Talk:St. Joseph and Grand Island Railway

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Misleading content[edit]

The article on the main page is very poor and misleading. The article gives the impression that the railroad was a short line in Nebraska, while most of the railroad was in Kansas and reached Missouri. I would suggest it be replaced by the following-

The earliest predecessor of the St. Joseph and Grand Island Railroad was the St. Joseph & Western Railroad, chartered by the Territorial legislature of Kansas. Construction began across the Missouri River from St. Joseph, Missouri during 1860. During 1862 the name of the St.J&W was changed to the St. Joseph & Denver City Railroad. By December 1872 it was completed to Hastings, NE, a distance of 227 miles. The name was changed to the St. Joseph & Grand Island Railroad during 1879 following an extension to Grand Island, NE and a connection with the Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific gained control of the St. Joseph and Grand Island during 1880. The St. Joseph Bridge Building Company completed a bridge over the Missouri River during 1873, and this was acquired by the St.J&GI during the 1880s. Total length of the railroad from St. Joseph, MO to Grand Island, NE was 249 miles. Union Pacific continues to operate the majority of the former St.J&GI. Abandoned portions run 32 miles between Elwood and Robinson, in Kansas, as well as a segment between Hastings and Grand Island.

And this reference source should be added- http://tacnet.missouri.org/history/encycmo/rrstjoseph.html

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