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Arkansas and Missouri Railroad Rare Mileage Trip to Monett 9/25/2022

by Chris Guenzler

Elizabeth and I awoke on our last morning in Springdale and went downstairs for the hotel's complimentary breakfast. We returned and checked e-mail and the Internet before checking out and driving to the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad station at 8:20. I chatted with John Goodman until I saw good friend Bart Jennings who showed me his new book. Everyone then boarded the same two cars as Friday ("Explorer" and dome "Silver Feather") and I took the same seat with Elizabeth sitting across from me.

The Arkansas and Missouri emblem on the engine in front of the "Explorer".

In Rogers was Santa Fe 1-dome tank car 189512.

The interior of the "Explorer" with our National Railway Historical Society members aboard this trip.

Rolled hay on this golf course.

I rode on the Bentonville Branch at the 2014 National Railway Historical Society convention. We went to Garfield for the first photo runbys of the trip.

Arkansas and Missouri 62 at Garfield.

The reverse move one at Garfield.


Photo runby one at Garfield.

The reverse move two at Garfield.


Photo runby two at Garfield. We then crossed into Missouri and ran to Monett.

Scenes along the route to Monett.

The northwest wye at Monett. We took the southeast leg of the wye to reach the Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard.

Arkansas and Missouri 62 before it was uncoupled.

The BNSF mainline coming in from the west.

The American Eagle on a grain silo.

The engine cut off to run around the train. I had brought my laptop with me and started writing the Shop Tour story. At South Monett, we stopped for a photo runby.

Reverse move three.

Photo runby three at South Monett. We reboarded the train and enjoyed a lunch of pulled pork sandwich, choice of coleslaw or potato chips (we both chose the latter) and apple pie. There were complimentary snacks available throughout the trip and this service was appreciated by all. I finished the Shop Story as we made our way to Exeter, the last photo runbys of the trip.

Reverse move four.

Photo runby four at Exeter.

Reverse move five.

Photo runby five at Exeter. We returned to the train and I finished the story then rode the rear platform back to Springdale.

Arkansas, Oklahoma and Western, a predecessor of the Kansas City and Memphis Railway, underpass which once carried this railroad under the Frisco.

Arkansas and Missouri C-420 High Hood 69, ex. North American Car Corporation, exx. Dakota Southern Railway 213, exxx. Virginia and Maryland Railroad 21, exxxx. North American Car Corporation 213, nee Long Island Railroad 240, built by American Locomotive Company in 1964.

Arkansas and Missouri C-420 66, ex. Lehigh Valley 412, nee Delaware and Hudson 412, built by American Locomotive Company in 1964.

Arkansas and Missouri C-420 52, ex. Conrail 2073, nee Lehigh Valley Railroad 23, built by American Locomotive Company in 1965.

Arkansas and Missouri C-420 40, ex. Indiana Box Corporation 332, exx. Wabash and Ohio 332, exxx. Indiana High Rail 332, exxx. Chrome Crankshaft 332, exxxx. Louisville and Nashville 1332, nee Monon 515, built by American Locomotive Company in 1967.

Burlington Northern SD70MAC 9553 built by Electro-Motive Division in 1995 and used as a part source by the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad. We retured to Springdale, ending another great Arkansas and Missouri Railroad trip.

Trip to Catoosa

Elizabeth and I walked out to the car and put the directions in the car's GPS for Tahlequah, then drove there.

Here was a unique find, Rock Island caboose 17873 built by the railroad in 1930. This caboose is used is known as the Cannaboose LLC. From here I drove us to Wagoner.

Missouri Kansas Texas Wagoner station built in 1896.

Pullman 10-1-2 sleeper "Sikeston" built by the company in 1915, sold to Missouri Pacific then later used in maintenance-of-way service as Missouri Pacific bunk car X3436.

Missouri Pacific caboose 13540 built by International Car in 1971 painted as Missouri-Kansas-Texas. After that I drove us to Catoosa where we had dinner at the International House of Pancakes before we checked into the Holiday Inn Express for the night.