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The Southern Belle Observation Car ended a classic streamlined train. KCS Southern Belle Train Postcard showing the observation car on the Southern Belle, the premier train of the Kansas City Southern Railroad. The Southern Belle train ran from Kansas City to New Orleans, stopping in Joplin, Texarkana, Shreveport, Alexandria, and Baton Rouge. KCS inaugurated the route on 2-September-1940. Pullman-Standard delivered three new trainsets to KCS for the Southern Belle in 1940. Southern Belle Observation Car Railroads promoted the last car in a passenger train consist as "observation." Early observation cars offered riders an open rear platform. On a nice day...
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