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The St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway was a 5' 6" gauge railroad chartered in 1851 and constructed between St. Louis, De Soto and Pilot Knob, Missouri between 1853 and 1858, and eventually extended all the way to Texas. It was converted to 4' 8" gauge on a single day, 28 June 1879. It merged with the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1917.

The railroad's original locomotive stock consisted of nine broad gauge engines built in St. Louis by Palm & Robertson of St. Louis, suggesting a policy of buying locally. The locomotives were named: Black Forest, Black Mingo, Carondelet, Comet, Iron Mountain, Mineral Point, Pilot Knob, Potosi, and St. Louis. When Palm & Robertson went out of business in 1858, the railroad transferred their loyalty to the Canadian firm of Fairbanks, Morse & Co.
Colonel Lewis V. Bogy (1813-1877), first President of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway
One of the Iron Mountain's original broad gauge locomotives in about 1865. This does not particularly resemble early Fairbanks engines, and so was probably one of those built by Palm & Robertson of St. Louis.
St. L. I. M. & S. R. Consolidation No. 144, built by Grant Locomotive Works in 1881. Photograph courtesy of the Missouri State Archives.
Iron Mountain express at Bismarck, Missouri, around 1920
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