UP Superintendent Mike Brazytis; Chamber of Commerce President, Adena Lewis; and Smithville Mayor Mark Bunte.
Smithville had the largest Katy yard between Houston and Waco. With a large depot, shops and a roundhouse, the Katy was the major employer of Smithville. When meeting someone from Smithville it was almost a sure bet that they worked for the railroad.
The Katy joined Union Pacific in 1988.