A Southwestern Railroad of the 1930's - 1940's
Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad
KATY Lines


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M-K-T
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The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad ( MKT) was incorporated May 23, 1870. In its earliest days the MKT was commonly referred to as "the K-T", which was its stock exchange symbol; this common designation soon evolved into "the Katy".
The Katy was the first railroad to enter Texas from the north. Eventually the Katy's core system would grow to link Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Temple, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Galveston, Texas. An additional mainline between Fort Worth and Salina, Kansas, was added in the 1980s after the collapse of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad; this line was operated as the Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad (OKKT).


M-K-T41
M-K-T
May 1, 1950

M-K-T logo
Although the Katy did not operate through cars to or from Chicago connections it did have several name trains in the 30's and 40's, including the streamlined Texas Special operated in conjunction with the Frisco, from St. Louis to Texas cities. It also operated the Sooner from Kansas City to Oklahoma City, the Katy Flyer from St. Louis and Kansas City to Texas points, the Bluebonnet from Kansas City to Texas cities, and the Katy Limited from Kansas City to Fort Worth
Short history of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad
1865 - Southern Branch of the Union Pacific Railroad begins operation.
1870 - Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad incorporated and acquired the 182 mile Southern Branch of the Union Pacific Railroad.
1870 - MKT also acquires several smaller Railroads including Labett & Sedalia, Neosho Valley & Holden, Tebo & Mosho, St. Louis & Santa Fe and the Hannibal & Central Missouri.
1870 - Katy laid first track across Missouri-Kansas border hoping to cash in on land grants the government promised to the first railroad to do so. Government reneged on its promise citing the land as Indian Territory.
1886 - Katy extend track to Dallas through construction and further acquisitions of smaller roads.
1888 - Waco Texas reached.
1893 - Houston reached, and joint ownership of the Galveston Houston and Henderson Railroad gave access to the port of Galveston on the Gulf of Mexico.
1901 - Katy extended to San Antonio.
1915 - MKT, in a joint venture with the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, introduced the Texas Special luxury passenger train which operated from St. Louis to Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. It ran until 1959 and It sported rail cars with names like Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, David Crockett, and James Bowie.
1982 - Missouri Pacific Railroad merged into Union Pacific railroad but maintained its own identity.
1989 - MKT merged into the Missouri Pacific Railroad.
1997 - Union Pacific absorbs identity of MoPac and MKT now resides as part of Union Pacific Railroad.


MKT map



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