NEO Railroad And Electric Trolleys
Photos courtesy of Pat Waddle
Interurban Trolleys at Picher, Oklahoma
These four trolleys are lined up at Picher and are loaded with Sunday School students for a trip. These electric cars ran all over the area up to about 1937 when they were discontinued. Miners took these cars from places as far away as Joplin or Carthage and traveled to Picher to work in the mines. Cars that came from Missouri were served by the Southwest Missouri Railroad and those from Miami belonged to the NEO Railroad. Both of these lines ended at the Joplin Junction at Picher.
An electric engine was used by the Northeastern Oklahoma Railroad for moving freight cars, passenger cars, or other railroad cars along the electric trolley lines. These electric lines also ran into Central Mill and an engine like this might have been used to move railroad cars full of ore from the lead and zinc mines in the area.
This electric engine moves a large passenger coach along the trolley tracks. I believe that this is at the NEO headquarters on North Main Street in Miami. Northeastern Oklahoma Railroad was later sold to the Frisco Railroad.
A restored Southwest Missouri Trolley at Webb City, Missouri. A view of this car before restoration can be seen in the "End of mining" section.