Arkansas & Ozarks Railroad-1954

Discussion in 'General' started by frisco4301, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. Brother_Love

    Brother_Love Member

    Thanks to all who posted here. I recently found the A&O (2 months ago) and was intrigued by the beauty of the scenery in Arkansas. I’m considering modeling it in O scale in fact Ive ready built the #300 caboose. What industry received all the tank car traffic?
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  2. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Ozarka Spring Water
     
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  3. Brother_Love

    Brother_Love Member

    Thank you
     
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  4. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    That's interesting, how big is the Ozarka facility and how many tank cars do they ship per day?

    It's Cynthia's favorite water.

    Joe
     
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  5. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    Neat looking switch there, gotta wonder what rail line used that standard ? I don't think I have a book with that one in it, interesting. I have seen similar arrangements in books.
     
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  6. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Joe, check the bottles. There is no water coming out of there anymore.
     
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  7. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Image 13 of this thread is an Oil States Tank Car Corp OSKX unit.

    I pulled a snippet from a now broken link to a PDF from Sunshine Model kits that says:

    "... Corp., whose trade name was DX gasoline. The company also owned Oil States Tank Car Corp., OSKX. There were 1278 cars in 1953. A few years later the company became DX Sunray, SRDX, and progressively the white lettering was simplified. The series 2600-2799 included Type 17 GATC tankcars."

    Also included in the listing was "Deep Rock was an Oklahoma based oil producer. It had two tankcar fleets: Deep Rock (DRX) and Ozark Car Corp. (OZKX)."

    More threads to chase down. Anything that traversed the Ft Smith sub and anything that said Ozark(s) is of interest to me. (One of the pleasures of the hobby for me.)
     
  8. scottm

    scottm Member

    right - it's bottled in Texas now. I see some Ozarka brand bottled water in my trips throughout Missouri. Wonder how the brand justified closing their Eureka Springs facility to move to Texas with a name like Ozarka… ?
     
  9. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    I have had Ozarka Water in the Los Angeles area that was bottled in California.
     
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  10. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Interesting.
     
  11. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    They have the established Ozarka brand name, so no matter where they bottle it now, they will keep selling it as Ozarka water. Kurt always has a bunch of it in his garage fridge over in Olathe. I seem to recall seeing it was bottled in Texas. Never bothered me - good name for the midwest market for sure!
    K
     
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  12. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    "Ozarka" has been on my potential list of Ozark names (for use on a future layout) forever. With my current layout, I was finally able to incorporate the name "Ozarka" in the form of a town, where it is mainly a helper station and small classification yard. (Some small industry as well, via the team tracks.) My Ozarka is envisioned as being a small town of less than a 1,000 deep in the heart of the Ozarks. Ozarka pretty much owes its existence to the railroad. Just a short time ago, after the owners of the KC&G declared bankruptcy, had they been allowed to follow through with their threats and scrap the KC&G... Ozarka would have become yet another dwindling Ozark town of the day.

    However, those bad apple owners are gone, and things are slowly looking upward for the bedraggled line.

    :LOL:

    Now, to get back on topic, here's some pictures of the actual Ozarka Spring Water Company when it was operating out of the depot at Eureka Springs.

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    Andre
     
  13. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    I looked at the Ozarka water bottle we have and it came from Texas. Would have paid that much attention until Keith said something about it. Thank you Keith for letting me know. It is Cynthia's favorite water.

    Joe
     
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  14. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    I built this Gould kit and lettered it for Ozarka... Champ decals maybe
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  15. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Love the tank car, Karl.

    Andre
     
  16. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Agree, looks like Champ.

    I wonder if t/c's hauling potable water need to be lined, or is a metal tank, steel, good enough for a product to be unloaded, stored, bottled and sold in retail markets.

    K
     
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  17. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Karl, the tank car looks fantastic, it's making me thirsty for a drink of water. LOL

    Joe
     
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  18. Brother_Love

    Brother_Love Member

    Love the tank cars, thanks for posting. Ive got my custom decal guy working on decals for them in o scale, we will see.
     
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  19. Brother_Love

    Brother_Love Member

    While I’m at it I will ask my decal guy about the reefers too. I noticed that the reefers use “Eureka Spring” and “Eureka Springs”, which is correct? Also, does anyone know what color these reefers were?
    Thank you!
     
  20. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Hello Malcolm:

    Regionally the town is "Eureka Springs" with an "s", and has been for as far back as I can determine in my resources.

    House car lettering:

    Which is correct for the prototype lettering?

    Both. You've now got the pictures (above) to prove it!

    Color:

    From what I can determine in the above color (faded) picture, they were a light yellow.

    I don't think those house cars were refrigerator cars per se, nor were they boxcars. As I recall they had tanks inside for shipping the water and no refrigerator ice bunkers. The hatches on top were for access to the tank caps. Again, trusting to memory here and where I've placed my resource info for the above is anyone's guess.

    Andre
     
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