The City of Salina (M10000)
After a successful nationwide tour in 1934, Union Pacific placed its M10000 trainset into revenue service between Kansas City, Missouri and Salina, Kansas (population 45,000) 183 miles west of Kansas City. The train Union Pacific called the Streamliner - the "City of Salina" - departed in the morning eastbound then doubled back through Lawrence and as far as Topeka and returning to Kansas City in the early afternoon. The train then left Kansas City in the late afternoon and arrived in Salina during the evening. The City of Salina was scrapped for the war effort at Omaha in 1942.
This particular model is made by MTH Electric Trains in its Premier (Scale) line. It has one motor in the front and one motor in the tail section.
Take a day trip with me on the M10000 Streamliner from Salina to Topeka! We'll leave first thing tomorrow morning, do some shopping in old downtown Topeka (north of the Kansas River) then return to Salina in the evening. North downtown Topeka developed around the Union Pacific stations while south downtown Topeka (south of the river) developed around the Santa Fe's line. We will just pretend to ignore the stationmaster's error in the final sequences where he announces the Salina arrival of "train no. 100". Since Salina was the host city to which the M10000 returned at the end of the day, the only arriving City of Salina would be the westbound version, train no. 99! Train no. 100 was the eastbound version that departed each morning for Kansas City. It is my understanding, the stationmaster recently transferred from Kansas City to Salina when he was promoted from ticket agent so he was just a little set in the old way in making the incorrect train number call out.
Gathered round the City of Salina are a Rail King Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson and Lionmaster Rio Grande Challenger no. 3800 while a freight moves past on a parallel track.
If you are ever in Topeka, be sure to visit the Great Overland Station (the former Union Pacific Topeka station). After a destructive fire in 1992, the station was nicely restored with a combination of private donations and federal ISTEA 4 funds. The station reopened in 2004. The concourse looks great and serves as a gathering space for events while the east wing houses a railroad history museum and the west wing hosts model railroad displays and a railroad themed gift shop. There are many historical items and photos in the museum documenting Union Pacific's presence and impact around Topeka. Nearby, historical and original buildings are found in the original Topeka "downtown" north of the Kaw River. I shot the below photos in December 2012. The "Palace on the Prairie" must look just as good as when it first opened on January 27, 1927.
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Nice engine, In my books I like it better then the Daylight, I think its that dull yellow color. Whith it being a premier doe's it require O-72 curves. Thanks for sharring. Nick
Thanks Nick! It says on the box it requires O 72. However, on my layout I did have one O 54 Real Trax curve amongst the O 72 curves. It handled the curve OK but the sharper radius popped off the wheel shrouding which hooked against my bridge causing a derailment. At a minimum, I would suggest removing the wheel shrouding before running on 54 and proceed with caution before ramping up the speed. I will post some new videos and review of this piece soon to include the Salina and Topeka, Kansas, stations the City of Salina served during its six year stint.
Here is a video I made recently imagining a trip on the City of Salina and incorporating photos of Salina Union Station and the Topeka Union Pacific station.