Sligo & Eastern

Discussion in 'Freight Operations' started by frisco1522, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. jdstotler

    jdstotler Member

    They really lost the lake!
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  2. jdstotler

    jdstotler Member

    My goal this winter is to get out and walk as many miles of the Salem Branch and its various spurs as possible. Today was all about the Sligo & Eastern.

    I’ve noticed in research that several people have different routes in their KMZ files on how the railroad entered Sligo. The discrepancy begins just west of Hwy 19. Today, I wanted to get to the bottom of it, so we went exploring. Turns out, there are most certainly 2 different routes, with a switch west of Hwy 19 where the discrepancies begin.


    I have been under the impression that the red route was the only way into the Sligo valley. This route is very apparent at Hwy 19, where the western side is now a driveway with a nice deep cut into the hill, and you can see the bed descend the hill on the east side of the highway. In today’s adventure we discovered the blue route. The blue route is huge; up to 60+ feet tall in some spots along the county road. There are still several intact culverts built into the bed along the route as well. They both converge near Hwy TT in Sligo. I’m assuming these 2 separate routes would be used as “a way in/a way out”, but I have no evidence to back that up. Has anyone seen any record of there being 2 separate ways into Sligo? This is fascinating to me.
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  3. Keep nailing it!
    The more we learn, leads to more questions.

    I knew about the blue route.
    ~ 1/4 mile south is the old S & E caboose. I think there two others.

    Do you now of a Cody in Salem? Likely ~ your age.
    Swimming in the Meramec he would find things,
    parts of a railcar. Likely there was a train wreck.
    I will be talking with Pat from Wesco.
    I have some things to email you.
  4. jdstotler

    jdstotler Member

    I’ve read Cody’s posts, we went to high school together, but I don’t know him well. I know that there was a wreck at the Meramec Bridge at Goltra, and cars ended up in the river. My dad has a picture of it somewhere, we will try to locate. I’m assuming that is where he was swimming when they found the old train car.

    How can I get you my email? I tried to respond to your message and couldn’t find a way too. Still learning this site!
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  5. mark

    mark Member


    In your research recommend you access the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Quadrangles for the area.

    They are available on line, in color, at no cost from several sources including With this site you can navigate and zoom in as needed. Adjoining quadrangles on the 8 major compass points (N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW) are easily accessed. This site is a great tool for researchers to add.

    The USGS Quadrangles for the immediate area in Missouri of Dent County are Cook Station and Cherryville. Please see They indicate the "old railroad grade" as the blue line you indicated in the map above. The railroad grade is shown as north of Robert's Cemetery, along the north side of the Taff Branch.

    The driveway northwest of Missouri TT Highway shows on the map. However, with the +40' difference and steep grade (20' grade contours shown), it does not appear the brown line segment between the blue line endpoints would have been chosen as a railroad route.

    The Quadrangles do show a spur to the northwest from a junction southeast of Sligo, south of Missouri TT Highway, arching north of the community . The spur crosses Missouri TT Highway and turns west, stopping near the horseshoe of Dent County Road 401. It appears to stop east of the road near the hillside.

    Speculate the "C" shaped horseshoe curve in the road wrapped around the former smelter facility's stub end spur. This is just northwest of the 4-way junction of Missouri Highway TT and Dent County Roads 401 and 448.

    We are enjoying your posts, appreciate the field work and hope you and others continue to contribute additional information to this most interesting region research.

    Hope this helps.


    Last edited: Jan 29, 2023

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