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BN-GMO Tower in Louisiana, MO657 viewsThe old GM&O/CB&Q switching tower in Louisiana, MO. Behind the tower the GM&O tracks go over the swing bridge on the Mississippi river while the CB&Q tracks run parallel to the river in front of the tower. At the time of the photo the GM&O was only a few months away from a merger with the Illinois Central, while the Burlington Northern had already taken up the CB&Q. The tower was torn down in the 1980s.
BN-IC Switching Tower in Louisiana, MO 1976290 viewsIn the background you can see the swing bridge over the Mississippi. The BN line runs left-right in the foreground, IC runs over the bridge.
BN-IC Switching Tower in Louisiana, MO 1976294 viewsThis tower guarded the Burlington Northern and Illinois Central diamond on the outskirts of Louisiana.
Southbound Q fan trip with the #4960 at the head...426 viewsCB&Q #4960 gets hooped up the orders at the GM&O interlocking tower at Louisiana, Missouri, in 1961 on a fan trip.
Swing bridge in operation119 viewsSpan open wide to allow a tug through
Swing bridge and Illinois101 viewsKCS swing bridge spans the Mississippi, this view is looking east at Illinois
Old swing bridge gear mechanism 106 viewsIn 2012 the KCS replaced the swing bridge gear mechanism, here are the old gears lying next to Hwy 79.
KCS swing bridge96 viewsThe Chicago & Alton Railroad built the original bridge in 1873, and sold it to the B&O Railroad in 1929. B&O sold it to the Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio in 1945. GM&O became Illinois Central Gulf in 1972, and then acquired by the Chicago, Missouri, and Western in 1987...which became the Gateway Western (1990), and now Kansas City Southern (2001).
KCS swing bridge94 viewsWhen it was built, the 444 ft swing span was the largest in the nation.
KCS swing bridge91 viewsOriginally built by the Chicago & Alton in 1873 as one of the first 15 bridges across the Mississippi. It was rebuilt in 1898 on the 1873 piers.
IC Swing Bridge, Louisiana, MO, 1976251 viewsThe swing bridge in Louisiana, MO. There is still an operator who walks out to the control room every day to swing the bridge when river traffic approaches.
IC Swing Bridge, Louisiana, MO, 1976253 viewsA view of the venerable swing bridge crossing the Mississippi. An operator sits in the bridge all day and opens the span when river traffic approaches. It was still this way in 2012.
IC Swing Bridge, Louisiana, MO, 1976293 viewsSpan has now been swung open for river traffic.
IC Swing Bridge, Louisiana, MO, 1976289 viewsTug Jesse Brent passes through the spans of the swing bridge in Louisiana, MO.
Hercules chemical plant106 viewsOriginally built as the Missouri Ordnance Works in 1941, this plant produced chemicals for explosives used in WWII ordinance. Over the past few years the plant has slowly ceased most of its operations, in 2011 Ashland sold the plant to Monument Chemicals who state they will continue producing synthetic lubricants there.
Pipeline for barges at the Hercules plant Louisiana, MO283 viewsThis was originally the site (or close to it) for Ordonia, the company town built by Hercules for the employees.
Transfer track in Louisiana115 viewsThis originally was built as a transfer between the GM&O & CB&Q
AT&SF outside-braced box car on the transfer track.492 viewsAn AT&SF and unidentified box car are on the transfer track between the GM&O and CB&Q in Louisiana, MO. The AT&SF box is a Santa Fe Class Bx-39, one of 400 50ft War Emergency composite boxcars (ATSF 151092-151491) built by Pullman in early 1944 (thanks to Dave Sieber).
Freight on the transfer track, Louisiana, MO322 viewsSeveral gondolas and what appears to be some WWII ex-troop kitchen cars (now express baggage) being transferred between the CB&Q and GM&O. Stark Bros Nursery used the express baggage cars to haul fruit trees. This view is looking south towards the GM&O station (water tower is at right-center).
GM&O FA1s transferring freight cars372 viewsA pair of GM&O Alcos transfer some cars either to or from the CB&Q on the transfer track. From Bill Hirt: NP box car - door replaced on this car with Youngstown Door. XM. 40' Wood Sheathed Box w/6' Door Opening. Wood Sliding Door. Built 1931. IH 8' 9". Series #14500-14999. Photo in NP Color Guide on p37.
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