“Oil Flyer” Excursion Train Sold Out

Train riders await the arrival of their excursion train at last year’s Whistle-and-Ride event.

All tickets have been sold for the 2017 “Bartlesville Oil Flyer” excursion train for this Saturday, May 6.

Friends of the 940, the event organizers, said that some tickets may be available on the day of the event because typically there are a few no-shows. The one-hour train rides will depart the Bartlesville Depot at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and travel south toward Ochelata.

A total of about 750 seats were sold for the three rides. Pulled by a diesel locomotive, the excursion train will consist of three air-conditioned passenger cars.

Regardless of whether visitors are riding or not, the 7th annual Whistle-and-Ride train celebration will give train lovers of all ages the chance to tour the restored Santa Fe caboose on the depot display track and blow the whistle of locomotive No. 940.

Bartlesville-related train keepsakes also will be available for sale at the event, including No. 940 engineer caps and T-shirts, depot candles and draftsman-quality prints of the locomotive and caboose.

A portion of the fare will be donated to the ongoing restoration work and maintenance of the Bartlesville Depot Train Display and to the Heart of the Heartlands Railway Museum in Corona, KS, which provides volunteer staffing for the train. The event also is made possible through the support of the South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad, which in addition to owning the rail equipment and track also provides the locomotive and crew.

The “Bartlesville Oil Flyer” is named for the popular rail passenger service that ran between Bartlesville and Tulsa from the 1930s through the late ‘60s. The last passenger train to operate through Bartlesville occurred in 1970.

The Bartlesville depot, which is home to the Visitor Information Center, was constructed in 1909 as a classic example of the Santa Fe “mission style” architecture. It served both the Santa Fe and Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) Railroads.

For more information, go to www.BartlesvilleLocomotive.org or contact the Visitor Information Center at 918-336-8709.

New Benches Ready for Use!

Three custom-made benches have been installed at the Depot Train Display. One bench is in front of the video kiosk, another alongside theMichele B. with Bench locomotive and the third next to the caboose. The benches, designed and built by Iron Horse Metal Works of Bartlesville (in photo), are partially constructed of old railroad spikes that were discarded and found along the railroad right-of-way through the city. The backs of the benches feature the logos of the two railroads that once provided both major passenger and freight service to the community — the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (ATSF or “Santa Fe”) and the Missouri, Kansas and Texas (“M-K-T” or “Katy”).

The benches provide ideal spots to sit and enjoy the video at the kiosk or to watch children and grandchildren play in the cab of ATSF steamer No. 940 or the platform on ATSF caboose No. 2259.

 

YOU TOO CAN SUPPORT THE DEPOT TRAIN DISPLAY!

Unveiling of the Depot Train Display Donor Recognition Bricks — May 23, 2015.

Tax-deductible donations can be made anytime to the Depot Train Display through the Bartlesville Community Foundation. Gifts of $250 or more will receive a brick with the donor’s personalized inscription placed in a new Donor Recognition Area directly in front of the locomotive. All contributors of $100 or more also will receive a 940 T-shirt. Contributions can be made online through the BCF direct donation website.

Donors will be acknowledged in the following manner:

  • Donations of $250 or more receive a 4×8-inch inscribed brick.
  • Donations of $500 or more receive an 8×8-inch inscribed brick. 
  • Donations of $1,000 or more receive a 12×12-inch inscribed brick. 
  • Each donor of $250 and above also will receive a T-shirt bearing a photo of locomotive No. 940.
  • Any contributor giving $100-$249 will receive the locomotive No. 940 T-shirt.

Contributions also can be mailed to the “Friends of AT&SF No. 940 Fund” at the Bartlesville Community Foundation, 208 E Fourth St., Bartlesville, OK 74003.