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Northwestern Oklahoma Railroad - Woodward, OK

Northwestern Oklahoma Railroad

Northwestern Oklahoma Railroad

Based in Woodward, Oklahoma, the Northwestern Oklahoma Railroad operates just 4.8 miles of track, connecting with the BNSF Panhandle Subdivision. Its major customer is a car rebuilding facility located in Woodward.

Even if you've never seen one of their trains, you may recognize their reporting marks (NOKL); the railroad owns a sizeable car fleet and its cars can be found operating on Class Ones, regionals, and other shortlines throughout North America. The railroad's only locomotive is a 65-ton GE center-cab switcher, # 3.

Reportedly, the NOKL conducts its interchange work with the BNSF at Woodward during the morning hours; when I passed through Woodward early on an August 2000 afternoon, nothing was moving... nothing, that is, except for a front-end loader piling scrap ties on a flat car at NOKL's yard.

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Northwestern Oklahoma Railroad - Woodward, OK

Northwestern Oklahoma's center-cab switcher idles at Woodward, Oklahoma on August 11, 2000.


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Wes Carr claims no affiliation with the Northwestern Oklahoma Railroad or any other shortline railroad.


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