As a young brakeman on the Frisco, the only assignments on which I could successfully bid and stand a chance of winning were the outlying ones. One of those was the Beaumont Sub on the 4310 and 4311, which took us to Ark City, and if need be, to Winfield. That little line between Ark City and Winfield was one of my favorite places on the railroad, though every sub had its scenic moments. The track, in 1974, was sinking into the right of way so that it appeared almost organically sprouted from the ground itself. Occasionally the end of a rail poked up uncomfortably high, and I surprised our engineer more than once by running ahead with a mallet in hand and pounding some spikes back into their holes in the tie-plates. I'm sure that would get me the ire of that section foreman, but I think it made all of us feel a little more secure. Of course, to be able to run ahead and pound spikes meant that our train was moving very slow, and that was the case. It didn't feel like work. It felt like an evening stroll, rolling along slowly through the sandy right of way beside a rural road and a line of trees. in Winfield, the track seemed just as much a part of the streets as it had in the countryside before. I once commented that it was like railroading barefoot, and that's the way I've thought of it ever since. I've got pictures going into Ark City, but I apparently didn't take any at Winfield. The sun was usually getting low by that time, and a Geep, even gently jolting at a crawl, did not make a good platform for obtaining clear pictures. So, I'm asking if anyone has any pictures of that little bit of barefoot railroad between Ark City and Winfield. I'll post some coming into Ark City, and maybe someone else can find a few of those shots that I lack. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help out. Shooshie The pictures below depict: Crossing the Arkansas River Bridge Coming into Ark City Passing the Depot Entering the Yard Tied up in Ark City Shippin' it Barefoot on the Frisco!