Hallett, OK Interlocking Tower

Discussion in 'Interlocking Towers & Facilities' started by mark, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. mark

    mark Staff Member Staff Member

    Please see the following link for a trackside view of the interlocking tower at Hallett, OK


    The tower is located on the Frisco's Perry Subdivision at mile post 460.9. This structure protected the former diamond crossing of the SLSF and the Missouri, Kansas and Texas (MKT) Railroad.

    On the MKT, the tower was located on the Katy's Oklahoma Subdivision at mile post 257.5. The line was their route from North Yard, Parsons, KS, to Oklahoma City, OK. The Katy abandoned this line in 1977.

    This poured concrete structure is similar in design to other Katy interlocking towers in at least North Clinton, MO (SLSF / MKT - gone), South Clinton, MO (SLSF / MKT - preserved in Clinton) and Navade, MO (MoP / MKT - gone).

    The tower is located just north of the Cimarron Turnpike (a/k/a US Highway 412) overpass, bridge 460.8, over the Perry Subdivision. This is just east of the Hallett and Jennings exits for Oklahoma State Highway 99, Exit 48, from the Cimarron Turnpike.

    Hope this helps.


  2. HWB

    HWB FRISCO.org Supporter

    Is it still there?!?!? I've been up and down this sub and didn't know it was there
  3. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Frisco.org Supporter

    First of all I think it is but am not sure. It would either take dynamite or a big wrecking ball to tear it down. Having said that, is it just me or how many others of you take the time to really look at pictures like this and study the surroundings such as the ballast, the ties, the brush along the right of way, and the trees and shrubs. I encourage all of you to look closely at the picture again and really study it. Start with the ballast and work up.
  4. pbender

    pbender Member Frisco.org Supporter

  5. tboyne

    tboyne Frisco Employee

    Yep it's there all right. Use the little street view guy and you can get down to eye level with it from the turnpike.
  6. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Excellent note, Bob. And one possibly worthy of another thread or a write-up for The Meteor.

    One of the things I enjoy the most about Mike Condren's photos is the abundance of scenic texture and small details that surround the trains and track.

    Best Regards,
  7. Steve40cal

    Steve40cal Member

    The tower is still there and in the town of Hallet there is an old depot made into a house. I haven't had a chance to stop and ask the owner if it was the old Frisco depot or where it came from. There was another interlocking location close to Pawnee but just a few foundations and old poles remain. Steve.|-|
  8. mark

    mark Staff Member Staff Member


    The depot you referenced is the former Missouri, Kansas and Texas (MKT) depot.

    The Katy station was moved to a new location a half mile north of Exit 48 from the Cimarron Turnpike (a/k/a US Highway 412). It is on the west side of Oklahoma State Highway 99. It is somewhat obscured from view from the highway when traveling north by a row of trees.

    The address is approximately 985 5th Avenue (a/k/a Oklahoma State Highway 99).

    Hope this helps.



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