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MKT GP-40 #220 AT Sealy,Tx -- December 1976

Looking south on the Santa Fe Ft.Worth-Galveston\Houston line, #220 is doing some interchange work (the MKT line is just behind me).
On the bottom right can be seen bricks from the platform and part of the foundation of the long gone station.
The second unit #230 - was one of the few MKT "red" units left.
Sealy is about 50 miles west of Houston.
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(1) MKT herald at old station site in Houston -- March 1978.

This rusty old Katy herald (I can read a NO - possibly no trespassing) is at the site of the MKT station which was torn down in the late 50's.
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(2) MKT herald at old station site in Houston -- March 1978

see station picture next
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MKT station in Houston

This station picture (photographer unknown) was taken shortly before it was torn down in the late 50's.
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MKT GP-40 #173 & #196 at West Jct in Houston,Tx -- May 1978.

While waiting for the Sunset Limited on the SP Sunset Route (double tracks in the foreground) a westbound Katy freight was leaving Eureka Yard with a rare unit still in red.
#173 was part of a group of 12 units (all GP-40) purchased in 1966 - the first new engines aquired by the MKT in 9 years (#196 was part of the second order in 1967).
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MKT units at Granger,Tx -- May 1977.

A busy afternoon in the small town of Granger (about 28 miles south of Temple) as two freights (one northbound - one south ) switched cars and engines. The line to Georgetown (a lot of crushed stone traffic) cuts off here.
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MKT GP-7 #97 and a piece of coal at McAlester,Ok -- May 1988.

A sign on the other side of the "lump" of coal states --
Largest lump of McAlester coal
weight 2.5 tons
presented by McAlester Fuel Co. 1921
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MKT GP-40 #202 at Temple,Tx -- April 1978.

Working between the station and the Santa Fe crossing - #202 is passing under a signal bridge that originally had semaphores on it.
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MKT Eureka Yd in Houston -- October 1987.

Looking west - this was less than a year before the UP machine took
over.
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MKT tank car at Smithville,Tx -- July 1977.
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MKT GP-40 #202 at Temple,Tx -- April 1978.

Working between the station and the Santa Fe crossing #202 is passing
over an interesting concrete culvert built in 1916.
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MKT FP-7 #78C at Oklahoma City,Ok -- December 1977.

#78c originally had a steam generator for passenger service.
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MKT 8 unit freight in Oklahoma -- March 1988.

The train is northbound - between Muskogee and Wagoner, approaching the Verdegris river. Thanks to Terry La France for the info.
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MKT caboose #6 at Eureka Yard in Houston.

#6 after being fixed up and repainted was assigned to Houston -- usually working the Houston-Galveston "Salty" run.
After the UP takeover #6 was donated to the Gulf Coast Chapter NRHS in Houston.

March 1988
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MKT GP7 #109 and 105 at Waco,Tx -- May 1988
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MKT GP7 #100 at Houston -- December 1976.

Near the Houston Belt & Terminal shops
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(1) MKT GP7 #106 &100 and ex-ATSF dome #500 at Eureka Yd in Houston.
April 1985.

The freight cars would be dropped off in the yard and the MKT units would take privately owned #500 west of the yard a few miles to a lease spot.
#500 was built in 1950 for the Super Chief as one of the celebrated Turquoise Room - Pleasure Dome lounge cars.
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(2) MKT GP7 #106 &100 and ex-ATSF dome #500 at Houston.
April 1985.

A few miles west of Eureka Yard on the Houston - Smithville main (this portion of the MKT is now abandoned).
#500 was built in 1950 for the Super Chief as one of the celebrated Turquoise Room - Pleasure Dome lounge cars.
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MKT yard building at Muskogee,Ok -- May 1988.

An interesting building that probably goes back to the early days of the Katy in Muskogee and was used right up to the UP takeover.
It's amazing it survived all those decades by the main line.
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(1) MKT GP-7 #101 & #93 at Houston,Tx -- July 1988.

Eventually headed to Eureka Yd on the west side, these two units are almost to downtown and ready to go under US 59.
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(2) MKT GP-7 #101 & #93 at Houston,Tx -- July 1988
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MKT GP-40 #212 at Muskogee,Ok -- May 1988
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(1) MKT GP39-2 #360 at Eureka Yard in Houston -- June 1988.

A lazy Sunday at Eureka Yard. Just a few months before the UP takeover.
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(2) MKT GP39-2 #360 at Eureka Yard in Houston -- June 1988.

In fact, 3 GP39-2 lined up -- only 4 years old at the time.
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MKT GP7 #96 and a couple of cabooses at Waxahachie,Tx -- October 1976.

This was near the station looking north on the Hillsboro-Dallas Katy route.
Waxahachie is about 30 miles south of Dallas.
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MKT GP7 #106 and GP40 #226 at Eureka Yard in Houston -- July 1977.

Only a few units were left in red.
The hopper on the right was probably a victim of the rough Katy main lines at the time.
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MKT GP40 #185 at Coupland,Tx -- May 1988
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MKT GP7 #97 on the GH&H at Park Place,Tx -- March 77.

Northbound on the Galveston Houston and Henderson Railroad at Park Place -- in the Houston city limits.
The GH&H was a joint line between Houston and Galveston operated by the MKT and Missouri Pacific.
The block signals have been taken out by the UP.
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MKT GP38 #300 at Eureka Yd in Houston -- May 1988.

The Katy was busy as ever at the beginning of the last summer of operations.
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MKT GP38-2 #308 at Whit siding west of Houston -- December 1979.

The Houston section of the InterAmerican is being rerouted on the MKT to Temple about 15 miles west of Houston. The B unit was one of only two the Katy had.

I-10 expansion construction has taken over this area. This section of the Katy was taken out about 10 years ago.
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MKT GP-7 #94 at Eureka Yd in Houston -- March 1978
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MKT GP7 #112 at Eureka Yard in Houston.
March 1978
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MKT FP7 #78C at Oklahoma City

#78C had a steam boiler for use on the occasional passenger assignment in its early days. The other unit was F7 #72C.

December 1977
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MKT SD40-2 #607 at McAlester, Oklahoma

Northbound by the old coal tower.

June 1988
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MKT caboose #6 at Eureka Yard in Houston.

#6 after being fixed up and repainted was assigned to Houston -- usually working the Houston-Galveston "Salty" run.
After the UP takeover #6 was donated to the Gulf Coast Chapter NRHS in Houston.

March 1988
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This MKT freight was eastbound between La Grange and Sealy - headed to Houston.

March 1988
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MKT freight near Waco,Tx

#373 GP39-2 leads a southbound.
The second unit -- GP40 #175 had been one of the last units painted red.

May 1988
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(1) MKT GP40 #180 leads a mixed train of work equipment,gravel,box cars
and a special load through Coupland ,Tx (about 170 miles nw of
Houston).

July 1977
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(2) An interesting mix of old equipment -- a couple of heavyweight cars and a troop sleeper are included.

July 1977
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(3) An ancient red tank car and a heavyweight car are part of the work equipment.

July 1977
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CNW units on the Katy - near Houston

A couple of CNW and one MKT SD40-2 engines are westbound on the MKT between Houston and Katy.
The rest of the train can be seen in the background coming off the spur to the Western Electric plant (now the Academy warehouse).
This track is long gone (both main and spur) but the spur grade can be found here and there.

December 1979
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(1) MKT units at Eureka Yd in Houston

Red GP7 #95 and one of the three U23B units (#352) is off to the right

March 1978
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MKT freight at Brookshire,Tx

GP40 #220 leads the way on a westbound freight at Brookshire,Tx (35 miles west of Houston).
An agent was still present in the town as evidenced by the order board above the last engine.

April 1978
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(2) MKT units at Eureka Yd in Houston

A few Katy engines remained in the red paint including GP7 #103 and 94

March 1978
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MKT GP40 on GH&H near Houston

GP40 #230 and GP38 ? #300 head south on the Galveston Houston & Henderson south of Houston.
This may be the "Salty" a local that worked between Houston and Galveston.
The GH&H was a joint line operated by the MKT and Missouri Pacific (MKT and UP during this time)

May 1988
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(1) MKT caboose at Sloan Yard -- May 1982

At the Katy Sloan Yard in San Antonio
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(2) MKT caboose at Sloan Yard -- May 1982

Built in 1949
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A Katy freight heads south by Tower 55 crossing the ex-Texas & Pacific.

July 1979

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