The Southern Appalachia Railway Museum (SARM) will operate a mileage special passenger charter train on the Farmrail, Grainbelt, Hollis & Eastern, and Wichita, Tillman & Jackson routes in western Oklahoma and Texas October 31-November 3, 2002.
Prices for the Thursday trip from Wichita Falls to Altus are $130 per person. Tickets for the Friday trip from Altus to Clinton are also $130 each. The Saturday Clinton/Enid roundtrip is $95 per person, while the Sunday Clinton/Frederick roundtrip is $85 each.
We will be using former VIA equipment (part of the 1954 CC&F cars from the 5437-5654 series) that Farmrail acquired several years ago. One ex-76 seat coach has been turned into a half coach/half lounge and seats 62. A second coach seats 76. These cars will be general seating. Large groups wishing to sit together should order their tickets together and request group seating. Seats will be set aside for this purpose.
High Iron will be operating at least one private first class car on the trip. Tickets are only available directly from them for this equipment as they include all meals and lodging onboard the train. Full information is available at their website www.highirontravel.com.
All of this equipment dates from the middle of the 20th century. It has been restored for modern use but may not be fully accessible for all passengers. Steps and narrow aisles may make it difficult for some people. Because of their historical design, passengers needing special assistance are asked to make arrangements on their own for physical help.
Seating for this trip is very limited, early reservations are recommended.
Thursday, October 31, 2002 - Wichita Falls, Texas to Altus, Oklahoma via Wichita, Tillman & Jackson. 7am departure for about 80 miles at 10mph. We will cover former Missouri-Katy-Texas trackage as we pass through the Red River Valley oil boom and ranch country. The WT&J started operations over this line in January 1991 after acquiring it from Union Pacific. This will be one of the only excursions over this line since regular passenger service ended. Upon arriving at Altus, we will proceed to Duke, OK, via the Hollis & Eastern for the night (15 miles). Overnight in Altus, Oklahoma. Per person cost is $130.
Friday, November 1, 2002 - 8am departure from Duke to Altus on the Hollis & Eastern (15 miles), again part of the MKT which operated throughout the western Oklahoma country. Upon our return to Altus we will turn north to through the Wichita Mountains along trackage built by the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient, later operated by the Santa Fe, and operated today by Farmrail (66 miles at 10-15mph, but probably the most scenic trackage of the weekend). We will end the day at Clinton, Oklahoma. Per person cost is $130.
Saturday, November 2, 2002 - 8am departure on a roundtrip from the Farmrail station in Clinton, Oklahoma, to Enid, Oklahoma, and back along the route of the former Frisco (190 miles roundtrip). We make a stop at the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma in Enid for a barbeque lunch and to tour their large collection of rail equipment. This is a great one-day trip for those looking for a chance to ride a train. Think of it: taking a train ride to visit a railroad museum! A railfan's delight! Per person cost is $95.
Sunday, November 3, 2002 - 8am departure. Our final day features a roundtrip southward from Clinton, Oklahoma, to Frederick, Oklahoma, and return, again making contact with the WT&J (166 miles roundtrip). This is again former Frisco mileage, today operated officially as the Grainbelt. A great way to end the weekend with about 8 hours of train riding. Per person cost is $85.
These trains are operated for the entertainment and enjoyment of the passengers and as fundraising activities for SARM/High Iron. They will run rain or shine. They are not a part of the regular operations of the railroads involved, therefore, Farmrail, Grainbelt, Hollis & Eastern, and Wichita, Tillman & Jackson railroads cannot be held responsible for delays or changes in the equipment or itinerary. The operators cannot be held responsible for problems associated with connecting transportation, lodging, sickness, weather, acts of war, acts of God, or other causes beyond our control. The same holds true for High Iron, the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum, Railroad Museum of Oklahoma, and any other non-profit or for-profit organization assisting with these trips. Ticket cancellations will be accepted up to 15 days before the trip for coach passengers, minus a $10 handling fee. Remember, this is a volunteer operated event, please assist us as you can.
Please understand that this is a somewhat bare-bones passenger trip. These trips are designed to provide the train, a few photo activities, and some rare mileage. Passengers are expected to make their own hotel reservations and arrangements to get to and from the train each day. Our many regular riders will certainly car pool and handle the situation. Those who have some concerns, let us know and we will try to put people together. Please don't wait as our staff will get to Oklahoma about a week before the event.
Passengers are expected to make their own hotel reservations. A list of hotels will be provided for Wichita Falls, Altus, and Clinton and will be sent with the tickets.
Meals and On-board Services:
Snacks, drinks and souvenirs will be available for sale on the train in coach. Lunch will be provided on the Saturday train only. Passengers are encouraged to bring meals on the train as necessary. However, to ensure adequate space on the cars, passengers are encouraged to carry only small bags or coolers. Coolers and bags must fit overhead or under seats to keep the aisles clear. Efforts will be made to store all luggage for our 4-day passengers in one location to make as much room available as possible.
Transportation:Passengers are responsible for making their own arrangements for getting to/from the train each day. We are planning bus service at Enid from the train to the Museum (about 1 mile). At Clinton, there is a hotel about 1/2 mile from our boarding site. At Altus, hotels are about 3 miles away. Hotel vans and taxis will be available. A charter bus will be available from Clinton to Oklahoma City on Sunday evening (seating capacity is limited) with drop-offs at the Oklahoma City Will Rogers airport and at the Westin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City at One North Broadway. We will not be providing transportation in Wichita Falls as taxis and hotel vans are available. Rental cars are available at Wichita Falls and Oklahoma City. Upon request, we will try to assist people with plans for carpooling.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barton Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ticket Order Form:
To order tickets please fill out the ticket order form and mail with a check or money order to:
SARM/High Iron Oklahoman Limited
P.O. Box 5870
Knoxville, Tennessee 37928
Mail orders must be received by October 22. Limited tickets for the Thursday trip will be sold between 6:30 and 7:00 am trainside in Wichita Falls; limited tickets for the Friday trip will be available at 7:00 am trainside in Duke, OK. Tickets will not be available onsite for the Saturday trip. Any available tickets for the Sunday trip will be sold between 7:00 and 7:30 am Sunday morning at the train. Bus tickets from Clinton to Oklahoma City will be sold Sunday on board the train.
Optional First Class Service:
Clark's High Iron Travel will be operating two sleeping cars on the trip. Tickets are available directly from High Iron Travel for these cars, including meals and lodging onboard the train. Full information is available at the High Iron website at www.highirontravel.com.
This page last revised: October 22, 2002For questions or comments about SARM, please contact the SARM President at email@example.com or 865-241-2140