Steam in the Ozarks! Steam Locomotive 201 on the ES&NA
Added: December 07, 2009
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Remarks: In October 1997 I visited the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas, a short (two mile) tourist railroad running out of Eureka Springs, AR. Motive power was “Panama Mogul” No. 201, built by Alco in 1906 and last used in freight service by the Moscow, Camden & San Augustine. The train runs from Eureka Springs to “The Junction,” where the locomotive runs around the coach on a wye – much of it elevated on trestles. We catch the train at the depot grounds, out on the line, crossing the various bridge and trestles, and being turned on the ex-Frisco turntable at Eureka Springs. The ES&NA operates over a segment of the old Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad, abandoned in 1962. Track and bridges were rebuilt by the Dorch family in 1980, and the line went into operation that summer using locomotives from Dorch’s earlier tourist venture, the Scott & Bearskin Lake. During my visit in 1997 the ES&NA was not in the best of shape, especially locomotive 201 (note how badly the tender is leaking!). They would later replace the tender with one from a logging 2-8-2, but by 2001 the engine was in need of major repairs and was parked, along with their other operable steam locomotive, a wood-burning 2-6-0. Today, an SW-1 diesel pulls the tourist trains.