An initial assessment of West Side 297 upon its arrival in Kansas

The climate of northeast Kansas is somewhat wet and humid – not Dallas humid or Seattle wet – but wet and humid nonetheless. While the climate is favorable to farming, it is not such a plus when it comes to keeping ancient wooden railroad cars alive. Thus the first, and …

Colorado & Southern narrow gauge boxcar 8301 – the garden shed

Just over one-third of the body of Colorado & Southern narrow gauge boxcar 8301 remains today as a shed in Northeast Kansas. In its 106 years of existence, C&S 8301 has been a railroad car for a little over 30 years and a shed – in at least four different …