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Missouri K-line Route, 1922126 viewsK-line. St. Louis to Burlington. 220 miles. Not well known in the annuals of rail trips, the K-line was an integral part of the early Chicago, Burlington & Quincy history with infamous trains as the Zephyr-Rocket and Mark Twain Zephyr.. Rumored to be named for the St. Louis, Keokuk and Northwestern Railway who grew the route from a conglomeration of various predecessor railroads, the K-line still retains a scenic & vintage quality not often found on modern railroads. We will start in Hannibal...
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Detail of Hannibal & the CB&Q railyards from Cardiff Hill502 viewsCity Light & Power is at the center, you can see two hoppers catching "clinkers" from the burned coal. A northbound CB&Q passenger train winds around the power plant, and the Hannibal coal tower is directly above the rear car of the northbound.
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Hannibal, MO359 viewsA panoramic photo of Hannibal, Missouri, in 1939 from Cardiff Hill.
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Cardiff Hill panorama, Hannibal127 viewsPresumably during a 4th of July celebration.
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Lovers Leap at Hannibal, MO in 1905598 viewsThe bustling Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railyards of Hannibal in 1905. Archie Haydens collection.
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Lover's Leap, Hannibal410 viewsA view of the railyards and Lover's Leap in Hannibal, Missouri in 1939.
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Detail of the CB&Q Hannibal railyard in 1939618 viewsThis is only the mid-southern end of the yard, the roundhouse, facilities & coal tower are behind Lover's Leap at the left.
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Vintage Lovers Leap view, Hannibal133 viewsNice view of the changes to the CB&Q yard in the 1960s as the yard was winding down.
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Lovers Leap, Hannibal, 2003346 viewsThe desolation that once was a bustling rail yard, 100 years later.
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Lovers Leap, Hannibal, view of the old CB&Q yards131 viewsVery little left of the huge yards that were here 100 years ago (reference 1905 picture). You can see some foundations but that's about it.
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CB&Q #4960 prepares for a fan trip262 viewsThe roundhouse doors open and #4960 appears.
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CB&Q #4960 prepares for a fan trip244 viewsHeading for the table...
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CB&Q #4960 prepares for a fan trip243 viewsTurntable rotates with the #4960. This was probably one of the last times a steam locomotive was on the Hannibal turntable.
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CB&Q #4960 prepares for a fan trip240 viewsOn the table...
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CB&Q #4960 prepares for a fan trip250 views#4960 rolls into the Hannibal yard
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CB&Q #4960 prepares for a fan trip325 viewsGetting up steam...
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CB&Q #4960 prepares for a fan trip229 viewsMore work ahead for the #4960.
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CB&Q #4960 prepares for a fan trip239 viewsIn the Hannibal yard...
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CB&Q #1235 2-6-0102 viewsOn the scrap line in Hannibal.
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CB&Q steam crane in Hannibal400 viewsThis crane was assigned to the Hannibal Division for many years.
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