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  • in reply to: Company Drawings of Short Bat Window Cabooses #3679
    Jerry Michels
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    That was supposed to be bay, not bat. Sorry!

    in reply to: Bagnell branch out of Jefferson City #3678
    Jerry Michels
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    David, It was lack of traffic. Roads in general, just the availability to use trucks, were the reason. It became unfeasible to maintain track and trains on this line. It happened all over the system about this time. The Warsaw Branch, the Versailles Branch, and later the le4xington/Sedalia Branch. I think it was nothing new for a railroad to prune uneconomic branches from the very beginning. Abandonments in the last 75-50 or so years are probably more noticeable to us these days, but if you look at old maps of the MoPac (say the 1920s) you’d see a lot of branches that have been gone for a long time. Also, keep in mind that 1962 was the beginning of the Jenks era, and he was very interested in making the Mopac an efficient railroad. He trimmed branches and passenger trains. If general, if it didn’t make good economic sense, it went away. I think Craig Miner’s book “The Rebirth of the Missouri Pacific” probably give the best account of the impact the Jenks regime had when it came to power. Generally, perhaps not nostalgically, it was a good move for the railroad.

    Jerry Michels

    in reply to: Looking for articles #3677
    Jerry Michels
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    Kevin, I know Kevin E. has at least two articles I submitted some time ago. Maybe they will get into the Eagle eventually. The last two issues have been excellent! I can’t say enough good things about the selection of articles that have been included. Jerry Michels

    in reply to: Am I first? #3602
    Jerry Michels
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    Hi Patricks, I am glad the MPHS website is up and running again. Pretty smooth learning curve. I wonder if we will get back to getting digests sent out like we used too, which save a lot of time not having to log into the site each time. Maybe Kevin can give us a response. Jerry Michels

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