Dardanelle and Russellville Railroad

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Dardanelle and Russellville Railroad
ALCO S-3 #19 undergoing maintenance in 2011
Reporting mark DR
Locale Arkansas
Dates of operation 1883 (1883)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Headquarters Russellville, Arkansas

The Dardanelle and Russellville Railroad Company (reporting mark DR) is a Class III short-line railroad headquartered in Russellville, Arkansas.

DR operates a 4.8 mile line in Arkansas from Russellville (where it interchanges with Union Pacific) to a point beside the Arkansas River, across from Dardanelle, Arkansas. Current DR traffic generally consists of pulp board, plastics, and forest products. DR is currently owned by Arkansas Shortline Railroads, Inc., a short-line railroad holding company.


The line was initially chartered as the Dardanelle & Russellville Railway, and train operations began in August 1883.[1] After undergoing reorganization in 1900, operations continued as the Dardanelle & Russellville Railroad. When originally constructed, the railroad carried cotton and other agricultural products. The predominant traffic shifted to coal by 1900, thanks to extensive semi-anthracite coal production along the railroad. Coal production along the D&R ended in the mid-1950s when the last underground mines of McAlester Fuel Company were closed.

At one time, the railroad owned the Dardanelle Pontoon Bridge and Turnpike Company, which operated a pontoon bridge (for wagons and later automobiles, not trains) across the Arkansas River at Dardanelle. The D&R was also a leader in the trend for railroads to branch into other transportation modes, owning a highway subsidiary from 1919-1960. The highway subsidiary, Dardanelle Transfer Company, operated both bus and truck service over an expanded territory much larger than was served by the railroad itself.


  1. ^ *Hull, Clifton E. and Pollard, William A. (1995), The Dardanelle & Russellville Railroad, University of Central Arkansas Press, Conway, Arkansas. ISBN 9780944436189

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