Ft. Smith/Van Buren
Missouri Pacific Passenger Trains

Contributed by H. E. Huber, Louis A. Marre Collection
Arkansas Central train at their staion in Ft. Smith.

Contributed by H. E. Huber, Louis A. Marre Collection
St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern #5511 in Ft. Smith in 1914.

Mike Condren Collection
To the fight, the Frisco station shows beyond the water tank. To the left the arches of the Albert Pike Garrison Ave.bridge show beyond the locomotive pilot.

John Fink Photo, Louis Marre Collection
This 3/19/40 view of the north end of the station shows the open platforn last car of train #126.

Jack Avery Photo, Louis A. Marre Collection
MP 4-6-2 #6604 stops in Van Buren, 7/42.

In 1943 the Missouri Pacific installed CTC from the west switch in Van Buren to Greenwood Jct and then down the line to Ft Smith. This story was featured in Railway Age.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP 4-6-2 #6428 takes water during its stop in Ft. Smith, 5/13/43.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP 4-8-2 #5310 on train #126 changes crew at Van Buren Yard Office, 9/15/44.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP 4-6-2 #6625 on train #125 changes crew at Van Buren Yard Office, 9/15/44.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP 4-8-2 #5310 on train #126 pauses at Van Buren, 1/17/45.

Jack Avery Photo, Louis A. Marre Collection
MP 4-6-2 #6613 at Van Buren station, 1/26/46.

Jack Avery Photo, Louis A. Marre Collection
MP 4-6-2 #6613 at Van Buren station, 3/29/46.

Jack Avery Photo, Louis A. Marre Collection
MP 4-8-2 #5309 at Van Buren station, 6/16/46.

Jack Avery Photo, Louis A. Marre Collection
MP 4-6-2 #6617 at Van Buren station, 9/29\\17/46.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP 4-6-2 #6423 at Van Buren station, 10/1/46.

Charles Winters Photo, Louis Marre Collection
MP 4-6-2 #6621 is at the headend of the train in Ft. Smith, 8/31/47.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP EA7 7012 on train #126 is paused at the Van Buren Yard Office to change crews, 12/30/56.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP PA #8005 sits on a rainy evening in the Ft. Smith station, 3/5/57.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP E7 #7013 sits in the Ft. Smith station, 3/57.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP PA #8004 on train #125 in the Ft. Smith station, 4/57.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP EA7 7014 on train #126 unloads mail and express in the Ft. Smith station, 3/57. Note the mail storage box car.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP EA7 #7014 on train #126 takes the south leg of the wye, before backing into the Ft. Smith station, 4/2/57.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP F7 #591 leads train #125 at Ft. Smith, 6/57.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP E7A #7005 leads train #125 at Ft. Smith, 6/57.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP E7A #7007 leads train #125 at Ft. Smith, 6/57.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP E7 #7010 pauses at the Yard Office in Van Buren to change crews before leading train #126, 8/18/57.

Louis A. Marre Photo, Mike Condren Collection
MP train # 126 E-7 #7011 at the Arkansas Central station in Ft. Smith, AR 7/58

Classic Trains article "Shooting Eagles", Winter 2004

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP train # 126 E-7 #7008 at the station in Ft. Smith, AR 7/58

Louis A. Marre Photo, Mike Condren Collection
MP train #125 PA-2 #8030 Alma, AR 9/7/58

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP E-6 #7003 backs train #125 down the east leg of the wye before pulling forward to a stop in Ft. Smith, 8/58. Note that Frisco train #710 sits in the Ft. Smith station just behind tall grass. (EMD S/N: 1390 10/23/41; scrapped North Little Rock 3/31/65.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP E7 #7008 leads train #125 past the stock yards of West Ft. Smith, OK on its journey to Little Rock, AR, 8/58.

Louis A. Marre Photo, Mike Condren Collection
MP E8 #7020 leads train #126 across the Moffet, OK US 64 overpass on its return to the mainline in Greenwwod, Junction, OK, 6/59.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP #8020 leads train #126 north out of Greenwood Jct., OK on its way to Kansas City, 9/2/59.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP #8032 leaves the portal of the Helen Gould bridge as it departs Ft. Smith on train #126, 12/59.

Louis A. Marre Collection
MP F7 #569 leads train #126 in Ft. Smith, 1/2/60.

Gordon Mott Photo, Louis A. Marre Collection
MP E-8 #7020 exits the Arkansas River bridge and takes the south leg of the wye as it enters Ft. Smith on its last roundtrip, March 27, 1960. This photo was taken seconds before the sequence below.

All photos by Mike Condren
A group of snapshots of the next to the last northbound #126 on March 27, 1960 arriving. In the upper left is the train exiting the Arkansas River bridge and taking the south leg of the wye. The upper right shot shows the train backing down the east leg of the wye. The lower left shot shows the train pulling around the north leg of the wye for its stop. The lowest shot shows the crew in front of their engine. Left to right: man in suit, unknown; Paul DuVal, conductor; Oscar Whitson, brakeman; Vernon Muck, fireman; and Earl Holloway, engineer. Can anyone identify the man in the suit?

All photos by Mike Condren
This series of snap shots are of the last north bound Missouri Pacific passenger train to stop in Van Buren, AR, March 28, 1960. The gentleman racing to the cab in the bottom picture is Press Argus Editor and Publisher, Hugh Parks. Can anyone identify any of the members of this crew?


The following consists were recorded by Gordon Mott.

Following is the consist of Missouri Pacific train 125 at Fort Smith, Arkansas on 1/17/60. The consist was considerably swollen due to handing the cast and equipment of the road show troupe of "My Fair Lady" which was moving from Kansas City to their next performances at Little Rock. (Regular consist highlighted in blue.)

MP 8016 Alco PA
MP 8032 Alco PA
MP 8007 Alco PA
NYC 9017 Express (HW)
PRR 6083 Express (HW)
PRR 6136 Express (HW)
ATSF 3546 Express (LW)
GN 201 Mail Storage (HW, but reblt to LW profile)
MP 4161 Express (HW) - regular car
MP 2565 Baggage/RPO (HW) - regular car
MP 3612 Combine (HW) - regular car
MP 6301 Chair (HW) - regular car
PRR Pershing Square (HW) - 6-3
PRR Zanesville Inn (LW) - 21rmt
MP 10238 Diner-Lounge (HW)
UP Alpine River (LW) - 14sec
UP Alpine Stream (LW) - 14sec
March 20, 1960, Little Rock Union Depot 10:54pm -- Train 125 arrived from Kansas City and Fort Smith

MP 7003 EMD E-6
MP 2582 Baggage/RPO
MP 3612 Combine
MP 6165 Chair


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