Missouri Pacific Cabooses
(and the Union Pacific)
in Ste. Genevieve, MO

If you ever find yourself in south central Missouri, be sure to stop by historic Ste. Genevieve, located about 40 miles southeast of St. Louis. In addition to being a fine old river town with many historic structures, antique shops, and bed and breakfasts, it also is one of the last bastions of Missouri Pacific cabooses in the 21st century!

The UP yard on the east side of town, near the river (and the Modoc Ferry). This yard is actually the easternmost point in MO of the old Missouri-Illinois railroad, and parallels the tracks of the BNSF River Subdivision. Here you can find an assortment of UP GP power, the MoPac cabooses, and dozens of lime-encrusted covered hoppers which service the nearby lime plant.

The photos below were taken at various times beginning in 2002, and as I get more photos they'll be added at the end - so make sure you scroll down to see if you've seen the latest ones!

June 22, 2002
UP had two ex-MP cabooses working the yard, MP 13071 and MP 13848. These cabooses were built by Missouri Pacific in their Desoto, MO car shops in the late 1970's. These two are still earning their keep today.
The motive power on June 22. On hand were UP 5564 and UP 5582 (GP-50's), UP 1846 (GP-15), and SP7872 (B30-7).
There are many ex-MoPac covered hoppers like this one in the Ste. Genevieve yard.

July 13, 2002
By July, ex-D&RGW 3120 (GP-40) had shown up on the property. Looks like the taggers got the best of it wherever it was before.

March 29, 2003
On March 29, 2003, UP 5568 and UP 664 were on hand.
More ex-MoPac covered hoppers were on hand in the yard (many the worse for wear).
UP has several covered hoppers on hand also.

April 19, 2003
By April 19, the fleet had been replaced with some ex-Southern Pacific units.
Close-ups of SP 4834, and a patch job on an SP U-boat.
A close-up of UP 737.


Last modified: June 17, 2007