garland, Denison, and Parsons. From Parsons, it handled traffic for Walker, Sedalia, and St. Louis. It left Dallas at 800PM and arrived in Gateway Yard at 630AM.

MKT train symbol 103 at Roanoke, TX
MKT train symbol 103 at Roanoke, TX

N103 operated daily from Glen Park Yard in Kansas City, handled traffic for Parsons, Tulsa (set out at Muskogee), Fort Worth, autos for the ATSF (set out at Sealy), Houston, and at Bellmead set out traffic for Waco, autos for Remount, and TOFC for San Antonio. It left Glen Park at 315PM and arrived in Houston at 700AM.

MKT train symbol 104 at Roanoke, TX
MKT train symbol 104 at Roanoke, TX

N104 operated daily from Eureka Yard in Houston and handled traffic for Fort Worth, McAlester, Muskogee, Pryor, Parsons, and Kansas City. It left Houston at 800PM and arrived in Glen Park at 500AM.

N105 operated as needed from Glen Park Yard to Ney Yard in Fort Worth and handled traffic for Parsons and Fort Worth. It left Kansas City at 100AM and arrived in Fort Worth at 900AM.

MKT train symbol 106 at Pilot Point, TX
MKT train symbol 106 at Pilot Point, TX

N106 operated as needed from Eureka Yard and handled traffic for Bellmead Yard in Waco, Fort Worth, Ray Yard in Denison, Muskogee, Parsons, and Kansas City. It left Houston at 1155AM and arrived in 18th St. Yard in Kansas City at 200PM.

N108 operated as needed from Parsons to Glen Park Yard and handled traffic for interchange to the Soo Line. It left Parsons at 930AM and arrived in Kansas City at 230PM.

N122 handled traffic for the ATSF at Shawnee, BN at Holdenville, and McAlester. It left Oklahoma City at 1245AM Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday and arrived in McAlester at 900AM.

N123 handled traffic for Oklahoma City. It left McAlester at 1045PM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and arrived in Oklahoma City at 645AM.

N163 handled traffic for Wichita Falls and connecting train N164. N163 left Fort Worth at 600AM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, turned at Wichita Falls and arrived back in Fort Worth at 300PM.

N164 operated as needed and handled traffic for Fredrick and Altus. It left Wichita Falls at 800AM, turned at Altus and returned to Wichita Falls at 700PM.

N181 operated Monday through Wednesday and handled traffic for Smithville and Houston. It left Sloan Yard in San Antonio at 600PM and arrived at Eureka Yard in Houston at 900AM.

N182 operated Sunday through Friday and handled traffic for Smithville and San Antonio. It left Eureka Yard at 300PM and arrived in San Antonio at 500AM.

N183 operated daily and handled traffic for San Antonio and Remount autos. It left Bellmead at 900PM and arrived at Sloan Yard in San Antonio at 700AM.

N184 operated daily and handled traffic for connection with train N104 at Bellmead. It left Sloan Yard at 800PM and arrived in Bellmead at 700AM.

1986 Supplement

The following schedules are from a 1986 MKT Employee Timetable. Schedules listed here were in effect during our snapshot, but not carried over to 1989.

145 left Parsons daily at 855PM and arrived in Tulsa at 245AM.

146 left Tulsa daily at 530PM and arrived in Parsons at 1100PM.