Railroad Club no longer has a publication. We cannot find an editor. We
still meet once a month in Little Rock and since we no longer have a
publication, dues have been reduced to $5 a year instead of $20.
The ARKANSAS RAILROAD
CLUB used to be in the National Railway Historical Society, but dropped our membrership there in 2009. Our
address is: Arkansas Railroad Club, PO Box 9151, North Little Rock AR
72119. We meet on the second Sundays of most months at 2 p.m. (except
May it's on the third Sunday and in December we have a Christmas party).
Most of the earlier issues of the Arkansas Railroader were
scanned from the hard copy into PDF
format at 150 or 200 dpi, which should produce a readible and printable
file. From 1982 through May 1993, the Railroaders
were printed on 8 1/2 x 14 paper and some were 32 pages long, so the
PDF scans of these issues are rather large (2-6 MB each) so be patient
when downloading. Scans of letter-sized issues are smaller in size.
Some of the larger, 32-page 8 1/2x14 issues take anywhere from 30
seconds to 1 1/2 minutes to view, even with a high speed connection, so
be patient. Dialup users will need to wait several minutes on some of
the files. Just a heads-up, but these are purposely scanned at this
higher resolution for archival storage.
have put this archive of past Railroaders online on my own time and pay
for the web storege and name and is for informational purposes only (I
was editor of the Railroader for 26 years until I gavve it up in 2007)
view current railroad photos I have put on my webpages, go to:
(The latest photos are at the bottom of the pages)
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(weather warnings, forecasts, radar, satellites) as well as lots of
other railroad links, go to:
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Archived Adobe Acrobat PDF Arkansas Railroaders.
These will be the entire newsletter as sent out to members. They will
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NOVEMBER 2007 - COVER PHOTO - Color photo of Jim Wakefield, Michael
Hoge and Fred Fillers on a handcar on the Paperton Junction Southern
during the club's annual picnic outing. Also: PHOTOS: Old tank car
being donated to Little Rock Fire Department for drills by John C.
Jones, SP 4694 and MKT 6 cabooses belonging to the Gulf Coast Chapter
NRHS being moved to Springdale, AR to be repainted by John C. Jones,
Junction Bridge being lowered for the last time before being converted
into a walking trails, by John C. Jones, UP track gang replacing rails
at the NLR Hump Yard September 26, 2007 by John C. Jones, centerspread
with 4 SSW GP60s on the Arkansas Midland at Malvern AR June 25, 2002 by
David Hoge, KCS heritage 4045 and 4052 in Little Rock and North Little
Rock, Sep 25 and Oct 2, 2007, one by Joe Roddy and one by Ken
Ziegenbein, UN 844 in El Reno, Oklahoma in September 2007 by Philip
Moseley *** James R. Fair, Jr. story "Gauge Changes on the Memphis
& Little Rock" *** NAFTA potential Super Railway challenge story
and map *** KCS Holiday Express train schedule 2007. Plus usual news
and club news.
OCTOBER 2007 - The first
Arkansas Railroader with new editors
Davie Hoge and Jon Roddy. COVER PHOTO - Color photo of Denver & Rio
Grande Western steam locomotive No. 473 on the Durango & Silverton
in 2006 by David Hoge. Also: PHOTOS: 'Elvis' graffitt on CNW hopper
(color) by David Hoge, NREX 2040, former IC SD20 (color) by John C.
Jones, Night color photo of UP 4404 leading a freight past Union
Station in Little Rock by Joe Roddy, Arkansas & Louisiana Missour
steam locomotive No. 458 at Monroe, LA November 1950 from David Briggs,
Missouri Pacific switcher No. 9011 at Little Rock's Union Station in
1937 by Mike Adams, Large color centerfold photo of Denver & Rio
Grande Western 487 with fall foliage on the Cumbres & Toltec RR
October 2, 2006 by David Hoge, UP 844 in Marshall, Texas with children
(also in UP 2008 calendar) by Ken Ziegenbein *** Gene Hull story "When
the Cotton Belt Depot Burned" *** Gene Hull story "A Train Hold-Up by
the Last of the James Gang" *** Gene Hull story "The Narrow Gauge
Railroad" (Maine). Plus usual news and club news.
2007 - COVER PHOTO - MoPac's Pacific steam
locomotive No. 6423 leaving Little Rock heading to Memphis with Train
No. 220 during the Korean War around 1951, taken by John A. Mills.
Also: John A. Mills story "Parlor Car Service 1939 to 1962 - Missouri
Pacific Lines." The story includes six photos of MoPac trains during
this period *** PHOTO: Fordyce & Princeton on trailer being taken
for display in Fordyce, AR June 30, 2007 by Will McFadden *** AR RAIL NEWS: F&P steam
locomotove No. 101 moved to Fordyce, AR *** Yellow Ribbon Express
announced *** PHOTO: Ashley, Drew & Northern at Crossett, AR Oct
26, 1975 by Gene Hull *** PHOTO: RLIX 5911 in North Little Rock July 3,
2007 by John C. Jones. Plus usual sections of news and club news. This
was the last Arkansas Railroader produced by 26-year editor Ken
JULY 2007 -
COVER PHOTO - UP 4141 (George Bush Library unit), UP 1988 (Katy
Heritage), UP 1982 (MoPac Heritage) leading a train out of Pine Bluff,
Arkansas May 7, 2007 by Ken Ziegenbein. Also: PHOTO: CQPA No.
1155 at El Dorado, AR April 9, 2007 by Greg Davis *** PHOTO: Ringling
Bros. Circus observation car on Rock Island tracks in western Little
Rock in 1968 by John A. Mills *** Gene Hull Story "A Prophet Needed"
*** Gene Hull story "Rare Arkansas Shortline Passes" *** PHOTO: MNA
abandoned right-of-way near Elba, AR March 24, 2007 by David Hoge ***
PHOTO: Arkansas Queen Riverboat on Arkansas River on Easter Sunday,
April 8, 2007. Plus usual sections of news and club news.
JUNE 2007 -
COVER PHOTO - Delta Southern locomotives at Tallulah and Lake
Providence, Louisiana by Tammy Hodkin. Also: PHOTO: GE-UP 7605 in
North Little Rock by John C. Jones *** PHOTO: Ashley, Drew &
Northern locomotive No. 150, August 1972 by Terry A. Kirkland *** Tom
Shook obit *** Gene Hull story "A Lucrative Railroad Job" *** Gene Hull
story "A Strange Monument" *** P. B. Wooldridge story "Remembering 16"
*** PHOTO: UP Operation Lifesaver passing Depot Museum in Brinkley,
Arkansas May 17, 2007 by Ken Ziegenbein *** Review of book "You Can't
Get There From Here" reviewed by Jim Walkfield *** UP Steam Schedule
for 2007 *** PHOTO: FSLT 224 trolley at Fort Smith Trolley Museum, May
6, 2007 by David Hoge *** PHOTO: Eureka Springs & North Arkansas
No.201 at Eureka Springs, AR early 1990s by Philip Moseley. Plus usual
sections of news and club news.
MAY 2007 - COVER
PHOTO - KCSM GE ES44AC No. 4679 painted in the new KCS Heritage
Southern Belle scheme, seen at Mexico, Missouri April 4, 2007 by Gary
Hall. Also: PHOTO: Newly release KCS hoppers painted in KCS Heritage
paint at North Little Rock just after being released from the plant in
Paragould, AR, March 29, 2007 by Ken Ziegenbein *** AR RAIL NEWS: List of places
nominated for the National Register of Hisoric Places-Governor's grade
crossing safety week *** New Ulm,Texas Jan 28, 1937 article on special
KATY train *** P. B. Wooldridge story "Remembering 15" *** Gene Hull
story "Obscure Ancestor of the Missouri Pacific" *** PHOTO: American
Freedom Train postcard from Randy Tardy *** PHOTO: Scene of the April
14, 2007 Arkansas Railroad Museum Show and Sale *** PHOTO: UP 1982
MoPac Heritage Locomotive leading a mixed train past Union Station in
Little Rock, April 1, 2007 by itself *** PHOTO: GN&A No. 15 taken
in 1972 by Terry A. Kirlland *** PHOTO: Reader RR No. 1702 between
Reader and Waterloo, AR in 1972 by Terry A. Kirkland color photo.
MARCH 2007 - (655k)
PHOTO - White & Black River Valley Railway depot at Weldon, AR
February 9, 2007 by Ken Ziegenbein. Also: Gene Hull story "White &
Black River Valley Railway" *** "Memories of Guthrie, Oklahoma" by Jack
Pfisterer *** PHOTO: UPY 2709 in North Little Rock by John C. Jones ***
PHOTO: Korean Railway SW 1001 No. 214 at North Little Rock by John C.
Jones. Plus usual sections of news and club news.
2007 - (586k) - COVER
PHOTO - Prescott & Northwestern SW
1200 No. 26 at Prescott, AR by John C. Jones and UP CEO Dick Davidson
with John C. Jones at North Little Rock by Ken Ziegenbein. Also: PHOTO:
Arkansas Midland Santa Train December 2, 2006 on I-30 overpass near
Malvern by John P. Gill *** PHOTO: Missouri Pacific dormitory car
Helena, AR November 30, 1980 by Randy Tardy *** PHOTO: Amtrak's
Southwest Chief detour at Amarillo, TX due to severe ice and snow storm
December 31, 2006 by Nathan Herring *** PHOTO: UP Mopac 1982 Heritage
and Katy Heritage at Little Rock, AR with officer's special (Dick
Davidsons' last trip as CEO), December 18, 2006 by Ken Ziegenbein ***
Hull story "The Balloon Turnarond" *** Gene Hull story "Steam Among the
Cactus" *** PHOTO: Coach and locomotive painted for movie remake "3:10
to Yuma" at Reader, AR December 26, 2006 by David Hoge. Plus usual
sections of news and club news.
2007 - (405k) - COVER PHOTO - Leslie, AR depot of the
December 9, 2006 by Ken Ziegenbein. Also: Ed Bubniak obit ***
PHOTO: Randy Tardy receiving Railroader of the Year Award at club's
December 9, 2006 Christmas Party *** Official UP list of Arkansas
shortline railroads as of December 2006 *** Gene Hull story "Little
Rock & Ft. Smith Railroad After the Civil War." Plus usual sections
of news and club news.
2006 - Ready - Our only event and next meeting will be our
annual Christmas Party, held December 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the Adult
Leisure Center, 6401 W 12th St, in Little Rock, from 5-7 p.m. Cost will
be $15. Let Treasurer Walter Walker know (Walter B. Walker, 8423 Linda
Ln, Little Rock AR 72227-5983 (501-225-0826), firstname.lastname@example.org) if
you’ll be attending and pay him the $15 in advance if you can.
2006 - Ready
- COVER PHOTO - AOK RR Engineer Terry Blankenship rescuing
kitten in Wilburton, Oklahoma, June 13, 2006 by David Hoge. Also: David
Hoge story "AOK Railroad Cat With 9-Lives" - contains more photos of
rescue *** PHOTO: Tom Shook receiving Master Model Railroader #378
award *** P. B. Wooldridge story "Remembering 11" *** Gene Hull story
"A vision of the Past" *** Jim Wakefield story and photos "Riding the
M&NA - From Elba to Arlbert with a Side Trip to Lydalish" ***
George Schmidt - father and son biographies *** PHOTO: Members at Peter
Smykla, Jr.'s Paperton Junction Southern picnic September 2, 2006 ***
New meeting place for the club map *** AR
RAIL NEWS: Congratulations on UP Employee Club 54 in North
Little Rock for raising $188,000 for charities *** PHOTO: SP unpatched
No. 8576 passing Union Station in Little Rock August 20, 2006 by Ken
Ziegenbein. Plus usual sections of news and club news.
2006 - COVER PHOTO - Frisco passenger train at
Fayetteville, AR May 27, 1939 by P. B. Wooldridge. Also: Detailed
instructions on finding the ARC's new meeting place *** P. B.
Wooldridge obit *** AR RAIL NEWS:
Nominations for the National Register of Historic Places *** P. B.
Wooldridge store "Remembering 10" *** Gene Hull story "The Missouri
Pacific Ran Buses, Too" *** PHOTO: Lousiana Steam Train Associaton's SP
745 in Pittsburg, Kansas August 5, 2006 by John Harvey. Plus usual
sections of news and club news.
- COVER PHOTO - Construction of Main Street Viaduct over
the Missouri Pacific tracks in North Little Rock, AR Summer of 1926 -
Gene Hull collecton. Also: Gene Hull story "A Significant Photograph"
*** Gene Hull story "A Weird Coupler" *** Gene Hull short stories
"Comfort of Passengers at Hoxie,' "Crossing Protection," "Honey, We Are
Out Of Gas" *** P. W. Wooldridge story "Remembering 8" *** P. B.
Wooldridge story "Remembering 9" *** Bardon Jennings story "The End of
the Wynne - 20 Years Later" with current photos in Wynne, AR *** PHOTO:
HA (ne. Missouri Pacific) No. 1256 in North Little Rock July 7, 2006 by
John C. Jones. This was still painted in MoPac Eagle colors *** PHOTO:
January 16, 1956 ticket stub for Pullman Room 7, Car 16 of KCS' No. 16
passenger train leaving Texarkana at 7:00 p.m. for Kansas City by
Philip Moseley *** PHOTO: Missouri & North Arkansas card tickets by
Philip Moseley. Plus usual sections of news and club news.
JULY 2006 - COVER
PHOTO - UP 844 passing Little Rock's Union Station on a multi-state
tour May 24, 2006 by Ken Ziegenbein. Also: PHOTO: UP 844 on a trestle
at Fulton, AR May 24, 2006 by Rick McFarland *** Arkansas
Democrat-Gazette story on some club's railfans chasing the 844 from
Marshall, Texas to Little Rock, published on May 25, 2006 *** Gene Hull
story "First Iron Horse Runs on the Memphis & Little Rock" *** P.B.
Wooldridge story "Remembering 7" *** Stanley Wozencraft obit *** Bob
McManus obit *** AR RAIL NEWS:
Stuttgart first in crossing accidents, Memorial Day troop trains on
A&M RR, New listings for National Register of Historic Places ***
PHOTOS: UP 844 May 27, 2006 at Ozark, AR by Doug Harley, UP 844 at
Hope, AR by Tammy Hodkin May 24, 2006, UP 844 at Conway, AR May 26,
2006 by Ken Ziegenbein, UP 844 at Union Station Little Rock May 24,
2006 by Ken Ziegenbein, Branson Scenic Railway No. 99 at Branson, MO
March 29, 2006 by John C. Jones, Silver Dollar City tourist line
March 29, 2006 by John C. Jones, UP 844 crossing Gold Creek Trestle
over Lake Conway with fishing boat, AR May 26, 2006 by Ken Ziegenbein,
UP 844 Marshall, TX May 24, 2006 by Ken Ziegenbein, UP 844 Conway
tunnel May 26, 2006, UP 844 and UP 8401 near Russellville May 26, 2007
by John C. Jones. Plus usual sections of news and club news.
JUNE 2006 - COVER
PHOTO - Little Rock & Western Alco No.101 through Ola, AR May 27,
2006 and photo of Ola depot by Ken Ziegenbein. Also: Daniel E. Smith
obit *** AR RAIL NEWS:
Online Encyclopedia of Arkansas information including story of 'First
Night Flight of Charles Lindbergh at Lake Village, AR' and a story
about the Reader Railroad, Pine Bluff Union Station celebrates 100
years, Little Rock River Rail Streetcar construction update *** P. B.
Wooldridge story "Remembering 6" *** Gene Hull story "Delivering the
Mail" with photo of MoPac No. 7 at Locust Street in North Little Rock
*** PHOTOS: Old bridge pier of the Dandanelle, Ola & Southern
Railroad over Petit Jean River between Centerville and Ola, AR May 17,
2006 by Ken Ziegenbein, Newly painted Southern Pacific logo on boxcar
at Little Rock May 7, 2006 by Ken Ziegenbein, Randy Tardy being given
his 25-year NRHS pin by Tom Shook at meeting May 21, 2006. Plus usual
sections of news and club news.
MAY 2006 - COVER PHOTO - LASTA
Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 745 in Heaveaner, OK February 28,
2006 by Bill Bailey. Also: Burton F. Zavelo obit *** Phillip Schueth
obit *** Joe Musgrove story "Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad
Route Explored" with photos *** Biography of club member Wilbur E.
Johnson *** AR RAIL NEWS:
Tornadoes destroy tank car plant at Marmaduke, AR April 2, 2006, Caddo
Valley Railroad article, Central Arkansas streetcars carried 235,000
passengers since opening in November 2004, Nominations for National
Register of Historic Places *** UP Steam schedule for 2006 *** Lynn N.
Gaines, Jr. story "Rock Island's Camden Branch" *** Gene Hull story " A
Leapin' Locomotove" *** P. B. Wooldridge story "Remembering 5" ***
PHOTOS: Illinoic Central guides and photos by Randy Tardy, St. Joe AR
M&NA depot March 31, 2006 by John C. Jones, Gene and Naomi Hull at
Naomi's Sherwood Nursing Home January 15, 2006, LASTA SP locomotive No.
745 at Kansas City in March 2006 by Jim Johnson. Plus usual sections of
news and club news.
APRIL 2006 -
COVER PHOTO - Last KCS Southern Bell leaving DeQueen, Arkansas
November 1969 by Philip Moseley. Also: "Remembering - 4" by P. B.
Wooldridge, about Cotton
Belt's Blue Streak; "Crusty Vocabulary" by Gene Hull, "Engine No. 2 -
An Earthquake Victim" by Gene Hull; a June 20, 1940 Train Order on the
Cotton Belt from P. W. Wooldridge; P. B. Wooldridge photos when he was
at Lewisville in the 1970s. AR RAIL
NEWS: List of places nominated for
the National Register of Historic Places - UP coal trian derailment at
Little Rock Junction. Plus a lot of news this issue.
MARCH 2006 - COVER PHOTO -
Missouri Pacific No. 7, the Southerner, at 75 mph powered by 4-8-2
Mountain #5310 crossing Gum Street in Little Rock in 1948 by John A.
Mills. Also: Story "The Hazen
Division" by the late W. A. Bill Merck - about the Cotton Belt Hazen
branch running from Hazen to Stuttgart; A memorial about the final
Western Union Telegram on January 26, 2006; "Watching the Trees
Disappear" by Gene Hull - about the Fayetteville & Little Rock
Railroad running to Pettigrew; "Rememberoing - 3" by P. B. Wooldridge
about a tank car leak in 1944 on the Cotton Beltp; "Know Our Members -
L. T. Walker, Frank A. Brooks, Jr., John (J) Cary Nettles, Silverio R.
Martinez, Don Wes and Tom Sandlin; "The First Train to Tower Grove
Usually Wins the Race to Union Station" by John Mills about the 'race'
to St Louis by the Frisco's "Memphian" and MoPac's "Hot
Springs/Tennessian"; "An Arkansas Connection in Oregon' by Gene Hull -
about 4-4-0 No. 3; a letter by Travis Bell *** AR RAIL NEWS: UP and A&M team
up to haul corn. Plus regular news and
2006 - COVER PHOTO - Abandoned MoPac right of way through
Elaine, AR December 9, 2005 by Ken Ziegenbein. Also includes: "Old
Railroad Saved - Temporarily" by Gene
Hull - about the former Missouri Pacific line between McGehee and
Jonesboro, Arkansas; "The Eagle Flew in the Country" by Gene Hull - A Delta Eagle article with photos of
the current abandoned line and Delta
Eagle old photos from Gene Hull and Randy Tardy, including the
Arkansas Public Service Commission's OK to discontinue the train in
1960 from Bill Pollard; "Remembering 2" by P. B. Wooldridge - Cotton
Belt story; Biographies of Arkansas Railroad Club members: Carl E.
Barnes (deceased December 6, 2005), Gene Hull, Stanley Wozencraft,
Harold K. Vollrath, Jim Johnson, Philip L. Moseley, John A. Mills;
Vollrath's list of photo prints of his vast collection - over 50,000
photos available for sale; Photos of Ashley, Drew & Northern
70-tonners at Monticello, Arkansas in 1957 by Russell Tedder and
Homochitto Lumber Co. #26 at Bude, Mississippi in 1940 from Peter
Smykla, Jr collection *** Carl E. Barnes obit. Plus regular news and
2006 - COVER PHOTO - Central Arkansas Transit's Streetcar
No. 410 with Christmas decorations taken the night of December 5, 2005
by Ken Ziegenbein. Also: Officers of 2006- Fred Fillers, President-John
Hodkin, Jr VP-Walter Walker Treasurer-Walter Walker Secretary-Ken
Ziegenbein Editor-Tom Shook NRHS Director-John C. Jones
photographer-Gene Hull Historian-Jim Wakefield Board 2006-Ken
Ziegenbein Board 2007-Ron Esserman Board 2008-Douglas Harley Board
2009-Robin Thomas Board 2010 *** AR
RAIL NEWS: Light rail in NW Arkansas? - Nominations for
National Register of Historic Places - BNSF projects in Arkansas and
Tennessee - 1929 Assessment of the Louisiana & Arkansas Railway
from Lynn Gaines, Jr. *** PHOTO: SP Locomotive passing Brinkley Union
Depot Museum December 10, 2005 by Ken Ziegenbein *** PHOTO: Abandoned
MoPac Junction Bridge in Little Rock by John C. Jones *** "A
Missouri Pacific Mixed Train" by Gene
Hull, "Remembering" by P. B. Wooldridge; "The Night They Stole No. 3"
by Gene Hull, plus a P. B. Wooldridge biography. Also various photos,
including the former Missouri Pacific Junction Bridge in Little Rock by
John C. Jones and a night photo of the Little Rock trolley decorated
for Christmas by Ken Ziegenbein. Plus regular news, features and
DECEMBER 2005 - COVER
PHOTO - L&N 6287, SCL 906, 834, L&N 2068, 2225, Southern 8292,
8247, 8291 in Atlanta GA November 11, 1979 by Peter Smykla, Jr. Also:
PHOTO: Arkansas Railroad Club members at special meeting at the Bald
Knob Mopac restored depot (Arkansas Travelers Hobbies) November 13,
2005 by John C. Jones *** PHOTO: Brinkely Depot Museum decorated for
Christmas November 13, 2005 *** P. B. Wooldridge story "Remember the
Third Trick" *** Gene Hull story "Railroad Wrangle in Argenta" *** Gene
Hull story "The Passing of a Squire of Argenta" *** Electric Trains old
ad. Plus usual sections of news and club news.
- COVER PHOTO - Valley & Siletz #5 and #7, a pair of 70-ton
road switchers, in Kopplein, Oregon September 1970 by Jim Shaw via
Russell Tedder. Also:
"Remembering Old Depots" by P. B. Wooldridge *** AR RAIL NEWS: LRWN Rwy bridge sinks
- Properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places - Other
days including 65, 70 and 107 years ago - Deadly Texarkana tanker
exploseion *** PHOTO: UP 3985 in Boise, Idaho September 24, 2005
by Dianne Fernstrom *** Gene Hull story "A Real Fishy Railroad Story"
*** Jim Wakefield story on the burning of the Marshall, Arkansas
M&NA depot August 6, 2005 with lots of photos. Plus regular news,
features and meeting notices.)
OCTOBER 2005 - COVER PHOTO -
Central Delta Depot Museum Depot in
Brinkley, AR September 3, 2005. Also: Gene Hull story "Depots in
Arknasas-Atkins" *** L&N New Orleans ad for the Hummingbird plus a
system map and timetable and photo of the Hummingbird crossing Biloxi
Bay, Mississippi in 1946via Randy Tardy. This was in honor of New
Orleans, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005.
Plus usual sections of news and club news.
- COVER PHOTO - MATA 455 on Pyramid Trolley Line in Memphis, TN
April 30, 2005 by Peter Smykla, Jr. Also: Joe A. Haley obit *** AR RAIL NEWS: KCS leases five branch
lines in Arkansas and Lousiana - Newport to get added track *** Gene
Hull story "Depots in Arknasas-Gillett ***PHOTO: UP Heritage
locomotivie 1982, MoPac unit, released from factory July 30, 2005 from
UP website *** PHOTO: Before and after photos of Marshall, Arkansas
M&NA depot which burned in August 2005, via Jim Wakefield. Plus
usual sections of news and club news.
AUGUST 2005 - COVER PHOTO -
Thomas the Tank Engine in Branson, MO June3, 2005 by Ken Ziegenbein.
Also: Earl Harris story "A Train Ride Recalled" written in 1988 ***
Larry A. Dunkeson story "Missouri and North Arkansas-The Railroad That
Almost Wasn't" *** PHOTOS: Demolition of the Mopac North Little Rock
Broadway overpass bridge July 10, 2005 - Our picnic at Ron Esserman's
Walden Too backyard rail line - Arkansas Midland No. 726 on Arkansas
Avenue in North Little Rock May 2005 by Brian Smith - One of hte last
SP tunnel motors, No. 8260 in North Little Rock May 2005 by Brian
Smith. Plus usual sections of news and club news.
JULY 2005 - (473k) - (COVER
PHOTO - Little Rock Trolley Bus circa 1948 by John A. Mills. Also:
PHOTO: Bald Knob renovated MoPac depot, which became Arkansas Traveler
Hobbies *** Gene Hull story "An Arkansas Railroad Town Drowns", about
Monte Ne, Arkansas built by 'Coin' Harvey and the Monte Ne Railroad. It
includes lots of photos as well as a one-sheet, Hull hand-written part
of the story to show Gene's great penmanship. Plus usual sections of
news and club news.
- COVER PHOTO - SP Shasta Daylight's coffee shop in the late
1930s from UP Historical photo collection. Also: AR RAIL NEWS: Bald Knob depot
restored *** PHOTO: Former Rock Island Choctaw Passenger depot in
Little Rock, Arkansas, March 4, 2005, now used by the Clinton
Presidential Library, by Ken Ziegenbein *** Lynn Gaines, Jr story
"'Daylights Sighted on Cotton Belt" with photos *** PHOTOS: Cotton Belt
caboose in Russellville, AR by Doug Harley; Jim Bennett on Little Rock
trolley in March 2005 by Ken Ziegenbein. Plus usual sections of news
and club news.
MAY 2005 - COVER
PHOTO - Rock Island bridge across Arkansas River in Little Rock March
4, 2005 and photos of the busy River Market in downtown Little Rock by
Ken Ziegenbein. Also: Bill Pollard story "History of the Choctaw
Freight Station"with photos of its demolition Thanksgiving Eve 2001 (Corrected link to Choctaw Freight Station site:
http://www.trainweb.org/choctawterminal/ - this link is broken on the PDF file). ***
John Mills letter "Little Rock's Trolley Buses Remembered". Plus usual
sections of news and club news.
APRIL 2005 - COVER PHOTO - Columbus and Greenville No. 605, Baldwin
DRS-6-4-15 #72628 12/46, in Columbus, Mississippi March 19, 1982 by
Peter Smykla, Jr. Also: AR RAIL NEWS:
Greyhound Bus Lines to cut service to dozens of Arkansas cities-Rison,
AR Cotton Belt depot to private owners-BNSF to run on UP in Arkansas
while BNSF works on its own tracks *** P. B. Wooldridge story
"Lewisville, Arkansas Remembered" *** Gene Hull story "A Helping Hand"
*** PHOTO: Amtrak No. 21 Texas Eagle at Union Station Little Rock March
6, 2006 by John C. Jones; BNSF GP60M No. 122 at the Little Rock Port
Authority rail yard January 2005 by Brian Smith; UP locomotives in fog
February 3, 2005 in North Little Rock by Brian Smith; Rio Grande, DRGW
No. 5507 at North Little Rock January 2005 by Brian Smith; Unpatched SP
No. 9794 in North Little Rock by Brian Smith. Plus usual sections of
news and club news.
MARCH 2005 - COVER PHOTO - MoPac 2-8-2 No. 1483 at coal dock in North
Little Rock prior to 1954 from John Mills collection. Also: John A.
Mill story "Watermelon Treats on my 3:00 AM Lunch Break" *** Donna Hunt
story in the Sherman-Dennison, TX Herald Democrat in 2005 "She Caught
The Katy" *** Philip L. Moseley story "Last Rights for the Agency at
Alden" with photo of Alden, Kansas Santa Fe depot at 7:30 a.m. December
27, 1967, the last day of the depot's operation *** Gene Hull story
"Who Built the Engines - Part 7 The Schenectady Locomotive Works" ***
Gene Hull story "Who Built the Engines - Park 8 The Cooke &
Danforth Locomotive and Machine Co." *** PHOTO: Tank car with new
reflective stripes, now being required. *** Central Arkansas River Rail
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Walker, Secretary-Jackie Rocch. Other positions: Editor-Ken Ziegenbein,
NRHS Director-Tom Shook, Photographer-John C. Jones, Historian-Gene
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- (1.2MB) - COVER PHOTO - UP #1998 in North Little Rock by John C.
Jones. Also: Gene Hull story "The New Missouri Pacific" *** ARKANSAS
RAIL NEWS: A-OK RR gets new engines *** BNSF coming to Little Rock?
Plus news and club news.
1997 - (4.2MB) - COVER PHOTO - Original Freedom Train in
Yonkers, New York December 23, 1948 by Peter Smykla, Jr. Also: PHOTO:
Main Street Trolley in Memphis October 26, 1997 by John C. Jones ***
PHOTO: UP caboose donated to Hazen, Arkansas October 25, 1997 by John
C. Jones *** Long train in Ashdown November 9, 1996. It was 8,790 feet
long and had 14 KCS engines *** Amtrak ridership May 1997 compared with
individual airlines (Amtrak carried 20 percent the passengers Delta
did, etc) *** Good pro-Amtrak story "Another Reason for Trains" *** Tom
Scott story "Rock Island Christmas Memories" *** Amtrak ridership by
each route *** PHOTO: Paperton Junction Southern excursion Pine Bluff
*** PHOTO: Russellville Missouri Pacific depot July 1997 by Andy Anders
*** PHOTO: Missouri Pacific E-8 #40 on Train 41 arriving Houston, Texas
from Palestine October 15, 1966 by Robert Oswald. Plus news and club
NOVEMBER 1997 - COVER PHOTO - Missouri Pacific PA-3 #8036 in January
1962 at Little Rock by Gene Hull. Also: Gene Hull story "Locomotive
Trade-In Time" *** ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS: Delta Southern leases line
Dermott to Warren; Entergy sues UP over coal deliveries; A&M RR
improves safety *** L. T. Walker story "Mission of Mercy" *** Delta
Heritage Trail map *** PHOTOS: White River Railway excursion by the
Mopac Historical Society October 11, 1997 by John C. Jones. Plus news
and club news.
OCTOBER 1997 - COVER PHOTO - Bill Pollard, Bill Eldridge and Amtrak
President Tom Downs at Union Station in Little Rock, Arkansas August
29, 1007. Also: PHOTO: Sequatchie Valley FP-7 #600 near South
Pittsburg, Tennessee April 7, 1995 by Carl W. Lancaseter *** PHOTO:
Special Amtrak train at Little Rock August 29, 1997 touting
preservation of train stations by Ken Ziegenbein *** ARKANSAS RAILNEWS:
River Rail Project gets favorable rating; New intermodal yard at Ebony,
Arkansas; Brinkley Union Depot renovation photo. *** P. B. Wooldridge
story "Remembering" *** W. C. Jameson story "The Crosset Ghost Light"
*** picture from book of dining car crew in the 1940s. Plus news and
SEPTEMBER 1997 - COVER PHOTO - KCS "Southern Belle" in Heavener,
Oklahoma July 4, 1996 by Jonathan Royce. Also: Philip L. Moseley story
"The Wreck at Bridge C-453" *** Gene Hull story "The Old Missouri
Pacific Buzzsaw" with 7 trademarks *** Statesrail's shortline list ***
ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS: Old passenger coach of the A&M RR destroyed by
fire July 21, 1997. *** PHOTOS: Demolition of Pine Bluff shops July
1997 by John C. Jones. Plus news and club news.
AUGUST 1997 - COVER PHOTO - Union pacific #3257 leads a westbound train
in Toole, Utah February 5, 1983 by Peter Smykla, Jr. Also: PHOTO: SP
freight passing Brinkley Depot December 6, 1989 by Jonathan Royce ***
PHOTO: KCS wreck at Bridge A 453 just south of Winthrop, Arkansas 1943
by Philip L. Moseley *** ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS: Artrain to be in Pine
Bluff; Brinkley Union Depot slated for demolition. *** Gene Hull story
"The First Wide Bituminous Burner." Plus news and club news.
JULY 1997 - COVER PHOTO - Santa Fe's Tulsan
in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1941 by Wilbur Johnson. Also: Wilbur
Johnson story "Santa Fe's TULSAN - A Memory" *** Obit: Lou Koeppe ***
AR RAIL NEWS: UP wants to sell its Nashville branch; KCS applied to
abandon track from Hope to the Louisiana border; A&M had small
derailment near Chester; BNSF puts concrete ties in northern Arkansas
*** PHOTO: UP donated a caboose to Austin, Arkansas. Plus usual news
and club news.
JUNE 1997 - COVER PHOTO - Rock Island #4463 and 4436 on Train 35
crossing a trestle north of Tinsman, Arkansas February 23, 1980 by
Peter Smykla, Jr. Also: The Arkansas Railroad Club plans another UP 844
excursion between Tyler and Pine Bluff in November *** Obit: Harry
Coleman *** ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS: White River Railway still running
excursions *** Poem: "The Pine Knot Cannonball" *** Wes Leatherock
story "The R.P.O. Story" *** UP early streamliner power units
assignments 1940s and 50s from Jim Bennett. Plus usual news and club
MAY 1997 - COVER PHOTO - Night shot of UP Centennial #6938 with Comet
'Hale-Bopp' April 1, 1997 in front of Jenks Shops in North Little Rock
by John C. Jones. Also: PHOTOS: SP buildings in Pine Bluff, AR from
over pass in 1997; SP 4863 and 7115 leaving Pine Bluff for Little Rock
April 1997 by John C. Jones *** Obit: G. R. Massey *** White River
Railway schedule effective May 1, 1997 *** ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS: Argenta
Rock Island depot being renovated; Car shops closed in Pine Bluff April
1. *** P. B. Wooldridge story "Train Orders" *** Bill Church letter to
Jim Bennett in 1987 *** KCS Excursion announced over the southeast US.
Plus news and club news.
APRIL 1997 - COVER PHOTO - D&GRW #3006 and 3008 with a freight near
Winter Park, Colorado by Gene Hull. Also: Gene Hull story "A Railroad
On Stilts" *** Obit: Bill Vogel *** ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS: Riverfront Rail
Streetcar system planned in Little Rock; Dequeen & Eastern 1092
depot in DeQueen burned as practice for local fire department after the
DQ&E considered it a fire hazard. It only took 20 minuts to burn;
UP announced a new intermodal facility near Marion, Arkansas. ***
MARCH 1997 - COVER PHOTO - Kansas City Southern F-unit #KCS-1 leading a
Sugar Bowl special in New Orleans January 2, 1997 by Chuck Crisler.
Also: PHOTO: New Amtrak locomoitves at Little Rock and New
Orleans by John C. Jones and Chuck Crisler *** ARAKNSAS RAIL NEWS:
Texas Eagle ridership up more than any other in the country, carrying
27,545 last 3 months. The Eagle was scheculed to be eliminated May 10,
1997; SP's coach and Dispatcher's office to be razed in Pine
Bluff. *** Mike Adams story "One-Axle Locomotives Revisited *** L. T.
Walker story "My First Train Ride" *** Thank you letter written to L.
T. Walker in 1944 regarding his prevention of a possible derailment ***
Full page MoPac Texas Eagle ad May 15, 1952. Plus usual news and club
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JANUARY 1997 - COVER PHOTO - First SP unit painted in UP colors at
Jenks Shops in North Little Rock, AR December 1996 by John C. Jones.
Also: PHOTO: Rock Island E8A #655 on a passenger train in St Paul,
Minnesota January 1965 by Jerry Appleman *** PHOTO: New track being
laid east side of Arkansas Railroad Museum December 1996 by John C.
Jones *** Obit: Jonathan Royce *** ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS: Camden MoPac
renovation started; Little Rock streetcar 305 may be brought back to
the Hillcrest area *** Lynn Gaines Jr, story "Burning Trestle on the
Cotton Belt" *** W. T. Carter preserved steamers sent in by Patrick
Traubert *** Gene Hull story "The George Washington Reviving America's
Passenger Trains". Plus news and club news.
1996 - COVER PHOTO - Bill Chuch awarded a pin from Russia
acknowledging Bill's help supplying steel, ammunition, etc to Russia
during World War II. Bill was a member of the 711th Railway Battalion
during the way. John C. Jones photo. Also: William 'Bill' Church story
"Christmas in Persia 1944" as told to his wife Pollly *** PHOTO: Group
at Peter Smykla Jr.s Paperton Junction Southern September 7, 1996 ***
Nine Burma-Shave billboard commercials of the 1940s and 50s. Plus news
and club news.
1996 - COVER PHOTO - Paperton Junction Southern train
excursion by Krysti Hodkin. Also: PHOTO: MoPac #5534, a 4-4-2 Atlantic
type from Mike Adams *** ARC sponsored "Great Railway Journeys" on PBS
*** Story from the Internet "Why the Pullman Company Went Belly UP" ***
Story "Why 4 ft. 8 1/2 inches?" *** L. T. Walker story "The Night I
Found A Man Sealed in a Boxcar" *** Kearney to Sheridan railroad story
by Lynn Gaines *** Gene Hull poem "Farewell Old Lantern! Plus news and
- COVER PHOTO - Final run of Ashley, Drew & Northern
between Crossett and Monticello, Arkansas June 29, 1996. Phil Schueth
is in the photo, taken by Peter Smykla, Jr. Also: PHOTO: Derailment on
Missouri Pacific's Norman Branch in Arknasas March 13, 1956; Gurdon, AR
coal chute by Mike Adams *** ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS: Riverfront Rail System
gets approval of $8 million from US Senate to develope the light rail
system including restoring the Junction Bridge and buy six shuttle
buses; Fort SmithTrolley Museum opens a section of track; Glenwood
Depot listed on National Register; MoPac line between Gurdon and Camden
aske to be abandoned *** P. B. Wooldridge story "Remembering Trouble".
Plus news and rail news.
1996 - COVER PHOTO - Amtrak Texas Eagle with #510 leading at
Union Station in Little Rock August 12, 1996. It was thought at the
time that this and other trains would be eliminated November 10, 1996
and we were talking about a final ride. Also: Ken Ziegenbein story "A
'Mystic' Train Ride from the Past" about an imaginary trip from New
Ulm, Texas to Mystic, Georgia in 1930 using the Offical Guild of 1930
*** Obit: Berdene Mullen *** ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS: Russellville MoPac
depot listed on National Register; Texas Eagle officially eliminated
through Arkansas with Amtrak placing an apology ad in the local paper.
(Of course, at the last minute, it remained on with a one-car train
remaining after the November 10 cutoff date). Plus news and club news.
- COVER PHOTO - UP 8444 publicity photo. Also: PHOTO: UP8444 March 13,
1984 with World's Fair Special in Poplar Bluff, MO *** Ivan I. Avance
story "1984 World's Fair with UP Steam Engine 8444" *** Gene Hull story
"From Humble Beginnings" *** Obit: Walter Davidson *** ARKANSAS RAIL
NEWS: UP/SP merger news; A&M RR purchases 20 refrigerator cars;
Trolley track dug up in parts of Little Rock; Branson Scenic Rwy
consist; Tennessee 200 Bicentennial train consist and schedule. Plus
news and rail news.
UP STEAM-DIESEL EXCURSION ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ARKANSAS
- COVER PHOTO - Arkansas & Louisiana Missouri 0-6-0 #458 in Monroe,
LA November 1950 from David Briggs. Also: Gene Hull story "A
Conductor's Hieroglyphics" *** Obit: Harvey Henry Ray *** ARKANSAS RAIL
NEWS: A-OK formed to run between Howe and McAlester, OK; Rock Island
tracks from Howe, OK to Danville, AR was taken up in 1984-85; Spaghetti
Warehouse closes in the old Choctaw Depot in Little Rock February 4. It
had opened in October 1990 with ARC members invited for a free meal; UP
announced that if the UP/SP merger went through, it would start
directional running in Arknasas *** P. B. Wooldridge story "Remembering
What Wc Cannon Forget". Plus news and club news.
1996 - COVER PHOTO - Santa Fe "Big Hook". Also: Gene Hull
story "Mr. Zaruba's Financial Car" *** White River Railway ran a
special snow train in January 1996 *** Gene Hull story "The Rain-Making
Train" *** AD&N 1937 ad. Plus news and club news.
- COVER PHOTO - Missouri & North Arkansas RR last steam run to
Eureka Springs, Arkansas September 6, 1946 - Gene Hull collection.
Also: Upcoming UP steam excursions sponsored by Pacific Limited with us
participating *** ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS: Walnut Ridge depot restored; UP
delayed demolishig the Rock Island bridge in Little Rock; In 1942,
Farrell Shops in Brinkley, AR rebuit Baldwin locomotives *** List of
Arkansas Shortline Railroads as of December 1995. Plus news and club
- COVER PHOTO - Malvern & Ouachita 711 engine in a gravel pit near
Malvern, Arknasas in 1989 by J. Cary Nettles *** P. B. Wooldridge story
"Remembering" (one of many he titled 'Remembering' *** Gene Hull story
"A Room near the Railroad" *** Jim Johnson, former Public Relations
head at Southern Pacific and who helped with the SSW 819 restoraton,
was terminated from SP due to the pending SP/UP merger *** 1996 Olympic
Torch Relay train route of the UP map *** Other news.
- COVER PHOTO - Train 881 with steam engine 2348, March 25, 1951 on the
Norman Branch (Arkansas) by J. Collias, from Mike Adams collection ***
W. M. Mike Adams story "A Journey Thru Time" about the Norman (Womble)
branch between Gurdon and Norman, Arkansas *** Gene Hull story "The
Semaphore Signal" *** Missouri Pacific Iron Mountain and Rock Island ad
probably late 1800s *** PHOTO - White River Railway excursion *** Other
- COVER PHOTO- Santa Fe EMD #5700 on Super C at Cajon Pass, California
in 1976 by Santa Fe Public Relations *** Eakles Hille story "Things
Change" *** Other news.
1996 CALENDAR ORDER FORM
SEPTEMBER 1995 - COVER PHOTO - A Rock Island extra southbound passing
the Fordyce Tower
(AR) during the early 1940s by P. B. Wooldridge. Also: Lynn N. Gaines,
Jr. story "Fordyce-On-The-Cotton Belt Visited by Fate 1941" *** Obits:
Eakles August Hille and Robert F. Read, Jr. *** ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS:
Depot in Hot Springs depot renovation possible; 1996 Olympic Torch
Train to be in Little Rock May 26, 1995; Bentonville Chamber of
Commerce is restoring a steel caboose; UPagreed to by SP. Plus news and
AUGUST 1995 - COVER PHOTO - UP's Steve Lee and NS's Carl Jensen pose
next to the UP steam excursion that the Arkansas Railroad Club helped
staff in Palenstine, Texas June 9, 1995 by Ken Ziegenbein. Also: Many
photos of the Little Rock to Houston UP excursion with stops at Monroe,
Louisiana, Shreveport LA, Palestine TX and Houston. Also a classic
story about a small boy's trip all the way to Houston from Little Rock
after his mother bought tickets at the last minute (they were going to
fly since Amtrak only ran 3 times a week back then). Most of this issue
was about this trip. *** OBIT: T. W. M. Long *** ARKANSAS RAILNEWS: UP
applied for permission to demolish the Rock Island bridge over the
Arkansas River in Little Rock (it didn't happen); RI Hazen, AR depot
got a grant for preservation; Walnut Ridge MoPAC depot being remodeled;
Hope MoPac depot clock has been donated back to the depot; Marion, AR
Santa Fe intermodal facility to open June 26, 1995; Ashley, Drew &
Northern filed for abandonment of its line from Crossett and
Monticello, AR. Plus usual news and club news.
JULY 1995 - COVER PHOTO - Fort Worth & Denver #9981B EMD E-8 in
Dallas, Texas November 1, 1958 by M. D. McCarter collection, photo by
E. DeGoyler, Jr. Also: OBIT: Wayne Couch *** ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS: A
strip club was closed in Texarkana Union Station ; Ashdown, AR depot
may be used as museum *** Gene Hull story "The Canadian Royalty - The
Countess of Dufferin" *** Gene Hull story "A Steam Locomotive to Equal
Pennsy GG-1 Electric". Plus news and club news.
JUNE 1995 - COVER PHOTO - Litchfield & Madison #159 pulling only a
caboose through Glen Carbon, Illinois in December 1950 by Harold K.
Vollrath, Also: Bill Church received a medal from the Russian
government for his help in the Allied support of Russia during WWII.
Bill was with the Army's 711th Railroad Engineers *** ARKANSAS RAIL
NEWS: Fordyce & Princeton trains ran again this year at the Fordyce
on the Cotton Belt festival April 23; Several crossing mishaps
reported; American Railcar opened its doors in July 1995 in Paragould;
Glenwood depot relocation talked about *** P. B. Wooldridge story
"Murphy's Law". Plus usual news and club news.
MAY 1995 - COVER PHOTO - Original Twin Cities Rocket of the Rock Island
in Minneapolis, MN in 1939 by Eldon A. Behr. Also: PHOTO: Baring Cross
shops of the Iron Mountain & Southern plus the yards about 1906
donated by James R. Fair *** UP 3985 steam excursion planned to run
Little Rock to Monroe, LA on June 6, 1995 *** ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS: White
River Railway to begin service between Flippin and Calico Rock for
passengers in April. Two roundtrip trains a day are planned with
passengers able to get off and Buffalo City and Norfork. It's a 90-mile
round trip; Arm & Hammer detergent, shortening, Idaho potatoes and
a bundle of National Geographics were stolen from a parked boxcar in
North Little Rock; Ozark depot renovation; Earle depot restored. ***
Long chronology of the Little Rock Street Railways from 1870 thru 1924
by James R. Fair. Plus usual news and club news.
SHREVEPORT CHALLENGER TICET ORDER FORM INSERT
CARHOSTS NEEDED FOR DELTA CHALLENGER TO MONROE - FORM
APRIL 1995 - COVER PHOTO - UP 3985 excursion publicity photo. Also:
Gene Hull story "Amateur Bandits on the Little Rock & Ft. Smith"
*** ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS: Public transportation ends in Camden on
December 11, 1994 after the last Kerrville Bus Lines ended service
there. Since the 1880s, Camden has seen passenger transportaton of some
sort provided by stagecoach, steamboat, passenger trains, airplanes and
lastly, the bus; task force formed in Camden to discuss the MoPac depot
*** INSERTS: Delta Challenger ticket form; Carhosts Needed form; 1995
ARC membership roster; White River Productions ad *** Train of Tomorrow
ad. Plus news and club news.
ARKANSAS RAILROAD CLUB SHOW AND SALE FORM 1995
DELTA CHALLENGER TICKET ORDER FORM - 1995
- COVER PHOTO - NKP No. 596 H-60 at Peru, Indiana in 1940 by M. D.
McCarter *** PHOTOS-1995 officers of the ARC; Gene Hull and Bill
Pollard signing "Dardanelle & Russellville" book at January 8
meeting *** P. B. Wooldridge story "Early Railroads" *** ARC dues
increased to $20 a year from $15 *** Health reports on Eakles Hille and
Bill Church *** UP Delta Challenger ticket order form inserted *** Show
and Sale for ARC brochure inserted *** Amtrak news *** Other
- COVER PHOTO - Harbor Plywood 2, National, Washington, October 1953 by
Harold K. Vollrath. *** PHOTO-Amtrak Texas Eagle No. 21 at Little Rock,
9:45 a.m. August 3, 1993 by Ken Ziegenbein *** Gene Hull story "The Big
Blows" with photo of experimental UP steam-turbine west of Omaha, NE in
1939 *** Walter Walker took over as treasurer of the ARC, replacing
long-time treasurer Dick Byrd.*** Bart Jennings news "Over the Derail
34" *** Other news.
- COVER PHOTO - Southern Pacific engineer Robert C. Wadlington in the
cab of a locomotive during an Operation Lifesaver trip north of
Paragould, Arkansas, November 18, 1995, by Ken Ziegenbein. *** Dreat D.
Younger story "The Great Circus Train" *** Bart Jennings received his
Doctor of Philosophy in Logistics and Transportation December 18, 1994
*** Arkansas depots being renovated: Van Buren Frisco, Hope MoPac,
Arkadelphia Mopac, Camden MoPac and Argenta Rock Island. ***
PHOTO-Operation Lifesaver UP train in Pine Bluff, AR by Ken Ziegenbein
*** PHOTOS of Gulf Coast Chapter NRHS's UP excursion between Houston
and Smithville, Texas and return November 5, 1994. Good photo of the
LaGrange, Texas MKT depot with a crowd waiting to board the train, all
by Ken Ziegenbein. *** Other news.
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- COVER PHOTO - Abandoned MoPac tracks in Snow Lake, AR on the route of
the Delta Eagle through east Arkansas, May 1993. *** Bill Church story
"Coup de Grace on Bruno" *** More news.
SEPTEMBER 1993 - COVER PHOTO -
F-Unit No. 300 along the Sequatchie Valley Railroad south of Dunlap,
Tennessee May 30, 1993 by Ken Ziegenbein. Also: AR RAIL NEWS: Detours due to
flooding in the midwest-New Ozark excursions of Branson Scenic
Railway-Ozark Mountain Railway proposal opposition-Little Rock Union
Station news-Cotton Belt Star to run to Tyler, TX-Wynne depot
demolished-Pine Bluff wheel shops to reopen-A&M excursion run July
30-Decatur, AR depot restored as library *** Bill Lutrell story
"Vacation 1993" about this Waldron, AR Chief of Police going on a
California vacation *** Gene Hull story "The Railroad From Wealth to
Poverty" *** Switching problem diagram to see if you can switch a car
around *** PHOTOS: Various photos of F-unit No. 300 and track in
Tennessee *** Sunset Limited ad from 1925. Plus usual sections of news
and club news.
AUGUST 1993 - COVER PHOTO -
L&A Shreveporter tail sign. It was on the first train to have more
than coaches on the original L&A line From James R. Fair
collection. Also: James R. Fair story "The Shreveporter - Pride of the
L&A" *** AR RAIL NEWS:
Warren & Saline River Railroad
stats-East Camden & Highland RR stats-El Dorado & Wesson
Railway stats *** PHOTO: Tower on the Little Rock side of the Arkansas
River RI bridge where the Missouri Pacific and Rock Island crossed in
December 1962 by Gene Hull. Plus usual sections of news and club
JULY 1993 - COVER PHOTO -
Camden, Arkansas Missouri Pacific depot on April 28, 1993 by Ken
Ziegenbein. Also: Dale Lee Patrick Walker obit *** AR RAIL NEWS: Little Rock &
Western stats-SSW 819 to run to Tyler October 15, 1993 *** Gene Hull
story "The Santa Fe in the 'Long Box' *** Santa Fe California comic ad
*** PHOTO: Rock Island locomotive and crew at Jones Mills, Arkansas
October 1971. Seen are W. K. Robbins, brakeman, R. E. Daugherty,
engineer, F. Kuhn, fireman. L.T.Walker wes concuctor but not in photo.
Photo by O. A. Wagoner via L. T. Walker. Plus usual sections of news
and club news.
JUNE 1993 - COVER PHOTO - KATY
F-7 No. 55C in Muskogee, Oklahoma about 1950 from Gene Hull collection.
Also: This was the first Railroader in the new booklet format *** AR RAIL NEWS: ES&NA in Radio
Shack ads-Camden depot restoration-Ozark Mountain Railroad proposed ***
Robert Claytor of NS dies *** L. T. Walker story "The Rear End
Collision That Was Never Reported" *** Rock Island Golden State ad ***
Consist of President George H. W. Bush's campaign special train Oct
1992 from Jim Bennett *** Train/truck accident graphs 1981-1991 ***
Back of Dell comic book in August 1954 showing lots of railroad
Plus usual sections of news and club news.
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the 8 1/2 x 14 format. - COVER PHOTO - UP 3985 at Jenk's Shops in North
Little Rock September 1, 1992 before the River Challenger trip to Van
Buren sponsored by the ARC. Photo by John C. Jones *** PHOTOS-NRHS
Board of Directors meeting in Little Rock *** Gene Hull story "A
Locomotive with Many Legs" *** OBITS: Dorothy May Stevens, Cora Vern
Sink Jackson, Mrs. Winfred Vick, R. F. Wilson *** Billl Church at Fort
Roots Rehab *** Amtrak starts the longest continuous passenger route
between Los Angeles and Miama April 2, 1993 *** Southern steam schedule
*** Other news.
- (2.5mb) - COVER PHOTO - UP 4015, a 4-4-0 at Green River, Wyoming in
the 1950s by R. O. Hale *** PHOTOS - Houston, TX union station in
November 1992 showing single remaining track and concourse *** John
Martin story "The Wreck of the Seminole" *** Illinois Central ad ***
- (2.5mb) - COVER PHOTO - Missouri Pacific crew in North Little Rock,
AR with Gene Hull's father included, 1922 *** Gene Hull story "The
Palace Postal Car" *** ARC charter member Tom Shook retired ***
Proposal to build a tourist railroad from Branson to northwest Arkansas
at cost of $883 million, 85 miles. The proposed line, by L. D.
Stordahl, would build 8 tunnels, 3 major bridges and would span Table
Rock Lake *** Other news.
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(5.6mb) - COVER PHOTO - 1901 Harper's Weekly cover drawing showing
baronism of both Union Pacific and Northern Pacific *** AAR Railroad
comic "Ride the High Iron", a good story of riding passenger trains in
comic format *** Super Chief 1949 ad sent in by Bill Eldridge ***
Railtex took control of the UP White River Liine at 8 a.m. December 13,
1992 *** Bill Church story "Know Where You Are Going and What You Are
Going to do When You Get There" *** Rock Island signal
diagram-Searchlite Type Train Order Signal sent in by Stephen Eudy ***
PHOTOS-Southern Paciic Santa Special Pine Bluff by Jim Johnsoin;
Children's Museum of Arkansas in Union Station opening photos Oct 22,
1992 *** Bill Church hospitalized after a stroke January 12, 1993
- (2.5mb) - COVER PHOTO - Abandoned tracks at Oklahoma City's Santa Fe
depot, which used to be served by the Texas Chief, taken in 1992 by Ken
Ziegenbein *** Gene Hull Story "The End Was Near" about the Hot Springs
Branch of the MoPac *** OBIT-Tom A. Coulson *** NRHS Board meeting to
be held in Little Rock March 1993 *** UP sold the White River Line
(MoPac) to the M&NA *** Other news.
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Gene Hull and Bill Church honored as authors. Photos: L.T. Walker
in RI passenger conductor uniform, Webb City interurban cars used as
bait & tackle shop in Berryville (off Hwy 62). The Iron
Mountain’s first “Main” (troop) train, by W.T. Church. Gene Hull
has indexed the club’s Earl Saunders Negative Collection, now housed at
UALR Library Special Collections, and the Ark RR Club president will
always keep a copy of the index. KCS is purchasing the Graysonia,
Nashville & Ashdown RR. Report on White River line
status. Amtrak fan “Pinky” Epperson of east Dallas died in
January. Amtrak ridership stats.
- (4.0mb) -Cover: California Zephyr in 1953 by P.B. Wooldridge.
Photos: Frisco 1522 in St Louis Union Station 1988, Ashley Drew &
Northern #105. The Day the MP Halted, death of L.W. Baldwin, May
16, 1946, by Gene Hull. MP passenger advertisement, March 1933,
Sunshine Special and Texan. Photo: UP local on White River
Division. Jim Johnson is now grade crossing safety planner for
SP. UP would like to sell part of the White River line.
Amtrak may cancel service between St. Louis and Carbondale, with
discontinuance of the River Cities. Postcards: RI depot at Little
Rock, RI roundhouse at Argenta.
- (4.3mb) - Cover: RI signal 139.9, on abandoned RI which once
protected HH crossing near Little Rock Union Station, photo by Ken
Ziegenbein. Photo: RI grade crossing accident at Butterfield,
1950 and RI Butterfield depot. Head end collision on RI at
Butterfield, 1956, by L.T. Walker. UP 3985 excursion trip planned
for September 1. Eakles Hille will have another railroadiana sale
at his home (224 Dennison), following his sale of last November.
Fort Smith Railroad operation of Paris branch may be ended.
Rumors of abandonment of White River line by UP. Arkansas Midland
(Pinsley RR Co) begins operation of 4 former UP banches on Feb 23,
1992. (Branches included Carlisle, Helena, Hot Springs and
Norman.) UP is threatening to demolish Wynne depot. Memphis
Central station to be restored. Amtrak Little Rock ticket office
and waiting room to be relocated from traditional street level location
to a new trackside location about June 1. Silk Trains.
Photos, ca 1910, passenger train thru Corning AR, Union Station Pine
MARCH 1992 -
(4.4mb) - Cover: Cotton Belt 817 on troop train at Fordyce during WWII,
by P.B. Wooldridge. Railroad reminisces by P.B. Wooldridge, and
photos of RI passenger extra at Clarendon 1938 and MP psgr train
between Camden-Gurdon 1935. Thomas R. McGuire house (114 Rice St)
added to National Register. Jim Johnson retires as Cotton Belt’s
last public relations person. Amtrak ridership statistics.
Texas Special advertisement, service starting on July 7, 1946.
Oklahoma Adventured by WT Church. Shortline photos of D&R,
P&NW, Reader, DQ&E, E&W by Wayne Porter. NRHS
Directors Report by Dick Davis.
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(Pangburn-Letona), taken in 1991 by Doug Duncan. Photo: MP steam
and T&P diesel south of Kensett in 1953, by Johnnie Gray.
Photos of Fordyce Tower (RI-SSW crossing) in 1940s, and article about
operations at this tower by Lynn N. Gaines, Jr. UP working to
enlarge the Conway tunnel. LR&W derailment Jan 10.
Cotton Belt steamer 336 will be moved from Lewisville park to CBRHS
facility in Pine Bluff. Frisco’s Mississippi River bridge will
celebrate 100 years in 1992.
- (3.3mb) - COVER PHOTO: Interior of Cotton Belt excursion coach
with the Tyler Apache Bells - Ken Ziegenbein photo. Photos of SSW
819 excursion, photo of MP Alco PA 8010 with Baby Eagle at Sedalia,
MO. Articles: Electro-Motive GP-20s test on MP-John
Martin; The Pounder - William Church; Roster of old
Arkansas shortline diesels - Bart Jennings. Ads: GM hauls
20th Century Limited, Golden Rocket. Club Christmas party honors
authors James A. Fair, Clifton E. Hull, Walter M. Adams, William T.
Church. Obits: Ruby (Mrs. Eakles) Hille, W.C.
Harris. Rail News: El Dorado's MP freight station
destroyed in controlled burn by El Dorado fire department.
Diagram: RI Searchlight train order signals (also see Apr
1985 Arkansas Railroader)
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Mexico March 22,
1969 by M. D. McCarter. Also: Gene Hull story "Stories Twice Told - And
More" *** Sub-committee listed for 1993 NRHS Board Meeting *** Mike
Adams is selling his "White River Railway" book *** AR RAIL NEWS: Typer trip planned for
SSW 819 - SSW 819 passes FRA tests May 23 - Reader Railroad idled due
to FRA safety concerns - UP may lay off 300 Arkansas workers due to
crew cuts *** Amtrak fuel efficiency listed (5-car train with 389
passengers = 287 passenger miles per gallon) *** Amtrak ridership stats
given *** William Church story "A Day To Remember" *** PHOTOS: Eakles
and Ruby Hille's 65th wedding anniversary party. Plus usual news and
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- (4.9mb) - COVER PHOTO - Amtrak's Texas Eagle in the snow in Little
Rock in the
mid 1970s by John M. Martin. Also: John M. Martin story "Amtrak
Memories" as a Little Rock baggageman *** L. T. Walker story "Uncle Joe
Finley - First Trip as an Engineer". AR
RAIL NEWS: Reader Railroad to have night run - "If all of
Earth's animals were weighed, ants would account for 10 to 15 percent
of the total weight" from a Harvard newsletter - 819 to run to Tyler -
Hogtrain schedule set - Spaghetti Warehouse construction on schedule in
the Rock Island's Choctaw Depot - Little Rock Union Station auctioned
off for $567,000 - A Little Rock TV station ran a story documenting 40
train deots in the state - Some Louisiana & North West F units sold
- Granite Mountain Quarries train hits truck - Union Pacific's Camp
Robinson spur in North Little Rock fixed up, including 2,600 new ties
and spending $200,000. This was before the Gulf War and trains used
this track during that 1991 war. (Today,
September 19, 2007, these tracks are still there, but haven't been used
since 1991 and parts of the roadbed have been washed out and there are
trees over the tracks - Ken Z) - Fate of Pine Bluff depot
debated - Ouachita Railroad chartered between El Dorado, AR and Lillie,
LA - List of French 'Merci' cars in states surrounding Arkansas,
including one in Helena, AR - UP freight derails in Chidester - Boston
Mountain train excursion - MoPac steamer No. 2522 news *** "The US
generates enough trash each year to cover a 24-lane highway stretching
from Boston to Los Angeles with a foot of garbage" (Smithsonian News Service) ***
Amtrak ridership stats. Plus regular news and club news.
1990 - (3.3mb) - COVER PHOTO - Abandoned 'Sunbelt' line in
Little Rock, AR with Argenta depot in the distance, Spring 1989, by Ken
Ziegenbein. Also: Gene Hull story "A Legend - A Railroad - And A State
Park" *** Earl Harris story "My Thanks to All", a retrospect on his
life. AR RAIL NEWS: Rock
Island annual picnic held in Little Rock - City of Bald Knob trying to
obtain MoPac depot - Helena depor restoration underway - UP offers sale
of 4 Arkansas shortlines (Helena Junction-Lexa to Helena, Malvern-Hot
Springs-Mountain Pine, Gurdon-Birds Point, North Little Rock-Carlisle
(old Rock Island) - MoPac Hospital demolished to make room for
Dillards executive offices. A time capsule was found - Union Station in
Little Rock auctioned off - North Little Rock Burns Park gets 1952 UP
caboose. *** "Global Warming: Another Apocalpse Down in Flames?" by the
DC Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (sounds like today, doesn't it?) ***
Barton Jennings story on old train articles in Arkansas *** Southern
Belle system map. Plus usual news and club news.
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operating steam locomotives at the NRHS convention, including Cotton
Belt 819, Norfork & Western 1218, Union Pacific 844 and Frisco
1522, by Ken Ziegenbein. Also: Ken Ziegenbein interview and
transcription called "A Porter's Story" about retired MoPac Porter
Ferdie Anthony. I taped him at his nursing home and typed the interview
ver-batim about his career with the Missouri Pacific. He was 85 at the
time of the interview *** MoPac Colorado Eagle ad *** Obit: Frank
Zimmerman *** William Church story "Cornfield Meet". AR RAIL NEWS: New excursions began
on the Arkansas & Missouri - Eureka Springs & North Arkansas
depot in Eureka Springs annexed by the cith - Reader Railroad began its
1990 season - Cotton Belt recalls some workers - UP property in central
Arkansas auctioned - Member Dick Davis started a new rail newspaper for
this area called "North America Railroad Reporter" It folded after just
one issue. *** Amtrak ricership stats *** Barton Jennings story "1990
NRHS Convention Review" *** Ken Ziegenbein story "Another Perspective"
*** Bart Jennings story "Where Are The Arkansas Locomoitves Today?"
which lists steamers used by small railroads and industries and their
display locations around the country, plus current locomotives in the
state in use *** PHOTOS: St Louis NRHS convention; Steam engine No. 4
in Hot Springs, AR in 1915-20 via Al Campbell; Near crossing collisions
in Little Rock by Tom Shircliff *** Track diagram of St Louis Union
Station *** Norfolk Southern steam excursion schedule 1990. Plus usual
news and club news.
- (5.1mb) - COVER PHOTO - Missouri Pacific No. 5336 steam locomotive
chute in Kensett, AR in 1953 by Johnnie M. Gray. Also: Earl Harris
story "The Reptile and the Stovepipe" *** Robert Oswald list February
26, 1935 list of 75 steam engines in Arkansas *** John M. Martin story
"Buick Introductory Special" on Rock Island *** PHOTOS: M&NA wreck
in north Arknasas December, 20, 1923; KCS N-Scale layout in Waldron,
AR; Photos of L. T. Walker exploring abandoned Rock Island at DeValls
Bluff, AR Feb 9, 1990. AR RAIL NEWS:
"It is great to have friends when one is young, but indeed it is still
more so when you are getting old. When we are young, friends are, like
everything else, a matter of course. In the old days we know what it
means to have them" by Edward Grieg - Quorum Court releases hold on SSW
336 - Arkanssa Western update by Bill Luttrell - Former Rock Island
water boy Henry Kuhl of Sherwood, AR, 91, recalls bygone days of the
Rock. He retired in 1948 and this story was written in 1990 - Kiamichi
Railroad provides emergency services for stranded deer during floods -
Open house held at UP shops in North Little Rock June 9. *** List of SP
steam engines in the country *** Greyhound Bus Lines in bankrupcy ***
Metro Line construction begins in St Louis *** Trolley lines
constructed in Memphis *** Amtrak stats *** Railroad Mind Boggler
puzzle *** Southern's Crescent Limited ad
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1987 by Gene
Hull. Also: Gene Hull story "Chasing Railroad Ghosts" *** Great facts
of science by Gene Hull, such as "On cold days, if a phonograph is not
wound at intervals, it soon will run down and stop. This also will
happen on warm days", and other tongue-in-cheek facts *** C&O
Chessie ad *** UP 844 will NOT run through Arkansas as planned. AR RAIL NEWS: SSW 819 trip to St
Louis NRHS convention planned - Eureka Springs & North Arkansas
begins season - Flooding along Arkansas River - 'Loose Caboose'
festival held in Paragould - Argenta depot news - KCS selling some land
in downtown Fort Smith. *** Georia Pacific acquires more railroads ***
Amtrak President Graham Claytor wants to order 75 more Superliners
- (5.0mb) - COVER PHOTO - Rock Island bridge showing Little Rock &
RS-3 No. 305 southbound on the bridge, being blocked by a UP unit coal
train on the Little Rock side, by John M. Martin. Also: John M. Martin
story "Fordyce and Princeton Almost Disappeared 10 years before the end
of the Rock Island" *** Jim Bennett story "Rock Island No. 9049 RDC"
*** Kacie Richardson story on safe railroad crossings "A Fatal
Decision" *** William Church story "Four Generations of Rails". AR RAIL NEWS: Appeals court forces
railroad to promote a black man - Carlisle Rock Island depot nominated
to the National Register of Historic Places - 2-year old dies on tracks
in Brinkley. *** 1990 NRHS St Louis convention brochure. Plus usual
news and club news.
- (2.8mb) - COVER PHOTO - Missouri Pacific 4-6-2 'Madam Queen' heads
Train No. 8 through North Little Rock by Gene Hull. Also: 10th annual
ARC show and sale to be held June 2 *** Gene Hull story "When Royalty
Rode the Rails" *** Track Warrants samples by John M. Martin *** Santa
Fe Chief ad *** Fordyce & Princeton celebrates 100 years. AR RAIL NEWS: Panel delays Hope to
Old Washington tourist train *** Rock Island bridge will be taken down
across the Arkansas River in Little Rock (didn't happen - now part of Clinton
Presidential Library) - A caboose and boxcar were brought for
display in Lonoke - Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton met with Rio Grande
Industries (owner of SP) CEO Philip F. Anschutz regarding cutbacks of
Cotton Belt employees *** UP will spend $598 million in 1990 on line
maintenance and new locomotives. Plus usual news and club news.
- (5.3mb) - COVER PHOTO - Amtrak's Texas Eagle inagurating daily
Little Rock at Union Station. Also: Gene Hull story "Why Did the Frisco
Build Through Arkansas?" *** Jerry Moore story "Rock Island Rail Diesel
Car Trip 1959" - from Booneville to Little Rock, AR *** William Church
story "Locomotive Messenger" *** John M. Martin story "Early Days of
the Choctaw Route - Part 3" *** Bill Pollard story "The Demise of the
Clarksville Branch" *** Arkansas Railroad Club survey by Barton
Jennings results. AR RAIL NEWS:
'Hogtrain' schedule announced to several Arkansas Razorback football
games - Old Missouri Pacific hospital sold - The Choctaw Rock Island
depot will become a Spaghette Warehouse - UP 844 to come through Little
Rock in early June - UP train nearly gets hit by corporate aircraft at
Adams Field - Cotton Belt lays off 123 more workers in Pine Bluff - UP
caboose arrives in Hazen for display - Corning Missouri Pacific depot
torn down - Rumors that the Reader RR will move to Hot Springs - UP
Special Agent arrest Mayflower developer for putting in an unauthorized
crossing. *** Amtrak ridership stats. Plus usual news and club news.
1990 - (3.9mb) - COVER PHOTO - View from Rock Island caboose
and Mesa on the Stuttgart, AR branch, by John M. Martin. Also: William
Church story "Little River Valley & Arkansas Railroad - Cotton
Belt's Birds Point Branch" *** Gene Hull story "The Four Aces" ***
Timken roller bearings ad *** OBIT: David P. Morgan *** Decatur, AR KCS
depot renovated - Argenta Rock Island depot placed on National Register
- Rock Island Choctaw depot for sale by Arkansas Gazette - Cotton Belt
lays off 45 workers - UP counter-sues a wrecker driver on crossing
collision - Arkadelphia tries to obtain the MoPac depot there - Unusual
record album titles, including "Aliens Ate My Bucick" by Thomas Dolby,
"You Can Tune A Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish" by REO Speedwagon,
others - UP proposes to lease line between Texarkana and Whitesbor,
Texas *** The Soviet Union moves eight Billion passengers a year via
trains, has 61,000 passenger cars and 400,000 freight cars *** Longest
passenger train out of Kansas City was a KCS special on October 14,
1962 to the Shrine Circus. It had KCS GP30s Nos. 102, 104, 106 and 107
and 31 various passenger cars *** Texas Eagle goes daily ***
Tongue-in-cheek semi-truck runbys photo session planned., Plus usual
news and club news.
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Fair in 1989. It only indexes the stories written by various members, not news. I do not have an index
past 1989. It includes stories by W. S. Adair, W. M. Mike Adams, Bill
B. Bailey, Jim Bennett, Burt C. Blanton, David L. Briggs, Frank Brooks,
Edgar B. Chestnut, William T. Church, Kenneth R. Combs, Norma Conner,
Tom Coulson, Jack Daniels, Ernie Deane, David Dortch, Douglas Duncan,
James R. Fair, F. Fernandez, Lynn N. Gaines, Jr., Johnnie M. Gray,
Arthur Halliburton, J. A. Hannold, John B. Harpr, Earl Harris, William
Harris, George Hennessey, Eakles A. Hille, C. E. Gene Hull, Bill
Husted, Barton Jennings, Jim Johnson, Marty Lofton, John M. Martin, C.
W. McDonald, Rosalie McGinnis, Bill Merck, David P. Morgan (special to
Railroader), Phillip Moseley, James P. O'Neill, Bill Pollard, Wilson
Powell, Dusty Rhodes, Lara Rowlett, Sam Ryker, Earl Saunders, Leonard
Sherman, Russell Short, Daryl Stout, Randy Tardy, Jim Tatum, Andrew
Thompson, Jim Trousdale, Jim Wakefield, Marvin e. Walker, L. T. Walker,
Jim Wilson, Robert G. Winn, Ken Ziegenbein.
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FEBRUARY 1988 -
JANUARY 1988 -
DECEMBER 1987 - The Trains I rode (Mike Adams). Last heritage sleeper passes through Little Rock 10-25-87.
- COVER PHOTO: Fordyce & Princeton excursion train. The
fireless cooker (William Church). Superliner equipment display at
Little Rock. Augusta Railroad track removed.
- COVER PHOTO: Cotton Belt 819 at Little Rock. The MP ran buses
too (Gene Hull). Rock Island Argenta depot may be restored.
- COVER PHOTO: Amtrak Silver Star at Deland, FL. Fordyce &
Princeton 101 moved from Little Rock zoo to southwest Little
Rock. Russellville, AR train order office closed. Railroad
Memories (W.T. Church), Rescued (Eakles L. Hille).
- COVER PHOTO: MP train 115 at Conway Tunnel, 1931. Illinois
Central passenger trains in the Delta (Frank A.Brooks, Jr.), Eight
Hours on the Mountain-Mopac Missouri Division (W.T. Church), Southern
Pacific has sold 5 business cars, including Pine Bluff and
Tucson. Conway tunnel work is completed. About that
Missouri Pacific sale-Nevada, MO-Coffeyville, KS (Mike Adams)
- COVER PHOTO: Savannah & Atlanta steamer #750 en route to Fort
Smith. Ark RR Club loans depot benches to Lonoke. N&W
1218 (Bart Jennings), Fort Smith rail network (James R. Fair),
Harvey Couch book reviews. Photos: MP valley Eagle in late 1940s,
MP locust street yard in late 1940s. Train orders to be a thing
of the past on UP.
- COVER PHOTO: Rock Island F-unit 4168 with snowplow at Biddle.
Mystery of Crane watermark with broken neck (William Church), Vestal
Spur on Wynne sub, with abandoned locomotive. Cotton Belt ends
Third Avenue runs in Pine Bluff on April 29, 1987, relocated to UP
trackage. Tragedy in the night - wreck on the SSW at Camden in
World War II (Bill Merck).
- COVER PHOTO: abandoned RI tracks at Little Rock, near HH
crossing. The Philosophical Railroader (W.M. Mike Adams),
Restored Rock Island depot at Hazen to be dedicated May 10.
APRIL 1987 -
COVER PHOTO: Cotton Belt #768 at Lewisville. Ark RR Club’s Rock
Island baggage car #862 donated to Cotton Belt Rail Historical
Society. Diamond Jo (Bill Church), Trackside observations of
Valley Division of MP (William Earl Harris). Hazen received title
to Rock Island right of way.
- COVER PHOTO: Arkansas & Missouri train enters Winslow
Tunnel. Class III Railroads of Arkansas-Arkansas & Missouri
(Ken Ziegenbein), Frisco through Northwest Arkansas (James R. Fair),
Cotton Belt memories (Bill Merck), Conway tunnel rebuild (Bill
Pollard), Stuttgart and DeQueen depots razed. Cotton Belt using
Altheimer branch only as needed, usually operates via UP trackage
rights. Summary of Arkansas shortline operations.
- COVER PHOTO: A&LM freight train. Class III Railroads of
Arkansas- Arkansas and Louisiana Missouri.
Railroading, an ever changing game (William Church), Rock Island and
the Missouri & Arkansas (Bill Pollard), Graysonia, Nashville &
Ashdown (John Hillis). Cotton Belt wants to demolish Brinkley Union
Station. Union Pacific removing signals from Wynne sub and moving
to Sedalia sub.
- COVER PHOTO: AD&N at Crossett. Class III Railroads of
Arkansas- Ashley Drew & Northern (Ken Ziegenbein). Photos-MP
passenger train wreck at Jacksonville in 1954 (see Feb 1987 Ark
Railroader for more details). Batesville MP depot closes,
Cardwell MO SSW depot to be restored. Austin & Northwestern
RR-new Texas shortline (James R. Fair). Rock Island at
Camden-1930. Freight car fire at Brinkley-1951 (Bill Pollard)
NOVEMBER 1986 -
- Cover: Helena Southwestern #300. Helena Southwestern (Class III
Railroads of Arkansas, part 14) by Ken Ziegenbein. Balling the
Jack (fast passenger running; MP dispatcher W.A. Anderson) by Mike
Adams. ICC Rejection o f SP-ATSF merger by Jim Trousdale.
New Zealand & Pacific by Gene Hull. The Last Big Show (MP and
SSW steam on Valley Division in Illinois) by Earl Harris. Kansas
City Union Station timetable, 1964. Augusta RR stock given to
City of Augusta. Little Rock & Western gets new locomotive
#103. Movie "End of the Line". New Arkansas shortline -
Arkansas & Missouri - to begin operating old Frisco from Monett MO
to Fort Smith about September 1. Photo: ATSF Alco PAs in Chicago,
- Cover: Augusta RR #7 - March 1986. Fordyce & Princeton steamer
#101 to be sold by Little Rock zoo. Augusta Railroad (Class III
Railroads of Arkansas, part 12) by Ken Ziegenbein. The "Smith"
Yard by Mike Adams. Casey Jones Last Run by William T.
Church. SSW 819 runs from Pine Bluff to Little Rock. The
Way it Was by Gene Hull (hiring out on MoP Central Division during
World War II). Little Rock & Western to begin service to
Danville in July. Rail to Trail conversion in Arkansas, old RI
from Carlisle to Hazen. KCS steam loco 253 sold, moving from
Texarkana fairgrounds to Arizona. UP wants to close Russellville
station. Texas Limited to begin running from Houston-Galveston.
- Cover photo-Cotton Belt 819. Story of 819 test runs.
Photo of UP derailment at O'Neal (near Batesville) March 1986.
KCS grade crossing accident at Patmos, AR (Hope branch) Apr.
1986. Operation Lifesaver train, Kansas City-Wichita.
Railroad biographical sketch-George Schmidt. Last days of KCS
Southern Belle (Phillip Moseley). Female Warriors - working a WAC
troop train (Gene Hull). Delta Valley & Southern (Ken
Ziegenbein). Malvern & Camden Railway - RI Camden branch
(Bill Pollard). Pine Bluff & Swan Lake vs the Tax Assessor.
Other Days on the Cotton Belt in Cleveland County. Over the Line
with Dad on a work train on SSW "Gumboot" line (W.T. "Bill"
Church). Rock Island disposition of land and reopening of
Perry-Danville track segment.
- Cover: Fordyce & Princeton 1805 at Fordyce. RI Update -
rail removed from Booneville to milepost 220 (west of Danville).
Fordyce & Princeton (Class III Railroads of Arkansas, part 9) by
Ken Ziegenbein. Requiescat in Pace (end of MP name) by Mike
Adams. St Clair Tunnel by Gene Hull. Railroad service
record of Ark RR Club members L.T. Walker, Gene Hull, E.A. Hille, W.M.
Adams, W.T. Church, E.B. Faulkner, Lynn N. Gaines Jr.
- COVER PHOTO - KCS coal train passing DeQueen, AR depot
September 1985. Also: ARKANSAS RAIL NEWS: Missouri Pacific petitons to
close Gurdon station; Prescott Depot nowo a museum; BN may sell line
between Fayetteville and Fort Smith *** William Church story
"Difference Between A Hoghead and an Engineer" *** Class III Railroads
of Arkansas - Part 8 "The DeQueen & Eastern Railroad Company" Plus
news and club news.
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- COVER PHOTO: SP 7399 in Daylight colors, SP 7347 with Olympic
logo. Photos: SSW England depot site, Arkansas RR Club
sale, Amtrak agents at Little Rock, all by Ken Ziegenbein.
News: RI Sunbelt line trackage. Story: The
Moonlighter - Bill Merck; Death of a Railroad (RI scrapping at
Carlisle)-Bill Pollard; World's Fastest Local Way Freight - W.T.
Church; RI Searchlight Train Order Signals-Bill Pollard; SSW letter on
cash fares on Leachville local-W.T. Church. Board News:
Disposition of Earl Saunders negative collection. Diagram:
U.S. Army 4-6-0 at Claiborne, LA.
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FEBRUARY 1985 -
- COVER PHOTO - Amtrak #22 at Little Rock, Dec 7, 1984, by Ken
Ziegenbein. News: Eagle daily through Jan 6, 1985 for Christmas
rush. Rock Island sunbelt line up for scrapping. First
LR&W interchange at Vinegar Spur. Photo: MP 3508 by Dan
Pennington. Photos: Hogtrain special train to Arkansas - Auburn
game at Liberty Bowl. Mineral resources along Missouri
& Arkansas Ry from Sep 16, 1948 Arkansas Gazette.
Story: Stack music by William T. Church, also photo of MP 6601 and 1431
climbing Tim Top hill in Missouri. Story: Georgetown loop by Gene
Hull. Photo: MP #19 Sunflower at Tower Grove.
DECEMBER 1984 -
OCTOBER 1984 - COVER PHOTO - Car going across tracks near North Little
Rock, AR by Ken Ziegenbein. Also: Obits: Roy Files and N. E. Pinneo ***
PHOTO: Cotton Belt Passenger Train No. 108 in Greenville, Texas
February 19, 1956 powered by RS-3 #309 by R. S. Plummer with story by
Bill Merck *** PHOTO: Southbound Cotton Belt train near Pine Bluff by
Danny Pennington *** Gene Hull story "Narrow Gauge and Other News" ***
"Early Cleveland County Mills and Railroads" reprint from newspaper
submitted by Lynn Gaines, Jr. Plus usual news and club news.
SEPTEMBER 1984 - COVER PHOTO - Missouri Pacific First No. 15 "Royal
Gorge" pulled by engine 5339 at St Louis Union Station in 1946 by Joe
G. Collias. Also: Reader RR announced 1984 night train schedule - Sep
8, Oct 6 and Nov 6 with meals provided (such as a cracker barrel with
hoop cheese, apples, breads, hot chocolate. The trains could be
double-headed by steam. *** Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway
in Eureka Springs now has a diner *** Amtrak to stop at Arkadelphia, AR
for first time in October *** KCS train 51-car train stolen in Watts,
Oklahoma *** MoPac dispatch centers are at Spring, TX (serving Texas
and Louisiana), North Little Rock (serving Arkansas, Illinois and parts
of Missouri and Louisiana, Kansas City serves the midwest *** John M.
Martin story "Missouri Pacific Motive Power Trends 1961-1972" ***
William Church story "The 711 Railway Engineers of World War II" ***
PHOTO: Missouri Pacific 'Valley Eagle' Kingsville, Texas June 13, 1962.
weeks before it was taken off. By Ken Ziegenbein *** Ken Ziegenbein
story "Memories of the Valley Eagle" *** Bill Bailey story "Stresses in
Straight Rails Under Locomotive 819" *** PHOTOS: Abandoned St Louis
Union Station October 1975 by Ken Ziegenbein. Plus news and club news.
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Cover: Amtrak 22 lv LRK in 1974 (John Martin). 8444
inaugurates new route through Little Rock (Little Rock Junction, Biddle
yard), could not negotiate curve on Junction Bridge alignment.
Special train with Pullman Cynthia on Little Rock & Western March
31. Dome car CB&Q 250 in Little Rock, owned by George
Davis. Photo coverage and train consist of UP 8444 special to New
Orleans. List of UP steamers on display. Photo of L&A
steamer 396 at Shreveport, waiting for Flying Crow (C.T.
Felstead). Fordyce on the Cotton Belt; UP establishes Memphis
terminal for Pacific Fruit Express; diagram of KCS-RI crossing in Howe,
OK in 1959.
- Cover: T&P 610 on Freedom Train-drawing by Jerry Nunn. 10th
anniversary of Amtrak Eagle/Inter-American. Work progressing on
connection from Biddle yard to MP Louisiana Division mainline near
airport, to allow bypass of Junction Bridge. UP 8444 special to
New Orleans will use this track. America's first standard
locomotive (USRA) by Gene Hull. Cotton Belt traffic over old
Golden State route. Photo, Mopac F-units coming off Central
Division in 1967 (John Martin). Booneville, Ola, and Howe, OK in
1984 (Ken Ziegenbein).
- Cover: F&P #661 and coach at Fordyce on Cotton Belt
festival. RI cleanup diesel #829 leaves, replaced by #830.
Rock Sunbelt Route - Revival or Removal by Bill Pollard, Texarkana-the
great gateway by Gene Hull. Train consist of UP's Kansas City-New
Orleans inspection train, Dec 6, 1983. Diagram of Amtrak heritage
diners 8500-8504. Marcelene, MO by Ken Ziegenbein.
CNS&M Electroliner menu.
- Cover: RI F-unit #117 (John Martin collection). Letter from
David Morgan complimenting newsletter. Photo: Cotton Belt freight
at Brinkley, 1970s
Cover: Mopac freight in snow at Little Rock Union Depot, by John
Martin. Texas Eagle goes daily Dec 15-31, 1995. Amtrak
heritage fleet cars for sale. Last Rock Island cleanup run east
of Little Rock, by Bill Pollard. Cotton Belt early Christmas
present to Employees, by Gene Hull. Photo: Cotton Belt
#819. SSW 819 is getting ready to be moved from park.
Cotton Belt clearance forms, by Dusty Rhodes and Lynn Gaines, Jr.
- Cover: Frisco in transition. LR&W #307 is returned to
GB&W. Mopac relays Vinegar Spur to make LR&W interchange,
allowing removal of HH crossing. Augusta RR trackage all
removed. Hogtrain sleeper Cynthia goes to Helena for 100th
anniversary of Helena. Photo: T&P steamer 610 at North Little
Rock, by John Martin. KCS E and F units, by Bill Bailey.
One of the Pleasures of Railroading, by Gene Hull. Livestock
Rush, Gurdon Style, by Mike Adams. Photo: SSW passenger train #8
leaves Tyler Tx, 1953. Alaska RR passenger car roster.
- Cover: MP E-unit #41 at North Little Rock, 1971, by John
Martin. More Farrell Locomotive Works transactions, by Phil
Powledge. Notice: MP through coach to Nuevo Laredo ends
January 1969. Photo: RI Whitcomb locomotives on Bauxite Local,
1959, by Leonard Sherman. Photos: MP #41 in passenger
service. Arkansas-RR Baseball Champions of the World, by Clifton
- COVER PHOTO - RI #771 (Haskell Turn) passes wreckage of Train 34
in 1975, Photo by John M. Martin. News: LR&W to
build new office building at Perry. LR&W locomotive 307
shipped back to Green Bay & Western. Amtrak mechanical
failures on Eagle. Story: Farrell Locomotive Works by Bill
Pollard. Photos: CO&G camelback 107, Arapahoe
inspection loco, 2-8-0 #56. Story: Westward extension of Choctaw by
John M. Martin. MP Passenger Traffic Dept circular, discontinuing
all checked baggage service 4-1-1968. CRI&P standard caboose
diagram, 1894, from Jim Bennett. Photo and story: Cotton Belt
#661 on train #5 at Camden, by John Martin. Photo: Bauxite
& Northern #16 at Bauxite, by John M. Martin.
- Cover: Murfreesboro & Nashville #7. Mopac makes trips
to Mesa on Rock Island. Mopac Vidalia ferry. Fourth through
car added for Eagle-Sunset service. Frisco locomotive
diagrams. Photo: RI #31 at Heth, 1975, by John
Martin. Rock Island Joint Facilities in Arkansas, by Bill
Pollard. Photo: Cotton Belt alligator #5150, by John
Martin. Additions to Arkansas Narrow Gauge Directory.
Memphis Central and Union Station train movements, November 1960.
Cotton Belt business car Pine Bluff. Night snow scenes of Eagle
at Little Rock, January 1982, by Ken Ziegenbein.
- Cover: Amtrak #22 at Little Rock. Coal train derailment
at Union Station. New Shay locomotive for the ES&NA.
Amrak assigns dome cars to City of New Orleans. Passenger Cars of the
North Arkansas Line, by Jim Wakefield. The Strawberry Rush, by
Mike Adams. Directory of Arkansas Narrow Gauge Railroads, by Earl
Saunders. Frisco at Fort Smith in 1892.
- Cover: Cotton Belt Rob Roy bridge, by John Martin.
LR&W gets a second new locomotive, #102. Arkansas
Transportation Commission files transferred to the History
Commission. The Bootheel Lines, by Marty Loftin. Jonesboro
depot photo and Leachville depot floor plan. Southern Ry steam
train consist, Memphis, May 21, 1983, by Jim Bennett.
- Cover: Coal train on Fort Smith wye, by John Martin. Ex
Frisco sleeper Cimarron River returns to St. Louis. Photo: MP
motorcar #600, Wakefield collection. RI special trains from
June 1924 Rock Island magazine, by John Martin. History
of Little Rock & Western Railway, by Bill Pollard.
North Little Rock terminal of the Choctaw, by John Martin.
- Cover: MP mikado #1482 at Newport, Jim Wakefield
collection. Brinkley Union Station closed. Amtrak Capitol
Limited gets dome cars. Amtrak to take over Rio Grande
Zephyr. Golden Spike Driving in the Forest (DQ&E-MP
connection, Jan 19, 1957) bu Gene Hull. Consist of IC train #12,
the Planter, at Memphis, January 1946. Editorial: Establish a
rail artifact collection at a museum or university library in Arkansas,
by John Martin. J.B. Cornelius, Amtrak conductor, retires after
last run from Texarkana to Little Rock.
- Cover: RI Royal American show train at Pulaski, 1975, by John
Martin. BN flood detours in December 1982. Granite Mountain
Quarries roster. Arkansas-Haven for Alcos on the Rock, by Bill
Pollard. Photo: RI 4168 F-unit with plow at Biddle, by John
Martin. Cotton Belt stored locomotives. LR&W new
locomotive #101. Last Days of the Rock Island in Arkansas, by
Bill Pollard and John Martin. Guide to Missouri Pacific
operations in Arkansas, part 3, John Martin. SSW Hazen Branch, by
- Cover: MC&SA #201, by John Martin. New locomotives
coming to LR&W. MP-UP merger chronology. List of stored
MP diesels. Guide to MP operations in Arkansas - Part 2, by John
Martin. KCS list of presidents, Before the Flying Crow, by Bill
Bailey. Program started to save SSW 819.
- Cover: LR&W #305 at Pulaski, 1981, by John Martin. Flooding
on MP and BN. Bauxite & Northern traffic stats. KCS
business cars. BNSF rehabilitates Hope-Ardmore branch. MP's
NLR yard rehabilitation. CTC cutover dates on Wynne
subdivision. Amtrak to close Poplar Bluff, MO. Guide to
Missouri Pacific operations in Arkansas by John Martin. Notice:
KCS discontinues checked baggage service after April 1, 1968.
- Cover photo: RI train #39 on Iron Mountain Hill, Little Rock, by John
Martin. Bauxite and Northern. Rumors of MP takeover of RI
tracks. Pages from new MP employee timetable #19. Railroad
radio frequencies. New 10-6 Heritage sleeper operates on Eagle
starting Nov. 19, 1982. List of domes out of storage for rehab
and use on Capitol Limited. Amtrak station rankings. Amtrak
Eagle #21 detours on SSW via Big Sandy. Wreck of Hot Springs
Special in 1921, by Gene Hull. Photo of SSW cafe-observation car
#361 on Lone Star Limited.
- Cover photo: Amtrak #22 on Baring Cross Bridge, by John Martin.
Amtrak to rebuild 7 retired dome cars. Private car moves through
Little Rock on Amtrak-Oct. 1982. Photos: Rexall Train in Little
Rock, SSW Fairlane business car. MP uses Camp Robinson
line. MP temporarily shuts down Wynne sub operations
(Paragould-McGehee). MP discontinues grill coach service to
Laredo (1961). Cotton Belt passenger station in Argenta, by Bill
Merck. Old Springdale Frisco station to be replaced by prefab
structure. Listing of Northwest Arkansas switcher jobs.
Proposed Hogtrain special to Austin. Average MP train speeds
1980-82, by John Martin. Rock Island news in Oklahoma.
Basic qualifications for RR jobs (humor).
- Cover photo: Cotton Belt freight at Pine Bluff. SP’s official
last steam run. When did White City (Little Rock) carbarn burn
during 1930-31? KCS buys passenger cars for business train.
BofLE strike shuts down Amtrak. Frisco between West Fork and
Winslow-Robt. G. Winn. Branding identification marks on rail by
John Martin. March 1928 Rock Island magazine notes. Flight
of the Texas Limited Express, by Mike Adams. Consist and
history of Rexall train, by Jim Bennett and Mike Adams. Reader RR
night run, November 6, 1982.
- Cover photo: MP Racetrack special at Hot Springs, by Boyd Pyle.
MP locomotive orders in 1982. KCS leases ICG locomotives.
Photo: M&A motorcar at Chicago Dearborn Station during publicity
tour. Eureka Springs & North Arkansas RR. Amtrak adds
transition dorm coach and full baggage car to Eagle. Diagram: MP
stateroom chair cars 850-855.
- Cover photo: Rock Island train #52, Choctaw, at Pinnacle.
Cotton Belt steamer 665. MP Valley Eagle by Ken Ziegenbein.
RI passenger trains at Little Rock, January 4, 1964, by John Martin..
Auvergne depot burns (1927). Real People TV show travels through
Little Rock on Eagle. MP Little Rock Passenger Agent report,
August 31, 1966. Hot Springs Limited by James R. Fair.
- COVER PHOTO: MP mike 1533 leads meat train 73 off Baring Cross
bridge in 1940s. Photos: MP passenger #3 with Mountain 5512
at Newport. News: Spot check of Amtrak Eagle in Little
Rock. Articles: Firing Liquid Fuel on KCS - Bill
Bailey; Sunset for the RI Sunbelt Route? - Bill Pollard; RI
Mesa-Stuttgart branchline historical notes-Bill Pollard;
C&O-B&O 1969 diner menu compared to current Amtrak menu.
- First newsletter cover photo: T&P steamer 610 by LR Union
Depot. F&P passenger train during Fordyce on Cotton
Belt. Coal movements in Arkansas. Eagle airline subsidiary
(Oct 1943 MP Magazine). Railroad radio frequencies.
Southern Railway Memphis steam excursion train consist. Diagram,
MP deluxe grill coach 1082. Stack Music, by Mike Adams. Nov
30, 1906: Walnut Ridge condemning old Iron Mountain Hotel (and
depot). Eureka Springs tourist railroads.
- Fordyce on Cotton Belt review. RI track being removed between
Mesa and Stuttgart. Amtrak Eagle news. April 2, 1906–RI
laying foundation for new brick depot at DeVal
- Fordyce on Cotton Belt. Southern steam excursion at Memphis.
The Mail and Baggage Handler, by Mike Adams. Diagram of SSW chair
- Results of slide contest. Santa Fe no longer interested in
Sunbelt line. Depots in Rogers, Bentonville and Fayetteville to
be closed. Mopac Paragould-McGehee line being upgraded.
Photo: Charles Merriam, Cotton Belt transfer ferry, Grays Point, MO to
Thebes, IL. More memories on MP trains 219-220, by Eakles Hille.
FEBRUARY 1982 -
Arkansas Railroad Club slide contest coordinated by Kenneth Combs ***
Dues were $10 a year *** Southern Railway shops and steam locomotives
located there in 1092 *** Randy Tardy article in Arkansas Democrat
"Watching the World Fly By Aboard a 60 mph Freight Train *** Bill Merck
sent in an article on Cotton Bet Business Car 'Fair Lane' *** Mike
Adams story "More Memories - Missouri Pacific's Numbers 219 and 220.
- Book “North Arkansas Line” is back in print. Santa Fe still
interested in RI Sunbelt line. LRWN locomotive stolen January
2. Amtrak’s new ARROW system double books sleeper space.
Steam on the KCS by Bill Bailey. Slide contest rules. Ernie
Deane: Costly Mistake? (failure of Arkansas to save Rock Island
tracks). Mopac trains 219-200, by Jim Bennett.
- (1.7mb) - Results of October 1981 club show and sale. MP
to build new locomotive shop in NLR (Jenks shop). Rock Island's
named GP-38 diesels, 1950 special train menu (Little Rock Chamber of
Commerce, to Houston and return via Cotton Belt and Rock Island.)
Little Rock's first passenger station - Mike Adams.
- (867k) - Consist of MP investor special train February 1957, Mopac's
buzzsaw herald, Rock Island October bankruptcy auction results.
- Bill Bailey article "'Commemorating Frisco steam engine 65 and
Arkansas Trackage *** Railroad broke a record hauling coal in the last
week of August 1981, hauling 139,877 carloads containing 12,588,930
tons. Previous record was 12.2 million tons with 250,000 cars in 1926
*** September 30, 1981 was the last run of a passenger train through
Brenham, Texas (near my hometown) as Amtrak's Inter-American ran
northbound for the last time. This was the route of the Texas Chief in
Santa Fe years, with the first passenger train through Brenham in 1879.
Amtrak added a new Superliner Sightseer lounge to the train for this
last run. The saddest part of the day was when the old Santa Fe
conductor waved to all from the vestibule of the last coach as the
train was pulling out. I was there and saw a gleam in his eye. ***
Missouri Pacific 'Eaglet' motorailer diagram from Jim Bennett.
SEPTEMBER 1981 - (772k) - Ken Ziegenbein took over being editor "temporarily", but the temporary job lasted 26 years.
AUGUST 1981 - None published - no editor.
JULY 1981 - None published - no editor
- (556k) - Consist of last heritage car/Amfleet equipped Inter-American
and first Superliner equipped train. LRWN reportedly has two new
GP-7 locomotives on order [report later proven incorrect].
Old Time Operators - Pens, Ink, Blotters and Such (Mike Adams).
MP diesel roster 1981 (Charles McDonald).
- (618k) - C.W. McDonald takes over as editor, Bill Merck retires after
3 years. MP switcher 8006 arrived at NLR shops for conversion to
yard slug. RR Club’s AT&N Railcar (1954 Chevrolet on flanged
wheels) must be moved from former Scott & Bearskin Lake
property. Club’s’ second show & sale scheduled for October
10. Bill Bailey will again chair committee. KCS diesel
roster as of 1981 (Charles McDonald). Amtrak affairs (Bill
- Fordyce on Cotton Belt festival to be held April 8. Richard
Allin March 18 column promoting Santa Fe purchase of old Rock Island to
get Memphis access. SP 99 and SSW San Jose business cars seen at
North Little Rock yard office recently. Scott & Bearskin Lake
RR is gone, is being moved piecemeal to Eureka Springs. Southern
Steam trip from Memphis to Corinth May 2. Cotton Belt wooden
caboose is now stored by Arkansas RR Club building on River Road, along
with club’s two cars (Pullman and RI baggage car).
- (334k) - Amtrak Panama Limited renamed City of New Orleans. Feb
11, 1981, RI cleanup train operated Biddle to Fordyce and return.
The Past, Will We Ever Go Back (Ken Ziegenbein), SSW abandonment of
Caruthersville branch, effective March 1. List of RR passenger
cars owned in Arkansas.
- (269k) - UP-MP director special to New Orleans Dec 30, 1980, SP-SSW
special Memphis-Illmo on Jan 2, 1981. T&P steamer 610 moved thru
Arkansas back to Texas under its own power Jan 29, pulling tool car and
caboose. Hogtrain private car trip to NARP convention in Kansas
City on February 21. Cotton Belt Pine Bluff lunchroom menu, used
for meal stops after dining service discontinued.
- (281k) - RI locomotives seen at Biddle; switcher 829 and GP38-2
#4354, named Frank J. McGarr. Fordyce & Princeton will buy
operating rights Fordyce to Whitlow Junction (Crossett) over former
RI. 1981 Slide Contest rules.
DECEMBER 1980 - None published this month.
- (189k) - MKT and Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) are studying
running trains with electricity. Illinois Terminal sleepers.
- (335k) - Club show a success, and larger event planned for next
year. Hogtrain trip on Amtrak planned to Houston for Razorback
game Oct 24-26. Amtrak will detour over Cotton Belt due to track
work, Texarkana-Big Sandy via SSW. The Old News Butch (Bill Merck)
SEPTEMBER 1980 - (98k) - Space sold out for first RR Club Show & Sale on September 27.
- (299k) - Club program will be on KCS/L&A, with movie about the
Southern Belle. Rock Island held an auction at Biddle yard on
July 12, selling office furniture, miscellaneous items, two commuter
coaches and a streamlined Budd former RPO car. Amtrak
Inter-American schedule change effective August 3. Cotton Belt
dining car recipes.
- (221k) - Little Rock & Western began operating over RI to
Perry. MP gains control of some RI trackage which had been
operated by SSW. Ringling Brothers show train arrived in Little
Rock June 16.
- (295k) - Stuttgart Daily Leader published centennial edition on May
16 with various rail articles. SP dining car recipes.
Cotton Belt breakfast menu, 1950.
- (285k) - Update on Rock Island situation, MP and SSW operating some
former RI trackage. MP Passenger train #219 consist, November
1943 (Mike Adams). Attempts being made to put Stuttgart SSW depot
on national register. July club program will be “Farewell to the
Rock Island”. Club show & sale is set for Sept 27 at North
Little Rock Holiday Inn. May club program will feature Arkansas
& Ozarks 16mm movie by Mike Condren.
- (343k) - Randy Tardy is new club member. March 17 newspaper
story about demolition of Jonesboro Union Station. Brief Rock
Island update. Drawing of troop kitchen car.
- (267k) - First telegraph line in Arkansas along Memphis & Little
Rock (Bill Bailey). SP has rented two floors of office space in
old Southern Hotel in El Reno, OK, leading to speculation that SP
takeover of part of Rock Island is imminent.
- (355k) - Reader RR coach 502 (former Rock Island #2534) sold to
private individual in Harlingen, TX. Results of slide contest.
- (480k) - Rock Island update. Amtrak Empire Builder is first
train to get Superliner cars, Oct 28, 1979. Passenger special
operated from Little Rock to New Orleans for Sugarbowl game, departing
Little Rock Dec 31, 1979.
DECEMBER 1979 - (117k) - Christmas party at the Bailey’s; slide contest in January.
NOVEMBER 1979 - (410k) - Cotton Belt passenger trains (Jim Bennett)
OCTOBER 1979 - (349k) -
SEPTEMB3ER 1979 -
AUGUST 1979 - (547k) -
JULY 1979 - (79k) -
JUNE 1979 - (290k) -
MAY 1979 - (294k) -
APRIL 1979 - (303k) -
MARCH 1979 - (204k) -
FEBRUARY 1979 - (384k) -
JANUARY 1979 - (199k) -
DECEMBER 1978 - (48k) -
NOVEMBER 1978 - (353k) -
OCTOBER 1978 - (357k) -
SEPTEMBER 1978 - (358k) -
- (650k) - July Fish Fry remembered *** List of Class 1 carriers as of
Bill B. Bailey story "Makin' Tracks and Telegraph Lines". Plus usual
news and club news.
JULY 1978 - July 8 picnic at 'Whistle Stop' off Highway 10 *** Editor
and others get to visit the Pine Bluff Arsenal and see their rail
operations *** Amtrak's Inter-American went back to daily using Amfleet
coaches. Plus usual news and club news.
JUNE 1978 - (309k) - Tulsa World
several pending abandonments in Oklahoma *** W. A. Bill Merck story
"Railroad Train Watching in Steam Days at Moberly. Plus usual news and
MAY 1978 - (423k) - Mike Adams
"Fast Freight". Plus news and club news.
APRIL 1978 - (427k) - Southern
announced the planned discontinuance of its Southern Crescent *** Ernie
Deane story "Era Ends As Train Makes Last Run, Pine Bluff - Texarkana."
Plus usual news and club news.
MARCH 1978 - (316k) - Southern
Excursion schedule for 1978. Plus usual news and club news.
FEBRUARY 1978 - (426k) -
BN-Frisco meerger *** Meal service stops for Harvey House restaurants
listed some towns in Texas and Oklahoma in a 1919 ad. Plus usual news
and club news.
JANUARY 1978 - (310k) - Officers
1978: Bill B. Bailey-President; W. A. Merck-VP; George R.
Holt-Secretary; C. R. Byrd-Treasurer; C. E. Hull-NRHS Director; W. A.
Bill Merck-Editor *** Amtrak's Inter-American, will be keep it or lose
it? *** Rock Island held a commissary items auction in Chicago for
China, tablecloths, etc *** Southern announced that it lost $7 million
on its Southern Crescent passenger train in 1977 and will have to join
Amtrak or discontinue the train.
DECEMBER 1977 - None published OR I don't have it.
NOVEMBER 1977 - (405k) - Bill
"Cotton Belt's 100th Anniversary" *** Book review on "Tragic Train 'The
City of San Francisco'" *** Bill Merck story "Row Many Miles"
OCTOBER 1977 - (585k) - Obit:
Saunders *** Rock Island's profit experiments *** Blue and Red Ringling
Bros. Circus train consists, written by Dave Briggs *** Gene Hull story
"An Arkansas Railroad Defeats a President - Part 2" *** Cotton Belt's
100th anniversary dinner held in Pine Bluff September 28, 1977. Plus
usual news and club news.
SEPTEMBER 1977 - (407k) - Bill
this consist of Amtrak's Inter-American No. 21 before the Amfleet
equipment showed up: E-9 #368 and 433 (former owners unknown), baggage
#1051 (ex-Santa Fe), 10-6 sleeper #2681 (ex SP 9001), diner #8300 (ex
C&O 1920), 52-seat coach-10 seat lounge #5270 (ex SCL 5270),
44-seat coach #4421 (ex SP 2234), 52-seat coach #5242 (ex C&O 1649)
List of the 10 longest tunnels in the US *** The Arkansas Railroad Club
didn't meet in June, July or August in 1977. Plus usual news and club
AUGUST 1977 - None published this month.
JULY 1977 - None published this month.
JUNE 1977 - None published this month.
MAY 1977 - (201k) - Southern
APRIL 1977 - (324k) - Amtrak
*** Rock Island is working on the Brinkley-Memphis line *** NMRA
convention held in Little Rock at the Camelot June 9-12. Plus usual
news and club news.
MARCH 1977 - (349k) - Steam
news of other areas *** Amtrak's SD40-F's were restricted to 40 mph on
FEBRUARY 1977 - (311k) - Gene
"An Arkansas Railroad Defeats a President - Part 1"
JANUARY 1977 - (256k) - Officers
1977: Walter Walker-President; Bill B. Bailey-VP; George R.
Holt-Secretary; C. R. Byrd-Treasurer; C. E. Hull-NRHS Director; Bill
Merck-Editor *** Proposal to raise dues to $7.50 *** Bill and Nancy
Bailey reported the birth of their daughter Kimberley Ann on December
19, 1976. Plus usual news and club news.
- (321k) - Amtrak local advertising for Inter-American. Thumbnail
history of Cotton Belt Route, which will be 100 years old in 1977.
NOVEMBER 1976 - Nominations for club officers, Christmas party to be held in home of Bill Merck.
- Inter-American becomes a Chicago-Texas train with new schedule on
October 31, daily to Ft. Worth and tri-weekly to Laredo. MP
derailment at Jacksonville Sep 19. Warren & Saline River has
applied to purchase part of Warren & Ouachita Valley, and W&OV
has applied to abandon entire line. Cotton Plant-Fargo also has
an abandonment petition before the ICC. The CP-F is the last
shortline operating on part of the old M&NA.
- Southern Railway featuring two runs of ex-4449 Freedom Train
locomotive. ICG business car 50 was delivered by MP to SSW
on July 8, delivered to Scott where it will be restored. Car was
formerly used by president of GM&O. Tom Foster, Malvern AR,
is selling copies of his book “45-Years on the Rock Island Line.”
September Rail Classics magazine had article on LR streetcars.
Locomotives with new RI blue paint are appearing in Arkansas.
Working as troop train escort on Cotton Belt during WW II (Bill Merck).
AUGUST 1976 - None published this month.
JULY 1976 - None published this month.
JUNE 1976 - None published this month.
- Freedom Train with locomotive 4449 visits North Little Rock, ceremony
at Vestal Park. May 27 will be first annual meeting of friends
and former employees of M&NA, A&O at Eureka Springs.
Southern 4501 to run May 1-2 from Memphis-Corinth. MP-Southern
Railway 3-car special train operated from Fort Worth-Memphis on April
29, possibly an inspection trip related to merger talk. The Fast
Mail-part 2 (Mike
- Details of American Freedom train visit to North Little Rock.
Cotton Belt operates Johnny Cash special to Rison, AR. Amtrak
Inter-American may be threatened with discontinuance due to President
Ford’s proposed budget cuts. Ringling Brothers circus will play
10 performances in Pine Bluff starting June 30. Columbus &
Greenville (Mississippi) RR regained its independence from ICG on
October 29, 1975. Arkansas Gazette building once housed offices
of 10 railroads, and consideration was reportedly given to naming the
building the Railway Exchange building. The Fast Mail-St Louis,
Iron Mountain & Southern-part 1 (Mike Adams).
- MP unveils two bicentennial locomotives on Jan 30, numbered 1776 and
1976, displayed to public in ceremony at NLR. Amtrak
offering low-cost Railpass. Extra coaches on Inter-American for
AAR group traveling from St. Louis to Austin. RI has accepted
offer of 20th Century RR Club to repaint an E-unit in bicentennial
scheme at no cost to railroad. Cotton Belt has a bicentennial
- Johnny Cash special to be in Rison, AR (Cotton Belt) on March
20. Amtrak restores parlor cars to Abraham Lincoln between St.
Louis and Chicago. Freedom Train will visit NLR on April
13-15. Two business cars, SSW 151 and SP 127 were parked by NLR
yard office Jan 19-22. News article-Oct 19, 1936: wives of
striking L&A employees seize northbound Shreveporter passenger
train at Minden, LA.
JANUARY 1976 - Study of cabooseless trains by IC and MP, following lead of FEC. American Freedom Train update.
- RI will reopen car shops at Biddle to repair grain cars, recalling
laid-off employees. Club board of directors elects
officers. Amtrak will allow Auto-Train to operate selected routes
over Amtrak territory. Walter Walker retires as editor of
Arkansas Railroader, Bill Merck is new editor. A ride over
AD&N (Gene Hull).
- Ashley Drew & Northern fantrip, Freedom Train update, T&P
steamer 610 being restored to pull Freedom Train in Texas. Frisco
announces abandonment of Monette to Lake City (8.5mi) segment of old
JLC&E. “They Run the Railroad” (humor).
- Fan trip on the Ashley, Drew & Northern October 26, 1975.
President of the ADN at this time was E. Austin Temple. *** Gene Hull
story "Arkansas' Golden Spike Ceremony (DeQueenn & Eastern).
Amtrak Lone Star now running a separate section from Fort Worth to
- Over 300 people attended first museum show. Malvern AR will be
added to Inter-American schedule on September 15, if facilities are
ready. SP bicentennial engine passes through Arkansas. MP
will repaint locomotive #325 into bicentennial scheme and renumber as
#1776. Texas Date Nail Association held meeting in Hot
Springs. Cotton Belt Lone Star passenger train story.
AUGUST 1975 - None published this month.
JULY 1975 - None published this month.
- First museum show to be held in new building on Riverview Drive in
North Little Rock. Railroad artifacts on display. Picnic at
Scott in lieu of July meeting. Strange train in Arkansas, the
Train of Tomorrow-part 2 (Gene Hull). SP 9389 will be
- Vernon Ivy photographic collection purchased by Ark RR Club.
Strange train in Arkansas, the Train of Tomorrow exhibited at Rock
Island Station March 15, 1948-part 1 (Gene Hull). Scott &
Bearskin Lake has resumed operation. Plans are underway to
restore operation on Reader RR, and it has been granted a common
carrier charter. Amtrak has ordered 435 new passenger cars,
including double decker cars from Pullman Standard. SP
offers to purchase KC-Tucumcari segment of Rock Island. Southern
steam and Clinchfield steam operating schedules.
- Museum sales committee has organized to sell items as fundraiser for
club. Pullman car has been moved across Pike Avenue and is now
located near club building [located near end of Big Rock spur in North
Little Rock]. Work on club building progressing, volunteers
needed. Rock Island has filed for bankruptcy. Bicentennial
locomotives reported on several roads; first unit on IC destroyed in
grade crossing accident. Prosperity Rolls Across Arkansas-Cotton
belt-part 2 (Gene Hull). Partial list of Southern steam specials
- News: Santa Fe special train inspecting Rock Island from
Amarillo to Memphis. Story: Prosperity Special Rolls Across
Arkansas (Cotton Belt) by Clifton E. Hull. Story: Rock Island
Passenger Service at Little Rock in 1937.
- Freedom train locomotive 4449 moved from park for restoration to
service. NRHS Convention in Knoxville. Arkansas RR Club
acquires old Pullman car for restoration (MPX 4067).
- Election of club officers, Southern Ry President Claytor announced
passenger train service cuts, Freedom Train selects SP 4449 locomotive,
more on UP-RI merger. Highest RR elevations in Arkansas (James
Fair). Amtrak reports ridership increase.
- Christmas party at Tracks Inn, Scott & Bearskin Lake makes final
run for season, Mopac diesel renumbering program, ICC approves UP-RI
Merger, Listing of Arkansas RR tunnels with construction details (James
- RI business car Lake Michigan in Little Rock, SP sleeper 9114 and
dynamometer car 137 in Pine Bluff. Roof and sidewalls of club
building are completed.. Nellie’s Apron - MP White River Division
OCTOBER 1974 - Preamble Express
train came to Little Rock, a pre-cursor to the American Freedom Train
to come in 1976 *** Amtrak will run a football special with attached
special cars to the Arkansas-TCU game in Forth Worth October 5 ***
'New" equipement added to the Inter-American, including #8321 Dining
Car-Lounge (ex-SP 10408 Sunset Limited), #4843 coach (ex-SP 2357 Coast
Daylight), #4845 coach (ex-SP 2350 Shasta Daylight(, #2680 10/6 sleeper
(ex-SP 9000 Sunset Limited), #506 Dormitory car (ex-USA 89506 U.S. Army
Hospital) *** About a dozen ARC members went to Memphis to ride the
Southern steam special.
SEPTEMBER 1974 - Amtrak news
about T&P trackage rights *** Freedom Train announced.*** Arkansas
plans for the Bi-Centennial *** NRHS will mail out a survey on contents
of their magazine.
AUGUST 1974 - Southern 4501 will
lead an excursion out of Memphis *** Alabama Gulf Coast chapter NRHS
worte a lertter regarding the NRHS not running stories about this part
of the country, which is reproduced in the Railroader.
JULY 1974 - Gene Hull story
"When Mule Car Met the Steamcars" *** Erection of our club building
should begin in a few days *** M&NA modeling group started.
JUNE 1974 - Club ashtrays for
sale *** Shortline Louisiana Midland Railway begain operating April 28,
1974 over 75.4 miles of line from Vidalia and Packton, Louisiana ***
Santa Fe withdrew it's permission to use the word "Chief" on any Amtrak
train *** Work began on site preparation for club's museum building.
MAY 1974 - Six most beautiful
train trips *** Additional Southern steam train schedule.
APRIL 1974 - Scott &
Bearskin Lake RR news *** Gene Hull story "Riding Inter-American Train"
*** Brochure on ARC Fifth Annual picnic April 28,1974.
MARCH 1974 - Officers for 1974:
J. Harlen Wilson-President, James
Mitchell-VP, George R. Holt-Secretary, C. R. Byrd-Treasurer, Gene
Hull-NRHS Director ** 1974 Southern steam excursion schedule given ***
Amtrak is supposed to start service from St Louis to San Antonio on
March 13. Schedule for Little Rock was 3-days a week, southbound at
10:55 p.m. and northbound 6:45 a.m. *** Annual picnic scheduled for
Apil at Scott ***
FEBRUARY 1974 - Club now meets
at the new MoPac offices in North Little
Rock *** MoPac historical group forms.
JANUARY 1974 - Missouri Pacific
General Offices have moved from Union
Station to their new headquarters at 1000 West Fourth Street in North
DECEMBER 1973 - Christmas party
set *** Help needed for news for the
NOVEMBER 1973 - Rock Island
ordered 28 new locomotives *** Missouri
Pacific ordered 60 new diesels, 2.519 freight cars and 60 cabooses,
their largest single order in history. The order included 49 SD 40-2s,
6 U30-C and 5 SW 1500 units. Only 23 F-7 diesels remain on the MoPac
roster *** Batesville White Lime of Batesville locomotive roster ***
OCTOBER 1973 - Club patches
arrived *** The Club building on River Road
in North Little Rock was approved by the North Little Rock City Council
as our meeting place *** NRHS dues increase went up to $4.50 a year ***
Coucourse at Little Rock Union Station being razed *** W. M. Mike Adams
story "The Trains I Rode" ***
SEPTEMBER 1973 - Gene Hull story
"Memories Along Arkansas Rails."
AUGUST 1973 - New (used)
locomotives obtained by the East Camden &
Highland, Louisiana & Pine Bluff *** Fordyce & Princeton Alco
S-3 No. 1 repainted *** U.S. Sentate appropriated $4.1 million to start
Amtrak service through Arknasas *** AR
RAIL NEWS: Railroad project at Beaver, AR resumed along M&NA.
JULY 1973 - TEXT ONLY. Inside:
Members voted to dispense with July and August meetings *** Work
continues on Georgia Northern #115 *** Ringling Bros circus train was
parked at Union Station and interchanged with the Rock Island June 18,
1973 to be hauled to Oklahoma City *** T. W. M. Long of the Reader
Railroad reported that the line made it's last run from Reader to
Waterloo on May 19, 1973 and that the tracks would be taken up starting
on June 12 from Waterloo to Dills Mill, including the towns of Anthony
Swithch, Ames and Waterloo. *** Gene Hull story "Memories Along
Arkansas Rails" part 1 *** One-sheet Cotton Belt passenger train
timetable for central and south Arkansas December 3, 1928. Plus usual
news and club news.
JUNE 1973 - TEXT ONLY - ONE
SHEET. Inside: The club ordered club patches *** June meeting will be
outing at Dortch Plantation at Scott, AR *** Bauxitt & Northern RS3
repainted in bright red.
MAY 1973 - COVER PHOTOS -
EC&H #60 and EC&H # 61. Inside: Jim Wilson story "The East
Camcen & Highland Railroad" *** PHOTOS: EC&H #59 and ARSCOX
#101 *** Story "Farewell Fair Lane" *** Due to the Missouri Pacific
Union Station being sold, the meeting place for the May meeting was
changed to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Little Rock ***
Construction of a railroad-themed restaurant at Union Station was
announced, which was called Tracks Inn *** Rock Island had a washout at
Madison AR. Plus usual news and club news.
APRIL 1973 - TEXT ONLY. Inside:
Arkansas House and Senate passed bills to allow Arkansas State Parks to
purchase the Reader Railroad *** Latest railroad abandonments-Missouri
Pacific between Palmhurst and Alton, Texas, 2.21 miles; Frisco line
between Vanduser and Tanner, MO, 4.9 miles; Frisco line between Monette
and Lake City, AR, 8.5 miles *** W. M. 'Mike' Adams story "The Missouri
Pacific's Consolidation Type Locomotives" *** Southern Railway Steam
Schedule 1973. Plus usual news and club news.
MARCH 1973 - TEXT ONLY.
Inside: Scott & Bearskin Lake article *** Abansonments-IC has
proposed to abandon it's operations in Helena and the river crossing.
MoPac will take over part of the Helena line *** Randy Tardy story
"Helena's Pelican". Plus usual news and club news.
FEBRUARY 1973 - TEXT ONLY - ONE
SHEET. Inside: Officers for 1973: Harlen Wilson-President; Naomie
Hull-VP; George Holt, Jr-Secretary; C. R. Byrd-Treasurer; Gene
Hull-NRHS Director; Robert L. Dortch, Jr-Director thru 1979 ***
Membership dues are due-$5 *** MoPac has petitioned the ICC to abandon
29 miles between Tenark and Hughes, AR and 46.51 miles between Eudora,
AR and Delhi, LA *** MoPac placed into service 10 new GP-38 diesels
Nos. 923 to 932 *** Cotton Belt petitioned to close stations at
Fordyce, Brinkley, North Little Rock, Stuttgart and England.
JANUARY 1973 - TEXT ONLY - ONE
SHEET. Inside: Reader RR to run January 12-13, 1973 *** Gene Hull asked
if club members wanted to charter a trip to Durango to ride the
D&RGW narrow gauge this summer. Cost would be about $1400 to
charter a bus.
DECEMBER 1972 - TEXT ONLY.
Inside: Reader RR to make final scheduled run December 2, 1972 *** Gene
Hull story "Little Rock & Napoleon".
NOVEMBER 1972 - Gene Hull story
"Little Rock & Napoleon" part 1 *** Wayne Porter story "Railroading
in Arkansas Today" *** PHOTOS: Alco switcher and track scenes in
Ashdown, AR. Plus usual news and club news.
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 1972 -
Inside: Over 500 rode Arkansas Railroad Club Reader RR special
September 10 *** PHOTOS: Of the Reader trip.
AUGUST 1972 - No issue published.
JULY 1972 - W. M. Mike
Adams story: "The MOPAC and its Mkes" *** PHOTOS: Missouri
Pacific steam Mikado Nos. 1224, 1312, 1115 and 1512, all in operation.
JUNE 1972 - James R. Fair's
story: "The Forester Extension of the Arkansas Western" *** Movie
"Boxcar Bertha" movie released in Little Rock.
MAY 1972 - W. M. Mike Adams
story: "High Bridges and Hard Rock Tunnels" *** Reader Railroad to
operate double-header April 30, 1972 *** IC applies to abandon its line
in Helena, AR.
APRIL 1972 - Bill Pollard story:
"Passenger Service on the M.P. Central Division" *** John Martin
reported that the Rock Island obtained 30 F units from the Union
Pacific. The RI also has put on two new through trains from Memphis to
the west, Nos. 37-22.
MARCH 1972 - W. M. Mike Adams
story: "The Mountain Type on the Mo-Pac" *** Picnic meeting at Scott,
AR April 9 *** Mid-South live steamers to be at Whitehall April 28-30
FEBRUARY 1972 - Officers for
1972: Jim Wilson-President, Charles Ost-VP, George R. Holt-Secretary,
C. R. Byrd-Treasurer, Earl Saunders-Director, Stanley Wozencraft-NRHS
Director *** G. H. Holmes story: "Some Experiences with Madame Queen"
about MoPac engine No. 6000 *** Cotton Belt proposes to abandon
Leachville to Trumann line ***
JANUARY 1972 - W. M. Mike Adams
story: "Down at the Depot - A Personal Reminiscense" *** PHOTOS:
Southern Scenic with 4-6-2 No. 6420 at Carthage, MO in 1943 by Mike
Adams; The same train with diesel No. 4253 in 1958 with only 2 cars
from Bill Pollard collection *** Panama Mogul No. 201 arrived savely in
DECEMBER 1971 - AR RAIL NEWS: Another steam
locomotive added to the Reader by Richard Grigsby, No. 201 *** Reader
RR announces holiday season schedule changes.
NOVEMBER 1971 - Bylaws to be
voted on November 14 *** A 2-foot gauge fireless locomotive used at
Koppers Tie Plant in North Little Rock was scrapped in 1970 *** List of
steam locomotives on display in Arkansas as of November 1971 (there
were steam locomotives displayed in Benton, Fort Smith, Lewisville,
Little Rock, Mena, Paragould, Paris, Pine Bluff, Victoria, Warren).
OCTOBER 1971 - W. M. Mike Adams
story: "The Baring Cross Bridges" including photos *** Meetings are
held in Room 301, Missouri Pacific Union Station Sundays 2 p.m.
AUG-SEP 1971 - List of several
railroad museums in this part of the country, including Michigan and
AUGUST 1971 - Combined with September above.
JULY 1971 - Regular meetings
suspended until September *** Annual club picnic will be held at Reader
*** Reader news.
JUNE 1971 - Last passenger train
arrived at Little Rock, Missouri Pacific's No. 1, at 12:30 a.m. May 1,
1971, ending passenger trains to the city. Final consist was Mopac No.
43 and cars 569 and 411. Amtrak had taken over passenger rail at this
time, but Arkansas was left out of the initial runs *** Reader RR
doubles passenger service *** Donations needed to help pay freight on a
railcar that had been donated to the club ***
MAY 1971 - W. M. Mike Adams
story: "The Three-Cylinder Locomotive and the Missouri Pacific".
APRIL1971 - Clifton E. Hull
story "Mule Trains" *** The club was given a Frisco rail car from
Springfield, MO and needs to raise money to reimburse Walter O'Rourke
for moving it to Scott.
MARCH 1971 - W. M. Adams story:
"The Last Days of Steam Operation on Mo Pac's Arkansas Division" with
FEBRUARY 1971 - Railpax will be
discussed at the next meeting (became Amtrak) *** Club dues were $5 and
NHRS dues were $4 annually (in 2007, local dues were $20, NRHS dues
JANUARY 1971 - Gene Hull story
"Helena Southwestern" *** John M. Martin story "Missouri Pacific's
DECEMBER 1970 - W. M. Mike Adams
story "Final Account of the Missouri Pacific and the Pacific Part 2"
NOVEMBER 1970 - W. M. Mike Adams
story "Final Account of the Missouri Pacific and the Pacific - Part 1"
OCTOBER 1970 - W. M. Mike Adams
story "On A Saturday Afteroon" *** Rock Island delays due to bridge
SEPTEMBER 1970 - Malvern picnic
successful *** Rock Island to operate over Baring Cross bridge while a
new lift span is installed on the RI's own bridge over the Arkansas
River in Little Rock. They will use the Cotton Belt's line to get from
North Little Rock to their own line ***
AUGUST 1970 - August 8 picnic
scheduled at Malvern, AR *** Club visitation to private
car of Wayne Couch called "Magnolia" *** Missouri Pacific discontinued
the Station Agent at Conway July 13, 1970 but continued the
JULY 1970 - Tour of Couchwood,
AR August 2, home of Harvey C. Couch and his private car "Magnolia".
Story of said car writtten by Stanley Wozencraft.
JUNE 1970 - TEXT ONLY. Only a
one sheet newsletter this month. *** Meeting planned for July 12 to
plan picnic at Butterfield *** R. A. Grigsby collection to add 3 more
locomotives to his collection in Butterfield, AR. The locos were from
the W. T. Carter Lumber Company. They are: #1 2-6-0 C.N. 29588, #2
Baldwin 1907 2-6-0 and #4 2-6-2 Baldwin 1913 *** Jim Wakefield editor
apologized for the short newsletter as he had just moved to his new
MAY 1970 - TEXT ONLY. Inside:
Next meeting June 13, 1970 at Missouri Pacific Union Station Little
Rock. Slides and movies of Southern 4501 excursions in Tennessee and
North Carolina will be shown *** W. M. Mike Adams story "Further
Exploration of the Missouri Pacific and the Pacific" *** Club secretary
Ross Holt wrote a letter to the railroads in Arkansass and the KCS sent
him a 1940s booklet describing stations along the KCS *** About 30 have
been attending the meetings.
APRIL 1970 - TEXT ONLY. Inside:
Bylaws of new club to be presented at next meeting *** Steam movies to
be shown *** John Baskin Harper story (continued) "Beginnings of
the Missouri Pacific Louisiana Division - Part II"
MARCH 1970 - TEXT ONLY. Inside:
Narrow Gauge locomotive donated to club *** John Baskin Harper story
"Beginnings of the Missouri Pacific's Louisiana Division" with maps.
Story continues in next Railroader.
FEBRUARY 1970 - (268k) - Club
1885 bridge plate from MoPac's Junction Bridge *** Steam fantrip
proposed over the Missouri Pacific Norman Branch *** W. M. Mike Adams
story "The First Pacifics."
1970 - First Arkansas Railroder
published. It tells of the Arkansas Railroad Club being incorparated as
a state of Arkansas non-profit on December 31, 1969. The possiblity of
creating a railroad club was first discussed on November 9, 1969 at a
meeting in the Missouri Pacific Union Depot with 23 members signing ***
Jim Wakefield was elected first editor of the Arkansas Railroder, over
his protests *** Officers for the first year were: J Harlen
Wilson-President; Clifton E. Hull-Vice President; Geoge R.
Holt-Secretary; C. R. Byrd-treasurer. A consittutional committee was
elected with Richard Grisgsby, chairman and Walter M. Adams, Anthony
Grigsby, Earl Saunders and Tom Shook as members *** A list of members
at the first meeting is listed. (Thanks
to Bill Pollard for a scan of the first issue)