Scenic Train Rides in Arkansas
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Scenic train rides in Arkansas include the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad that operates a 134 mile round trip scenic and historical train ride. In the Ozark Mountain area, enjoy fine dining aboard the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway.
Arkansas has over 2700 miles of trackage that are dominated by the Union Pacific Railroad. Other rail lines that also serve Arkansas are the Kansas City Southern and BNSF. There are 22 smaller railroads, ranging from the longest, the 540 mile Missouri & Northern Arkansas, down to the shortest, the 2 mile Delta Valley Southern. Amtrak's Texas Eagle makes 5 stops across the state. The Union Pacific's largest locomotive repair facility is located in North Little Rock. The first railroad began as a small part of the Memphis & Little Rock in 1857, with a train loaded with 6 bales of cotton pulled by the engine "Little Rock".
The nations last regularly scheduled steam-powered mixed train, run by the Arkansas Reader Railroad, ended operations in 1973.
Arkansas has 17 steam locomotives in varoius conditions on display around the state. The last steam locomotive to run excursions was the St. Louis Southwestern Railway Company (Cotton Belt Route) 4-8-4 No.819, now on display at the Arkansas Railroad Museum.
FRISCO DEPOT MUSEUM
The Frisco Depot Museum is a beautifully-restored 1886 Victorian depot housing a collection of railroad memorabilia. The baggage room displays local history exhibits, and just outside is a Frisco caboose. The 1886 Frisco Depot will take you back in time to a bustling 1800s train depot. Guided and self guided tours as well as short films are available. The Mammoth Spring Depot is one of only a few depots in the nation that have been restored as museums dedicated to interpreting their roles as train depots. Closed on Mondays.