Standard Oil refinery in Neodesha, KS

Discussion in 'Neodesha Branch' started by arthur, Feb 24, 2003.

  1. arthur

    arthur Guest

    This is the southeast corner of the Standard Oil refinery in Neodesha, KS. The photo was post marked in 1907.

    We are looking up from the Southeast end of the Frisco yard in the general direction of Wichita. The MP crosses at the diamond. You can just make out the edge of the MP passenger depot along the right hand edge of the photo.

    The Frisco passenger depot is behind us and on the opposite side of the tracks. Also on the right-hand side of the photo is the lead over to the MP Mainline. A closer look will find a switch point derail on the lead guarding the respective mains. I find that a neat fact.

    The right hand turnout on the far side of the diamond only existed sometime between 1905 and 1912. The turnout serviced the Standard Oil bulk loading facility. This was verified by using Sanborn maps for Neodesha for those two years and the 1908 map. The map for 1908 shows the turnouts, 1905 and 1912 do not.

    Just past that turnout is a second turnout to the left. This is the eastern Frisco roundhouse lead. The Frisco water tower is capable of servicing two tracks at once (two spouts).

    The final observable tidbit is the lamps on the yard switch stands and the differences in the non-lit switch stands and derail.

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  2. Another Postcard of the Neodosha, Ks yard


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