Manufacturers Railway Company
Based on a visit to St Louis in October, 1985
The Manufacturers Railway of St Louis, Mo. is owned by Anheuser-Busch and is kept
busy switching the huge bottling plants in the St Louis area. Along with the local
chores; the MRS runs transfers every day to the Alton & Southernís Gateway Yard in
east St Louis on the other side of the Mississippi.
When I visited the enginehouse in 1985 there were still a few classic Alco switchers
still active. The Alcos were retired soon after. At least one is preserved and is
kept at the St Louis station; now a shopping mall complex.
The MRS paint scheme is one of the classiest and most expensive ever applied to a
switcher. Todayís MRS rosters an all EMD roster. I am not aware of the disposition
of the M-K rebuild shown in the accompanying photos. The switching duties are probably
very different from what I observed 15 years ago.
Morrison-Knudsen rebuild of an Alco switcher with an EMD prime mover
Apparently the most expensive rebuild of a switcher ever attempted and
never repeated. Disposition unknown. The only Alco heritage is the cab
and frame. The trucks may not have come from the original unit.
Beautiful Alco S2 207. An Alco S4 is providing the smoke in the background.
Perhaps the classiest paint scheme ever applied to a switcher, EMD SW1500 255
Classic EMD SW1500 and two MP15s in the A&S Gateway Yard.
EMD MP15DC in front of the enginehouse.
All photos were generously submitted by Brian Nicholson
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