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William Houf from Livermore, California on 1/6/2016 1:35:25 PM:
Hello,
I have been told that my grandfather was a railroad engineer for KATY. He lived in Parsons Kansas. His name was Reuben Wheeles. Can you provide any information about him?

 
KC from Austin on 1/6/2016 2:03:57 PM:
That's a neat connection, but this forum is more about the bike trail that runs on the former MKT line, not actual railroad history. I bet if you do a google search for MKT retirees there is some sort of former employees association that could help.

 
Marshall C. McKinley from Overland Park, Kansas on 9/17/2016 12:23:16 PM:
Your grandfather worked with the Katy so did my grandfather. He ran the freight office in Parsons Kansas I know very little about it though I want to learn and am trying

 
Anonymous from Parsons, Kansas on 12/9/2016 5:22:28 PM:
The 1910 census shows that Reuben was a Fireman on the railroad at the age of 26. That fits the pattern to become an engineer. I had several relatives who started out at lower levels and worked up to fireman and then engineer.