This quaint locomotive, the Missouri, was one of the two original engines of the old Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad, which was the first to reach the Missouri River in 1859. The new railroad staged a record speed run in 1860 and thereby won a contract to carry the mails between St. Louis and St. Joseph, which hitherto had been shipped by steamboat. The Missouri pulled the train on that run. In June, 1862, when the first post office cars were inaugurated on this same line between West Quincy and St. Joseph, the Missouri pulled the train that carried the first P. O. Car. (Photo is the courtesy of Burlington Railroad.) Clarence says he clipped this from the Railway Carmen's Journal and thought you readers would be interested. Courtesy of Clarence E. Mitcham, Rt. 1, Mead, Washington 99021.
Clarence E. Mitcham