In The Yard
Encompassing 2 city blocks of former railroad land just north of downtown Enid, the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma's rail yard is full of interesting and historic engines, cars, cabooses and railroad-related machinery. Until you can make that trip to the museum to see it all in person, here's some of what's "in the yard".
St. Louis-San Francisco (Frisco) 1519:
Type 4-8-2 built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1925. Features 28"x28" cylinders and 69" drivers. Produces 210 pounds steam pressure and 56,800 pounds tractive effort. Engine weight is 342,200 pounds. This engine and tender were presented to the City of Enid placed in a park near St. Mary's Hospital on 11-9-54. It was moved to the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma during November and December of 1997.
From left to right, ATSF 999567, Union Pacific 25323, M-K-T (Katy) 132 and Burlington Northern 12433 cabooses. Behind the BN caboose is Frisco 1281 (former BN 12181). On the far right is a track maintenance vehicle, or "speeder".
The "Wanda Lee", or car 3100 was originally built as an Army medical service car 89526 in 1954 by the St. Louis Car Company. It was rebuilt by Amtrak into a "Le Pub" bar-lounge car 3406 to be used on the Montrealer. When the pub and dance floor were removed, Amtrak converted it into a cafe-lounge car. After being moved to the museum, the car was refurbished and repainted, then named in honor of our director's late wife, Wanda Lee Campbell.
Interior of the "Wanda Lee" car 3100, looking east toward the galley.
Champlin Oil Tanker
Southern Pacific Caboose 4646
Missouri Pacific caboose 13724 was purchased in May, 1991 by Jack Austerman and John Knuppel for their railroad museum in Yukon, Oklahoma (Yukon's Best Railroad Museum). The 13724 was one of a group of 28 surplus cabooses purchased from the Union Pacific Railroad by The Railroad Yard, Inc. of Stillwater, Oklahoma. They were located and offered for sale in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
The UP provided a gratis move of 13724 from Muskogee to Yukon via Ft. Worth, Texas. It was cleaned up and placed on display at the Yukon museum. In June, 2000 the caboose was sold to the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma in Enid for addition to the caboose excursion train that had recently been created. Again, the UP provided, free of charge, the move from Yukon to Enid. This particular caboose was of particular interest because of the generous-sized open platforms that provided outdoor seating for passengers riding the train.
In Jack's words, "It is ironic that the caboose became an endangered species just as caboose building reached a peak of achievement. It is also worth asking why railroads continued to turn out cabooses in the 1970's and early 1980's when those new-fangled, telemetric rear-end devices held out so much promise.
A case in point is Missouri Pacific before it was merged into the Union Pacific. MP built 100 new 'transfer' style cabooses in 1977 and another 150 in 1980. In 1977, the cost was up to $40,000.00 from $19,000.00 in 1970. All 250 were called 'short bay' models. Fittings included water cooler, ice chest, water tank, retention-type toilet, wash basin, oil fired furnace, seats for three trainmen, radio and two desks.
These cabooses were used for main line service when new. As cabooses were phased out of that service, they were used in local switching trains and maintenance and work trains."