YourToyTrains- Model Trains- just loves trains, including the history of trains. Look at this old hopper car on a Union Pacific Railroad manifest freight train rolling through Mineola, Texas. Not much to look at, or is it?
That eagle on the car was the symbol of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. The Missouri Pacific was once owned by Jay Gould, the most hated "robber baron" of all time. But Gould pushed through the Texas & Pacific Railway to Sierra Blanca, Texas- creating a transcontinental railroad in the 1880s. Later Gould combined the Missouri Pacific (MoPac) and the T&P. Missouri Pacific barely survived the Depression, and was a perennial loser- but Post World War II with new management and a growing economy in the Southwest MoPac became one of America's premier railroads. Its 1982 inclusion into railroad power house Union Pacific created America's premier railroad, which the company remains today. And what of that eagle? Missouri Pacific's Postwar streamliner fleet of passenger trains were their "Eagles"- Colorado Eagle, Texas Eagle, Missouri River Eagle, etc. The eagle logo is a tribute to those great passenger trains. A lot of information on this old hopper car!