Classic Streamliners - TRAINCYCLOPEDIA
The following companies were predecessors of the Frisco:
Pacific Railroad, charter granted by Missouri on March 3, 1849
Southwest Pacific Railroad, John C. Frémont reorganized in August 1866
Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, incorporated on July 27, 1866
The following railroads were acquired or merged into the Frisco:
Missouri and Western Railway: 1879
St. Louis, Arkansas and Texas Railway: 1882
Springfield and Southern Railroad: 1885
Kansas City and Southwestern Railroad: 1886
Fayetteville and Little Rock Railroad: 1887
Fort Smith and Southern Railway: 1887
Kansas City, Osceola and Southern Railway: 1900
Arkansas and Oklahoma Railroad: 1901
St. Louis, Oklahoma and Southern Railway: 1901
Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railway: 1901
Arkansas Valley and Western Railway: 1907
Blackwell, Enid and Southwestern Railway: 1903
Red River, Texas and Southern Railway: 1904
Oklahoma City and Texas Railroad: December 19, 1904
Crawford County Midland and Railroad: May 20, 1905
Oklahoma City and Western Railroad: 1907 – December 19, 1910
Sapulpa and Oil Field Railroad: 1917
West 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 City and Memphis Railway and Bridge Company: 1928
Paris and Great Northern Railroad: July 21, 1928
Kansas City, Clinton and Springfield Railway: September 1, 1928
Alabama, 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 Railroad: December 27, 1963 (Division dissolved February 27, 1967; Roads involved include: NEO RR, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri Interurban Railroad, Joplin and Pittsburg Railway and Oklahoma Traction Company).
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.
St. Louis, Wichita and Western Railway: 1882
St. Louis and Oklahoma City Railroad: 1898
Kansas Midland Railroad: October 23, 1900
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 Railway: 1926
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 Railway: 1963–1964
Birmingham Belt Railroad: 1967 (liquidation of BB RR and distribution of assets)
The St. Louis-San Francisco's beautiful streamlined "Firefly".
A Frisco Slideshow.
St. Louis–San Francisco Railway
The St. Louis–San Francisco Railway (reporting mark SLSF), also known as the Frisco, was a Class I railroad that operated in the Midwest and South Central states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas from 1876 to April 17, 1980. The company's headquarters were in Springfield, Missouri. At the end of 1970 it operated 4,547 miles of road on 6,574 miles miles of track, not including subsidiaries Quanah, Acme and Pacific Railway or the Alabama, 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 in 1980.
The St. Louis–San Francisco Railway was incorporated in Missouri on September 7, 1876. It was formed from the 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 Atcheson, 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, 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, being more than 1,000 miles from San Francisco.
The St. Louis–San Francisco Railway had two main lines: St. Louis–Tulsa–Oklahoma City and 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 City (via Clinton, Missouri)
Monett, Missouri (Pierce City)–Wichita, Kansas
Monett, Missouri–Hugo, Oklahoma–Paris, Texas
St. Louis–River Junction, Arkansas (Memphis, Tennessee)
Tulsa, Oklahoma–Dallas, Texas
Tulsa, Oklahoma–Avard, Oklahoma
Lakeside, Oklahoma–Hugo, Oklahoma–Hope, Arkansas.
From March, 1917, through January, 1959, Frisco, in a joint venture with the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad, operated the Texas Special. This luxurious train, a streamliner from 1947, ran from St. Louis to Dallas, Texas, Ft. Worth, Texas and San Antonio, Texas.
The railroad merged into the Burlington Northern Railroad on November 21, 1980.
The city of Frisco, 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 (giving rise to Frisco High School's mascot, the Fighting Raccoons).
The Texas Special was the most famous passenger train Frisco ever operated. The Frisco also maintained an entire fleet of named trains. These included:
Black Gold (Tulsa–Dallas/Fort Worth overnight)
Firefly (Kansas City–Tulsa)
Kansas City–Florida Special (Kansas City–Jacksonville)
Memphian (St. Louis–Memphis)
Meteor (St. Louis–Oklahoma City by night with connecting train Monett-Fort Smith, AR)
Oil Fields Special (Tulsa–Dallas/Ft. Worth by day)
Oklahoman (Once connected Kansas City–Tulsa but was later rerouted between St. Louis–Oklahoma City.)
Southland (Kansas City–Birmingham)
Sunnyland (Kansas City/St. Louis–Atlanta/Pensacola)
Texas Flash (Tulsa-Sherman-Dallas by day)
Former Frisco lines today
The core of the former Frisco system continues to be operated by BNSF Railway as high-density mainlines. Other secondary and branch lines have been sold to shortline operators or have been abandoned altogether.
Kansas City – Springfield – Memphis – Birmingham: Operated by BNSF
St. Louis – Springfield – Tulsa – Dallas: Operated by BNSF
Fort Scott, Kansas to Afton, Oklahoma: Operated by BNSF
St. Louis to Memphis, Tennessee: Operated by BNSF
Tulsa, Oklahoma to Avard, Oklahoma: Operated by BNSF
Fredonia, Kansas to Cherryvale, Kansas to Columbus, Kansas: Operated by South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad
Fredonia, Kansas to Ellsworth, Kansas: Abandoned
Cherokee, Kansas to Cherryvale, Kansas: Abandoned
Monett, Missouri to Fort Smith, Arkansas: Operated by Arkansas and Missouri Railroad
Lakeside, Oklahoma to Hope, Arkansas: Operated by Kiamichi Railroad (Genesee & Wyoming Inc.)
Tulsa, Oklahoma (Sapulpa) to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Operated by Stillwater Central RR
Oklahoma City to Snyder, Oklahoma: Operated by Stillwater Central RR
Snyder, Oklahoma (Long Siding) to Quanah, Texas: Operated by BNSF
Enid, Oklahoma to Frederick, Oklahoma: Operated by Grainbelt/Farmrail
Amory, Mississippi to Pensacola, Florida: Operated by Alabama and Gulf Coast Railway (RailAmerica)
Springfield to Kansas City (via Clinton): Abandoned
Monett (Pierce City) to Carthage, Missouri: Out of service
Carthage, Missouri to Wichita, Kansas: Mostly abandoned
Chaffee, Missouri to Poplar Bluff, Missouri to Hoxie, Arkansas (Hoxie Sub): Abandoned
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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