In Trains and Trolleys, you have a ticket to hop aboard and travel across nearly two centuries through what St. Louis built, operated, and preserved for the railroad.

25% of all proceeds from this site will go to the Missouri Pacific Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) organization that preserves and promotes the rich heritage of Missouri Pacific Railroad and its predecessors.

About the Book

The battle between St. Louis and Chicago to be the Midwest’s leading city long predates the one between the Cardinals and the Cubs. Chicago won the fight to be considered part of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad, and the Gateway City’s delay in building a railroad bridge over the Mississippi River kept St. Louis in second place railroad service in the Midwest.

But while Chicago had the Pullman Car Company, St. Louis featured more of the most important manufacturers in the rail industry, including American Car & Foundry and the St. Louis Car Company. St. Louis was dotted with historic rail structures ranging from its grand Union Station to depots built just after the Civil War, and a number of its suburbs were born of rail lines serving the area, with streets that still wear the names of the railroads they paralleled.

In Trains and Trolleys, you have a ticket to hop aboard and travel across nearly two centuries through what the city built, operated, and preserved for the railroad. Hear the stories of the great-grandfathers who worked the rails, or take a walk down memory lane and a streetcar ride down to Gaslight Square.

Local author and locomotive enthusiast Molly Butterworth carefully catalogues the history and significance of St. Louis’ connection to its railroad days. Through the years, many of the railroad stations and streetcar stops have gone by the wayside, but their stories have lived on. Read about the ones you can still go enjoy, included in the many wonderful secrets shared among the pages of Trains and Trolleys.

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About the Author

Though she had already worked on vintage warbirds as a volunteer at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Molly Butterworth never imagined while studying public history in graduate school that her museum career would include learning to how to operate diesel locomotives from a retired Missouri Pacific electrician nicknamed “Papercup” for his use of Dixie cups to cover open contacts, restoring passenger rail cars named for and ridden by Presidents, and becoming president of the Association of Railway Museums.