The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 26, 2013

We’re sad the popular Enid to Okeene caboose train is being canceled

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The caboose is kaput.

For a variety reasons, Railroad Museum of Oklahoma is canceling its popular caboose train from Enid to Okeene and back this spring.

That’s a shame, because travelers young and old have enjoyed the scenic views.

It came down to a numbers game. Frank “Watermelon” Campbell, museum director, said it takes 22 individuals to run the excursion train, and only 11 volunteers are available.

That’s too bad.

The museum has run the caboose train 38 miles from Enid to Okeene and back in May, coinciding with Okeene Rattlesnake Hunt, for several years.

And the lack of volunteers is not the only reason.

The other is an increase in traffic by Grainbelt, a wholly owned affiliate of Farmrail System Inc., which is running two trains a day on the track, instead of one.

That makes it harder to schedule time for the excursion train.

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma will not be able to run our annual spring caboose train from Enid to Okeene and back,” said Ron Rowe. “We have appreciated the public’s support in the past, and hopefully the train will run again in the future.”

The Railroad Museum of Oklahoma claims to be one of the few in the nation to conduct all-caboose excursions over the rails.

Typically, the train is comprised of eight cabooses representing various railroads book-ended by Farmrail locomotives.

We hope museum officials are able to run the second caboose train it operates from Enid to Drummond and back in September.