An early classic diesel locomotive on display at the Oklahoma Railway Museum is Santa Fe No.90. It is one of 9 EMD FP45’s used on the El Capitan and Super Chief in 1967. The museum in Oklahoma City also operates steam train rides and a rather unique all caboose scenic train ride is a semi-annual event at the museum.
An entertaining train ride that the whole family will surely enjoy is the the Orr Family Farm miniature replica steam train ride around the farm theme park.
Currently, 22 steam locomotives are listed in Oklahoma. Several of the operating steam locomotives are miniature replicas. A number of steam locomotives have been restored and are on display in many city parks around the state. Dry Gulch USA operates a Christmas Train on select nights in November and December. Frisco 4-8-4, No. 4500 is now restored and can be viewed at the Route 66 Village in Tulsa. Frisco No.1519, a 4-8-2 is on display at the Government Springs Park in Enid and Santa Fe’s 2-6-2 No. 1108, is on display in Ardmore. Look for AT&SF 2-10-2, No. 940 on display in Bartlesville.
Did you know?
BNSF, along with 17 shortline railroads, make up the bulk of the intrastate rail lines transporting passengers and freight over Oklahoma’s more than 3200 route-miles. Oklahoma’s first railroad was the Missouri, Kansas & Texas entering Indian Territory from the north in 1871.
Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer connects Oklahoma City and four other towns on BNSF tracks and with the Texas Eagle at Fort Worth.
The 2010 “Quartz Mountain Flyer” passenger excursion trains will be offered to the public on five Saturdays, beginning July 24th. Two-hour narrated round trips for up to 125 persons depart from Quartz Mountain. Farmrail turns back the clock so that guests can relive “the way it was” nearly a century ago when the railroads came to western Oklahoma and were the main means of long-distance travel. Beautifully appointed passenger coaches recreate the old-time experience of riding the train, but in modern-day air-conditioned comfort. Customized charter excursions can be arranged over most Farmrail routes for groups of up to 125 persons.
UPDATE: A sharp upturn in freight traffic over all system segments and consequent demands on train-service personnel have caused the Farmrail’s popular “Quartz Mountain Flyer” public excursions to be suspended in 2012.
The Heritage Express Trolley is new to El Reno and is the only rail based trolley in the great State of Oklahoma. The trolley runs from Heritage Park, located on the grounds of the Canadian County Historical Museum, and travels through the downtown area where you can exit the trolley to enjoy a great meal at one of the unique restaurants or browse at one of the many specialty shops. The trolley runs Wednesday through Sunday. Call ahead to confirm scheduled times. 1-888-535-7366.
The Railroad Museum of Oklahoma resides in an old Santa Fe freight warehouse and maintains a vast collection of unique railroad items, including a rail yard containing a large collection of rolling stock. On display is the St. Louis-San Francisco (Frisco)No.1519, a 4-8-2 steam engine built by BLW in 1925. The museum exhibits include an extensive collection of dining car china along with silverware, bells, lights, whistles and lanterns. The museums reference library contains many books, photos and videotapes along with operating HO and N-gauge model railroad displays. The Railroad Museum of Oklahoma is one of the few railroad museums in the nation to conduct all-caboose excursions over the rails. Usually held twice each year, these memorable trips accommodate riders between Enid and Drummond in September (10 miles each way) and Enid and Okeene on a day trip as part of the annual Okeene Rattlesnake Hunt in May (38 miles each way). The train consist is usually made up of eight cabooses representing railroads that served or continue to serve Enid bracketed by Farmrail diesel-electric locomotives.
Built in 1914, this former St Louis-San Francisco Railroad depot is now the fully restored Frisco Depot Museum. Displays include Frisco memorabilia and numerous artifacts of railroad construction and maintenance along with a restored full service Fred Harvey House Restaurant. Frisco Depot Model Railroad and a miniature model circus can also be viewed. Photos of trains, crews, wrecks, etc., abound. Open Tuesday through Saturday. RV park is on the grounds. Free admission for museum.
The Oklahoma Railway Museum offers train rides for kids of all ages (0 to 99+) every 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, April to August, the first Saturday in September, and the third Saturday in October. Theme train rides include a Day out with Thomas and ChristmasTrains,that run on one Saturday in December. Museum is open every Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 9:00 to 5:00. Admission to the museum is free. Directions
Oklahoma’s newest and finest train proudly makes its home at the Orr Family Farm. Train ride is behind a one-third-size replica of the United States’ first transcontinental locomotive, the famous Jupiter. Trains will comfortably hold 100 children and adults. The Farm train makes a 25-minute one-mile trip around the farm, traveling along the dam of Hidden Lake, circling the beautiful Wedding Garden, going by the Race Training Track and down by two ponds with their sparkling fountains before returning to the train station. The Farm train includes a beautifully handcrafted oak-lined caboose that is accessible to the physically challenged. The train is at its nostalgic best at night when lights make the coaches look like the old Pullman cars.
The Harvey House in Waynoka opened in July, 1910, and began serving passengers on the Santa Fe main rail line from Chicago to Los Angeles. The Waynoka Air-Rail History Museum covers a variety of topics. They include pioneers, Santa Fe Railroad, Cherokee Strip, Fred Harvey, Transcontinental Air Transport, German POW art, community and schools, and many others. The museum displays rare artifacts, an extensive photograph collection, original art and art prints. The museum’s center piece is a 1957 EMD diesel locomotive built by Electro Motive Division of General Motors Corp. The GP-9, a 1750 horsepower locomotive, that was originally sold to the Illinois Central Gulf Railway, that later became the Illinois Central Railway. The engine’s number was IC 8227. In 1997, the unit was rehabilitated and repainted, and numbered HBRY 2511, and sent to the Hudson Bay Railroad in Manitoba, Canada. It was retired in 2000, and donated to the Waynoka Historical Society in June, 2001. Directions