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Inspects Collinsville SKO Rail
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Railroad for Oklahoma Transportation Division (Okla. Corp. Comm.)
Combs, Brad Francis and Bob Wolfram inspect the SKO track and crossing at Walnut
Steet in Collinsville (Tuesday 12/7) where the rail car (now on it's side with
the wheels removed) derailed Thursday Dec. 2nd. The Darling Industries cars
to the right are now trapped as the siding rail connection to the main track
is out of commission.
of the burnt out building on SKO right-of-way (behind the temporary city hall
by the fair grounds)
of the Broadway SKO Rail Crossing
cleanup and repair of track still in progress following the 12/2 derailment,
there is a piece of loose track about 3 feet into the roadway at the Walnut
crossing (as of noon 12/7).
of the SKO Rail crossing on Main Street (also State Highway 20) in Collinsville,
with the deserted Coop building in the background.
track debris underwater between Broadway and Walnut on the SKO right-of-way.
Following years of neglect,
broken promises, and now a series of derailments, the City of Collinsville
has asked the Oklahoma Corporation Commission for help in getting the railway
owner (SKO) to take action to remedy dangerous and unsightly issues along
the railway through town. G. R. "Buddy" Combs from the Corporation
Commission made a first hand inspection Tuesday morning accompanied by acting
Collinsviile City Manager Bob Wolfram, Collinsville Downtown Inc. President
Brad Francis and www.cvilleok.com's owner Ted Wright. When asked to compare
these issues to those in other communities Mr. Combs indicated these were
some of the worst he had seen. Corporation Commission support was also requested
in 1998, and other occasions in the past (in the 1980s for example). -- Ted
than an occasional special excursion train, the last regular passenger
train service through Collinsville ended in 1971 back when Sante Fe still
owned the system. The tracks now carry freight only.