Discussion in 'Springfield Subdivision' started by moinspect1, Feb 14, 2008.
Mine's hanging in the den
Nichols Junction today. The Diamond is gone but the area is clearly marked
I have included a map - and 3 shots
View 1 is looking east from Farm road 123 towards the junction
View 2 & 3 are looking west from where the tracks cross over Farm road 123
Located on the northwest side of Springfield Mo is Nichols Junction. This is the point where traffic from Fort Scott, KS and north joins with traffic from Tulsa and southwest.
First picture looking east from west end, zoomed in.
Second picture looking east from west end.
Third picture looking west from east end.
Nichols is a sorry shadow of of it's former self. Back in the day, KC (via Fort Scott) bound passenger trains ROARED across the diamond and the inbound and outbound trains to Oklahoma hissed around the south side quadrant of the junction. There was a nearby drive-in theatre and you could hear a dozen trains go by during a double feature!
I re-stumbled across this request from the "Random Attachments" on the home page.
FMIG LINES Newsletter #104 has a letter from Ron Williams, which includes a sketch of Nichols Jct. in its original configuration. I've included it below.
Nichols Jct cira early 1960's
We need to thank Karl for posting this Nichols map (As well as all the others he's done!), this is about as good as it gets for information on the actual Nichols area track plan. This was how the trackage appeared from about 1953-1970 (When I was by there regularly). You won't be able to get any better modeling info for Nichols Jct. than this!
Here's a recent aerial shot.
Another thread about Nichols; http://www.frisco.org/shipit/index.php?threads/nichols-mo.277/
Alas, how things have changed.
Karl--Can you identify some of the map notions for us? They're hard to read magnified or printed out. I can make out "HWY 160 Underpass," "Division St. Underpass" and a couple of others, but I can't identify the next straight "up and down" road to the left (West) of Hwy. 160 (Most of the numbers and mile posts are understandable).
I have posted a higher resolution image below
Thanks Karl! (For all you do)
Thats where i go to watch trains now. Just 2 miles away. I too remember how it use to be.
Wow. You guys are amazing. I grew up around Chadwick Junction. I heard it was called MK junction. Thus my username. Anyone have a sketch? But actually I do remember it by heart. i always went there when Frisco trains were sent thru there when the east belt was busy. Now of course the 2 main line is now 1 but no trains go thru there as BNSF ripped up the track going east to WS junction if that is what that junction is called. BNSF now runs coal trains out the Chadwick tracks. Glad you guys are here. Thanks for the info.
Southern junction had a phone in a shanty too. And farther east on their main line across from a junk yard.
Some Arthur Johnson photos on the "Fallen Flags" site of the incident in question, showing 4404 having gone butt-over-teakettle, to paraphrase one of my favorite colloquialisms.
The first photo shows the original depot plus boxcar tool/motor car shed.
This looks like a really fun area to use as inspiration for parts of a layout. I have browsed thru the forum and and found the aerial photo from 1936 in the thread about the Nichols depot (Keith's post photo number two in http://www.frisco.org/shipit/index.php?threads/nichols-mo.277/#post-84623 ). Did the order of the turnouts at the start of the double track change between 1936 and 1960s (Karl's map of the layout above)?
Was the Nichols Depot pictured built in the early 1960's? I believe I dug the foundation with a backhoe mounted on
the rear of a Ford tractor. "Preacher" I want to say Nichols was the sur name of the B&B Supervisor. Later came Don Richardson, then Cecil Feathers.
Martin, I’d missed your question before and I don’t know the answer, but am bumping it here in case someone knows.
Joe, the structure pictured in post #4 was built prior to 1955 as evidenced in this photo: http://www.frisco.org/shipit/index.php?attachments/frisco-depot-at-nichols-junction-in-1955-jpg.37944/
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