Not much has been reported about steam power on the KCS. In 1964, Don Campbell wrote Modern Steam Locomotives of the KCS for The Bulletin of the National Railroad Historical Society. Don carries this article forward in this book and, in addition, reports on the earlier steam power.
KCS motive power policies in the Steam Era were different from other Southwestern District railroads which did not have grades of 1.8 percent on their main lines. Maximum tractive force at low speeds was the key, hence KCS started using 0-6-6-0 Mallet compounds in 1912 and 127 ton 2-8-0s in 1913. Compound working 2-8-8-0s of 294.5 tons and with 147,000 pounds of tractive force followed in 1918.
Skipping the popular 2-8-2 type, the KCS made the shift to high speed freight power with the purchase of ten 2-10-4s from Lima in 1937. As the largest locomotives in the Southwest, the big Texas types did yeoman service between Kansas City and De Queen, Arkansas until their replacement by diesel power, followed by scrapping in 1953. Numerous black and white photographs supplement the text which includes locomotives by class with specifications, a 1945 freight and passenger timetable and charts of locomotive tonnage ratings.
Acknowledgements, Foreword, pp. 5-6;
History of KCS and Its Steam Power, pp. 7-20;
Classes of KCS Steam Power, pp. 21-39;
The Neosho Hill, pg. 40;
Timetable Statistics, pp. 41-45;
KCS System Map, pg. 46;
Bibliography, pp. 47-48.
South Platte Press, softcover, 48 pages, 8.5 x 11 x .25 in., B&W photographs and illustrations, roster data.