Frisco North Shops Springfield, Mo

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  1. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    From Richard Crabtree on Frisco Rails Across Missouri:
    Herr we are at the Frisco North Shops in Springfield, Missouri located north of Commercial Street and East of Washington Avenue. The yard were establish when the Southwest Branch of Atlantic & Pacific R.R. ~ aka Frisco came to town 150 years ago this year in 1870.
    The shops grew and grew and were kept even after the new West Frisco Shops were built in 1909. By 1950 the writing was on the wall that they were no longer going to be needed due to dieselization of the Frisco Lines.
    In 1959/60 after making it to it's 90th year of service, the Frisco North Shops were no more.
    It is now the home of BSB Railroad Ties
    Click here for overhead view
    https://www.google.com/maps/@37.2249985,-93.2814149,946a,35y,39.1t/data=!3m1!1e3
    Photo 1) The Frisco North Shops around 1960 ~ you can see the outlines of the buildings and roundhouse
    Photo 2) The Frisco North Shops around 1905
    Photo 3) The extent of the Frisco North Shops in 1910 - MU Digital collection
    Photo 4) 1938 overhead view of the Frisco North Shops and yards in their heyday. MSU Digital Collection
    BSB Tie Co Springfield Mo Aerial (Frisco North Shops location).jpg Frisco North Shops ca 1905.jpg Frisco North Shops Sanborn map.jpg Frisco North Shops Aerial 1938.jpg
     
  2. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    From Richard Crabtree on Frisco Rails Across Missouri:
    If walls could talk ~ but unfortunately these walls all gone. We are at the Frisco North Shops and Yards in Springfield, Missouri. Here we can see what life was like for a machinist - boilermaker - etc... around 1900s.
    Photo 1) A row of Frisco Locomotives being rebuilt
    Photo 2) The Machine Shop
    Photo 3) The Air Brake Shop

    Frisco North Shop Row of Locomotives.jpg Frisco North Shop Machine Shop Crew.jpg Frisco North Shop Air Brake Shop.jpg
     
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  3. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    From Richard Crabtree on Frisco Rails Across Missouri:
    The boys at the Frisco North Shops in Springfield,Mo were always cooking up something. Here is their homemade steam powered Inspection car Circa 1910.

    Frisco North Shops home-built Speeder.jpg
     
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  4. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    From Richard Crabtree on Frisco Rails Across Missouri:
    Here we are in the Frisco North Shops & Yards in Springfield, Mo, just north of Commercial Street. We are in-between the Roundhouse and the Coaling Tower and boys are getting ready for a long day of work! Circa 1910.

    Frisco North Shop Crew.jpg
     
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    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

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  6. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

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  7. palallin

    palallin Member

    Now, *that* is interesting! I suppose they just shoved small platform "cars" around by hand?
     
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  8. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Yep..Chaffee had a 2-foot gauge TT, too.

    An old TRAINS had a pic of one of the cars
     
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