TIMELINE - MoPac and Predecessors


03-03-1851 St. Louis & Iron Mountain RR approved by Missouri
06-04-1851 Groundbreaking for Pacific Railroad of Missouri (direct predecessor to the Missouri Pacific).
12-09-1852 First passenger train on Pacific Railroad
01-20-1868 Central Branch Union Pacific RR completed to Waterville, KS
07-18-1869 Pacific RR gauge changed from 5'6" to 4'9"
03-03-1871 Congressional act authorizes Texas & Pacific Ry to build from Marshall, TX through El Paso to San Diego, CA.
08-30-1873 International & Great Northern formed
1873 Panic of 1873 - railroad debt crisis
10-21-1876 Missouri Pacific Railway is incorporated by investors who purchased the Pacific Railroad at foreclosure
1879 Jay Gould acquires controlling interest in Missouri Pacific.
09-16-1879 Sedalia, Warsaw & Southern Rwy formed (3' gauge)
1881 St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern (StLIM&S) aquired by Missouri Pacific Railway
10-22-1886 Houston & Great Northern RR formed
12-2-1892 Jay Gould dies. Control of Missouri Pacific passes to his son, Edwin Gould.
May 1905 Colorado Southern, New Orleans & Pacific RR incorporated in Louisiana
04-02-1907 New Iberia and Northern RR incorporated
04-19-1909 Crystal City & Uvalde RR incorporated
April 1910 CSNO&P RR name changed to New Orleans, Texas & Mexico Railway
04-17-1912 San Antonio, Uvalde & Gulf chartered
August 1915 MP and StLIM&S declare bankruptcy and enter receivership. Edwin Gould loses control of the railroad.
12-15-1915 First run of the "Sunshine Special"
02-28-1916 New Orleans, Texas & Mexico Railway incorporated as successor to NOT&M RR; begins operation as Gulf Coast Lines
03-01-1917 St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern and Missouri Pacific Railway reorganize and merge, forming the Missouri Pacific Railroad
08-10-1922 International-Great Northern organized after reorganization of I&GN
02-01-1924 New Orleans, Texas & Mexico gains control of Houston & Brazos Valley
06-21-1924 New Orleans, Texas & Mexico purchases International-Great Northern on behalf of MP
12-08-1924 MP gains control of New Orleans, Texas & Mexico and its subsidiaries
12-1-1925 NOT&M gains control of San Antonio, Uvalde & Gulf and Asphalt Belt
02-02-1926 NOT&M gains control of Sugarland, Asherton & Gulf, and Rio Grande City
Nov 1926 MP gains control of New Orleans & Lower Coast
12-31-1926 NOTM gains control of San Antonio Southern
01-01-1927 T&P gains control of Abilene & Southern
01-22-1927 Double tracking of St. Louis to Jefferson City opened
08-01-1927 Chicago Heights Terminal Transfer sold to C&EI.
01-01-1928 MP gains control of T&P (Texas & Pacific).
04-20-1929 Mississippi River & Bonne Terre leased by Missouri-Illinois
04-20-1929 MP gains control of Missouri-Illinois
Dec 1931 MP gains control of Doniphan, Kensett & Searcy
06-20-1932 T&P gains control of Fort Worth Belt
1933 MP declares bankruptcy and is placed in trusteeship.
1939 Diesel-electric locomotives are introduced on the Missouri Pacific.
March 1940 First run of "The Eagle" streamliner
03-11-1941 First run of Delta Eagle; "The Eagle" renamed Missouri River Eagle
06-21-1942 First run of Colorado Eagle
11-07-1942 77 trains in one day on single track between Dupo and Thebes, Illinois
May 1946 P.J. Neff becomes president of Missouri Pacific following death of L.W. Baldwin
08-15-1948 First run of the "Texas Eagle"
09-25-1948 Last run of electric interurban on HNS (Houston North Shore)
10-31-1948 First run of the "Valley Eagle"
1955 Missouri Pacific retires its last steam locomotive.
1956 A 23-year trusteeship, the longest in U.S. rail history, ends as MP is reorganized.
March 1956 GCL (Gulf Coast Lines - NOTM, BSL&W, O&NW, NI&N, ISM&E, SLB&M, IGN, SAS, SAUG, AB, SB&RGV, SL, H&BV, HNS) are absorbed into MP.
01-16-1961 Downing B. Jenks becomes president of MP
09-25-1964 T&P gains control of Kansas, Oklahoma & Gulf and Midland Valley Railways. The KO&G-MV partner, OC-A-A (Oklahoma City-Ada-Atoka Railway), is sold to the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
05-12-1967 MP gains control of Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad
08-01-1968 MP & C&NW gain joint control of Alton & Southern
06-06-1969 MP sells the Evansville line (eastern side) of C&EI to Louisville & Nashville, and the Chicago to Woodland junction passes into joint MP-L&N ownership.
04-01-1970 Kansas, Oklahoma & Gulf absorbed into T&P [MP]
09-21-1970 Last run of MP passenger train in Texas; discontinuance of Texas Eagle between Texarkana and Laredo
04-30-1971 Last run of MP passenger trains; St. Louis-Texarkana discontinued and St. Louis-Kansas City taken over by Amtrak
1976 The parent corporation, Mississippi River Corp., is renamed the Missouri Pacific Corp.
10-15-1976 The Chicago & Eastern Illinois and Texas & Pacific subsidiaries are absorbed into MP.
01-01-1978 TP-MP Terminal RR of New Orleans is absorbed into MP
11-01-1978 Abilene & Southern, Texas-New Mexico, New Orleans & Lower Coast, Ft.Worth Belt, Missouri-Illinois, St.Joseph Belt & Union Terminal absorbed into MP
1980 The Union Pacific, Missouri Pacific and Western Pacific railroads file merger applications with the Interstate Commerce Commission. Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific ceases operations. In the following years, many of its lines are sold to other railroads, including MP, SSW and MKT.
12-22-1982 The UP-MP-WP merger is approved by ICC. UP gains control of MP & WP after being granted control of Missouri Pacific on December 22, 1982. The merger application was filed on September 15, 1980, and the application was approved by the ICC on October 20, 1982. The approval was contested in court and was cleared by the courts on December 22, 1982.As conditions of the merger, SP gains trackage rights from Kansas City to St. Louis via MP.
03-27-1987 Southeast Kansas created by MP line sale.
04-09-1987 Great Southwest absorbed into MP.
05-18-1987 Jefferson Southwestern absorbed into MP.
11-19-1987 Golden Cat created by MP line sale.
12-31-1987 Weatherford, Mineral Wells & Northwestern absorbed into MP.
08-12-1988 UP gains control of Missouri-Kansas-Texas - 'Katy'
12-1-1989 MKT leased/merged with MP.
12-1-1989 Galveston, Houston & Henderson merged into MP.
01-01-1997 corporate consolidation of Missouri Pacific Railroad into Union Pacific Railroad, with UPRR remaining as the surviving corporation.