Ste. Genevieve


Ste. Genevieve (often shortened to “Ste. Gen” by locals) was founded in 1735 by French-Canadians from Illinois and is the oldest permanent European settlement in Missouri.  The M-I was the first railroad into Ste. Gen and the Frisco came through in 1904.  For many years, the Frisco shared depot space with the M-I.  In 1938, the Frisco erected their own depot directly across the tracks.

Depiction of Ste. Genevieve in the dome of the Missouri capitol at Jefferson City.
M-I depot at Ste. Genevieve. Photo credit unknown.
Later image with the M-I depot on the left and the Frisco depot on the right. Photo credit unknown.
Flooding of the Mississippi River north of the Ste. Genevieve depot on March 16, 1973. The image shows MoPac Trainmaster M.A. Core walking along the Frisco right-of-way while MP units #357 and #349 approach on the adjacent M-I track. The depot, which is behind the photographer, ended up with 43″ of muddy Mississippi water inside. Photo by C.H. Geletzke, Jr. 
Tracks depart southward (and westward) from the Ste. Gen depot, crossing South Main Street and a small creek (Gabouri Creek’s south fork). Google Earth image

Layout representation…

Trains depart south from Middle Yard, cross Main Street on the overpass bridge and arrive at the Ste. Genevieve depot where they can pick up orders and the occasional passenger.

There are several industries to be switched on the industrial lead, past the depot. Since train length will likely require passage back and forth through the interlock plant, a call to the tower operator must be made by crews for a clear signal. Interchange with the Frisco also occurs here. Ste. Genevieve had a total of 4 lime plants in the early years; 3 were switched by the M-I, with the Frisco handling Western Lime Works. However, all of the coal burned in the Western Lime kilns originated in the southern Illinois coal fields on the MoPac and were routed via the M-I.

Track schematic for Ste. Genevieve.

Typical traffic & shipments…

There are several industries to be switched on the industrial lead past the Ste Genevieve depot, including L.J. Donze Oil Company, the MFA Co-operative and the F.X. Falk Lumber Company. Businesses without dedicated tracks use these spurs as team tracks.

Interchange with the Frisco is also accessed from the industrial lead. Besides normal bridge traffic for the Frisco, the M-I sets out southern Illinois coal for the other lime plant in town, Western Lime Works which is switched by the Frisco.