Your Toy Trains, one of the leading model train websites, salutes Mr. Mike Haverty, who recently "retired" from Kansas City Southern Railway's "Executive Chairman" position to the position of "Non-Executve Chairman" . Mr. Haverty's career has been all about railroads, and his contributions to the railroad industry would be too much to detail in this short Blog. We do want to cite two hallmark events from his career: 1) Mr. Haverty while at Santa Fe convinced J. B. Hunt to use rail for its long haul shipments, and railroading has never been the same. J. B. Hunt, of course, is now a major customer for several Class I railroads. 2) His vision of a Kansas City Southern Railway as a north-south link in a east-west world was revolutionary- the KCS as the "NAFTA Railroad" has been riding that revolution. As railfans, Mr. Haverty brought the silver and red "War Bonnet" color scheme back to Santa Fe, and at Kansas City Southern locomotives now receive a version of the "Southern Belle" paint scheme of former passenger train streamliners. Mr. Mike Haverty is one of the great railroaders of all time. We are proud to salute this modern-day visionary and pioneer!