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#1 therock

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 08:58 PM

Well for the past few months dad and I had been planning to get out into the northeast- railfan the AOK, A&M, and KCS along the Oklahoma-Arkansas border. This was the decided weekend for the trip and as soon as 12 o-clock sharp on Friday afternoon we were on our way to the Ozarks.

At about 7pm Friday we arrived in McAlester, Oklahoma. Primary objective: Seek out any and every A-OK locomotive in the area... none. The whole town was void of any locomotives which was a real let down this early into the trip. We did get a few shots of the "depot"[s] in the area though.

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With nothing else to see or do in town, we headed to a nearby Long John Silvers / A&W for some frosty mugs and fish...

The next day we loaded up and headed for Ft. Smith / Van Buren to foam the A&M Excursion train. On the way we made a pit stop in Wilburton to catch the majority of A-OK power... what an interesting shortline. By the way- Super-Sevens are awesome.

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Van Buren - Surprise! Alco!

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We ended up chasing him all the way to Winslow. After the 46 decoupled from his train I was completely lost... at the time we only knew of this much as far as a schedule:

-Springdale
-Van Buren
-Winslow
-Springdale again

wrong.

So we ended up dashing North up to about Brentwood before we thought everything through and dashed back to Winslow. Gone. To the freeway!!! Well after a run past the mountains we ended up in Rudy, thinking "man what a great shot this is going to be". We somehow managed to miss the train and ended up waiting at the crossing for a good 20 minutes until 1:30 when we left to go to Van Buren in case we missed it. Yep. That would be the end of my journeys along the A&M for this trip at least...

Back to Wilburton!

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Just East of Wilburton there's a town called Panola with a sand (?) unloading "facility" and a real cool Rock Island bridge...

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I could swear all 70 miles of this railroad is original Rock Island ballast, ties, etc. (aside from the seldom welded rail, although I'm not sure that isn't Rock Island itself)

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I can't type anymore. I'll add to this tomorrow if time allows. smile.gif

#2 milepost56

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 06:40 PM

Great story, great shots wink.gif

#3 darkflyer

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 08:03 AM

That looks like a railroad someone I know works on........