From 1954 through 1965, Frisco timetables were graced with this beautiful painting of what is probably the Meteor pulled by E8 locomotives (or possibly E7s minus the stainless steel fluting). The idyllic scene on the cover disguises the contractions in service that were taking place on the pages inside.
In 1959, for example, Frisco withdrew from its joint operation of the Texas Special, mainly because deferred maintenance on the Katy had led to late trains and declining service. Dallas-bound passengers from St. Louis could take Frisco’s Will Rogers to Tulsa and then the Black Gold to Dallas. Katy’s line to St. Louis was apparently in no condition to run competitive trains, so Katy rerouted the Texas Special to be a Kansas City-Dallas-San Antonio train.