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The Pacific Express
Missouri Pacific Lines
Route of The Southern Belle
Serves All of Canada
Route of The Canadian/Route de Canadien
Route of Dependable Transportation
Ship It on The Frisco
Spirit That Won The West
The Katy Route
The Milwaukee Road
Mainline of Mid America
Route of The Eagles
Route of the Super Chief/El Capitan
Route of the 400s
Everywhere West and Northwest

In this section, we cover the first of the merger partners that the Union Pacific would have during the 13 year period of 1983 to 1996, culminating with the addition of Southern Pacific to what has since become a 33,000 mile Union Pacific Railroad serving the western two thirds of the United States.

1982 Profile of the Missouri Pacific Railroad
Mileage: 11,167
Locomotives: 1602
Passenger cars (1970); 17
Freight cars: 47,825
Company service cars: 3035.
Operational Set Up: Operating Districts and their total Mileages:
Southern District, 4436.1 miles
Western District, 3411.2 miles
Eastern District, 2910.3 miles
These districts were composed as follows:
Eastern District
1.Chicago Division
2.Illinois Division
3.St.Louis Terminal Division
4.Arkansas Division
5.Little Rock Terminal Division
6.Louisiana Divisionn
Western District
1.Northern Division
2.Kansas Division
3.Central Division
Southern District
1.Red River Division
2.Rio Grande Division
3.Palestine Division
4.Kingsville Division
5.DeQuincy Division
6.New Orleans Division
Information taken from Missouri Pacific System Timetable No.12, Nov.26,1978.
Composition  of Missouri Pacific Freight Car Fleet by Car Type
Plain Boxcars               7692
Equipped Boxcars      12,049
Covered Hoppers        11,233
Flatcars (all  types)    3,111
TTX Flatcars              3,257
Gondolas                  7,278
Open  top Hoppers    6,928
Cabooses                   681
Unlike Union Pacific, which acquired it, Missouri Pacific's freight service was geared more toward carload traffic than it was intermodal traffic, which later became the darling of Union Pacific's overall freight operations. To service its freight service needs, the Missouri Pacific maintained major terminals in the following locations: Kanas City, Little Rock, Dallas, Fort Worth, St.Louis, Pueblo, and Chicago, to name a few. All through freight trains on the MoPac also handled TOFC and COFC traffic in addition to carload traffic, though the railroad also had a few dedicated intermodal trains, though not to the  extent that Union Pacific,, or Chicago and  Northwestern and their neighbors did.

Missouri  Pacific Diesel Fleet-Road Diesels 1982/83
The following are the road diesels Missouri Pacific had in operation at the time Union Pacific bought the railroad, many of  them   here were renumbered by UP and UP road numbers  given these engines are shown here:
EMD     GP15-1     1500 hp      1555-1744       190 units, MP nos.
EMD     GP18         1800 hp      1850-1994       117 units,MP nos.
EMD     GP28         2000 hp      2000-2001            2 units,MP nos.
EMD      GP38        2000 hp      2002-2007            6 units,MP nos.
EMD      GP38-2    2000 hp      2008-2334        326  units,MP nos.
EMD      GP35       2250 hp       2502-2564          47 units,MP nos.
EMD      GP35M    2000 hp       2600-2617          18 units,MP nos.
GE         U30C       3000 hp       2965-2999          35 units,UP nos.
EMD      SD40-2    3000 hp      3090-3321        232 units,UP nos.
EMD      GP50       3500 hp      3500-2529           30 units,MP nos.
GE         U23B       2250 hp      4500-4666            67 units, UP nos.
GE         B23-7      2250 hp      4667-4684            18 units, UP nos.
GE         B30-7A   3000 hp       4800-4854           55 units, UP nos.
EMD     SD40-2    3000 hp       6000-6073           74 units,MP nos.
Missouri Pacific Railroad was basically a carload service railroad, but did also operate  a substantial TOFC/COFC business supported by a total of 73 ramps located around the system by state as follows:
1.Arkansas, 11
3.Illinois, 3,
4.Kansas, 8
5.Louisiana, 9
6.Missouri, 11,
7.Nebraska, 3
8.Oklahoma, 3
9.Tennessee, 1
10.Texas, 23
Sample Freight Schedules (1973-74)
Table 1. Kansas City- Houston
KH           Stations               HK
0400  L  Kansas City   A   0600
1130      Coffeyville            2230
1530      Muskogee            1830
0330 a   Fort Worth      L   0600
0630 L   Fort Worth      A   0630
1830 A   Houston          L   1500
Table 2. Kansas City-San Antonio
KSA             Stations                SAK/LK
2000   L    Kansas City      A    0100
0600         Coffeyville                1700
0130   A    Fort Worth         L    2030
0700   L    Fort Worth         A    1201
2100   A   San Antonio      L     2200
Table 3. Kansas City-Pueblo
MKP              Stations                 PKM
2130     L      Memphis        A    1830
1730         Kansas City              2030
1830    A  Pueblo                 L    2000    3 days each way.
Table 4. New Orleans-Fort Worth
NF              Stations                     FN
0530   L   New Orleans       A   2330
2330        Shreveport                2645
0430        Dallas                         0230
0730  A   Fort Worth            L  2330
Table 5. Shreveport- Fort Worth
123            Stations                    122
0500   L    Shreveport        A   1500
1330          Dallas                       0530
1530   A    Fort Worth         L   2330
These were just a few of the hundreds of daily freight trains operated across the Missouri Pacific system. At this time, the railroad had begun to use an alpha code to indicate the origin and destination of each through service train. The first letter indicated the train's origin, the second letter, its final destination. This marked the beginning of the phase out of the traditional train numbering system long in use by Missouri Pacific and other railroads. Examples: N indicates New Orleans, F indicates Fort Worth,M indicates Memphis, and so on. A variation of this is the two letter code now in use on Union Pacific to indicate a train's origin and destination. Traditional train numbers still apply to Amtrak passenger trains operated on MP and UP portions of the railroad.