Last Run of the OKLAHOMAN

Discussion in 'Passenger Operations' started by gstout, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    In gathering material for my Frisco in Color, Vol. II, I came into possession of several slides of the final No. 1 at Newburg. It appears that the final run included three heavyweight coaches tacked onto the end of the train, the last car displaying a banner reading "Amer. Assn. of Railroaders/Last Passenger Train." Other images in the sequence suggest that the three cars laid over at Newburg and then returned to (I guess) St. Louis on No. 2. Does anyone have information on this movement beyond what I have already indicated? Also, it does not appear that a similar movement took place as part of the final runs of Nos. 101-102 in December 1967, but I have no photographic evidence other than at the Memphis end of the run. Does anyone know one way or the other for sure?


    Greg Stout
  2. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    The last run of The Southland was documented by Channel 5(then KCMO-TV) in KC. As passenger trains passed from the scene in the KC area, the station produced a half hour program entitled, "The Last Train to Cherryvale", in which the Southland footage was reprised. The program was hosted by Wendall Anschutz. Perhaps the film remains in their archive.
  3. Rancho Bob

    Rancho Bob Member

    Greg...are you asking about the Oklahoman or the Southland...or both. BTW...."The Last Train to Cherryvale" was a program about the last run of Santa Fe's "Tulsan". I still have a VHS copy of the program somewhere.

  4. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    Please dig up your VHS copy. I know that the program dealt mainly with the discontinuance of the Tulsan, hence the program's name, however, I seem to recall that the program noted the passing of several other trains that called on KC
  5. bob_wintle

    bob_wintle Member Supporter

    A DVD version of that film is still available (I believe) through the Heart of the Heartlands Museum in Carona Ks.
    My wife and her grandmother and sisters were aboard that train.
  6. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    Regarding Rancho Bob's note, I was referencing the OKLAHOMAN, but I had two questions. FIRST is, I am looking for is additional information about the "American Association of Railroaders" group that apparently chartered three cars and rode that train, I am guessing, from St. Louis to Newburg to Springfield and back. Further examination of the slides I have in hand indicates that the cars laid over in Newburg, but the group (and the banner they displayed) continued on to Springfield because there was not time to switch the chartered cars at SGF, so they were picked up by #2 at Newburg. Does anyone know anything about any of this? My SECOND question is, was there a similar "funeral train" event when the SOUTHLAND was discontinued a few months later?

    Again, thanks for whatever help anyone can provide.

  7. mvtelegrapher

    mvtelegrapher Member

    The Last Train from Cherryvale is available at Carona on DVD from the Heart of the Heartlands for $20.00. I have a copy and have watched it numerous times and they only briefly mention the fact that the Frisco had already dropped passenger service into Kansas City Union Station in 1967. There is no footage of any Frisco trains on the film.

    John Chambers
    2011 Heartlands President
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