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The St. Louis–San Francisco Railway
St. Louis–San Francisco Railway
(reporting mark SLSF), also known as the Frisco, was a railroad that operated in the Midwest
Midwest
and South Central U.S.
South Central U.S.
from 1876 to April 17, 1980. At the end of 1970 it operated 4,547 miles (7,318 km) of road on 6,574 miles (10,580 km) of track, not including subsidiaries Quanah, Acme and Pacific Railway or the Alabama, Tennessee
Tennessee
and Northern Railroad; that year it reported 12,795 million ton-miles of revenue freight and no passengers. It was purchased and absorbed into the Burlington Northern Railroad
Railroad
in 1980. Despite its name, it never came close to San Francisco.

Contents

1 History 2 Passenger trains 3 Former Frisco lines today 4 Surviving Equipment

4.1 Steam Locomotives

5 Predecessors 6 Acquisitions

6.1 Asset absorptions

7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit]

Preserved wooden caboose on display in Missouri

Preserved Railway Express Agency
Railway Express Agency
car, along with Kiamichi EMD F7
EMD F7
slug No. SL1, at the Frisco Depot Museum in Hugo, Oklahoma

The St. Louis–San Francisco Railway
St. Louis–San Francisco Railway
was incorporated in Missouri
Missouri
on September 7, 1876. It was formed from the Missouri
Missouri
Division and Central Division of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. This land grant line was one of two railroads (the other being the M-K-T) authorized to build across Indian Territory. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, interested in the A&P right of way across the Mojave Desert to California, took the road over until the larger road went bankrupt in 1893; the receivers retained the western right of way but divested the ATSF of the St. Louis-San Francisco mileage on the great plains. After bankruptcy the Frisco emerged as the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad, incorporated on June 29, 1896,[2][3] which also went bankrupt. On August 24, 1916 the company was reorganized as the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway, though the line never went west of Texas, terminating more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from San Francisco. The St. Louis–San Francisco Railway
St. Louis–San Francisco Railway
had two main lines: St. Louis–Tulsa– Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City and Kansas
Kansas
City–Memphis–Birmingham. The junction of the two lines was in Springfield, Missouri, home to the company's main shop facility and headquarters. Other lines included:

Springfield– Kansas
Kansas
City (via Clinton, Missouri) Monett, Missouri
Missouri
(Pierce City)–Wichita, Kansas Monett, Missouri–Hugo, Oklahoma–Paris, Texas St. Louis–River Junction, Arkansas
Arkansas
(Memphis, Tennessee) Tulsa, Oklahoma–Dallas, Texas Tulsa, Oklahoma–Avard, Oklahoma Lakeside, Oklahoma–Hugo, Oklahoma–Hope, Arkansas.

From March 1917, through January 1959, the Frisco, in a joint venture with the Missouri–Kansas– Texas
Texas
Railroad, operated the Texas Special. This luxurious train, a streamliner from 1947, ran from St. Louis to Dallas, Texas, Ft. Worth, Texas
Texas
and San Antonio, Texas. It was the last passenger railroad to end Jim Crow or segregation of passengers by race. The Frisco merged into the Burlington Northern Railroad
Burlington Northern Railroad
on November 21, 1980. The city of Frisco, Texas
Texas
was named after the railroad and uses the former railroad's logo as its own logo. The logo is modeled after a stretched-out raccoon skin[4][5] (giving rise to Frisco High School's mascot, the Fighting Raccoons). Passenger trains[edit]

The Sunnyland at Birmingham Alabama's Union Station on April 15, 1963

While the Texas
Texas
Special
Special
was the most famous passenger train the Frisco ever operated, it also had an entire fleet of named trains. These included:

Black Gold (Tulsa–Dallas/Fort Worth overnight) Firefly ( Kansas
Kansas
City–Tulsa) Kansas
Kansas
City– Florida
Florida
Special
Special
( Kansas
Kansas
City–Jacksonville) Memphian (St. Louis–Memphis) Meteor (St. Louis– Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City by night with connecting train Monett-Fort Smith-Paris, TX) Oil Fields Special
Special
(Tulsa–Dallas/Ft. Worth by day) Oklahoman (Once connected Kansas
Kansas
City– Tulsa
Tulsa
but was later rerouted between St. Louis– Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City.) Southland ( Kansas
Kansas
City–Birmingham) Sunnyland ( Kansas
Kansas
City/St. Louis–Atlanta/Pensacola/New Orleans) Texas
Texas
Flash (Tulsa-Sherman-Dallas by day) Will Rogers (St. Louis– Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City/Wichita by day) "Chadwick Flyer" (Branch line from Springfield to Chadwick, Missouri)

Former Frisco lines today[edit]

1899 poster showing a boy and a girl in a SLSF waiting room

The core of the former Frisco system continues to be operated by BNSF Railway as high-density mainlines. Other secondary and branchlines have been sold to shortline operators or have been abandoned altogether.

Kansas
Kansas
City – Springfield – Memphis – Birmingham: Operated by BNSF St. Louis – Springfield – Tulsa
Tulsa
– Dallas: Operated by BNSF Fort Scott, Kansas
Kansas
to Afton, Oklahoma: Operated by BNSF St. Louis to Memphis, Tennessee: Operated by BNSF Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
to Avard, Oklahoma: Operated by BNSF Fredonia, Kansas
Kansas
to Cherryvale, Kansas
Kansas
to Columbus, Kansas: Operated by South Kansas
Kansas
and Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Railroad Cherokee, Kansas
Kansas
to Pittsburg, Kansas: Operated by South Kansas
Kansas
and Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Railroad Fredonia, Kansas
Kansas
to Ellsworth, Kansas: Abandoned Cherokee, Kansas
Kansas
to Cherryvale, Kansas: Abandoned Monett, Missouri
Missouri
to Fort Smith, Arkansas: Operated by Arkansas
Arkansas
and Missouri
Missouri
Railroad Lakeside, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
to Hope, Arkansas: Operated by Kiamichi Railroad (Genesee & Wyoming Inc.) Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
(Sapulpa) to Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma: Operated by Stillwater Central RR Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City to Snyder, Oklahoma: Operated by Stillwater Central RR Snyder, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
(Long Siding) to Quanah, Texas: Operated by BNSF Enid, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
to Frederick, Oklahoma: Operated by Grainbelt/Farmrail Amory, Mississippi
Mississippi
to Pensacola, Florida: Operated by Alabama
Alabama
and Gulf Coast Railway (RailAmerica) Springfield to Kansas
Kansas
City (via Clinton)(two routes): Abandoned Monett (Pierce City) to Carthage, Missouri: Out of service Carthage, Missouri
Missouri
to Wichita, Kansas: Mostly abandoned Chaffee, Missouri
Missouri
to Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Missouri
to Hoxie, Arkansas
Arkansas
(Hoxie Sub): Abandoned

Surviving Equipment[edit] Steam Locomotives[edit]

Frisco 19, a 2-8-0
2-8-0
Consolidation-type built in 1910 and on static display on in Frisco, Texas
Texas
(Note: This locomotive is lettered Frisco, but it did not actually operate on the SLSF. It is the former Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad
Railroad
19. It was purchased by the City of Frisco, Texas, as a static display, and is representative of a typical Frisco locomotive. Frisco operated a number of Consolidations as Frisco-series 1306 engines.[6]) Frisco 1351, built in 1912 as a 2-8-0
2-8-0
Consolidation (Frisco 1313), and converted by Frisco to a 2-8-2
2-8-2
Mikado in November 1943.[7] Now on static display in Collierville, Tennessee. Frisco 1352, built by Alco in 1912 as a 2-8-0
2-8-0
Consolidation, and converted by Frisco in the WWII timeframe to a 2-8-2
2-8-2
Mikado. Disassembled in Taylorville, Illinois; awaiting restoration to operating condition.[8] Frisco 1355, 2-8-2
2-8-2
Mikado, displayed on Garden Street, Pensacola, Florida, near the site of the SLSF passenger depot demolished in 1967. Frisco 1501, 4-8-2
4-8-2
Mountain-type, built in 1923. Static display in Schuman Park, Rolla MO since 1955. Several parts from Frisco 1501 were donated to Frisco 1522
Frisco 1522
to make/keep 1522 operational. Video Frisco 1522, 4-8-2
4-8-2
Mountain-type, built in 1926. It was at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri
Missouri
until 1988, when it began pulling excursions. In 2002, it was returned to the Museum of Transportation Frisco 1527, 4-8-2
4-8-2
Mountain-type, built by Baldwin in 1926. Static display in Langan Park, Mobile, AL since 1964. Frisco 1529, 4-8-2
4-8-2
Mountain-type, built by Baldwin in 1926. The train hosted President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934, and was eventually the last steam engine to make a passenger run for Frisco. Now on static display in Frisco Park in Amory, Mississippi. Frisco 1621, a 2-10-0, being a Russian Class Ye ("Russian Decapod"), built in 1918 and on static display at the Museum of Transportation
Museum of Transportation
in St. Louis, Missouri. Frisco 1625, another 2-10-0
2-10-0
Russian Decapod, also built in 1918. After intermediate service with the Eagle-Picher Mining Co., now on static display at the Museum of the American Railroad
Railroad
in Frisco, Texas.[9] Frisco 1630, another 2-10-0
2-10-0
Russian Decapod, also built in 1918, and in excursion service at the Illinois Railway Museum
Illinois Railway Museum
in Union, Illinois Frisco 4003, a 2-8-2
2-8-2
Mikado built in 1919 by Lima and on static display at the Fort Smith Trolley Museum in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Frisco 4018, a 2-8-2
2-8-2
Mikado built in 1919 and is on static display at Sloss Furnaces
Sloss Furnaces
in Birmingham, Alabama Frisco 4500, a 4-8-4
4-8-4
Northern-type built in 1942 on static display in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and 4501, a 4-8-4
4-8-4
on static display at the Museum of the American Railroad
Railroad
in Frisco, Texas,[10] both being locomotives which pulled the Frisco's crack Meteor train. Frisco 4524, another wartime 4500-series 4-8-4
4-8-4
Northern-type on static display at Grant Beach Park in Springfield, Missouri, wearing the "Frisco Fast Freight" paint scheme. It was the last steam locomotive built for the Frisco.

Predecessors[edit] The following companies were predecessors of the Frisco:

Pacific Railroad, charter granted by Missouri
Missouri
on March 3, 1849 Southwest Pacific Railroad, John C. Frémont
John C. Frémont
reorganized in August 1866 Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, incorporated on July 27, 1866

See also List of predecessors of the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway Acquisitions[edit]

Frisco 1522
Frisco 1522
has been preserved and restored. In this picture the locomotive is sitting in Arkansas
Arkansas
City, Kansas.

The following railroads were acquired or merged into the Frisco: This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.

Missouri
Missouri
and Western Railway: 1879 St. Louis, Arkansas
Arkansas
and Texas
Texas
Railway: 1882 Springfield and Southern Railroad: 1885 Kansas
Kansas
City and Southwestern Railroad: 1886 Fayetteville and Little Rock Railroad: 1887 Fort Smith and Southern Railway: 1887 Kansas
Kansas
City, Osceola and Southern Railway: 1900 Arkansas
Arkansas
and Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Railroad: 1901 St. Louis, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
and Southern Railway: 1901 Kansas
Kansas
City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railway: 1901 Arkansas
Arkansas
Valley and Western Railway: 1907 Blackwell, Enid and Southwestern Railway: 1903 Red River, Texas
Texas
and Southern Railway: 1904 Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City and Texas
Texas
Railroad: December 19, 1904 Crawford County Midland and Railroad: May 20, 1905 Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City and Western Railroad: 1907 – December 19, 1910 Sapulpa and Oil Field Railroad: 1917 West Tulsa
Tulsa
Belt Railway: 1922 Jonesboro, Lake City and Eastern Railroad:1924 Pittsburg and Columbus Railway (Pittsburg, Kansas): 1925–1926 Springfield Connecting Railway: May 11, 1926 Kansas
Kansas
City and Memphis Railway and Bridge Company: 1928 Paris and Great Northern Railroad: July 21, 1928 Kansas
Kansas
City, Clinton and Springfield Railway: September 1, 1928 Alabama, Tennessee
Tennessee
and Northern Railroad: December 28, 1948 Central of Georgia Railway: 1956. The Interstate Commerce Commission did not approve the purchase, so the Frisco sold it to Southern Railway in 1961. Northeast Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Railroad: December 27, 1963 (Division dissolved February 27, 1967; Roads involved include: NEO RR, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri
Missouri
Interurban Railroad, Joplin and Pittsburg Railway and Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Traction Company)

Asset absorptions[edit] The following is a list of partial or full asset absorptions, many times through bankruptcy courts or creditors. In some cases the Frisco was a creditor. Assets can include mineral rights, property, track and right of way, trains, bonds, mortgages, etc.

Frisco 1621 on display at the Museum of Transportation
Museum of Transportation
outside St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Wichita and Western Railway: 1882 St. Louis and Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City Railroad: 1898 Kansas
Kansas
Midland Railroad: October 23, 1900 Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City Terminal Railroad: 1900–1903 Fort Smith and Van Buren Bridge Company: 1907 Ozark and Cherokee Central Railway: 1907 St. Louis, Memphis and Southern Railroad: 1907 Sulphur Springs Railway: 1907 Joplin Railway: 1910 Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railway: 1919–1937 Fayetteville and Little Rock Railroad: 1926 Little Rock and Texas
Texas
Railway: 1926 Kansas
Kansas
City, Memphis and Birmingham Railroad: September 1, 1928 Muscle Shoals, Birmingham and Pensacola Railroad: 1928–1947 Miami Mineral Belt Railroad: 1950 St. Louis, Kennett and Southeastern Railroad: 1950 St. Louis, San Francisco and Texas
Texas
Railway: 1963–1964 Birmingham Belt Railroad: 1967 (liquidation of BB RR and distribution of assets)

See also[edit]

Railways portal

Frisco, Texas Gulf Coast Lines Benjamin Franklin Yoakum Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railway Frisco 1522

References[edit]

^ Patrick Hiatte, Springfield, Missouri: The Heart of the Frisco, 1955, Trains magazine, December 2003 ^ "History of the Frisco". TheLibrary.org. Springfield, Missouri: Springfield-Greene County Library District.  ^ "Corporate History: St. Louis - San Francisco Railway Company". The Truman Area Community Network. Henry County Library. June 2, 2008.  ^ "FRISCO INTERNATIONAL WIDE VISION CABOOSE #239". Canadian Model Trains Inc. March 12, 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-18.  ^ "'100 Years of Service'". Frisco Veterans' Reunion via Springfield-Greene County Library. 1960 (book) website: ?. Retrieved 2012-03-18.  Check date values in: date= (help) ^ http://www.steamlocomotive.com/mikado/?page=slsf, Retrieved 6-11-15. ^ http://www.steamlocomotive.com/mikado/?page=slsf, Retrieved 6-11-15. ^ Frisco 1352 ^ http://www.museumoftheamericanrailroad.org/Collection/EquipmentRoster/SteamLocomotives.aspx ^ http://www.museumoftheamericanrailroad.org/Collection/EquipmentRoster/SteamLocomotives.aspx

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to St. Louis-San Francisco Railway.

"100 Years of Service". 1960. Retrieved 2006-04-20.  Frisco.org - Official Preservation Site Frisco Archive - Photos and documents relating to the Frisco Railroad The Frisco: A Look Back at the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway (historical information at the Springfield-Greene County Library District) Mike Condren's Frisco Railroad
Railroad
Homepage The Frisco Railroad
Railroad
in Kansas Western Historical Manuscript Collection—Rolla—University of Missouri-Rolla "Guide to the Historical Records of the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway Company" Retrieved September 16, 2005 "The Frisco in photographs," Classic Trains magazine, January 18, 2001, accessed 5 April 2011. Includes photos and system map. "Frisco System," Handbook of Texas
Texas
Online, accessed 5 April 2011. Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Digital Maps: Digital Collections of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
and Indian Territory AmericanRails.com The St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, Ship it on the Frisco!

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