Classic Streamliners - TRAINCYCLOPEDIA
Still in Illinois Central colors, GNBC 8335 sits idle in Weatherford, Oklahoma. The unit was built for the Illinois Central Railroad in 1953.
By Matthew Zisi - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=70703435
Farmrail No. 8267, an EMD GP10, sits idle in Weatherford, Oklahoma, February 18, 2017. The unit was built as Southern Pacific 5700 in 1956.
Matthew Zisi [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]
Farmrail System, Inc. is an employee-owned holding company for two Class III common-carrier railroads comprising "Western Oklahoma’s Regional Railroad" based in Clinton, Oklahoma. Farmrail Corporation (reporting mark FMRC) has acted since 1981 as a lessee-operator for Oklahoma Department of Transportation, managing an 82-mile east-west line between Weatherford and Erick and an additional 89 miles, Westhom-Elmer, acquired by the State in 1992. Another wholly owned affiliate, Grainbelt Corporation (GNBC), was formed in 1987 to buy 176 contiguous north-south route-miles linking Enid and Frederick.
Farmrail Corporation operates two connected lines:
An 82-mile (132 km) line from Erick, Oklahoma, through Clinton, to Weatherford, Oklahoma.
A 104-mile (167 km) line from Westhom, Oklahoma, through Clinton, to Elmer, Oklahoma.
Grainbelt Corporation (reporting mark GNBC), 176 miles (283 km) of lines from Enid, Oklahoma, to Frederick, Oklahoma, and over 59 miles (95 km) of BNSF Railway trackage rights from Snyder, Oklahoma, to Quanah, Texas.
In addition, FMRC operates Finger Lakes Railway Corporation (reporting mark FGLK) as part of a joint venture; FGLK operates 168 miles of railway in New York state.
FMRC and Grainbelt traffic includes wheat, steel products, fertilizer, rail cars undergoing repair, gypsum rock and associated products, oil field materials, cotton, lumber, feed grains and meals, and farm implements.
The FMRC lines are owned by the state of Oklahoma and were leased to FMRC in 1993. The Grainbelt line began operations as a short-line railroad in 1987.
Farmrail Corporation Overview
Farmrail System, Inc.
Reporting mark: FMRC
Dates of operation: 1981–present
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters: Clinton, Oklahoma
Official Website: www.farmrail.com
Text: wikipedia.org. Images: Public Domain; http://www.commons.wikimedia.org (unless otherwise specified) and 17 U.S. Code § 107 fair use. References: Lewis, Robert G. The Handbook of American Railroads. New York: Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation, 1951, 2nd Edition 1956. Site Map Contact webmaster HERE.
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