TULSA - It'll be a blast from the past, but a possible visit from the future as well, when a special train called the Eastern Flyer makes three runs from Sapulpa to Oklahoma City next February.
The idea is to both invoke the Golden Age of rail travel and to evoke interest in bringing passenger rail service back to Tulsa.
Several railroad companies have teamed together to make the Eastern Flyer a reality, including Iowa Pacific Holdings and Stillwater Central Railroad.
IPH will provide restored, vintage railroad cars, while SCR will provide access to state-owned tracks it leases.
The Eastern Flyer will board in Sapulpa at 8:00 a.m. Feb. 9, Feb. 15, and Feb. 23 for runs to OKC via Bristow and Stroud.
The train will return to Tulsa approximately 6:30 p.m.
Amtrak opened up service between Texas and Oklahoma City in 1999, but there's been debate about whether there's enough demand to extend the service further north to Tulsa, and then eventually to Kansas City, Missouri.
Advocates of passenger rail have been pushing for a Dallas to KC line for about a half century.
Passengers aboard the Eastern Flyer will have the option of enjoying a dining experience en route to Oklahoma City.
Once there, they'll have the option of taking the provided ground transportation to see an OKC Thunder basketball game, visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Musuem, or going to Bricktown.
Some of those options involve additional fees, but the ground transportation is included.
Evan Stair of Passenger Rail OK says the state plans to sell the track the Eastern Flyer will use for its run to OKC.
He and other rail advocates warn that if the state sells off the rail, commuter service from Tulsa to OKC may never happen.