Santa Fe #16, The Texas Chief, just before it departed at 7:20 AM on its roughly 24 hour run to Chicago’s Dearborn Street Station. Note the KCS passenger car in the background. It’s the Good Cheer, an observation/dining car that KCS donated to the NRHS-Gulf Coast Chapter in early 1968. The car would remain parked at Union Station for some 10 years until the Gulf Coast Chapter was able to complete its museum in northeast Houston.
Kansas City–New Orleans Southern Belle at Texarkana, Texas, Oct. 24, 1969. Consist: bulk mail car, coach, diner-lounge-observation.
Kansas City–New Orleans Southern Belle at Texarkana, Texas, July 4, 1969 (2 extra coaches for holiday weekend, plus office car Kay See on rear).
KCS E8A 28 is moving at track speed with the Southern Belle in this 12/1967 view. The power and train are quite clean, belying the trains imminent demise.
The Southern Belle eases out of the KC terminal a few blocks into it’s journey to the sunbelt, passing the old Municipal Stadium home of the A’s for that final summer in KC before heading to Oakland.
June, 1966 view of the Southern Belle with E8A 25 doing the honors and a second E8 trailing.. One E-unit was the norm for this train.
Kansas City–New Orleans Southern Belle at Gravette, Ark., July 29, 1961.
6/18/1961 view of Train #2, the northbound Southern Belle at Joplin, MO. It’s led by E3A 21 which is notable for being the KCS’ first diesel locomotive.