Don't let the hazy, foggy day cover image cause you to not consider adding this title to your library. Inside the book has photographs taken on better days. All photographs inside are in color with good reproduction. In addition to the text and photographs are maps and track schematics, a locomotive roster and timetable information.
The rail network across the southern Great Plains was dramatically changed in 1993 by creation of the Central Kansas Railway, a regional formed from 800 miles of branch line trackage previously operated by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.
This book tells about both the CKRY and its "sister" short line, the Kansas Southwestern, the latter created from cast-off Union Pacific branch lines. Together the two companies provided essential freight service to Wichita and many agrarian towns in the surrounding region of Kansas and northern Oklahoma. The combined system was sold to Watco, Inc. in 2001, and operations continue today.
Ex-Santa Fe tells how CKRY continued to have a close association with AT&SF following the sale, with details on traffic operations, motive power and facilities. Included are 115 color photographs, along with maps and engine rosters.
Prelude: The Kansas Southwestern Railway, pp. 9-28;
The Santa Fe Fades Away, pp. 29-40;
Early Central Kansas Railway Operations, pp. 41-52;
Early Equipment and Facilities, pp. 53-56;
Harvests and Floods, pp. 57-60;
More Harvests, More Abandonments, pp. 61-70;
Santa Fe to BNSF, pp. 71-72;
Despair, Merger and Sale, pp. 73-78;
Watco Rebirth, pp. 79-82;
Locomotive Rosters, pp. 83-90;
Bibliography, About the Author, Index, 91-96.
South Platte Press, softcover, 96 pages, 8.5 x 11 x .25 in., 115 Color photographs and maps.