Written by Arkansas Real Estate
For twenty-five years the Arkansas Missouri Railroad has been serving Northwest Arkansas, and although most of us have seen a train go by here and there the railroad system may very well be one of our community’s best kept secrets…
This line started out as the old Frisco line back in the 1880's. Regular passenger service ran up until 1968. Then the BNSF had the line after the Frisco Line up until the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad (The A&M) purchased the line in 1986. They are celebrating twenty-six years next month.
Their home office is located in Springdale, Arkansas; major operations are based there and Fort Smith. The company provides freight service to customers along its route and excursion passenger service between Springdale and Van Buren/Fort Smith. A & M interchanges traffic with three Class I railroads: Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), Kansas City Southern (KCS), and the Union Pacific (UP), as well as the Fort Smith Railroad (FSR). All lines are rated at 286,000lbs and cleared for double-stack rail cars, and main lines feature continuous welded rail.
The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad is an independent, Class III railroad serving a 139 mile corridor from Fort Smith, Arkansas to Monett, Missouri.
The A&M moves about 3,000 car loads of freight each month, and serves over 75 customers between Monett, Missouri & Fort Smith, Arkansas. They move everything from grain to frozen products, sand to scrap metal. They also move freight in tandem with barges traveling the Arkansas River.
Besides their focus on transportation and freight travel, the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad also does a number of things to help our community.
A few include:
- Frisco Festival - Provides shuttle service from Springdale to Rogers
- Bikes, Blues & BBQ - Shuttle service between Dickson St. & Baum stadium. They have had many requests to ride from Springdale to Dickson with the traffic and parking issues. So this year they are looking to incorporate a ride from Springdale to Dickson in conjunction with the Dickson / Baum shuttles.
- Children's Christmas Train - They donate 100% of all proceeds from this ride back into two local children's charities: Children's Safety Center and Circle of Life Hospic, the Butterfly Support Group
- The A&M sponsors an Annual Troop Train where all active and retired veterans ride free.
- They also provide a free railroad safety program called Operation Lifesaver to educate children and the community on railroad safety.
- They also serve on the board of Historic Downtown Springdale
With the passenger train being a tourist attraction they attend a lot of trade shows with the state parks and tourists to bring group travel to the area.
We appreciate all the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad does for our community!