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October 24, 2016

Harold "Clay" Hoffman, 62, born June 30, 1954, passed peacefully surrounded by family & friends October 24, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents & brother. He is survived by his loving wife, Deb Kenney Hoffman, daughter ,Sara Hoffman Elder and husband Kevin Elder, and sister, Ellen. He will be dearly missed by many extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Olathe Medical Center's Hospice House, American Cancer Society and condolences to Deb and family. A Celebration of Clay's Life will be held from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Leavenworth Community Center, River View Room, 123 S. Esplanade St., Leavenworth, KS 66048. Dinner will be served. Please stay and have a meal with the family. A personal message can be written to the family on the Cremation Center of Kansas City's website: Cremation Center of Kansas City, 913-384-5566,
Published in Kansas City Star on Oct. 26, 2016

October 13, 2016

The following obituary for J.M. Toler appeared in the S. Louis Post-Dispatch:
John Marshall (J.M.) Toler Obituary
John Marshall Toler (J.M.) was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus, October 13, 2016. He was born to the late; Gay and Mary Mabel Toler on January 24, 1922 in Peach Orchard, AR. He is survived by his children; Bonny (Toler) Free, Julie (Toler) Mertens, David Kent Barnes, and Charles ''Chuck'' Roy Barnes III. Grandchildren; Kent, Lisanne, Carrie, Sarah and Daniel Barnes, Caroline and Lara Mertens, J.J. and Annajayne Free, great grandchildren; Gavin, Eldon and Clara Barnes, Brooklyn and Hadley Potts, Henry and James Seymour and Savannah Free. J.M. was preceded in death by his parents; son; John M. Toler, Jr., and loving wife Carolyn Burns Toler. J.M. was one of six children and he followed his father's footsteps and worked for the railroad. He was a telegrapher, dispatching trains for the Missouri Pacific Railroad until WWII. He went to Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis for Basic Training, then to New Orleans, bound for Europe. He became a Technical Sergeant for the 720th Railway Operating Battalion in France, dispatching trains to the front lines. This included hospital trains, ammunition trains, POW trains and transporting Holocaust survivors from German concentration camps. After the war, J.M. continued his railroad career, spending 45 years with the Missouri Pacific/Union Pacific Railroad. He started as a third trick telegrapher to the Vice President of Transportation working his way up thru the ranks and eventually retiring as the Vice President of Transportation. J.M. spent his retirement enjoying life at Greer's Ferry Lake, traveling, riding in his ''Little Red Rooster'' and spending time with his family whom he loved very much. Services will be at Central Baptist Church, 5200 Fairway Ave., North Little Rock, AR. Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 12:00PM., Visitation will be one hour prior at the church. Burial will take place at OakLawn Cemetery in Batesville, AR at 3:00PM. Please send memorials to: Alzheimer's Association, 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132. Online guestbook:

January 28, 2016

Steve McVey, former agent/telegrapher on the Carthage Subdivision passed away today.

Stephen M. "Steve" McVey, Aug 24, 1951 - Jan 28, 2016 Age 64 of Omaha. Steve retired from U.P. Railroad after 42 years of service. Preceded in death by mother JoAnn. Survived by wife Suzanne McVey; sons, Brian and Mark McVey; father Jimmy McVey; many other relatives and friends. FUNERAL MASS Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10am at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 508 W. Angus Rd. Gretna, NE. VISITATION Sunday, 2-5pm at Braman Mortuary Southwest Chapel. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society. To leave a condolence, visit BRAMAN MORTUARY Southwest Chapel 6505 S. 144 St. 402-895-3400.
January 25, 2016
Wayne Cline has released his second book, "The Texas Railroad." Subtitled "The Scandalous and Violent History of the International and Great Northern Railroad, 1866-1925," it is a comprehensive, illustrated history of this very important predecessor component of the Missouri Pacific. The Texas Railroad is now available in the MPHS Company Store. Details about the 362 page book, including the preface and a complete summary of its contents can be found here:

January 24, 2016

To commemorate the 40th anniversary since T&P 610 powered the American Freedom Train in 1976, I am happy to announce the long awaited re-release of "Texas & Pacific 610". I originally released this as a VHS tape back in the late 1980's. I've been sitting on this for many years now and wanted to release it this year since 2016 marks 40 years since she pulled the AFT and 35 years since she returned home from the Southern on January 30-31, 1981.

I have added quite a bit of new footage. The program is now split into two parts... T&P 610 Part One (57 minutes) features the 610 on her first day after being fired up at the Fort Worth Stock Yards, her February 4, 1976 break-in run from Fort Worth to Wichita Falls, her February 7, 1976 return trip to Fort Worth, the 610 pulling the American Freedom Train over the MoPac on February 18th (running with the two MoPac bicentennial units), and ending with her pulling the AFT over the Santa Fe from Houston to Fort Worth on February 25, 1976.

T&P 610 Part Two (59 minutes) features the 610 on her Southern Steam Specials from 1977-1980. Program begins with her operating over the ex-T&P from Fort Worth to Mineola, then on the ICG from Gibsland to Meridian. We then feature the 610 on many of her fantrips on the Southern between 1977-1980. DVD ends with the 610 returning home to Texas as she operated via the MoPac to Little Rock and Texarkana on January 30, 1981 and from Texarkana to Fort Worth on January 31, 1981 which was unfortunately her last mainline trip to date.

Both programs were originally shot on Super 8mm color movie film with sound from Bruce Blalock, Charles Chambers, Dr. Tom Hughes, John Siller and Herb Sims.

The T&P 610 DVDs are $20.00 each. Texas residents must add 8.25% state sale tax. Shipping is $3.00 for a single DVD or $5.00 for both.

We accept personal checks or money orders.

Send orders to:

Steve Goen
1519 Sweetbriar Drive
Wichita Falls, TX

January 21, 2016

Tom Broadaway, former locomotive engineer on the Carthage Subdivision, passed away, today.


Mr. Thomas Leroy Broadaway, 63, of Carthage, Missouri, formerly of Sarcoxie, Missouri, departed this life on Thursday, January 21, 2016, in the comfort of his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Thomas entered this life on August 11, 1952, in Joplin, Missouri, born to the union of the late Monte R. Broadaway, Sr. and Juanda Mae “Wick” (Wright) Broadaway. He was raised in Sarcoxie, Missouri and was a 1970 graduate of Sarcoxie High School. He furthered his education at School of the Ozarks and graduated from Missouri Southern State College in Joplin. In 1976 he began his career with Union Pacific Railroad as an engineer, retiring in 2007. He was past secretary of the United Transportation Union, Past Grand Bethel Associate Guardian of Wyoming Job Daughters, and Past Associate Guardian of Bethel #39 Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #11 of Carthage, Texas, Sharon Shrine of Tyler Texas, Past Worthy Patron of Chapter #11 Wheatland Wyoming of the Order of Eastern Star, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sarcoxie, Missouri. He enjoyed traveling, watching sports, gardening, as well as spending time with family and friends.

Thomas is survived by his wife of thirty-eight years, Glenna (Moore) Broadaway of the home; three daughters, Sarah Broadaway of Wheatland, Wyoming, Sabrina Broadaway of Rawlins, Wyoming and Stephanie Broadaway also of Rawlins, Wyoming; four brothers, Monte Broadaway, Jr. of Disney, Oklahoma; Dave Broadaway of Valley View, Texas, Ken Broadaway of Diamond, Missouri and Brett Broadaway also of Diamond; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services with Masonic rites for Mr. Broadaway are 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2016, in the Chapel of Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home in Sarcoxie, Missouri, with Pastor Blaine Nordstorm officiating. Burial will follow in the Sarcoxie Cemetery. Those honoring his life by serving as pallbearers are Dave Broadaway, John Nunley, Brian Vasquez, Richard Lewis, Ben Crowder and Monte Ray Broadaway Jr. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Ken Broadaway, Brett Broadaway, David Massey, Mary Lou Crowder, Deb Nunley, Cathy Broadaway and Charlyn Lewis. The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6-8:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website Memorials are being directed to the Shriners Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah and contributions may be left at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home in Sarcoxie, Missouri.

September 29, 2015

Dan Schroeder long time Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific engineer passed away after being involved in an accident. The accident occurred while he was out taking photographs and was not work related. Dan was a longtime member of the MPHS and several of his photos are in Rails around Missouri. Dan was planning on retiring this December.

You can view Dan's obituary here:

September 2, 2015

Walthers has announced the cancellation of their Fallen Flags series of HO Scale streamliners.

July 10, 2015

Robbie Holmes, former local chairman and conductor on the Carthage Subdivision, passed away on July 3, 2015. Robbie retired a few years ago after finishing his railroad career with UP in the Kansas City area.

ObituaryRobert V. "Robbie" Holmes, 66 of Kansas City, Missouri passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family on July 3, 2015 at NorthCare Hospice House. Robbie was born June 18, 1949 to Victor E. and Betty (Roberts) Holmes in Nevada, Missouri. He retired as a Conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad. Robbie was also a proud member of the Elks Lodge. Survivors include his loving wife, Carolyn (Nichols) Holmes of the home; his daughters; Carri Banes and her husband, Chuck; Casi Hodge and her husband, Jeff; beloved grandchildren; Ryan, Tyler, Grace and Hadley. Services will be 12:00 PM, Friday, July 10, 2015 with Visitation beginning at 11:00 AM at Northland Christian Church; 6120 NE 48th Street; KCMO 64119. Fond memories of Robbie and words of comfort may be shared at:

April 30, 2015

Life member Joe Collias passed away this afternoon. He started feeling unwell on Tuesday and went to the emergency room at St. Anthony's in St. Louis, but never fully recovered.

Services: Visitation will be held at  KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL, 10151 Gravois on Sunday, May 3, 3-8 p.m. Then taken to Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 9907 Sappington Rd. 63128 for visitation on Monday, May 4, 11:30 a.m. until time of service at 12 noon. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Lutheran Church of the Resurrection General Fund or the Museum of Transportation, 3015 Barrett Station Rd., St. Louis, MO 63122.

Obituary: Joe G. Collias, the son of George and Martha (nee Van Buskirk) Collias was born on April 25, 1928 in East St. Louis, IL and was received into the Kingdom of God through the Sacraments of Holy Baptism administered by the Rev. Edwin J. Fritze on the 14th day of August, 1960. Joe was also  received as a Coll Member of St.  Matthew Lutheran Church on the same day.

Joe worked in the traffic department of the Missouri Pacific Railroad and a short time later he went to work at Bemis Bag where he utilized his engineering  degree to design printing presses and paper mill machinery. When Bemis Bag moved its operations to Minneapolis, MN in 1961, Joe decided to remain in St. Louis and sought other employment. Also resulted in a career change in his becoming the Art Director of a family-owned business known as RC Can. This company was purchased by Boise Cascade and later by Sonoco where Joe remained until his  retirement. Joe's avocation included photography, a much-loved subject, that of steam locomotives which he did in earnest driving hundreds of thousands of miles, capture his  subject. Later he authored seven hard-bound books, namely: The Last of Steam; The Search for Steam;  MOPAC Power; Frisco Power; The Missouri Pacific Lines in Color; The Texas and Pacific; and Katy Power which was co-authored and displayed many of his photographs. Joe has also held membership in the following railroad historical and technical societies: Burlington; Chicago and Northwestern; Gulf, Mobile and Ohio; Illinois Central; Pennsylvania Railroad; Rock Island; Terminal  Railroad; Wabash and the Missouri Pacific, which he was bestowed life membership. Having written many articles and supplying photographs from his vast collection.

Joe was united in holy marriage with Marjorie (nee Piel) at St.  Matthew Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO on October 1, 1960 until they transferred their membership to Timothy Lutheran Church and in 1990 to Lutheran Church of the  Resurrection. Joe was the brother of the late Gene (Geraldine) Collias, half-brother of William (Nylahmae) O'Donnell. He leaves to mourn his passing from this world nieces, nephews, other relatives and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, brother, half-brother and sisters in law.

From Charlie Duckworth: Joe was one of the top brass locomotive modelers in the country, loved building freight cars and structures and will be remembered for his books 'Mopac Power', 'Texas & Pacific Power', and many others. Joe assisted PFM, Sunset Models and Hallmark with drawings and photographs of prototype steam locomotives so they could bring out many brass models. Joe was always willing to help the MPHS. He gave talks and showed slides or movies at many of our annual events. He wrote articles for The Eagle. If I or others needed photos for an article he was always willing to print what we needed. The MPHS made Joe a life member many years ago due to his dedication to the MPHS. Joe and Marge could be seen at the Boeing Model Train show and the RPM meet in Collinsville selling photographs from his huge collection. Joe will be missed. Our prayers are with Marge and his extended family, 

February 5, 2015

Our friends at the St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railway need our help. They are in need of some funding for bridge inspections and they have an opportunity to receive some money from Isle of Capri Casinos. This is a contest and you can vote. Follow this link to their homepage to find out more details. Click here.

January 16, 2015

We recently received a donation of MP material from Lou Schmitz. Lou retired form UP as a draftsman and was a long-time railfan. We feel fortunate to have received the MP portion of his collection.

Here is Lou's obituary: Schmitz, Louis Jr. Mar 5, 1926 - Aug 29, 2014 Omaha. Survived by wife Barbara; sister, Barbara Wallauer (Al); nieces; nephews; family and friends. VISITATION on Tuesday 5-7pm at Roeder Mortuary. MEMORIAL SERVICE at11am on Wednesday at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 4040 N. 108th St. Family request memorials to Gethsemane Lutheran Church. ROEDER MORTUARY - 108th St. Chapel 2727 North 108th St.