Oklahoma 'Oil Flyer' excursions set for May 6

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BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Three hour-long excursion trains are set to operate May 6 on the South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad out of Bartlesville. The Bartlesville Oil Flyer excursion train is scheduled to make three trips from the Bartlesville depot. The train will travel north through Dewey or south toward Ochelata, Okla.

The train ride is part of the seventh annual Whistle-and-Ride celebration, which includes the chance to blow the whistle of Santa Fe 2-10-2 No. 940 on display at the depot and tour a restored Santa Fe caboose.

The excursion trains will depart the depot at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 per person with children four years old and younger riding for free when riding on an adult’s lap. Tickets are non-refundable and must be purchased in person and paid for with a check or cash. The event is organized by local volunteers of the Locomotive No. 940 Work Crew and operated by the rail preservation group Heart of the Heartlands.

A portion of the fare will be donated to restoration work and maintenance of the Bartlesville Depot Display and the Heart of the Heartlands Railway Museum in Corona, Kan.

The Bartlesville Oil Flyer is named for Santa Fe’s Oil Flyer passenger train that ran between Kansas City and Tulsa from 1940 to 1968. The Bartlesville depot, now home to the Visitor Information Center, was constructed in 1909 in Santa Fe mission-style architecture. It served both the Santa Fe and Missouri-Kansas-Texas.

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