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Oklahoma Corporation Commission
Dec. 7, 2004
Inspects Collinsville SKO Rail
& Right of Way Issues
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G.R. "Buddy" Combs

Previous Coverage

Sept. 7th:
156th St. Derail
Sept. 20: Brad Snow, Property Manager for WATCO Company, management company for SK&O RR City Report
Manager Railroad for Oklahoma Transportation Division (Okla. Corp. Comm.)
Buddy 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.
Inspection of the burnt out building on SKO right-of-way (behind the temporary city hall by the fair grounds)
Inspection of the Broadway SKO Rail Crossing
With 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).
Inspection of the SKO Rail crossing on Main Street (also State Highway 20) in Collinsville, with the deserted Coop building in the background.
Unused 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'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

Other 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.