Ozark Turn

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  1. Ozark Turn SLSF 202

    Here is a shot of a sbd Ozark Turn, which was taken south of Cassidy, MO during the winter of '74-'75. Consist is typical of that era. Power was usually a re-engined Baldwin, which pulled covered hoppers of feed and fertilizer. I also recall a bulk petroleum distributor, which would receive a tank car or two. South of the James River Power Plant, the Ozark Br. still retained its original 56 lb rail. The mill date on the rails was circa 1888 if I remember correctly. Needless to say the trip to Ozark was a slow one. Note the cleared area next to the train. This was the site of a previous derailment, where several covered hoppers left he rails, and rolled on to their side.

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  2. paul

    paul Guest

    Nice picture of Unit 202. I believe that is the best cab end shot I've ever seen of one of the re-engined Baldwins.

    If there are any more where that came from I'd love to see them, as I'm trying to model the Ozark branch in the early 1970s.

  3. mk_junction

    mk_junction Member

    Did not know they were baldwins. Course being a kid I didn't care. Just loved seeing them in Springfield mo.
  4. Here is a shot on the Frisco Ozark Branch (BNSF) which was taken South of the James River Power Plant just north of Cassidy, MO. The tacks stop just a little furter south. From that point on to Ozark the tracks were taken up in the early 1980's


    BNSF 9753 on the Old Frisco Ozark Branch E.JPG
  5. pbender

    pbender Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Not too long ago, part of the old right of way was reactivated (it was perhaps 1/2 mile).

    The reactivated trackage and an additonal passing siding were added so that an additional section of the train could be stored out of the way while other pieces of it were going through the dump house.

    This work was done at approximatly the same time the road between the dump house and the power plant was closed to the general public.

  6. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    From "Bile Green" and "Rancid Orange" deliver us, good, Lord. ;-)
  7. This is photo of the Power Plant yard that paul had mention that has been reactivated - My original photo of the BNSF diesel is at the other end of the siding. The tracks do not go on much futher from there.

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  8. pbender

    pbender Member Frisco.org Supporter

    It's actually at the other end of the power plant tracks where a portion of the old branch was reactivated. The siding that can be seen behind the train in your previous photos was added at the same time the branch was reactivated.

    Prior to the reactivation, the end of the line was between where the the southern most switch on the siding connects to the branch and where the road parralleling the siding makes a bend towards the south.

    I think I have photos of all this, but the negatives and/or slides haven't made it to the scaner yet.

    The sidings in this last picture, which includes the unloading track, have been in this configuration since the power plant was reconfigured to run coal as it's primary fuel source. This occured sometime in the early 1980s, after the Frisco/BN merger.

  9. Hey Paul

    Here is a photo of the tracks that you are talking about. Just down the line it goes back down to one track and then stops right after that.

  10. pbender

    pbender Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Yes it is.

    And the tracks used to stop just after the bend in the road seen in the picture. It certainly didn't go all the way to where the switch is located when I moved to Ohio in 1998.

    The ROW improvements were made so that BNSF could bring in a train that was 1/3 longer (120 cars instead of 80). The work was completed sometime in 1999. I know I took photos of the "new" siding when I went out to visit my in November 1999, and I was surprised.

    From my point of view (since I'm trying to model the Ozark branch) the worst part about the work was that it coincided with the road between the power plant and the unloading track being closed, so I couldn't get the close up photos I was hoping for. I had to settle for telephoto shots from up on top of the hill, where the new road goes through.

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  11. Hey Paul, or anyone else

    What do you know about Galloway. The only photo I have ever seen, which does not show a depot (Frisco digital collection Springfield Greene County Library) I have enclosed


    . I have also enclosed several recent photos of the area. I found a propane company just before republic and lonepine crossing. And the building to the left is still there but covered in brush. There are several old footings in the area but I do not know what they belonged to. Any info is appreciated.

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  12. pbender

    pbender Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I've seen that one. Be careful about reposting that photo, unless you have an original (it was at one point part of the Museum's collection, and now appears as part of the Springfield Greene County Libraries' digital collection).

    The building that is covered in brush is actually on the quarry property. I THINK it is the quarry's engine house, though I'm not positive.

    Before Ash Grove Lime sold the quarry, there were two plymoth 2 axle switchers on the property. I have photos of both, but they need to be scanned in. At one time, there was extensive trackwork at the quarry itself. I'm not sure what serviced the facility prior to the acquisition of the two Plymouth's.

    The propane dealer is Ozark Gas and Appliance, it was at rail served at one point in time.

    Galloway also had a team track. I believe the remnants of a loading ramp are across the tracks from Ozark Gas, that may be a portion of the team track.

    There was also a concrete company in Galloway that was rail served (Graven Concrete Co.) apparently they had two spots. I think the business is still there, on the side of Lone Pine opposite the tracks. (If I'm not turned around, this is south east of the Lone Pine and Republic intersection).

    I really need to get all these photos I've taken posted somewhere. That might be a project I can tackle this summer.

  13. Hi Paul

    Thanks for the infomation on Galloway. I have seen the remnants of a loading ramp are across the tracks from Ozark Gas. I have yet to see the anything that looks like a station foundation. If you have photo or ever come across one of the staion, please post it. For now, I will keep lookng.

    Thanks, FM
  14. Douglas wayne

    Douglas wayne Member

    The Ozark train only ran on Sundays. The building at lone pine and republic was the office of a concrete company. They got weekday loads of sand,gravel and dry concrete. I never saw any propane delivered by rail. The lime plant would have 3 or 4 box cars and 1 or 2 covered hoppers also switched out daily.
  15. greg

    greg Member

    I was a Machinist Frisco/BN/BNSF 43 yrs. On the little switcher's we had Baldwins and ALCO's with those trucks installed if my memory serves me correctly. The inside brake shoe's were a bear to change on those as they wrapped around the flanges and weighed aver 70pds.
  16. greg

    greg Member

    I would love to see the original Depot at Galloway in a picture as it was the smallest on the Chadwick but much larger than this one.
  17. greg

    greg Member

    I love the paint scheme that was on this locomotive (9753) it was the same colors that they put on BN-1 & BN-2 during the period that Gerald Grinstein was CEO. The green pain was a version of "British Racing Green" for Grinstein!
  18. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    The only picture that I've seen is a Dept of Ag aerial photograph, circa 1930. I have used created an "imagineered" drawing of the depot which is based on the depot diagram.

  19. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    The Ozark branch was a special place to me. In the mid 70's I was a track snipe. I worked the South Side section, under the famous Goodie Wilson. Goodie was quite the foreman, if you was 5 minutes late, you went home for the day. Goodie worked us extremely hard, surfacing track, installing ties and digging mud out of the track.
    Our first stop of the day was for a pint of whiskey. Every one was expected to go in a dollar on the treat. Goodie got the first drink and old Sharp, the truck driver, got the second drink. They then passed the bottle back to the dog house where we rode, you guessed it an empty bottle. The shame of it !!!!!!
    One exception, was a real treat, we went to the Ozark Branch to put in ties, we worked like dogs till about 1 pm, then the six packs came out of the water cooler, Beer and a swim in the lake.
    The Section, back then was hard work, but not as hard as the old guys had it. They really had the tales.
    The Ozark Branch is a good modeling area.

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