Vinita is a small waypoint along I-44, but if you're passing by here, you
might as well stop by and see if you can catch anything. Because the
UP and BNSF cross each other here, you kinda double your chances of catching
The north-south running UP line is a former MKT track
(Missouri-Kansas-Texas), and the east-west running BNSF track used to be a
former Frisco/SLSF line.
From the Vinita City website: Since its founding in 1871, Vinita has been a crossroads
of freight and travel across America. Established in Indian Territory, Vinita was
located at the crossing of the Atlantic and Pacific (now Burlington Northern Santa Fe)
Railroad and the Missouri, Kansas, Texas (now Union Pacific) Railway. (end)
There is a BNSF MOW yard adjacent to the North Miller Street grade crossing.
Looks like there are six hotels in town. A Walmart is across from the
exit/entrance to the thruway. Most of the restaurants I see are on
US-60 between the thruway and Wilson St, and then a few on South Wilson St.
J. Parker Lamb/Center for Railroad Photography and Art
Open Railway Map
Exit 289 off of I-44 (the Will Rodgers Turnpike - a toll road). At the
end of the exit ramp, take US-60/OK-66 WEST, to Vinita. Go about 4/5
of a mile, and take a right onto North 1st Street. This will take you
to one side of the diamond on the BNSF. If you go one block further,
crossing the UP, and then taking a right onto North Wilson Street, it will
take you to the other side of the diamond on the BNSF.
GPS Coordinates: 36.63895, -95.15394
202 W Canadian Ave, Vinita OK 74301
The Vinita Fire Department has been serving Vinita and the surrounding areas since 1871.
Serving the City of Vinita and surrounding parts of Craig County, the Vinita Fire
Department runs approximately 400 runs each and every year. Our team of career and
volunteer firefighters enjoy working for the citizens of this great city.
Engine 4 is a 2012 Spartan Legend Pumper built by Spartan Motors. It is our
“first-out” truck for most calls we receive. This pumper carries 1,000 gallons
of water and is capable of pumping 1,500 gallons per minute. It also contains
a set of our vehicle extrication tools, commonly knows as “Jaws of Life.”
Engine 5 is a 1997 E-ONE Cyclone fire truck. It carries 1,000 gallons of water and has
the capability of pumping 1,500 gallons per minute. Engine 5’s use is dedicated
exclusively to the City of Vinita and does not leave the city limits.
Ladder 1 is a Pierce Quint with a 50ft aerial ladder.
Rescue 2 is a 1997 Freightliner FL80 manufactured by Precision Fire Apparatus, Inc.
It carries 500 gallons of water and has the capability of pumping 1,500 gallons per
minute. It is used for motor vehicle accidents and as a backup pumper for structure
fires. It contains VFD’s second set of extrication tools.
Tanker 3 is a 1993 Ford L9000 built by Deep South Trucks. It carries 3,000 gallons of water and is
used to support our fleet when fighting wildland fires and structure fires alike.
Brush 6 is a 2012 Ford F550 built by AMI fire. As its name implies it is used to fight wildland fires.
Brush 7 is a 2004 Ford F350. As its name implies it is used to fight wildland fires.
Brush 8 is 1984 AM General retired from the U.S Military. It is a beast of a truck
that is used to fight wildland fires and also rescue people trapped by flood waters.
Courtesy of the USGS, click here for their index page.
Even with the USGS, there are not a whole lot of maps they did for much of "the
west", so there are no 1:24,000 maps for Vinita available before the 2000's.
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Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.
For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my
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local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the
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By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous
and/or other stuff.
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