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.
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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.
Oklahoma City, OK
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
The line from Little Rock to Danville is still in service and not abandoned. The Little Rock and Western operates over that portion.
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.
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.
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.
Oklahoma City, OK
Do you have any pictures or information about Memphis, TN to Amarillo, TX? Please