May 1, 1971

Amtrak, created in 1970, officially took over most inter-state passenger rail service in the United States. Passenger service in any meaningful form had ceased to exist at this point, but, in Arkansas, tourist rail developed in the form of the Scott and Bearskin Lake Railroad in Scott (Pulaski County), which was created as an attraction for the then privately owned Plantation Museum in Scott. The line was closed shortly after 1978, and the steam engine and track were moved to Eureka Springs (Carroll County). That track as well as track remaining from the original Eureka Springs Railway were combined in 1981 to create a passenger service, the Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railroad.

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