Northeast Oklahoma Railroad
Photos courtesy of Ed Conrad
Early steam locomotive number 11 and modern diesel locomotive number 705. Engines like these were used to haul cars loaded with lead and zinc ore from the mines of the Picher field to the Central Mill for processing.
Before the arrival of diesel locomotives, electric locomotives were also used to pull the ore cars. This engine could be used in either direction. The NEO Railroad was a short line railroad that operated in Ottawa County, Oklahoma and Cherokee County, Kansas. In addition to ore hauling, the line operated electric trolley cars and later buses.