KCS "Ghosts"

Paul De Luca photo at Como, TX on 7 September 1984

While revolutionary diesel technology was changing the face railroading during the years prior to WWII, the demand for more streamlined passenger equipment and locomotives was making railroad lines more colorful. The "Southern Belle", KCS's premier passenger service, is evidence of the role color could play in helping determine a company's marketplace presence.

By the early 1950s, the focus at KCS (as with other railroads) had shifted from marketing to operating ratios and cost cutting measures. Economy was the norm; the classy locomotive attire once worn by the railroad's first generation motive power gave way to different single-color schemes with simplified trim. Perhaps the most notable of the economy schemes arrived in 1966 concurrent with the delivery of KCS's first second-generation locomotives. Carbodies and cabs were donein solid white, with a gold frame stripe and a large red "KCS" on the long hood. This "ghostly" attire was replaced several years later by battleship grey with gold-nose chevrons; it was the last of the economy-driven schemes, prior to KCS's retro- looking "Belle" colors of five decades earlier.


First Generation

E8A 27 at Shreveport, Louisiana on 9 November 1969

WD Caileff Jr. photo (R. Craig collection)

H15-44m #45 at Altamont, Kansas in March 1971

Mac Owen photo

F7A 4059 at Sulphur Springs, Texas on 3 January 1982

Paul De Luca photo

Road Slug 4076 at Sulphur Springs, Texas on 4 July 1984

Mike Murray photo at Sulphur Springs, Texas on 4 July 1984

Yard Slug 4079at Dallas, Texas on 7 April 1995

Roberto Alaniz photo

GP30 4110 at Metairie, Louisiana on 18 September 1981

Mike Palmieri photo

GP7 4151 at Sulphur Springs, TX on 29 January 1984

Bob Courtney photo

GP9 4164 at Lake Charles, Louisiana on 18 February 1983

Rick Morgan photo

SW7 4314 at Kansas City, Missouri on 3 July 1987

Paul Deluca photo

Second Generation

SD40 642

Joe Blackwell photo

SD40-2 651 at Shreveport, Louisiana on 6 June 2004

David Hawkins photo

SD40-2 "snoot" 682 on 30 June 1985 at Stilwell, OKlaoma

Nathan Bailey photo

SD40X 700 on 11 July 1986 at Page, OKlahoma

Bob Courtney photo

SD50 708 at Neosho, Missouri on 8 December 1992,

Chuck Zeiler photo

GP40 787 at Texarkana, Texas on 13 November 1982

Paul De Luca photo

SW1500 1501 at Shreveport, LA on 27 November 1966

WD Caileff, Jr. photo (R. Craig collection)

GP38-2 4000 on 23 March 2002 at Shreveport, Louisiana

David Hawkins photo

SD40-2 at Justin, Texas on 19 November 1995

Ron Thur photo



Format by: R.Craig Revised: 4 January 2022
Reference sources: Extra 2200 South (April/May/June 1991 issue) and KCS Roster (2003) compiled by F.L. (Dutch) Schultz, jr. Additional data provided by Paul F. De Luca, Steve Gerbracht, David Hawkins, Zack Hilton, Bryan Jones, and David W. Read.

The "RRpicturesarchive.net" website was especially helpful here in identifying potential photographers and related images. We extend our thanks to this valuable resource. Thanks also to Michael Richmond who was very helpful in identifying and gaining permission to use many of the above photos.

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