Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad MNA #508

Nature of Firm

MNA operates freight service from a connection with UP at Diaz Junction, AR to a connection with UP at Pleasant Hill, MO (384.1 miles). In addition, the line utilizes trackage rights over UP from Pleasant Hill to Kansas City, MO (32 miles), and from Diaz Junction to Newport, AR (two miles). Branch lines run from Fort Scott, KS through Nevada, MO to Clinton, MO (78.3 miles); from Joplin, MO to Carthage, MO (16.7 miles); and from Webb City, MO to Atlas, MO (six miles). Connections are also made with BNSF at Lamar, Carthage, and Joplin, MO and with KCS at Joplin, MO.

In 1998, the MNA acquired the local rail lines of BNSF at both Joplin and Cartage, allowing direct service to former customers only available via reciprocal switch. The MNA operates a total of 540 miles of railroad. Traffic includes coal, grain, frozen foods, minerals, steel, chemicals, asphalt and forest products. Since 1993, the Branson Scenic Railway has run “Ozark Zephyr” passenger excursions out of Branson, MO. Since 1997, White River Scenic Railroad has operated a passenger excursion train between Flippin and Calico Rock, AR.


The MNA route is a part of the former Missouri Pacific main line between Kansas City, MO and Memphis, TN. The St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern first opened a branch from Diaz Junction to Batesville, AR in 1883. The White River Railway began construction from Batesville to Cartage, MO in 1902. It was not until 1905 that the line was completed. It was then combined with the MP’s Lexington & Southern branch to reach Kansas City. Passenger service ended in 1960. MNA purchased the line between Bergman and Guion, AR (102 miles), from UP and the balance of the former UP lines are leased. MNA started service on December 13, 1992.

Company Information

Web Sitewww.gwrr.com
Company AffiliationGenesee & Wyoming, Inc.
Interchange PointsNeff Yard, Kansas City, MO; Newport, AR
Agreement TypeHandling Carrier
Information Exchange MethodRMI