I am old enough to remember the Katy runs thru St. Charles, and into West Alton MO, can remember visiting friends at Pilot Grove with MKT unit trains gliding by thru the hills headed on to Boonville. Was out walking the KATY Trail the other day, ghosts abound, a howl from a stray breeze sounding as a distant horn and the distant sound of the UP on the other side of the river echoing off the bluffs reminded me of the days when the Katy was still operating. Can still remember an old GP darting side to side on track that needed Gandy Dancers to bring it back true. Still remember working in Ft. Scott KS with a KATY line thru the heart of town, a stray train rolling thru at night and a few odd locals during the day. Makes me ill seeing lines decay then disappear and the rails just getting ripped up. Most of the old wooden trestles are rotted so far as to need replacement with modern steel 'Walk' bridges' the old iron work bridges in such disrepair as to be ghastly. I have gotten old and sentimental.