Memphis, TN to Amarillo, TX

A Rock Island RDC visits the passenger depot at Booneville, AR, circa 1960. The Rock Island's mainline from Amarillo to Memphis is now out-of-service, possibly track is removed at Booneville. The depot itself burned down a few years ago. Photo by Hamilton C. Moffett, 1960. Submitted by Paul Moffett.
Howe, OK, was the location of a RI-KCS interlocking; it is from the crossing of these two tracks that we see what is left of the Rock Island mainline between Amarillo and Memphis, along with a few abandoned boxcars the RI Trustee evidently had yet to retrieve. Photo by Paul Moffett, September 1982.
The former CRI&P passenger station in Seminole, OK. This "street-side" view shows the passenger station was also the "Train Station Restaurant", a Mexican restaurant that is now out of business. Photo by Mike Palmer, August 2011.
The "track-side" of the Seminole station, facing west. The former freight house can be seen in the background to the left. Photo by Mike Palmer, August 2011.
The "track-side" of the Seminole station, facing east. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2011.
The weedy right-of-way continues westward from Seminole, OK. The former freight house is seen here. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2011.
Near Wewoka, OK, facing east, track remnants are still visible. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2011.
A "2 Tracks" crossing is paved over at OK Route 56 in Wewoka, but the crossbucks remain. The passenger station still stands as well, as seen behind the grade crossing. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2011.
Next to the Wewoka passenger station, an old caboose stands as a testament to the railroad that once went through town (despite it being a former Missouri Pacific caboose). Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2011.
A marker describes the history of the Wewoka Switch. Read the contents of this marker. Photo by Mike Palmer.
The former Rock Island passenger station in Elk City, OK. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2011.
These former Rock Island tracks through Sayre, OK, are still use by Farmrail, a regional railroad. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2011.
The former Rock Island passenger station in Sayre, OK. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2011.

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A part of this line from Weatherford, OK to Sayer, OK is still in use, operated by Farmrail, plans to repair washed out bridges between Weatherford and Oklahoma City to open up that part still may happen.

Dale Hespe
Oklahoma City, OK
7/7/2010

Any updates on the status of this line or any bridge repairs? Are the abandoned boxcars that are photographed above still there?

Kevin M. Smith
Cicero, NY
10/11/2010

The line from Little Rock to Danville is still in service and not abandoned. The Little Rock and Western operates over that portion.

Will McFadden
Conway, AR
1/27/2011

I almost forgot... the line from Memphis to Brinkley was not abandoned either. It went to the SP and now UP and is still in service.

Will McFadden
Conway, AR
1/27/2011

Worked on this line out of El Reno OK as a station agent telegraph operator. Went to work for Rock Island in 1963.

Worked many stations. Enjoyed working for them.

Dale Carnley
Seagoville, TX
12/7/2012

Parts of this line are still in use in southeastern Oklahoma. Union Pacific owns a segment of this line from Midwest City to McAlester, though the segment between Shawnee and McAlester has been disused since 1984 thanks to the bridge over the North Canadian river being washed out. The Arkansas & Oklahoma railroad owns and operates the segment between McAlester and Howe, and leases the Midwest City-Shawnee segment from UP. AOK completed extensive repairs to the North Canadian river bridge in 2013, and according to several news articles, plans to attempt to reactivate the disused portion between Shawnee and McAlester - ultimately operating from Midwest City all the way to Howe.

Robert B
Oklahoma City, OK
10/13/2014