Tulsa (Sapulpa) to Oklahoma City train

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  1. Feb 23, 2016 #1
    I remember reading a while back about a Tulsa (Sapulpa) to Oklahoma City train. I did some web surfing, but was unable to find any current information about it.

    I will be in Oklahoma City in a few months and am interested in riding it.

    Is it still operating? If so, please let me know who is operating it so I can contact them.
     
  2. Feb 23, 2016 #2

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    As far as I know it has never really operated except a few trial runs. It has been rumored that it might start operating more regularly sometime later this year, but everything has gone pretty silent of late.
     
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    jis is correct; it ran for only a couple-three weekends on a trial basis (and sold out hard across the board). But as feared nothing more has come from it.
     
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    The proposed service is known as the Eastern Flyer but there does not appear to be any recent/updated information about it.
     
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    If true, that probably points to the fact the IP is short of equipment to run the service.
     
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    Yup. We will get a first hand experience with the alleged numerous private operators that are itching to jump in to start running the Heartland Flyer when TX and OK stop subsidies for it. :) Afterall, everything outside the NEC is wildly profitable but for the goofy Amtrak accounting, right? ;)
     
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    Is there something sacred about using Stillwater Central trackage? How about an extension on the BNSF to Perry, then east to Tulsa?
     
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    Access to the trackage. Stillwater is state trackage leased to the outfit and hence easy to get access to. BNSF not so much, without paying a King's ransom that is.
     
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    I think there was also some sort of stipulation in the agreement with ODOT that Stillwater Central had to allow/support/facilitate a trial of passenger service.
     
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    This is no loss. It was a weird arrangement that involved bus transfers at both ends. It was headed for failure.
     
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    I agree. A few dozen miles separates Del City–Sapulpa from being Oklahoma City–Tulsa, but it is MUCH different.
    Intrastate non-automobile transportation needs a clear vision from the state DOT, and sadly, ODOT has had little chutzpah to build anything other than roads.
     
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    Yes, thanks. I forgot to mention that. It was a non-starter from the beginning, I think.
     

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