Treasures at the MOT - Jan. 2011
By Fred Blank
#750 - Missouri Pacific Railroad 1940
The Missouri Pacific Railroad Parlor-Observation Car #750 has rolled out of the Museum of Transportation restoration shop.  On December 6, 2010 with a ribbon cutting, the Museum showed its appreciation for help and support with a reception under the Roberts Building.

The Missouri Pacific Railroad was another classic fallen flag that had an entire fleet of passenger trains with a common name.  The MoPac's fleet became known as Eagles and have their beginnings thanks to the railroad's first such train known simply as the Eagle.  Number 750 was part of the Missouri River Eagle, which served St. Louis, Kansas City, and Omaha.  This Eagle train was inaugurated March 10, 1940 between St. Louis and Omaha.  The car was out shopped by American Car and Foundry in February of that year.  The car is noted for the history of being ridden by Harry S. Truman when he was Senator, Vice President, and later as retired President.

The Missouri Pacific Railroad, better known by railroaders and railfans as the "MoPac," was never a strong company financially but it was always a fighter.  The railroad was the first to be built west of the Mississippi River and would eventually come under the Jay Gould Empire, who owned scores of railroads in the 19th century.  The railroad is also well remembered for its beautiful paint scheme of blue and gray with an eagle adorning the flanks of locomotives.
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