The Missouri-Illinois Railroad

Missouri Pacific’s Route through the Lead Belt and Little Egypt

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Paying for the book
The price of the book for MPHS members is $69 (plus $12 shipping) and $76 for nonmember (plus $12 shipping). If ordering more than one book, please add $2.00 for each additional book. 
 
Using the MPHS Company Store for purchase
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The book is hardbound with approximately 700 photographs and maps, over 76,000 words and 374 pages. Most photos are black & white but there will be 16 pages of color images. Chapters cover the history of the M-I and it’s predecessor railroads (Mississippi River & Bonne Terre, Illinois Southern, Centralia & Chester, and others).

Chapters include:
- Station and depots with photos of almost all of the depots and interlocking towers covered. Included is the 1914 ICC building valuations on the MR&BT and StFCRR and the 1927 buildings valuation on the M-I.
- Steam and diesel locomotives and gas-electrics.
- Rolling stock (passenger cars, freight cars, cabooses and non revenue cars) - passenger and freight service
- Wrecks and accidents
- Employees
- Customers served
- Railroad car ferries used to cross the Mississippi River (they had five from 1899 to 1961)
- Lanterns, locks and keys used by the M-I and predecessor roads

This is a fund raiser for the archives to support scanning costs, materials for storage, monthly rent, etc. We are all volunteers so no payment is going to the author - all of our time (archivist, board members, etc) are unpaid.

 

Here are a few photos from the book.

Image 1

Fireman on the Ste Genevieve in 1955   Photo by Wayne Leeman - Joe Collias/MPHS Collection

 

Image 2

M-I local switching at Bismarck   Photo by Wayne Leeman - Joe Collias/MPHS Collection

 

Image 3

M-I caboose hop passing the interlocking tower at Thomure, Missouri   Photo by Joe Collias- MPHS Collection

 

Image 4

MR&BT gondola   Photo from Joe Pauley Collection

 

Image 5

MR&BT narrow gauge   Photo from the Joe Pauley Collection

 

Image 6

Grain door unloading at Oakdale, Illinois   Photo by Norbert Shacklette

 

Image 7

Illinois Southern steam locomotive   Photo from the Charlie Duckworth collection

 

Image 8

Station at Ste. Genevieve   Photo from the Bill Bunch Collection

 

Image 9

T&E Employees in front of engine   Photo from the Lindell Marler Collection

 

Image 10

T&E Employees alongside engine   Photo from the Lindell Marler Collection

 

Image 11

Bobber caboose   Photo from the Joe Pauley Collection

 

Image 12

Bridge failure accident   Photo from the Lindell Marler Collection

 

Image 13

Rail yard at Central, MO  Photo by Wayne Leeman - Joe Collias/MPHS Collection

 

Image 14

Ste. Genevieve car ferry   Photo by Joe Collias- MPHS Collection

 

Image 15

Older wood hull Ste Genevieve trapped in ice   Photo from the Lindell Marler Collection

 

Image 16

Herculaneum yards circa 1900   Photo from the Lindell Marler Collection

 

Image 17

Herculaneum depot and switch crew  Photo from the Bill Bunch Collection 

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