Oklahoma Railway Company

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Oklahoma Railway Company
Locale Oklahoma, United States of America
Dates of operation 1904–1947
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification 600 VDC
Length 74 miles (interurban routes)[1]
Headquarters Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Railway Company (ORy) operated interurban lines to El Reno, Guthrie, and Norman, and several streetcar lines in Oklahoma City, and the surrounding area from 1904 to 1947.[2]

Freight traffic was also handled on the interurban lines as well as a few of the streetcar lines. The railway had a connection with the Fort Smith and Western Railroad at Guthrie and the two companies interchanged freight cars there.

As World War II approached, the company began to shift focus away from interurban/streetcar operation towards buses; as a result, the company began to gradually abandon its rail operations. As part of this action, several line segments were leased, then sold to the Santa Fe and the Rock Island.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official Guide to the Railways" (JPG). September 1934. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  2. ^ Kim K. Bender (1994). "Oklahoma City's First Mass Transit System" (PDF). The Chronicles of Oklahoma (Oklahoma Historical Society) 72 (2): 139–159. Retrieved 2010-06-10.