Photos by Mike Condren

This car is westbound by the office building of the Sand Springs Railway in Sand Springs on April 29, 1953.
RV Mehlenbeck photo, Krambles-Peterson Archive

The Sand Springs Railway began as an interurban operation between Sand Springs and Tulsa, providing passenger service between Sand Springs, western Tulsa to downtown Tulsa. Here we see one of the passenger cars in the later days of operation of the passenger service.
Charles Dschinger Collection

This Sand Spings Railway switcher is seen halfway inside the engine house in Sand Springs on Jan. 3, 1970.

This Sand Springs switcher is sitting outside the office in Sand Springs in July 1979.

On Nov. 20, 2014 I was scheduled to give a program to the Southwest Tulsa Historical Society. I arrived early in the day to get some pictures. At one point during the day, I travelled to the area where the Sand Springs Railroad interchanged cars with the BNSF. After a few minutes I noticed that the Sand Springs Railroad was picking up the cars on the interchange. I headed west to the Gilcreast Blvd exit on US412 and then headed to the SS tracks where I caught this switching action. These photos of the Sand Springs were the catch of the day as I had never shot action of this reilroad before.

After dropping off the tabk car, the switchers are seen returning to the mainline.

I then headed out Charles Page Blvd to a point where it was obvious that this railway began as an interurban. Note the power poles along this residencial neighborhood where commuter cars once picked up and delivered patrons.


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