Winfield-Arkansas City line locations and operations

Discussion in 'Beaumont Subdivision' started by Bruce Adams, May 1, 2012.

  1. Bruce Adams

    Bruce Adams Member


    Today I spent a brief time looking at the BNSF (nee ATSF) yard in Ark City, trying to figure out where the SLSF and MP connections were. There were a number of interesting remnants in the streets and easements.

    Can anyone direct me to Frisco info or maps that show where the lines and connections were - like street crossings and so on?

    And can anyone (or has anyone already) chronicled operations such as schedules, industries served, and interchanges?

    Thank you in advance for any info!

    - Bruce

    PS - Although the Winfield wig-wags on the former MP spur running to Rubbermaid and the former Binney & Smith plant have been replaced by new flashers, the road crossings were being rebuilt by the SKOL today!
  2. Bruce Adams

    Bruce Adams Member

    Hi again.

    Following up on my previous post, I found the following station names and mileposts (below). It lists a station called "Tresham." Google Maps shows Tresham as a tree windbreak due East of 5th & 6th Ave. and the runways at Strother Field, and just south of Cowley County Road 20 (212th Rd by the new 9-1-1 naming scheme).

    Apparently the Frisco did the surveying, listing the elevation at 1,159 feet in the publication "Spirit Leveling in Kansas: 1896-1935."

    Strother Field is just across US Highway 77 from Hackney, which is on BNSF's Texas mainline (via Arkansas City). Hackney still sees grain traffic at its elevators, and BNSF still services the industrial siding (using ATSF caboose #999808 as a shoving platform!) to deliver covered hoppers of plastic pellets (and maybe still bulkhead flats of lumber?). The switch job crosses 77 from Hackney to reach the industries just across the road at Strother - there are flashers, and I once saw a flagman protecting the move. It's close enough you can shout a conversation from Hackney to Strother if it's not too windy.

    Does anyone have information on what Frisco business (if any) was conducted in Tresham? Did the tracks enter Strother Field (did Strother even exist then)? Finally, does anyone know a source that would list abandonment dates and when the rails were pulled up?

    Thanks for any information you can offer, and I'll try to lay off the parentheses in the future!

    - Bruce

    0 Beaumont
    12.7 Latham
    17.9 Wingate
    22.6 Atlanta
    33.4 Floral
    42.2 Winfield
    48.9 Tresham (Strother Field)
    56.6 Arkansas City
    62.1 Erie, OK
    65.7 Middleton
    69.3 Clifford
    71.7 Peckham
    79.7 Blackwell
    91.2 Eddy
    97.3 Lamont
    102.1 Salt Fork
    108.7 Hunter
    118.8 Breckenridge
    127.5 Enid
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2019

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