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The trip to Oklahoma City 9/18/2022

by Chris Guenzler

Elizabeth and I arose at the Best Western Santa Fe and did our Internet duties before we checked out, after which I drove us to the Iron Skillet for breakfast. After a great meal there, I drove her to Walmart and she acquired six rolls of film. We then drove to our first station of the day.

Fort Worth and Denver Claude station. I drove us next to Clarendon.

Fort Worth and Denver Clarendon station which has been relocated to the Saints Roost Museum here. We next over to Wellington.

Fort Worth and Denver Northern Wellington station. The Fort Worth and Denver Northern Railway Company was chartered by the Burlington system on May 20, 1929. The road was built from Childress north to Shamrock in Wheeler County and then northwest to Pampa in Gray County, a distance of 110 miles. The initial capital was $110,000, and the business office was in Childress. Members of the first board of directors included John A. Hulen of Houston; F. E. Williamson and C. E. Spens, both from Chicago, Illinois; and Khleber M. Van Zandt, F. E. Clarity, T. B. Yarbrough, J. H. Barwise, W. C. Logan, and W. O. Hamilton, all from Fort Worth. The 110 miles of track from Childress north to Shamrock in Wheeler County and then northwest to Pampa in Gray County was completed on July 15, 1932. The road was leased to the Fort Worth and Denver City for operation and merged into that company on June 13, 1952. The section between Wellington and Pampa was abandoned in 1970.

The was also an old wooden box car here. I next drove us to Oklahoma for something different, in Hollis.

Missouri, Kansas and Texas motor car M-10. It was later converted to powerless trailer car T-100, and ending its railroad use as the depot at Gould, Oklahoma, 8.8 miles east. Next we went to Olustee.

St. Louis-San Francisco caboose 1206 painted in Frisco paint with BN stencilling, built by International Car in 1957. \We next drove to Altus with plenty of surprises.

Farmrail GP38-2 2675 built by Electro-Motive Division in 1970 as Chesapeake and Ohio 4820. We then drove to our next unit.

Wichita, Tillman and Jackson Railway GP38-3 1018 built by Electro-Motive Division in 1971 as Baltimore and Ohio 3753. The Wichita, Tillman, & Jackson Railway Company is a 100-mile property composed of a former Union Pacific Railroad branch line operating in Texas and Oklahoma. The railroad interchanges with the UP and BNSF in Wichita Falls, Texas and Altus, Oklahoma. Shipments are predominately grain, chemicals and agricultural products. Rio Grande Pacific Corporation maintains a 100% equity interest in this property.

We then found the station.

Wichita Falls and North Western Railway Altus station, later used by Missouri Kansas and Texas Railroad.

Frisco 2-10-0 1615 built by Alco Locomotive Company as a five foot gauge locomotive in 1917 for the Imperial Russian State Railways but the Czarist government was overthrown and the new government refused delevery and allocated it to the United States Railroad Administration and it became 1015. It was then sold to the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company and re-numbered 1615 in 1920 when it was re-built as a standard gauge locomotive. Frisco sold her to the The Eagle-Picher Company 1615 at Cardin, Oklahoma.

Snyder was our next destination.

Burlington Northern caboose 10574 built by International Car in 1971.

Frisco caboose 1716 built by the railroad in 1974. Next I drove us to Lawton and the Museum of the Great Plains.

Frisco 4-8-2 1526 built by Baldwin in 1926. The engines could also make very long runs, including 542 miles from St. Louis to Oklahoma City and 737 miles from Kansas City to Birmingham, Alabama without an engine change.

The Baldwin builder's plate.

Frisco station from Elgin, 17.8 miles away from Lawton.

Information board "Railroad Station as Community Hubs". We had one last thing to find here.

St. Louis-San Francisco chair car, details unknown. We then drove to the Texas Roadhouse for dinner then on toward Oklahoma City, but a stop in Chickasha was in order first.

The original Railway Express Agency building under restoration.

Rock Island Chickasha freighthouse.


Burlington Northern caboose 12097 built by Pacific Car and Foundry in 1975.

Rock Island Chickasha station built in 1910.

Information board about the station.

A station view in Chickasha. We stayed off the toll road and took Interstate 44 north to Interstate 240, to Interstate 35 then Interstate 235, exiting at West Hefner Road then north on Western Avenue to the Best Western Memorial Inn for the night.