The Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City Railroad

Quincy, IL to Kansas City, MO

The OK Railroad shops at Milan, MO.
This ungainly-looking beast is QO&KC number 30, outfitted with a Burlington tender and headlight (and an incredibly long headlight generator exhaust line) and used in switching service at Novinger, Missouri, circa 1918-1920. Corbin/Wagner collection.
QO&KC locomotive D-6, circa 1926. (Photo courtesy of Harold Vollrath.)
QO&KC number 33, prior to scrapping at Etola, IL. Main rods are missing, and the wheels are numbered for salvage.
"The Doodle Bug", an QO&KC motorized coach at Brimson, MO, circa 1937. Photo courtesy of Edison Raney.
The QO&KC freight depot. From the book The O.K. Route by Robert C. Brown.
The station at Castle, MO. From the collection of Archie Hayden, Hannibal, MO.
The station at Edina. From the collection of Archie Hayden, Hannibal, MO.
The Ewing passenger station. From the collection of Archie Hayden, Hannibal, MO.
The QO&KC depot at Green City, MO. From the book "Hogback Road" by Ralph L. Cooper and Michael R. Johns.
The depot at Hurdland (after the CB&Q purchased the QO&KC). Garland Shepard collection.
The passenger depot at Milan, MO. From the collection of Archie Hayden, Hannibal, MO.
The QO&KC freight and passenger depot, Trenton, MO.
The passenger depot at Stahl, MO. From the collection of Archie Hayden, Hannibal, MO.
The passenger depot at LaBelle, MO. From the collection of Archie Hayden, Hannibal, MO.
The passenger depot at Qunicy, MO; signed as the "Wabash Passenger Station" and the "Main Street Station".
It is believed that this interurban carbody served as a passenger station at Taylor, MO. The name of the child in the photograph is not known.

The Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City Railroad, more commonly known as "The OK Railroad", started out in 1897 as the Omaha, Kansas City and Eastern Railroad; it was mainly a steam-powered operation; passenger service was provided by Doodlebugs. There were once many terminals and shops along the route.

The QO&KC was consumed by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad, as was the I&StL.

A map of Novinger, MO, has been provided which shows the path of the QO&KC through town. (PDF, 1.5 MB)

See also Sedan, IA to Mercyville, MO, and the The Bevier and Southern Railroad.

—  User Comments  —

See also "Quincy Route" available through Ron's Books via the internet, or Doc's Caboose in Kansas City, MO.

Michael Johns
Ottumwa, IA

With regards to #33, any idea where she was built? The fat boiler and relatively small drivers bears a striking resemblance to some of the locomotives of the Cumberland & Pennsylvania RR, built by Mt. Savage Shops of Mt. Savage, MD. I also know that Mt. Savage built locomotives for other RR's at one time, so I'd be interested to see if this was the case. Thanks!

Pittsburgh, PA

The QOKC line is abandoned, and is not to be confused with the former CBQ line that is still in use by the BNSF. Please correct your note at the top of the web page.

Michael Johns
Ottumwa, IA
Thanks Michael, it has been corrected.   —Greg Harrison, Abandoned Rails

Does anyone know if there are any kits out there that could be used to build a QO&KC loco in HO scale? I would like to do a D-6, but everything I have see has a smaller boiler.

Timothy Dike
Plattsburg, MO

Portions of the grade may still be seen crossing U.S. 169 on the west side of Nashua and I-435 on the north side. This is in Clay County.

Richard V. Gilpin
St. Louis, MO

I've spent lots of time checking out the right-of-way of the "O-K" since about 1980. Recently, the city of Gladstone built a new community building near the long-gone station of Linden and excavated right through a thin layer of track ballast to create a parkinglot. I'll bet no one even noticed.

Howard Kelsey
Gladstone, MO

Did the St. Joseph Grand Island use part of Q, O & KC route to get access to Kansas City. Recently I observed a St. J & GI public timetable in the early 1900 that showed trains running out of St. Joe on the Santa Fe to just South of Gower and then switched to a route that didn't go to Heneritta. I found another a Union Pacific dated 4/16/1919 that just listed St. J & GI trains running only between St. Joe-Grand Island. Why did St.J & GI passenger trains stop using this route?

Larry Bauman
St. Joseph, MO

At one time there was a rumor that someone had access to the files of photos taken in the early 1930's by the CBQ to show the ICC why they wanted to tear up the entire railroad,photos of the entire railroad was taken and each town along the right of way.....the fellow I believe lived in STL and was putting the book together....last of that was at a model rail meet in Naperville,in fact he presented a sample of the photos and a talk on the QOKC.....anyone know what became of this project???

Joel Norman
Harvester, MO

Does anybody have a map overlay where I could see where the tracks were south of, and through Smithville? I think I live VERY close to the old route, but would love to find some of the old rail bed. I know there was a stop in Amory, and I live right beside Amory road, north of Nashua in Smithville. Also, where was the big rock quory that I have read about that I think portions are still standing near Smithville?

Mike Keeton
Smithville , MO

hey mike keeton- here is the map...

nashua, MO

Re: Track south of Smithville - the concrete loading structure for the abandoned quarry is located on 132nd Street, west of Virginia. Wood pilings for the trestle across the river in downtown are visible behind the old fire station, west of the ball field.

Allen Maty
Smithville, MO