Railfan Sites in Oklahoma
A self-guiding railfan tour
Railfan, railfan--where do you see trains in Oklahoma?
Mapwork: If you're going to be looking for railfan locations, you'll need an industrial strength map resource. I definitely recommend you get a DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer, study it before your trip, and copy pertinent pages for your field work. You can find information here about Railfan Maps that are available.
Cities And Sites
(1) With many thanks to Bill Gillfillan's excellent "Railfanning the Tulsa Area" pages. Visit Bill's home page here.
The Western Farmers Electric Cooperative has an electrical generating plant at Hugo. The co-op has built a railroad from the ex-SLSF line to it's plant. Information from Ben Wetherill of the WFEC provides the following info:
All operations and maintenance of the railroad are contracted out to the Texas, Oklahoma, and Eastern Railroad in DeQueen, Arkansas.
WFEC does not own or operate any locomotive or railcars.
Unit train coal deliveries are made to the Hugo plant approximately three times per week. The trains are approximately 110 cars in length, and each car holds 100 tons of coal. Altogether, the Hugo plant receives approximately 1,600,000 tons of Wyoming coal per year.
All you folks who love railroading in the southeastern mountains, as well as you New England railfans should come down here to watch trains. It's a whole 'nother world.! There's no mystery here: when a train's comin', it's comin' and comin' and comin'. The scenery is flat, and there are no trees to obscure the view, and boy oh boy can you get good pix! In Wagoner, ex-MP and MKT lines, both now UP, cross, and give us a 1-3 train per hour parade. Nothing fancy here, just go downtown to the Mopac station (west of Railroad Street, natch), and enjoy yourself. Much of this information has been adapted from the August, 1996 issue of TRAINS Magazine*.
*[Note: This material was adapted from info provided by TRAINS Magazine in August of 1996. If you don't subscribe to TRAINS, well, you should. It's an excellent publication. Get on its web site here. ]