Tag: BNSF

Hundreds turn out to sound the whistle, ring the bell at train re-dedication

More than 250 people gathered Oct. 24 at Wilson Park to witness the official unveiling of the newly renovated train engine. “Welcome to the Wilson Park train re-dedication and Arkalalah kickoff,” said Commissioner Duane Oestmann, greeting them. “This is what everyone in the Arkansas City area has been anxious to […]

Wilson Park train re-dedication, Arkalalah kickoff, free film planned Oct. 24

The City of Arkansas City will be host to a special Arkalalah kickoff event that features a train unveiling and re-dedication Oct. 24 at Wilson Park. The first step in the Wilson Park Master Plan, the restoration of the park’s famous train engine, has been occurring under a covered structure […]

Commissioners name four unsafe structures, hear passenger rail update

The City Commission of Arkansas City voted 4-0 on Sept. 5 to declare several structures in Arkansas City as unsafe and dangerous. The structures all are in a state of disrepair. Many need work to the foundation or roof, or mold removal. Six structures — located at 215 North B St., 306 North […]

Right place, right time: Pricer enjoys ride of lifetime, thanks to Amtrak

Ulrich Pricer had no idea he would get to take an extra-special train ride when he came to spend this summer with his grandparents. The 6-year-old ferroequinologist — train enthusiast — arrived June 9 at the BNSF train depot, dressed in a conductor’s hat, to welcome an Amtrak inspection train to […]

City officials to ride Amtrak inspection train into Arkansas City on June 9

An Amtrak train will pass through eastern Arkansas City on Friday morning as part of an initiative to evaluate the potential for restoring passenger rail service here. Amtrak will operate the limited capacity one-way inspection train June 9 from Oklahoma City to Kansas City, Missouri. Return transportation will not be […]

Wilson Park master plan unveiled by city at chamber coffee March 30

The City of Arkansas City has released an official master plan for Wilson Park, including the property that once housed the city-owned hospital. During Thursday morning’s Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce coffee, City Manager Nick Hernandez shared plans for the property. The first, most obvious change that will be […]