Re: ATSF 5714 Fx 8 color photo
Interesting antidote, Dick, but I don’t model the M&StL. The Q was primarily an East-West road with terminuses in Denver and Kansas City for Everywhere West. Chicago to Kansas City and interchange with the ATSF would be the most direct and likely route to the Southwest. That bypasses Burlington, as routing would go through Galesburg and Quincy. The Burlington Route’s route between St. Louis and Minneapolis-St. Paul only extended from St. Louis to Burlington, and then by trackage rights on the CRI&P the rest of the way, but only for the Zephyr Rocket, which was a joint venture. Freight didn’t run North of Burlington except between Burlington and Mediapolis and then Northwest on the Burlington-Washington branch. The Q had trackage rights on the RI between Burlington and Mediapolis. North-South freight traffic on the Q was limited to Burlington-Hannibal-Quincy-St. Louis. The only ATSF interchange in Iowa was Ft. Madison. After finding Richard Hindrickson’s table of ATSF cars in 1950, it’s pretty clear that at least ten classes or groups of classes have a much higher probability of showing up in Burlington, so I’ve decided not to get the RCW Fe class kit. Restraint is an essential requirement of prototype modeling.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of np328
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:24 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] ATSF 5714 Fx 8 color photo
Unless somebody can provide justification as to why this car would pass through Burlington, either between Chicago and Omaha or between St. Louis and Minneapolis, I can’t justify adding it to my roster. Please, someone give me a reason to buy this car.