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H-10-44 274

H-10-44 274 at Tulsa Tower (MP 423.0) interlocking (date unknown)
H-10-44 274

H-10-44 274 at Tulsa Tower (MP 423.0) interlocking (date unknown).

Location is Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Locomotive is westbound on the North main track of the Cherokee Subdivision at the Tulsa Tower (MP 423.0) interlocking. The interlocking is five blocks east of the Tulsa Union Depot (MP 423.5). This multiple railroad junction is southeast of the intersection of East Archer Street and North Greenwood Avenue and northeast of the intersection of North Greenwood Avenue and East 1st Street.

At this point the railroad crossed the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (ATSF), the Midland Valley Railroad (MV) and the Missouri, Kansas and Texas (MKT or Katy). In 1967 the Midland Valley was merged into the Texas & Pacific Railway (TP). In turn the TP was merged into the Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP or MoP) in 1976.

In the image the track under the locomotive’s fuel tank is the ATSF. From their yard to the north this line crossed the Frisco to their freight house on the southeast corner of East 1st Street and South Elgin Avenue. This structure has been repurposed as offices and stands today. The diamonds ahead of the locomotive’s pilot are the MV/TP/MP crossings. The MKT’s diamonds are near and parallel to the bottom of the photograph.

View is looking north.

Special thanks to Mark Davidson.

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H-10-44 280

H-10-44 280 (date and location unknown)
H-10-44 280

H-10-44 280 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (date unknown).

The locomotive is near the north end of Cherokee Yard. On the left horizon is a portion of the downtown. The building in the background is the Bank of America Financial Center at 515 South Boulder Avenue West.

There are a number of interesting details on this locomotive. On the cab roof are a “nail” type radio antenna, single chime horn and a yellow globed identification light. Further forward are two flared exhaust stack spark arrestors.

Above the window on the cab side is a bleached canvas sun shade. On the forward hood at the corners just above the white stripe are classification lights. These units would on occasion be used on trains to outlying stations in Oklahoma including Enid, Muskogee and Oklahoma City.

On the front engine room door and frame sides are round cast metal builders plates for Fairbanks-Morse and Company. Hanging on “J” shaped hooks below the frame above the front truck is a heavy chain. If a coupler failed, clearance was tight, or adjacent track was in poor shape, these would on occasion be used to help move a car.

The view is looking northeast.

Special thanks to Mark Davidson.

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Caboose 1233

Caboose 1233 (date and location unknown)
Caboose 1233

Caboose 1233 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (date unknown). The F.M. unit is unidentified.

The photo was shot looking northeast from the South Lincoln Boulevard overpass. This is the west end of the Frisco’s East Yard. To the left of the diesel shop one can see the North Canadian River. The Frisco crosses the river just to the west of the Lincoln Boulevard overpass.

There are lots of neat details in this view including the locomotive shop, engine service tracks area (including two Union Pacific locomotives, at least one a GP30), repair-in-place (RIP) tracks, two H-10-44 locomotives, two cabooses, multiple (at least eight) company service diesel fuel yellow dome tank cars, etc.

Special thanks to Mark Davidson.

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