The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad was chartered in 1868 by the Union Pacific to be its southern division with a mission to connect Kansas with Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. Eventually, the MKT reached from Kansas to Denison (to be its headquarters city) and then on to Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Galveston and San Antonio, all in Texas. Through trackage rights, the Katy, as the road came to be called, reached St. Louis and Omaha, Nebraska. In 1980, it acquired trackage rights from the bankrupt Rock Island in Oklahoma. That trackage was operated as the Oklahoma-Kansas-Texas.
Jim Terrell filmed many of the Katy’s lines in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Included in this DVD are visits to the Denison car shops, the former tie plant and the UP excursion engine 8444 in Oklahoma. After the road was merged by UP into the MoPac, there was mixing of motive power. Eventually, both roads were absorbed into the UP.