This little train was a popular sight in many
parades of the 1940ís and 1950ís. It was built by the men
in the Topeka car shops, and it traveled the system in itís
own specially fitted, end door box car, accompanied by the
"engineer" assigned to itís care and maintenance.
I believe it was built on a small truck chassis,
and powered by an internal combustion engine. It sported a
bell, and may have had a smoke generation system I would guess
the height of the locomotive and cars as about 5 foot tall,
and each car about 8 foot long, and about 4 foot wide.
Each type of car bore the proper colors, and stenciling.
I believe the consist was a box car; a refrigerator car; a
stock car; a tank car; a flat car; and a caboose, plus the
engine and tender.
The locomotive cab was big enough for the engineer
to drive the train, from the left side, with a firemanís seat
that was usually designated for the Agent of the station involved,
or whoever the Agent wanted to do the job. The fireman had
not only the responsibility of ringing the bell, but watching
out for any problems with bystanders. I had the "pleasure"
of being the fireman during one parade, but on a hot day,
the inside was sweltering, since there was no air conditioning.
No one was allowed to ride in or on any of the cars if my
memory serves me right.