The Polar Express Train Ride Hotline
(402) 235-4383 or (402) BELIEVE
(9 am-9 pm 7-Days a week)
Administrative Office (785) 594-1335 (9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday)
Baldwin City Station (785) 594-6982 (Answered during operating hours)
Baldwin City Station - 1515 High Street, Baldwin City, KS 66006-0005
Administrative Office - 719 High Street, Baldwin City, KS 66006-0005
 

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Ex-MKT #142 began operation at the Midland Railway in late 1990.  Then in the Katy’s green and yellow striped color scheme, it was sandblasted, repaired, primed and repainted to its 1959 Katy red and black color scheme as you see it today.  MKT 142 was built by ALCO in 1951 as #1701, the RS-3 diesel-electric was rebuilt, re-engined, and renumbered #142 by EMD in 1959.  It was painted in Katy’s new green and yellow paint scheme in March 1973.  It served primarily on both freight and passenger service between Kansas City and Parsons, KS, as well as service in Houston, TX and the Gulf before being retired from service on December 16th, 1988 by the Union Pacific Railroad.  It is the only M-K-T locomotive still operating under its Katy colors and herald and has become Midland Railway’s most used and dependable locomotive.  MKT #142 generates 1,500 hp, weighs 240,000 lbs.  It is owned by the Midland Railway.

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