The Oklahoma Railway

El Reno to Guthrie and Norman, Oklahoma

Heritage Trolley in El Reno. This is not a replica of the OK Ry equipment, but it does run on a track downtown, near where the OKRy end point was. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2011.
Former car shops still stand in Oklahoma City, but now serve as the Dolese Brothers Construction office building. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2011.
The passenger station in Norman, now an Italian restaurant. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2011.
Track remnants in Norman. The former AT&SF passenger station can be seen in the background; today it serves as an AMTRAK station alongside the active BNSF line. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2011.
The passenger station in Yukon still stands. Photo by Mike Palmer, June 2011.

This interurban line ran from El Reno into Oklahoma City where it split; the northern leg went to Guthrie and the southern leg went into Norman.

The Oklahoma Railway ceased operations in 1946.

—  User Comments  —

I think the track in the street crossing was a ATSF siding. All rails of the OK Ry were removed from Norman.

Robert Miller
Bartlesville, OK

I think that's right - the AT&SF once had extensive trackage in Norman in the area of image #4. AFAIK, all Oklahoma Ry Co tracks were north of Main St. What's known as the "house track" south of the depot had a spur that crossed Front St/Jenkins St until about 2008 or so when it was finally removed and the street rebuilt.

Now, before part of the parking lot of Benvenuiti's Ristorante (as of 2014) was reconfigured as a street (Front St/James Garner Ave) there were track remnants visible. This was back in the late 90s when the restaurant was still the Interurban, the first of that chain and to my knowledge, the only one actually built in an interurban railway station ...

Peter Laws
Norman, OK

Since I find myself here again ... it's not really right to imply that the line started in El Reno and then split at OKC for Guthrie and Norman. The Oklahoma Ry Co was the culmination of many purchases, mergers, subsidiaries spun off and absorbed, and bankruptcies (as were most street and interurban railways). I don't have _When Oklahoma Took The Trolley_ at hand, but I'm pretty sure each of the legs were independent companies at one point or another and that the system was centered on OKC, not El Reno. But the company did go all three places. They also owned or controlled the street railways in Guthrie and OKC.

Peter Laws
Norman, OK