Union Pacific to Display Katy Locomotive at Kansas City Union Station
The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Paint Scheme on a Modern Locomotive Honors the Employees from that Union Pacific Predecessor Railroad
Omaha, Neb., April 10, 2008 Union Pacific Railroad will display a modern locomotive painted with historic colors and graphic elements of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (Katy) at Kansas City’s Union Station Thursday, April 17 - Sunday, April 20, 2008. The display is in conjunction with the 2008 Katy Railroad Historical Society’s annual convention and pays tribute to the men and women of the Katy.
"We are proud to display the Katy locomotive in Kansas City to help celebrate the railroad heritage of the second largest rail hub in the United States," said Cameron Scott, Union Pacific’s general superintendent - Kansas City Service Unit.
The Katy Heritage Series locomotive joined the Missouri Pacific and Western Pacific locomotives in 2005. Three more Heritage Series locomotives, the Chicago & North Western, Southern Pacific, and Denver & Rio Grande, were introduced in 2006. All honor the people and the railroads that have made Union Pacific what it is today.
The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, affectionately referred to as the Katy, was created in 1865. By the time it joined Union Pacific in 1988, the Katy served six Midwestern states with more than 3,377 miles of track. It was an important north-south link between the Midwest and Texas, especially for the growing coal business. The Katy had primary operating centers in Denison, Texas; Bellmead, Texas; and Parsons, Kan.; and was headquartered in Dallas.
The Katy Heritage Series locomotive was numbered 1988 to reflect the year its namesake joined Union Pacific, and the locomotive initially operated within territory served by the Katy.
The Heritage Series marked the fifth time in company history that Union Pacific has painted locomotives in colors other than the traditional UP "Armour Yellow" paint scheme. Previously, locomotives were custom painted in 1991 to honor UP employees serving in the Persian Gulf War, in 1994 to call attention to the United Way Campaign, in 1996 for the Atlanta Games Olympic Torch Relay Train, and in 2002 for the Salt Lake City Games Olympic Torch Relay Train.
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