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A railroad is not built of rail and ties alone, the heart of a railroad is comprised of the men and women who work there! Let us know if you can identify any of the follow members of the NAL family.

An Arkansas & Ozarks crew

A engineer of an Arkansas & Ozarks train.

An Arkansas & Ozarks train crew discussing the days activities with an A&O official

Powell Clayton, one of the original promoters of the Eureka Springs Railroad

Richard Kerens, first president and largest stock holder of the Eureka Springs Railroad.

A&O crew and an A&O official

A conductor on a A&O freight

Undated photo by E.G. Baker of #42 w/shop men @ Harrison

The Younger Brothers

In the process of documenting the history of the North Arkansas Line there are two brothers who must be mentioned. They were not involved in the great strike or did they finance the reorganizing of one of the North Arkansas Line corporate entities. But they did have a dream which evolved into what is known today as the M&NA Railroad Research Group (now part of the Boone Country Historical Society). Dreat & Reat Younger were born sons of Bob Younger who was a telegraph dispatcher for the M&NA at Elba & Arlington, AR. As the brothers grew up they both pursued different careers (Dreat was a Fireman on the M&NA for a short time) only to be called back to the North Arkansas Line as adults. In the early 1980's the brothers came up with the idea of relaying the track on the original road bed in Beaver and run excursions from Beaver, over the White River bridge and through the Narrows. They were able to negotiate a lease from the Army Corps for the bridge and away they went laying track for their new operation called the Eureka Springs Railroad.  The Eureka Springs Railroad operated for approximately 5 years until the Dortch Family started the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railroad out of the Eureka Springs depot. Realizing that the local tourist market could not support two tourist operations Dreat & Reat closed down the operation at Beaver and donated the collection of M&NA artifacts to the museum in Harrison. Their steam locomotive was sold off to a steam tractor association south of Harrison and their cars were sold to a proposed operation in Branson that never developed. The brothers were frequent contributors to "Oak Leaves" the official publication of the M&NA Research Group and often retold the M&NA stories of their youth. Below are some excerpts by the Dreat & Reat from old issues of Oak Leaves.

A Firemans View By Dreat Younger