These trains brings back memories of the days when passenger trains were still on the tracks across the country. I remember the Southern Belle the best because of trips to Kansas City but also rode Missouri Pacific to Indianapolis to report to my new post at Fort Benjamin Harrison on a snowy day in January of 1963.
I can remember in 1962 when my high school graduation present was a train ride by myself to Kansas City, Missouri to see a baseball game.
That trip was 47 years ago but I can remember it like it was yesterday. I boarded the train in Alexandria, Louisiana in the afternoon and the next morning the train arrived in Kansas City, Missouri.
I can still remember some of the stops along the way like Texarkana, Texas, Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Neosho Missouri, Joplin, Missouri and Grandview, Missouri which was close to Kansas City.
After a long night of traveling it was good to finally arrive in Kansas City after about 17 hours of traveling from Louisiana to Missouri.
While I in Kansas City I got to see the New York Yankees play the Kansas City Athletics in a doubleheader. I can remember Hall of Famer Whitey Ford losing a 16 hitter which I think was a complete game. The highlight of the doubleheader was seeing both Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris hit home runs. Only a year earlier Maris had set the single season home run record when he hit 61 homers and Mantle had hit 54 that year.
In a few days I boarded the train for the return trip to Louisiana and wish today I could make another trip on a passenger train but passenger trains mostly are in bigger cities now.
Still the memories of that train ride will always remain.