Jim Ogden

MoPac was in a prolonged receivership from 1933 to 1956 (to keep the Van Sweringen Group/Allegheny Corporation from bleeding the company dry) and the “trustee” did not approve the donation of large modern locomotives. This individual is like a bankruptcy judge and had the final say. The Iron Mountain 635/MoPac 2707 was already a museum piece when donated.

In 1956 they absorbed the IGN and Gulf Coast Lines and diluted Allegheny Corporation’s control greatly. Maybe after 1957 if they still had steam we might could have seen a donation. Allegheny was always looking for cash to raid.

Jim Ogden
Argyle, Texas

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