Union Pacific, The MoPac Merger Years: 1986 – 88


Producer: Mary McPherson

Timeframe: 1986 – 88

Locations: Salem, Mt. Vernon, Kirkwood…

Length: 1 hour 49 minutes

Source: George Redmond

This Heritage Series show is focused on the final years of Missouri Pacific. The videos are centered around the St. Louis area.

A single DVD-R. A main menu, with options. Play, Scene Selection and Previews.  No maps. There are on-screen graphics.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-13h07m15s643Videography by George Redmond. He is very competent. The scenes are on point. Only limited by the tech of the era. Still, these are images that are hard to find.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-12h50m46s240Color balance is very good. Audio is lively! Mary let’s these trains be heard. An enjoyable show.


A broadside view of the final scheme. Those C36-7 units, were assigned to hot priority moves.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-10h59m58s013The opening scene was shot in March, 1985. These Missouri Pacific GP50 units, are painted in the UP style. Nicknamed the Canary paint scheme.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-11h17m32s252Blue GP38s switch at Salem Yard.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-11h09m52s538A Western Pacific GP40, also at Salem. 

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-12h20m09s204A GE C36-7 at Tuscola, Illinois. The tower is Illinois Central. Doesn’t this locomotive, recall late Alco design?

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-11h23m33s297A blue GE is heading this local.


Some GP18s are turned in at Mt. Vernon, to be scrapped. Note, the low and high hood options.


This Houston to Indianapolis, displays the three principal paint schemes, in use. Salem.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-11h39m23s292At Dupo, Illinois. A trio of SD50 canaries lead a unit coal train. These late model orders were delivered in this revised paint.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-12h34m43s042Rarely seen, Union Pacific RoadRailer trains. Good for some appearances,l in this show.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-11h42m08s603Those  C30-7 were MoPacs last new order. 

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-11h45m29s782George has good pacing sequences. A malfunctioning GE unit, is the most entertaining.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-11h54m54s652By 1987, a solid set of MoPac blue is almost impossible to find, on a road train!

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-12h52m22s170After watching the operator print it. A funny moment! The engineer on this Conrail engine, whiffs on the grab. Mary comments the train continues onward, because it is CTC territory.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-12h10m47s553Former MP 4248 and it’s mate 4232, are now in full Union Pacific paint. Mount Vernon.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-12h31m53s271Engine #1713 leads at Kirkwood,MO.


Naturally, by 1988 the older blue units are faded and in smaller numbers. A veteran SD40 shows up at Mt. Vernon.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-12h45m38s971This scene tells the story, of the later Missouri Pacific years. Union Pacific, with an ever growing prescence. This power clears the mainline at Mount Vernon, after dropping it’s cars.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-12h38m20s889In the end, the railroad is absorbed into the super system. Some say it’s progress. While many Railfan’s, are saddened at another fallen flag. 

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-13h00m33s314There are a number of cabooses in this show. The transfer model could show, in road service.

A well paced show. The train sounds make it just as interesting to hear, as it is to view. Sure, it is not modern standards. There is historical value in these older tapes. This collection has aged well. Narrative highlights the need to know information. A variety of locations. One of the better Heritage Series releases.

Rating: 4 Stars







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