I just briefly visited the station on a brief stop for number 4. We were sitting on track 30. There was also track 29, but no others. Were they all ripped up and what took their place? The inside of the station is spectacular, by the way.
Sadly most of the tracks were ripped out and built over from the days when Kansas City rivaled Chicago and St Louis for the number of daily Trains calling @ the Station!I just briefly visited the station on a brief stop for number 4. We were sitting on track 30. There was also track 29, but no others. Were they all ripped up and what took their place? The inside of the station is spectacular, by the way.
That was my first gathering also. I remember the lunch and the impressive station (and company).My first ever "gathering" was in St. Louis, and one of the train rides was to Kansas City. Enjoyed a nice lunch with Jim and Penny at the station, which I agree, is very impressive!
What does MKT stand for?I recall traveling through Kansas City Union Station in 1962 when I was 14 on the Missouri River Eagle. It was a busy place then. We pulled into the track next to the MKT's Texas Special which was being serviced. The Texas Special still had a teardrop observation lounge on the end. It was 3 years before the MKT discontinued all Passenger Trains.
This is another route that doesn't fit into a neat category, but when examined on its own has a lot of merit. The main reason it makes sense is that in spite of the efforts of the trucking lobbies it is not paralleled by an Interstate. (Google shows that the SFe route between Chicago and Kansas City is about 60 miles shorter than one of several highway combinations.)What would be ideal is a day train with an earlier departure from CHI say leaving 8 am arrive KCY around 3pm and a later return from KCY.
That Song made KC Famous!Anyone visited 12th Street & Vine? Supposed to be some crazy little women there?
No. Only the platform tracks at the very end of what had been the boarding concourse are left. If you have been there, that long outdoor catwalk out to the remaining platform runs beside the former boarding concourse and goes over the former platforms.I’ve only ever driven by, but it is a spectacular building.
I know the tracks are ripped up, but was the ROW preserved?
My grandfather told me about what a jungle it was in 1917. With the Oregon National Guard he was sent to Hoboken (from Portland in coaches with walkover seats) to protect the ships and supplies that were piled up waiting to go to the war in Europe. There were few lights in those yards and every now and then there'd be a big splash when a sleepy soldier walked off a pier.Kind of related, today I was using Historic Aerials: Viewer (THANK YOU to the AU’er who introduced me to it) to see how the former major stations along the Hudson waterfront in New Jersey were laid out. If I had been walking the same areas today I would never think in a million years there used to be dozens of tracks there.