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Date: 04/20/17 08:43
MoPac diesel shop was being built about 70 years ago
Author: JoCoLB

A Missouri Pacific Railroad diesel repair shop building was under construction in Osawatomie, Kan., when this picture was taken in about 1947 or '48. Note that tracks had not yet been laid in the building or aligned straight towards the building. This diesel repair facility, which employed several hundred mechanics, electricians and other craftsmen, was in operation from 1948 to 1958.

(Photo courtesy of Richard Speck)




Date: 04/20/17 08:46
Re: MoPac diesel shop was being built about 70 years ago
Author: JoCoLB

This picture shows the Osawatomie diesel repair shop after it was operational. At the lower left, can be seen the turntable for a decades-old steam locomotive roundhouse. It looks like one of the former Colorado Eagle passenger engines is peeking out a west door of the shop.

(Photo courtesy of Richard Speck)




Date: 04/20/17 08:50
Re: MoPac diesel shop was being built about 70 years ago
Author: JoCoLB

Here is a view of the Osawatomie diesel repair shop building from the front side. Offices faced Sixth Street (U.S. 169 highway) Looks like GP-7 road switchers are parked on the north side of the shop.

(Photo courtesy of Richard Speck)




Date: 04/20/17 11:15
Re: MoPac diesel shop was being built about 70 years ago
Author: wabash2800

Thanks for sharing. So the RR spent all that money, and the shops were only in use for ten years?


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Date: 04/20/17 16:18
Re: MoPac diesel shop was being built about 70 years ago
Author: JoCoLB

Correct!



Date: 04/20/17 20:12
Re: MoPac diesel shop was being built about 70 years ago
Author: Seventyfive

What a great set of very interesting photos. That MP power looks really sharp even when not seen in color.
Thanks for posting these gems.



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