2020 Layout Design and Operations Meet

Tulsa Port of Catoosa Railroad

Owner / Location / Website Crew Operating System Car Forwarding Layout Location
Dale Baker
Owasso, OK
2 Digitrax Car cards Second floor bedroom


A hidden treasure of the Tulsa area is one of the largest, most inland river ports in the United States. This industrial area sits at the northern most point of the McClelland-Kerr Navigation System and is Oklahoma’s link to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to the waterway and its barge traffic, the Tulsa Port of Catoosa serves the 71 industries located there with its own railroad!

Dale Baker and his son Sean model this railroad and eight of the industries located at the Port. They model current day operations that includes connections with the BNSF Railway and WATCO’s South Kansas and Oklahoma. Traffic includes coil steel, tank commodities, grain, animal feed, lumber, liquid fertilizer and boxcars. On the prototype much of the bulk freight arrives or departs on barges.

Dale and Sean built their Port of Catoosa Railroad at a height of 50” off the floor so operators have a sense of looking into the scene. Industrial switching is the name of the game at the TPOC RR.

As a special treat, during a break, operators can step outside of the Baker’s hilltop home and view the prototype Tulsa Port of Catoosa below.