Passenger Train Memories

A railroad pocket watch that dates back to 1901.
The front of a railroad pocket watch which could be bought at Wal-Mart for under $10 a few years ago but may cost more today if available.

One of my fondest memories of the past is traveling on a Kansas City Southern passenger train named the Southern Belle from Alexandria, Louisiana to Kansas City, Missouri when I received a trip to Kansas City as a high school graduation present to see the Kansas City Athletics play the New York Yankees in 1962.

I can still remember some of the cities where the train stopped on the way to Kansas City….cities like Shreveport, La., Texarkana, Arkansas, Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Neosho and Joplin and Grandview, Missouri.

Several cities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas were named after Dutch investors in the railroad including cities like DeRidder and DeQuincy in Louisiana.

Railroad conductors pictured in this 1946 photo.
The inside of a Piedmont passenger train which runs from Raleigh to Charlotte in North Carolina.

Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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