List of Arkansas railroads

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The following railroads operate in the U.S. state of Arkansas.

Arkansas and Missouri Railroad tracks in Washington County

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Defunct railroads[edit]

Name Mark System[nb 1] From To Successor Notes
Anderson and Saline River Railway
Antoine Valley Railroad 1907 1910 Memphis, Dallas and Gulf Railroad
Arkansas Railroad 1920 1959 N/A
Arkansas Central Railroad AKC MP 1897 1922 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Arkansas Central Railway MP 1870 1877 Arkansas Midland Railroad
Arkansas and Choctaw Railway SLSF 1895 1902 St. Louis, San Francisco and New Orleans Railroad
Arkansas Eastern Railroad 1907 N/A
Arkansas and Gulf Railroad N/A
Arkansas and Indian Territory Railway MP 1882 1883 Arkansas and Louisiana Railway
Arkansas and Louisiana Railway MP 1882 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Arkansas, Louisiana and Gulf Railroad 1914 1915 Leased the Arkansas, Louisiana and Gulf Railway
Arkansas, Louisiana and Gulf Railway AL&G 1906 1915 Arkansas and Louisiana Midland Railway
Arkansas and Louisiana Midland Railway A&LM 1915 1920 Arkansas and Louisiana Missouri Railway
Arkansas and Louisiana Missouri Railway A&LM, ALM 1920 1991 Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi Railroad
Arkansas and Memphis Railway Bridge and Terminal Company MP/ RI/ SSW 1912 Still exists as a nonoperating subsidiary of the Union Pacific Railroad
Arkansas Midland Railroad MP 1878 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Arkansas Midland Railroad MP 1853 1870 Arkansas Central Railway
Arkansas North Western Railway SLSF 1894 1898 Gulf, Arkansas and Northwestern Railway
Arkansas and Oklahoma Railroad SLSF 1898 1901 St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad
Arkansas, Oklahoma and Western Railroad 1907 1911 Kansas City and Memphis Railway
Arkansas and Ozarks Railway 1949 1961 N/A
Arkansas Southern Railroad RI 1892 1905 Rock Island, Arkansas and Louisiana Railroad
Arkansas and Southern Railway SSW 1887 1887 St. Louis, Arkansas and Texas Railway
Arkansas Southwestern Railway MP 1900 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Arkansas Western Railroad KCS 1899 1904 Arkansas Western Railway
Arkansas Western Railway ARW KCS 1904 1992 Kansas City Southern Railway
Ashley, Drew and Northern Railway ADN 1912 1995 Fordyce and Princeton Railroad
Augusta Railroad AUG 1918 1959 N/A
Augusta and Southeastern Railway RI 1888 1890 White and Black River Valley Railway
Augusta Tramway and Transfer Company 1892 1917 Augusta Railroad
Augusta and White River Railroad 1886 1892 Augusta Tramway and Transfer Company
Baring Cross Bridge Company MP 1873 1928 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Batesville and Brinkley Railroad RI 1881 1890 White and Black River Valley Railway
Bearden and Ouachita River Railroad 1904 N/A
Beirne and Clear Lake Railroad 1909 N/A
Bentonville Railroad SLSF 1882 1900 Arkansas and Oklahoma Railroad
Black and Cache River Railroad 1882 1902 Cache Valley Railroad
Black Mountain and Eastern Railroad 1915 1916 Combs, Cass and Eastern Railroad
Blytheville, Burdette and Mississippi River Railway 1906 1923 N/A
Blytheville, Leachville and Arkansas Southern Railroad SSW 1908 1929 St. Louis Southwestern Railway
Bonnerville and Southwestern Railroad SLSF 1905 Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railway
Brinkley, Helena and Indian Bay Railroad MP 1889 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Brookings and Peach Orchard Railroad 1908 N/A
Burlington Northern Inc. BN 1980 1981 Burlington Northern Railroad
Burlington Northern Railroad BN 1981 1996 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Butler County Railroad BLC SLSF 1905 1950 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
Cache Valley Railroad 1902 1927 N/A
Caddo and Choctaw Railroad 1913 1924 N/A
Caddo and Choctaw Railroad 1907 1911 Memphis, Dallas and Gulf Railroad
Cairo and Fulton Railroad MP 1853 1874 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Cairo, Truman and Southern Railroad CT&S 1912 1940 N/A
Camden and Alexandria Railway MP 1889 1892 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Central Railroad of Arkansas 1903 1906 Central Railway of Arkansas
Central Railway of Arkansas COA 1906 1932 N/A
Central Arkansas and Eastern Railroad SSW 1901 1937 N/A
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad RI, ROCK RI 1947 1980 Fordyce and Princeton Railroad, Little Rock and Western Railway, Missouri Pacific Railroad, St. Louis Southwestern Railway, South Central Arkansas Railway
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway RI RI 1904 1948 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Chickasawba Railroad SLSF 1902 1905 Jonesboro, Lake City and Eastern Railroad
Choctaw and Memphis Railroad RI 1898 1900 Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad
Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad RI 1900 1948 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Coal Hill Branch of the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway MP 1884 1885 Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway
Combs, Cass and Eastern Railroad 1916 1928 N/A
Cotton Belt and Northern Railway 1904 N/A
Cotton Plant Railway RI 1881 1882 Batesville and Brinkley Railroad
Cotton Plant – Fargo Railway CPF 1951 1977 N/A
Crittenden Railroad 1905 1922 N/A
Crossett Railway 1905 1912 Ashley, Drew and Northern Railway
Crossett, Monticello and Northern Railway 1912 1912 Ashley, Drew and Northern Railway
Dardanelle, Ola and Southern Railway RI 1906 1911 Rock Island and Dardanelle Railway
Dardanelle and Russellville Railway 1883 1900 Dardanelle and Russellville Railroad
Deckerville, Osceola and Northern Railroad SLSF 1897 1901 Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railway
Des Arc and Northern Railway RI 1897 1899 Searcy and Des Arc Railroad
Doniphan, Kensett and Searcy Railroad MP 1906 1909 Doniphan, Kensett and Searcy Railway
Eldorado and Bastrop Railway MP 1902 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Elliott and Mount Holly Railway
Eureka Springs Railway 1880 1899 St. Louis and North Arkansas Railway
Fayetteville and Little Rock Railroad SLSF 1886 1926 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
Fort Smith, Paris and Dardanelle Railway 1887
Fort Smith and Southern Railway SLSF 1886 1887 St. Louis and San Francisco Railway
Fort Smith, Subiaco and Eastern Railroad 1909 1919 Fort Smith, Subiaco and Rock Island Railroad
Fort Smith, Subiaco and Rock Island Railroad 1919 1962 N/A
Fort Smith Suburban Railway MP 1902 1956 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Fort Smith and Van Buren Railway FSVB KCS 1910 1992 Kansas City Southern Railway
Fort Smith and Van Buren Bridge Company SLSF 1885 1907 St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad
Fort Smith and Western Railroad FS&W 1899 1923 Fort Smith and Western Railway
Fort Smith and Western Railway FS&W, FSW 1921 1939 N/A
Fourche River Valley and Indian Territory Railway 1905 N/A
Freeo Valley Railroad 1904 1925 N/A
Garland Western Railway MP 1903 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Gate City Lumber Railroad MP 1886 1888 Texarkana and Shreveport Railroad
Gould Southwestern Railway 1906 1920 Arkansas Railroad
Grand Prairie – Branch Railroad
Graysonia, Nashville and Ashdown Railroad GNA KCS 1922 1993 Kansas City Southern Railway
Griffin, Magnolia and Western Railroad 1905 N/A
Gulf, Arkansas and Northwestern Railway SLSF 1898 1901 Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railway
Gurdon and Fort Smith Railroad MP 1900 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Gurdon and Fort Smith Northern Railway MP 1905 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Hazen and Northern Railroad RI 1902 1904 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Helena, Parkin and Northern Railway 1908 N/A
Helena and Northwestern Railway 1948 1951 Cotton Plant – Fargo Railway
Helena Southwestern Railroad HSW 1913 1987 N/A
Homan and Southeastern Railway 1906 N/A
Homan and Southern Railway 1905 1906 Homan and Southeastern Railway
Hot Springs Railroad RI 1870 1902 Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad
Hot Springs, Glenwood and Western Railroad 1910 1911 Memphis, Dallas and Gulf Railroad
Houston, Central Arkansas and Northern Railway MP 1890 1893 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Hoxie, Pocahontas and Northern Railroad SLSF 1896 1901 Southern Missouri and Arkansas Railroad
Illinois Central Railroad IC IC 1946 1972 Illinois Central Gulf Railroad
Illinois Central Gulf Railroad ICG 1972 1973 N/A
Iron Mountain and Helena Railroad MP 1860 1882 Kansas City and Southern Railway
Jonesboro, Lake City and Eastern Railroad SLSF 1897 1950 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
Kansas and Arkansas Valley Railway MP 1885 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Kansas City, Arkansas and New Orleans Railroad 1891 N/A
Kansas City, Arkansas and New Orleans Railway 1891 Kansas City, Arkansas and New Orleans Railroad
Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railroad SLSF 1888 1901 Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railway
Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railway SLSF 1901 1928 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
Kansas City, Fort Scott and Springfield Railroad SLSF 1888 1888 Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railroad
Kansas City, Fort Smith and Southern Railroad KCS 1887 1893 Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad
Kansas City and Memphis Railway 1911 1918 N/A
Kansas City and Memphis Railway and Bridge Company SLSF 1887 1928 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad KCS 1893 1900 Kansas City Southern Railway
Kansas City and Southern Railway MP 1882 1882 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Kansas City, Springfield and Memphis Railroad SLSF 1883 1888 Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railroad
L'Anguille River Railway 1902 1932 N/A
Little River Valley Railway 1897 N/A
Little Rock Bridge Company RI 1899 1899 Choctaw and Memphis Railroad
Little Rock and Eastern Railway SSW 1887 1887 Arkansas and Southern Railway
Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad MP 1855 1875 Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway
Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway MP 1875 1906 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Little Rock and Fort Smith Branch of the Cairo and Fulton Railroad MP 1853 1855 Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad
Little Rock and Helena Railroad MP 1869 1870 Arkansas Central Railway
Little Rock, Hot Springs and Texas Railway MP, RI 1893 1899 Little Rock and Hot Springs Western Railroad
Little Rock and Hot Springs Western Railroad MP, RI 1899 1911 Rock Island, Arkansas and Louisiana Railroad, St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Little Rock Junction Railway MP 1883 1922 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Little Rock, Maumelle and Western Railroad 1907 N/A
Little Rock and Memphis Railroad RI 1887 1898 Choctaw and Memphis Railroad
Little Rock, Mississippi River and Texas Railway MP 1877 1887 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Little Rock and Monroe Railway MP 1903 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Little Rock, Pine Bluff and New Orleans Railroad MP 1868 1873 Texas, Mississippi and Northwestern Railroad
Little Rock, Pine Bluff and White River Railway SSW 1884 1886 Pine Bluff, Monroe and New Orleans Railway
Little Rock, Sheridan and Saline River Railway 1892 N/A
Little Rock and Southern Railroad RI 1902 1905 Rock Island, Arkansas and Louisiana Railroad
Little Rock and Texas Railway SLSF 1887 1926 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
Louisiana and Arkansas Railroad KCS 1898 1902 Louisiana and Arkansas Railway
Louisiana and Arkansas Railway L&A, LA KCS 1902 1992 Kansas City Southern Railway
Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri Railroad 1887 N/A
Louisiana and Pine Bluff Railway LPB 1905 1979 N/A
Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railway of Arkansas IC 1889 1946 Illinois Central Railroad
Malvern and Camden Railway RI 1911 1913 Rock Island, Arkansas and Louisiana Railroad
Malvern and Freeo Valley Railway 1905 N/A
Manila and Southwestern Railway SSW 1904 1930 St. Louis Southwestern Railway
McCrory and Beedeville Southern Railway
Memphis, Dallas and Gulf Railroad KCS 1910 1922 Graysonia, Nashville and Ashdown Railroad, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Southwestern Railway
Memphis, Helena and Louisiana Railway MP 1901 1903 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Memphis and Little Rock Railroad RI 1877 1887 Little Rock and Memphis Railroad
Memphis and Little Rock Railroad RI 1853 1873 Memphis and Little Rock Railway
Memphis and Little Rock Railway RI 1873 1877 Memphis and Little Rock Railroad
Memphis, Paris and Gulf Railroad KCS 1906 1910 Memphis, Dallas and Gulf Railroad
Meto and Arkansas Valley Railway 1910 1911 Pine Bluff and Northern Railway
Meto Valley Railway 1908 1910 Meto and Arkansas Valley Railway
Midland Valley Railroad MV MP 1903 1966 N/A
Mississippi, Arkansas and Western Railway 1902 N/A
Mississippi and Little Rock Railway 1890 N/A
Mississippi, Ouachita and Red River Railroad MP 1855 1873 Texas, Mississippi and Northwestern Railroad
Mississippi River, Hamburg and Western Railway MP 1897 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Mississippi River and Northwestern Railroad
Missouri and Arkansas Railway MAR, MA 1935 1946 Arkansas and Ozarks Railway, Helena and Northwestern Railway
Missouri and Louisiana Railroad
Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad M&NA 1906 1922 Missouri and North Arkansas Railway
Missouri and North Arkansas Railway M&NA 1922 1935 Missouri and Arkansas Railway
Missouri Pacific Railroad MP MP 1917 1997 Union Pacific Railroad
Montana Railroad 1915 1935 N/A
Monte Ne Railway 1902 1911 Kansas City and Memphis Railway
Murfreesboro and Nashville Railroad 1947 1952 N/A
Murfreesboro–Nashville Railway 1932 1947 Murfreesboro and Nashville Railroad
Murfreesboro, Nashville, Southwestern Railway 1925 1932 Murfreesboro–Nashville Railway
Noble Lake and Southern Railway
North Arkansas and Western Railway SLSF 1899 1901 Ozark and Cherokee Central Railway
Ouachita Valley Railway 1904 N/A
Ozark and Cherokee Central Railway SLSF 1901 1907 St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad
Paragould and Buffalo Island Railway SSW 1887 1893 Paragould Southeastern Railway
Paragould–Memphis Railroad N/A
Paragould and Memphis Railway 1902 Paragould–Memphis Railroad
Paragould Southeastern Railway SSW 1893 1958 St. Louis Southwestern Railway
Paris–Subiaco Traction Company 1908 1909 Fort Smith, Subiaco and Eastern Railroad
Perla Northern Railroad 1904 N/A
Perla, Princeton and Southern Railroad 1889 N/A
Pine Bluff Arkansas River Railway SSW 1898 1934 N/A
Pine Bluff and Eastern Railroad SSW 1892 1898 Pine Bluff Arkansas River Railway
Pine Bluff, Monroe and New Orleans Railway SSW 1884 1889 Pine Bluff and Eastern Railroad
Pine Bluff and Northern Railway 1910 1929 N/A
Pine Bluff, Sheridan and Southern Railway 1912 N/A
Pine Bluff and Swan Lake Railway SSW 1884 1886 Pine Bluff, Monroe and New Orleans Railway
Pine Bluff and Western Railroad MP 1903 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Pine Bluff and Western Railway MP 1899 1903 Pine Bluff and Western Railroad
Portland and Southeastern Railway 1905 N/A
Prescott and Reader Railway 1910 N/A
Reader Railroad 1925 1975 N/A Remains as a tourist railroad
Rock Island, Arkansas and Louisiana Railroad RI 1905 1948 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Rock Island and Dardanelle Railway RI 1911 1938 N/A
Rock Island, Stuttgart and Southern Railway RI 1913 1948 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Rogers Southwestern Railway 1904 1907 Arkansas, Oklahoma and Western Railroad
Saginaw and Ouachita River Railroad 1905 N/A
St. Louis, Arkansas and Texas Railway SSW 1887 1891 St. Louis Southwestern Railway
St. Louis, Arkansas and Texas Railway SLSF 1880 1882 St. Louis and San Francisco Railway
St. Louis, Caruthersville and Memphis Railroad SLSF 1897 1901 St. Louis and Memphis Railway
St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway MP 1874 1917 Missouri Pacific Railroad
St. Louis, Kennett and Southeastern Railroad SLSF 1906 1950 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
St. Louis and Memphis Railway SLSF 1901 1902 St. Louis, Memphis and Southeastern Railroad
St. Louis, Memphis and Southeastern Railroad SLSF 1902 1907 St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad
St. Louis and North Arkansas Railway 1899 1906 Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad
St. Louis – San Francisco Railway SLSF SLSF 1916 1980 Burlington Northern Inc.
St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad SLSF 1896 1916 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
St. Louis and San Francisco Railway SLSF 1882 1896 St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad
St. Louis, San Francisco and New Orleans Railroad SLSF 1902 1907 St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad
St. Louis Southwestern Railway SSW SSW 1891 1997 Union Pacific Railroad
Saline Bayou Railway 1905 N/A
Saline River Railway 1897 N/A
Searcy and Des Arc Railroad RI 1899 1904 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Searcy and West Point Railroad RI 1882 1899 Searcy and Des Arc Railroad
South Central Arkansas Railway SCK 1982 1983 East Camden and Highland Railroad
Southeastern Railroad 1905 1906 Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad
Southern Missouri and Arkansas Railroad SLSF 1900 1902 St. Louis, Memphis and Southeastern Railroad
Southwestern Arkansas and Indian Territory Railroad MP 1884 1900 Arkansas Southwestern Railway
Springfield and Memphis Railroad SLSF 1880 1883 Kansas City, Springfield and Memphis Railroad
Stuttgart and Arkansas River Railroad SSW 1881 1901 St. Louis Southwestern Railway
Stuttgart and Rice Belt Railroad RI 1910 1913 Rock Island, Stuttgart and Southern Railway
Stuttgart and Southern Railroad RI 1911 1913 Rock Island, Stuttgart and Southern Railway
Texarkana and Fort Smith Railway KCS 1889 1943 Kansas City Southern Railway
Texarkana and Shreveport Railroad MP 1888 1899 Texarkana, Shreveport and Natchez Railway
Texarkana, Shreveport and Natchez Railway MP 1899 1901 Texas and Pacific Railway
Texas, Mississippi and Northwestern Railroad MP 1873 1875 Little Rock, Mississippi River and Texas Railway
Texas and Pacific Railway T&P, TP MP 1901 1976 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Texas and St. Louis Railway SSW 1881 1886 Arkansas and Southern Railway
Thornton and Alexandria Railway 1904 N/A
Tyronza Central Railroad SLSF 1902 Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railway
Ultima Thule, Arkadelphia and Mississippi Railway 1877 1910 Memphis, Dallas and Gulf Railroad
Waldo and Fort Smith Railroad 1893 N/A
Warren, Johnsville and Saline River Railroad 1905 1920 Warren and Saline River Railroad
Warren and Ouachita Valley Railway W&OV, WOV RI 1899 1980 Warren and Saline River Railroad
Washington and Hope Railway MP 1877 1882 Arkansas and Indian Territory Railway
White and Black River Valley Railway RI 1890 1941 N/A
White River Railway MP 1901 1903 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
White River, Lonoke and Western Railway RI 1898 1901 Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad
Wilmar and Saline Valley Railroad 1904 N/A
Wilson Northern Railway SLSF 1904 1912 Jonesboro, Lake City and Eastern Railroad
Wyandotte and Southeastern Railway
Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad IC 1889 1946 Illinois Central Railroad
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  1. ^ This is one or more of the Class I railroads that the railroad became part of, if any.

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