Planes, Trains, & Automobiles… Arkansas & Missouri RailroadPosted in Blog
For twenty-five years the Arkansas Missouri Railroad has been serving Northwest Arkansas, and although most of us have seen a train go by here and there the railroad system may very well be one of our community’s best kept secrets…
This line started out as the old Frisco line back in the 1880′s. Regular passenger service ran up until 1968. Then the BNSF had the line after the Frisco Line up until the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad (The A&M) purchased the line in 1986. They are celebrating twenty-six years next month.
Their home office is located in Springdale, Arkansas; major operations are based there and Fort Smith. The company provides freight service to customers along its route and excursion passenger service between Springdale and Van Buren/Fort Smith. A & M interchanges traffic with three Class I railroads: Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), Kansas City Southern (KCS), and the Union Pacific (UP), as well as the Fort Smith Railroad (FSR). All lines are rated at 286,000lbs and cleared for double-stack rail cars, and main lines feature continuous welded rail.
The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad is an independent, Class III railroad serving a 139 mile corridor from Fort Smith, Arkansas to Monett, Missouri.