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Missouri Pacific System Timetables 1969-1985
by JD "Tuch" Santucci - former MPRR Engineer
additional content by Jay Glenewinkel - former MPRR/UPRR Crew Van Driver

In 1969 the Missouri Pacific Railroad Eliminated the use of individual Divisional Timetables, and created a system wide timetable. The first two (2) issues (No. 1 in 1969 and No.2 in 1971) were rather generic versions, but created a new way of operating procedures. This method also helped reduce some costs of printing of numerous various timetables in the over 20 different divisions and subdivisions on the system.

The system timetable provided the crew members and officials alike with more in depth information about the different subdivisions, including sidings, business tracks and more. In addition, Passenger Train schedules were provided where applicable, as well other important items pertaining to a specific business track, changes or additions to service tracks and more.

In the back of these timetables, is a section "SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS". This provided the official instructions for general operations over the entire system, as well as on specific foreign railroads. Among these instructions included speed restrictions on specific locomotives in certain subdivisions and branch lines, the various road signs used along the right of way, block signal indications, etc.

As the Missouri Pacific made improvements and changes, so did the timetables change. Anytime there was a change in a District, the addition of a Branch Line or Business Track, new locomotives, new Hot Box detectors, and the list goes on and on and on, a new timetable was issued. In 1977, three different System timetables were issued. This was partly due to the integration and elimination of the Texas & Pacific, Chicago & Eastern Illinois, The Missouri-Illinois and other affiliated railroads into the Missouri Pacific System.

Below is a brief run down on each system timetable used on the Missouri Pacific.

 

Employees Timetable #1,
1969

#1... issued November 30, 1969-  First Missouri Pacific System Timetable. Was the only system issue to include the Kansas, Oklahoma & Gulf as a seperate railroad on the cover. This timetable included hand drawings of roadway signs used on the road. It was in effect longer than any other system timetable- 574 days. This timetable included 4 Operating Districts: Eastern District, Western District, Texas District, and Gulf District.

Employees Timetable #2,
1971

#2... issued June 27, 1971-  Included the addition of the new Southern District, which consisted of the Arkansas Division, Little Rock Terminal Division, and the New Orleans Division. Was the last timetable to include the "Missouri Pacific Lines" buzzsaw on the front cover.

#3... issued FRIDAY December 1, 1972- This issue reverted back to for Districts. The Arkansas Division, Little Rock Terminal Division and Louisiana Division was placed back into the Eastern District. This issue also shows the revision of the more simplified roadway signs used on the road, with cleaner illistrations on the reaer inside cover. In addition, it shows the acquisition of the Kansas, Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad by the Texas & Pacific. This timetable was the first issue to include color coding for track block signal operations: Green for ABS Territory, and Red for CTC Territory. Was the first issue to have the Screaming Eagle on the front cover. This issue was also produced with a silver cover for select railroad officials. Crew members and trainmen recieved the standard orange cover version.

#4... issued April 15, 1973- Showed minor changes in Special Operating Instructions.

Employees Timetable #5,
1974

#5... issued August 11, 1974- Included revised system map. The first issue to include Special Instructions for the new HIGH-WIDE Load Detectors and HOT BOX Detectors. Shows the elimination of the Texas and Gulf Districts. These two districts were combined to to create a new Southern District. The Red River & Dallas- Ft. Worth Division, Rio Grande Division, Palestine Division, Kingsville Division, DeQuincy Division, and New Orleans Terminal fall into this new district. This change created new subdivisions and altered several others.

#6... issued October 26, 1975- First issue to include "HIGHEST MINIMUM SPEED GOVERNS" for locomotives. Also included changes in select subdivisions. Was the last issue to include Texas & Pacific, Chicago & Eastern Illinois and Missouri-Illinois Railroads by name on the front cover. Minor changes in Special Operating Instructions.

Employees Timetable #7,
1976

#7... issued October 31, 1976- Included revised system map. This issue introduced the "CONDITIONAL YARD LIMIT" sign, along with new cleaner illustrations of the road signs. Was the first issue to include handling of "HAZARDOUS MATERIALS" chart. In addition, this issue was also the first to include more detailed descriptions of Block Signal indications. Was the first issue to read "MISSOURI PACIFIC RAILROAD CO. and AFFILIATED COMPANIES" on the front cover.

#8... issued April 24, 1977- Was in effect for the shortest time period of any system timetable- only 53 days. Included revised system map, eliminating the Texas & Pacific, Chicago & Eastern Illinois, and Missouri-Illinois Railroads from the map. Included new and revised subdivisions. First to include Special Instructions for operation over Kansas City Southern trackage in Texas and Louisiana. HAZ-MAT chart eliminated from timetable.

#9... issued THURSDAY June 16, 1977- Showed minor changes in Special Operating Instructions. Was the last timetable with the "MISSOURI PACIFIC LINES" buzzsaw on the system map.

Employees Timetable #10,
Issued October 30, 1977. Was the first timetable to utilize the Screaming Eagle emblem with "Missouri Pacific System" lettering on the system map.

#10.. issued October 30, 1977- Included revised "MISSOURI PACIFIC SYSTEM" map with Screaming Eagle. Minor changes in Special Operating Instructions.

Employees Timetable #11,
issued May 21, 1978

#11.. issued May 21, 1978- Minor changes in Special Operating Instructions. Last issue to include the wording "and AFFILIATES" on the front cover.

#12.. issued November 26, 1978- First issue to read "MISSOURI PACIFIC RAILROAD CO." without mention of affiliated companies on front cover. Minor changes in Special Operating Instructions.

Employees Timetable #13,
1979

#13.. issued FRIDAY June 15, 1979- Included revised system map. Minor changes in Special Operating Instructions.

#14.. issued November 18, 1979- Included new "EMERGENCY PLAN OF ACTION" instructions in the event of an incident involving hazardous materials. Minor changes in Special Operating Instructions.

#15.. issued August 3, 1980- The Divisions in the Southern District were seperated. The Kingsville Division, DeQuincy Division and New Orleans Terminal remained in the Southern District. The Red River & Dallas- Ft. Worth Division, Rio Grande Division, and Palestine Division went to the recreated Texas Division. Included revised system map. Changes in subdivisions. Minor changes in Special Operating Instructions.

#16.. issued November 30, 1980- Minor changes in Special Operating Instructions.

#17.. issued June 28, 1981- Included revised system map. Only issue to include "INSTRUCTIONS FOR HANDLING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS" with color coded HAZ-MAT placard chart. Emergency Plan of Action Instructions moved from the back of the timetable to the front pages. Minor changes in Special Operating Instructions.

Employees Timetable #18
1981

#18.. issued October 25, 1981- Last issue with the old system map. Last issue with the "MISSOURI PACIFIC SYSTEM" Screaming Eagle on the map. Minor changes in Special Operating Instructions.

#19.. issued October 31, 1982- Included new redesigned (MAB) system map. First issue with "MO-PAC" Screaming Eagle on map. Minor changes in Special Operating Instructions.

Employees Timetable #20
1983

#20.. issued July 10, 1983- Included slightly redesigned front cover with version 2 of the Screaming Eagle. Minor changes in Special Operating Instructions.

#21.. issued November 13, 1983- Included revised system map (MAB) with thicker lines indicating Union Pacific trackage. Also included slightly redesigned illustration of the Hot Box detector. Minor changes in Special Operating Instructions.

#22.. issued May 27, 1984- Last issue with the Screaming Eagle and "SAFETY FIRST" slogan on the front cover. Changes in Special Operating Instructions.

Employees Timetable #23,
Issued October 28, 1984. The last of the series. The first timetable to utilize the Union Pacific shield with "Missouri Pacific Railroad CO. on the cover. Also had plain text "mo-pac" on the system map page

#23.. issued October 28, 1984- Included revised system map (MAB) without the Screaming Eagle logo, but retaining "mo-pac" lettering. "SAFETY WITHOUT COMPROMISE" slogan added to front cover. MAJOR changes in Districts and Divisions.

EASTERN DISTRICT: Illinois Division, Little Rock Terminal Division, Chicago Division, St. Louis Terminal Division and Louisiana Division eliminated. WESTERN DISTRICT: Kansas Division and Central Division combined to Central Kansas Division.

TEXAS DISTRICT: Red River & Dallas- Ft. Worth Division seperated to Red River Division and Dallas- Ft. Worth Division. Palestine Division eliminated.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT: DeQuincy Division eliminated. First issue with Union Pacific shield on cover with "MISSOURI PACIFIC RAILROAD CO." . First issue with white inside cover. Last of the series.

MP/UP Employees Timetable #1,
1985

#1... issued April 28, 1985- First issue to include color illustrations of Block Signal indications. Overall changes in Special Operating Instructions. Districts renamed.

EASTERN DISTRICT to: Southeastern District
WESTERN DISTRICT to: Cental District

MP/UP Employees Timetable #2,
Issued October 27, 1985. Was the VERY last Missouri Pacific timetable. Had the MP Screaming Eagle buzzsaw emblem with "mo-pac" text on the system map page

#2... issued October 27, 1985- Included revised system map with the "MO-PAC" Screaming Eagle (thanks MAB) Texas District eliminated. Dallas-Ft. Worth Terminal Division eliminated. Rio Grande Division and Red River Division added to Southern District. FINAL MISSOURI PACIFIC TIMETABLE.

MP/UP Silver Timetable #3

"Just a quick note on timetable colors... I have a silver covered #3 in my collection. I don't know the exact reason for it, maybe it was a limited run for officials or whatever but nonetheless it's silver. I acquired it from another employee in the MP headquarters building back about 1980 or so." - scan from Mark Bess (former Missouri Pacific employee) Collection

Union Pacific #3... issued April 27, 1986- First Union Pacific Timetable to integrate Missouri Pacific trackage into the UP System.

MP/UP Employees Timetable #2, 3, 4
1985-6
Union Pacific timetable #3, issued April 27, 1986. The very first timetable to combine the Missouri Pacific and Western Pacific lines with the Union Pacific lines. The first to include a system map of all three railroads on the system map page


SYSTEM MAP REVISIONS:

Original System Timetable Map: 1969 - Timetables 1 & 2.
Revisions: 8/16/72 -
Timetables 3 & 4
5/01/74 -
Timetables 5 & 6
10/76 -
Timetable 7
3/77 -
Timetables 8 & 9
10/77 -
Timetables 10, 11 & 12
11/78 -
Timetables 13 & 14
6/80 -
Timetables 15 & 16
5/81 -
Timetables 17 & 18

MAB Redesigned System Map: 9/82 - Timetables 19 & 20
Revisions: 10/83 -
Timetables 21 & 22
10/84 -
Timetable 23
3/85 -
Timetable 1
9/85 -
Timetable 2


    OTHER TIMETABLES
Arkansas Division Employees Timetable #15,
1947

GCL/DeQuincy Div. Employees Timetable #58
1948

Southern District Employees Timetable #4,
1966

C&EI/L&N Employees Timetable #2,
1973

Roadway Signs-Employees Timetable

MP Signals - Employees Timetable
1985

Map - Employees Timetable #1,
1969

Map - Employees Timetable #11,
1977

Map - Employees Timetable #20,
1982






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Public Timetables
Timetable,
1939
Sunshine Special Timetable,
1945
Timetable,
1956

 

 


More on Missouri Pacific Lines Employee Timetables
by JD "Tuch" Santucci - former MPRR Engineer

There were three joint timetables issued for the joint track between Chicago and Woodland Jct, IL on the Chicago Subdivision. #1 was a joint C&EI/L&N issued in MoPac format with orange cover and the C&EI buzzsaw emblem. The L&N name was in a rectangular box with a border around it as the emblem appeared on the front of L&N locomotives. It was issued 10/26/69. It was a tri-fold type with no paper pages. There was no color coding for ABS and CTC in the joint issued. The entire card was an orange colored coated cardstock material like the covers of the system timetables. All instructions contained were applicable to the Chicago Sub only and all employees affected had to have a current copy with them.

I believe system timetable #13 discontinued the use of it and all instructions were carried on the system issue. If I recall correctly, virtually all instructions in the joint timetables were also in the Chicago and Illinois Sub section of the system timetable. The only item not shown in the special instructions of the system issue were the locations and type of hand operated crossover switches. With this change, L&N crews now had to carry the slightly larger MoPac system issue instead of the smaller joint timetable.

L&N gained joint ownership of the double track line between Woodland Jct and Yard Center in 1969 with MoPac handling the operation (dispatching, staffing at stations and towers requiring such), performing the maintenance and handling all local industry work. L&N was billed for services based upon car counts. Local switching charges were billed to L&N. L&N also inherited the remaining passenger train left on the line, the Danville Flyer. This was a daily Chicago-Danville train. It normally had one engine, and two coaches with hardly any people traffic.

Joint Chicago #2 was also a C&EI/L&N issue on 4/15/73 again, with the C&EI buzzsaw.

Joint MoPac/L&N #3 was issued 10/31/76. It had the screaming eagle replacing the C&EI buzzsaw as the C&EI had now been totally merged into MoPac and the name discontinued. This was also the last joint timetable issued for the Chicago Division.

There was one C&EI Evansville Division timetable issued before MoPac conveyed the line to the L&N in 1969. It had a blue cover with the C&EI buzzsaw. issued June 2, 1968. This covered what MoPac named the Evansville Sub (between Woodland Jct and Evansville, IN) and several branch lines still in operation on that date on the Evansville side. Prior to the this change, the line between Chicago and Danville, IL was called the Danville Sub and where the track split at Woodland Jct and headed towards Salem and St Louis was called the St Louis Sub. From Danville to Evansville was called the Evansville Sub in pre-merger C&EI days.

Beginning in January 1983, it seemed that many forms (and other printed materials) began to carry the UP shield. As the cases of MoPac forms were depleted from inventories, they were replaced with those of UP. Even system timetable #23 had the Screaming Eagle replaced with the UP shield on the cover though the written name of the railroad on the timetable still said "Missouri Pacific Railroad."

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