Since my last route update, I have laid 50 miles of rail, including three signficant rail towns. As of now, the mainline rails of the St.L & SF reach from Rogers, AR, (MP 332.7) to the north (time table east) to Talihina, I.T. (time table west) to the south. My last stint of rail laying extended the rails from just south of Maney Jct, I.T., (MP 431.7) all the way to the Division Point town of Talihina, I.T. (MP 483.6).
Thought it good to give you an update and show you some of the progress!
First stop: Poteau, I.T.
This is my home town! Unfortunately, the only rails that survive are the north/south rails of the Kansas City Southern. However, as you can see, when you go back over 100 years... things were quite different!
What you're seeing:
A: Indicates the St.L & SF rails through Poteau. There is quite a bit of onesy-twosey industry to be located along the sidings/etc. "Main Street" will front and run parallel with the St.L & SF rails to the northwest about where the "A" is on the map.
B: Crossing at grade with the Kansas City, Pittsburg, & Gulf. (Now the KCS.)
C. Interchange yard with the KCP&G. There was a signficant amount if interchange traffic between the St.L&SF and the KCP&G.
D. The Poteau & Cavanal Mountain RR. This was a shortline railroad that ran up to Cavanal Mountain to mine the high quality coal that was (is still) there. I drive part of their road bed everytime I leave/return to our house! Gotta' include it.
E. One of the many coal mines nearby. There are more south (time table west) of Poteau.
F. The KCP&G mainline.
In addition to all of the above. I have learned over the past couple years there was ANOTHER railroad that entered Poteau via trackage rights over the Frisco. It was originally called the Choctaw & Arkansas and was owned by the KCP&G. It had a few miles of mine trackage heading east from the town of Bonanza, AR. Bonanza was located on the St.L&SF (and is modeled on my Frisco Lines route)... so the StL&SF accomodated the A&C with trackage rights to Poteau for interchange with the KCP&G. Interesting!
Next up, Wister, I.T....